article by Nicholas Hammond
edited by Izabella Caruolo
Day after day in the halls of Massabesic High School, cries of frustration can be heard: “Man, I have so much history homework!” and then, “You don’t have it nearly as bad as I do, my language arts teacher is making us write a three to five page essay, and it’s due this Friday!” These disheartened comments show how students feel about the workload: it’s too much. But is it, really? The NEA suggests 10 minutes of homework for every grade level (For example, 20 minutes for second grade and 100 for tenth grade), and most homework falls into that time suggestion if the student manages their time successfully. Though, I can see where the students are coming from. Most students (myself included) would rather do other things than homework, such as sports or playing video games, so even a small bit can feel like a lot because is is obstructing them from doing the things that they would like to do.
I don’t believe that teachers intend to put a burden on students. But, depending on students’ own ideas about how much homework should be assigned, students can feel as though they are burdened with the weight of the world on their shoulders. As a reaction to this, some students first instinct is just to not do the homework, which can contribute to bad grades and the failing of classes, and that is never good. I hope that there is a happy medium that we can find soon, but in the meantime, my message to students here at Massabesic is: use your time wisely. For example, if your teacher gives you an easy assignment, and you finish it with time to spare, don’t waste your time socializing. Just get the homework over with. If you get it done in class, you may not have to do it at home.