Hi guys! It’s already March, can you believe it? 🙂
I’m super excited for the rest of this month. 🙂 My grades are good, I just turned 16 (AHHH), and I’m making progress with my book!
All in all, 2017 is going good as of yet.
However, the new year has had great fun in kicking my butt with insane allergies, rehearsals (not that I’m complaining), class selections for next year (YIKES) and sending one of my closest friends to Canada for 2 years… *cries*
Oh, and lots and lots of HOMEWORK! -_-
Homework has never been something I’ve deemed necessary to complain about (and definitely not anything I thought I’d ever write a blog post about), but since the school year started, I’ve found myself being very stressed about my assignments. And because I am determined to have good grades all year, I’ve been losing a lot of sleep and personal time over it.
I knew that it couldn’t be just me that was experiencing this, and so I decided to reach out to other high school students and see how they felt about homework. I created a survey and received responses from 50 high school students, the majority of which attends my high school.
Some stats that I gathered from the survey results are:
- The majority (62%) of students go to sleep either 11p.m. or later on school nights.
- The majority (56%) of students get up at 6am on school days.
- The majority (48%) of students spend 3-4 hours on homework each night.
- The majority (68%) of students receive 3-4 homework assignments every day.
- The majority (62%) of students have 2-3 days to turn their assignments in.
- The majority (60%) of students say they enjoy homework depending on the class subject. The other 40% said they do not enjoy homework at all.
Now, looking at the stats and keeping in mind that there is only 24 hours in a day, we can infer what a typical high schooler’s day is like.
The day would start at about 6am, which is almost an hour and a half before school starts (in my case, it starts at 7:20am). The school day would then commence for the next 7 hours (in my case, school ends at 2:20pm).
If we assume that the majority of high school students participate in some sort of extracurricular activity, tacking on another two hours after school to compensate, then the average high schooler would get home around 5pm.
Following the stats I gathered, the average high schooler spends anywhere from 3-4 hours on homework per night. Assuming they start their homework as soon as they get home, they’d be finished with their homework around 9pm. As relayed in the stats above, the average bedtime is 11pm, which leaves about 2 hours in the day for eating, showering, chores, etc., and provides 7 hours of sleep before they’d have to get up for the next day.
High school students are not exaggerating when they say the majority of time is taken up by education!
I asked a few of the students that responded to my survey if they had any additional thoughts on homework, and these were some of the responses:
“The first day of school, I got 5 hours of homework and I thought it was ridiculous. Also, please tell teachers not to plan PROJECTS during exam week. Also, please don’t give us homework on our exam week because we need to study!!!! Also, don’t give us homework over breaks. That’s why they call it a break. Lastly, LESS HOMEWORK ON THE WEEKEND. One more thing, since I have 5-6 hours of homework a night, and I go to bed at 10, that leaves me with 1 hour to relax when I get home and 1 hour to shower. And that’s it! I have to cram in dinner everyday WHILE I’m doing homework. Ok I’m done.”
“I understand its importance in school, and students need to play a huge part in lessening the complaint and the culture of hate against it. However, the work is indeed growing in intensity, and not for the best benefit of the student. It is important for everyone to keep in mind things are best in moderation if they are intended to be good at all.”
“Mostly a waste of time.”
“It is a waste of time that you could use to do be productive.”
“It stresses me out and doesn’t help when teachers assign extra homework that is unnecessary. If I need help with something, doing it wrong multiple times later at night isn’t going to help on tests or in the long run.”
“A lot of homework is unnecessary and provides more stress than it does to help the student understand the material, especially when a student doesn’t understand the work assigned.”
“Homework helps, only if I understand the topic. If I don’t understand the topic, it’s very complicated and boring. This usually means that I’ll have to look up a video on that topic so I could understand it.”
“We shouldn’t have it. It sucks.”
“It’s ok but I feel like it’s so much!”
“Why, unless it’s unfinished class work?”
“I hate it. It stresses me out.”
“Although I don’t receive much homework this year, in my past three years of high school I have spent countless nights stressing over it or just giving up on it all together which in turn, made me fail a lot of my classes even though I did well in the class.”
“It’s not fun.”
“Teachers should give a more manageable amount of homework.”
“I find it useless, sometimes my teacher only does notes and relies on me to practically learn it myself just to do a homework assignment.”
In my opinion, homework isn’t entirely a bad thing. In fact, I find myself learning from it every day. However, I also find myself having little to no time to relax and focus on myself, my health and my relationships with others.
I’m not saying we shouldn’t have homework at all. I’m saying there needs to be a balance.
Based on the way many high school students view homework, I think a way to solve the problem would be to lessen the amount of homework each student is given per night. Homework should be no more than two hours per night. And to make sure students enjoy the process of homework, teachers might want to be more creative when assigning homework. For example, I personally despise reading and taking notes out of a textbook, but I absolutely love foldables and educational competitions like Jeopardy.
When learning and homework can be described as fun and interesting, it’s not all that bad.
How much of your time is dedicated to homework each night? Do you think teachers should give less homework? And if so, how can we make that happen?
Share in the comments below and let’s discuss! Parents, you’re welcome to join in too. 😉
Until next time,
~ Rina Raj