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Students spend too much time doing homework.

Students spend too much time doing homework.

Students spend too much time doing homework.

Riley Coates, BHS Journalism

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Students get too stressed over their homework load. According to U.S. News & World Report a survey of 1,000 K-12 teacher found that, on average, high school teachers assign 3.5 hours of homework each week. For high school students, that is five different classes all which have different teachers, this could mean as much as 17.5 hours of homework each week. That comes to about 3.5 hours every week night. According to the National PTA and the National Education Association doing more than two hours of homework each night is not even benefiting high school students.

In comparison, in 2011 the National Center for Education Statistics did a study and found high school students spent an average of 6.8 hours doing homework per week. This is about one and a half hours each week night. In 1994, they reviewed trends in data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress and found 39 percent of 17-year-olds said they did at least one hour of homework each day. These studies show that the homework load has increased since 1994.

Students who are involved in a school activity do not always have enough time to get all of their homework done. According to Skyd Magazine high school athletes typically reported practicing 10-12 hours each week. This is two to two and a half hours every day after school. When students do not get home until after 5:30 p.m. and have to do three and a half hours of homework, they will not have much free time to relax and spend time with their family.

Some students also have chores they have to. Some have just housework and others have animals to take care of. If you add this time onto the time spent doing a school activity that doesn’t leave much time to do your homework. School can cause a lot of stress, which can lead to other serious problems, including bad habits and lack of sleep.

Students spend seven hours sitting in class and come home to do another three hours of studying. Homework is usually done while sitting, decreasing their activity levels.

Considering that most students’ education these days is done on electronics, that is a lot of screen time. According to Psychology Today too much screen time has affected teens’ planning, prioritizing, organizing, and impulse control.

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