Day after day, students are given massive amounts of homework to do at their house, some students have the time to complete these new assignments… others do not. In high school more than two hours a day of homework are given to students all around the world, and this is a big problem.
If a student has after school activities like sports, clubs, or family obligations, squeezing in homework gets harder and harder, and a simple “do it aft er” can take away from much needed sleep, especially for students. Even if someone had an empty schedule, homework is simply not worth it, In Finland, up to 2.8 hours of homework a week is given out, that’s less than an hour a day, and students there are placed very high on tests and exams, higher than most countries. Same scenario in South Korea, they give less than 3 hours of homework a week and yet they placed 2nd in the world for their reading knowledge.
According to US news, polled american high school students said they get an average of 3 hours of homework- a day! It is no surprise that America has a high school dropout rate of 25% while Finland has a dropout rate of less <1%.
To fix this crisis, I call on Awilda Saavedra Reasco, head of education in Connecticut, to abolish aft er school homework, or at least lower the amount of homework to <2 hours a week, doing this will not only save time and sleep for students, but will also save funds for the school, (paper and ink) and could benefit students grades, who might be missing homework that they didn’t have enough time to do. What’s more important, more work for students, or their mental health?
By Trevor Steinke