The Homework Debacle


Homework. Just the word can send shivers up a student’s spine. The majority of students don’t like homework, but it’s something that has to be done. As many teachers say, there just aren’t enough hours in the school day to cover all their content thoroughly.

“My teachers sometimes don’t get through the notes and expect students to go back and somehow teach themselves, and sometimes the amount of expectations put on students gets ridiculous,” sophomore Annie Peavler said.

Students also indicate that some nights, the majority of teachers will assign homework, while other nights, students receive hardly any. Some wonder if there is a way to balance homework nightly to make sure students don’t receive too much at one time.

“I think there needs to be more communication between departments [and teachers],” Peavler said.
Others are skeptical of a change in homework policy, saying it wouldn’t work well with teacher’s learning schedules.

“It’s up to the teachers to teach the students, not the other way around. Teachers have to get in all their content and can’t always work around students’ schedules,” freshman Nick Buffo said.

In an effort to correct this homework imbalance, some schools around the country have decided to stop assigning homework entirely. According to Fox News, Kelly Full Service Community School, has completely disbanded homework in favor of longer school days and in hopes of increasing student productivity. Clear results won’t be determined until next summer; however, according to a poll of BVN students , it seems that they hope the change deemed a successful policy.

BVN teachers have differing views on this policy. Some are skeptical, not sure whether an implementation of longer school days and no homework would yield positive results.

“Homework serves a certain purpose. It’s for extra practice and sometimes it’s to finish up things that can’t always be completed in the classroom setting,” English teacher Shelly Moran said.

Other teachers believe that the policy could possibly open up time for students to take part in extracurricular activities and help remove stress from students’ lives.

“I try not to give any homework in my classes, except for my cocurricular classes for kids who participate in varsity debate. Students are already spending forty hours a week in school. I don’t think it’s fair to give students a full time job in school, and then a part time job outside of school. I just think it’s too much,” debate teacher Kelly Thompson said.

Lastly, some students proposed an option that could have benefits for both sides.

“I believe there should be some sort of compromise. I feel like we should reduce homework by at least half. The only type of homework we should be getting is things like reading that we have to discuss in class the next day,” junior Rohit Ramachandran said. “I can see the purpose of some homework, but some of the worksheets we are assigned don’t really help with the learning process.”

There are people advocating for both sides of the debate.The balance between homework and outside life for high school students can be quite complicated.

“It seems like there’s no clear solution to the problem, but obviously we all hope that teachers and students can work together to find a balance to the issue.” said Peavler.