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The homework of today’s students

by Jason Hennigan, Staff Writer

Photo by Samantha Villanueva

Today, the typical high schooler averages about three and a half hours of homework every night according to the Los Angeles Times. Teenagers in high school may have a lot of extracurricular activities such as sports, jobs, community service, and clubs, but when does the amount of homework become too much?
Leigh High School has a massive number of students who are involved in extracurricular activities. The institute of Education Sciences states that about 99 percent of high school students are involved in some sort of activity outside of school. Normally those activities take place right after school for at least two hours. By the time students get home, it’s normally around five. Students easily stress out when they get home late. Many students begin homework around 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and work on it for three and a half hours on average. Sometimes, students are up past 10 p.m. doing homework that is due the next day.
Senior Josh Bills said, “I think the homework load is manageable. But the reason I get stressed out is when homework is matched with extracurricular activities. That’s when it’s too much.”
According to nationwide children’s, the recommended amount of sleep for the average teenager is about nine hours. Those nine hours allow one to maximize productivity during the day. Not having those nine hours can lead to physiological problems such as migraines, headaches, and sleep deprivation. When schoolwork gets in the way of personal health in the lives of high school students, that should be a clear indication that teachers should rethink the ways they assign homework. Yes, some courses are very demanding, but there should be another way to address that workload at home with not so stressful work hours. A possible solution is to have a way of assigning a limited amount of work, enough to reinforce the lesson taught for the day, but not have too much to where the students are so stressed out.