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Homework Headaches

Everyone has had one of those nights where they are awake late into the night or even into the morning in order not to fall behind on their schoolwork. Most kids with at least a partially rigorous schedule would agree that homework is often over assigned and a leading cause of stress among high school students.

Students throughout Park Hill South seem to be united in their opinions about the homework that is assigned to them.

According to the Washington Post a new study finds that a heavy homework load negatively impacts the lives of high school students, resulting in excess stress, physical problems and little or no time for leisure.

“What the Washington Post had to say doesn’t really surprise me at all. I will study when I need to, but I feel that most homework is just busy work and I can’t think of one way that it has positively impacted me or left me without stress,” said Alex Gardner, junior.

The Post continues to say that researchers found that no relationship was found between the time spent on homework and how much the student enjoyed it. The research quoted students as saying that they often feel that the homework given to them is seen as “pointless” or “mindless” in order to keep their grades up.

The study found that most students said their homework is only “somewhat useful” in helping them learn the material and prepare for tests.

“The vast majority of homework I am assigned stresses me out. Most of the time I feel like what I have to do outside of school is pointless and is just another way to drop my grades,” said Jack Chaney, junior.

The Washington Post seems to agree with Chaney because it says that homework is a primary stressor for high school students. In fact it says that less than one percent of work assigned outside of school was not a stressor.

According to the Post, students often times said that their work loads make them feel like they only have time for school and these students often reported more physical symptoms due to fewer hours of sleep on school nights, less ability to get enough sleep, and less ability to make time for other activities outside of school.

Students here at South seem to agree with the previous statement.

“The large amounts of schoolwork that can be given to me really impedes on my plans outside of school. There are times where my weekends with friends are cut short due to homework, and during the week I often come home from work with piles of homework that can hurt the amount of sleep that I get,” said Blaine Feaster, junior.

Until things change here at South, students will continue to be up late at night and stressed out on the weekends.