Why we should have less homework

Why we should have less homework

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MILLEN MISTRY started this petition to AUSTIN BEUTNER and

What is the most stressful part about school? Is it the tests/exams? Is it the homework? Is it the time in a classroom? In a study conducted by Denise Pope (2009-2020), a Co-Founder of Challenge  Success (non-profit), findings indicate that homework was the most common answer. For this study, Pope asked over 200,000 middle and high school students. Just between October 2018 and January 2020, Pope asked more than 50,000 high school students. Of those 50,000 students, 56% had too much homework and they reported doing an average of 2.7 hours of homework on the weekdays, and 3.0 hours on weekends. (Strauss) When you take in extra-curricular activities (sports practice, musical instruments, etc.) and responsibilities (jobs, family, home help, etc.), students don’t have much time outside of school, especially not 2.7 hours to do homework. During this pandemic we are living through “Rachel Varty, Stephanie’s college counselor at Orthopaedic Hospital Medical Magnet High School, said students as young as 14 have been requesting work permits.” (Newberry). Many students across LAUSD have had to take up crazy hours to keep food on the table. One example is Luis Leon, who has been working 20-30 hours a week and watching his two younger siblings, was failing all his classes in December (Newberry).  Jeremy Okmin, a classmate of ours, has just finished collecting data about employment rates at our school. He found that 18/100 students are employed somewhere. Using our schedule, we found that our average class size is around 32-33 students. With that in mind, if you multiply 32 times by 0.18 you get 5.76 and when you multiply 33 by 0.18 you get 6. This means that there would be about 6 students on average who are working in each class at our school. 


Homework has long been shown to be connected to greater stress, reduction in health, less time for family. A 2014 study, also conducted by Denise Pope, had a sample of 4,317 students from “10 high-performing high schools in upper-middle-class California communities” (Stanford). Pope and her colleagues found that 56% of the students said that homework was the primary source of stress, 43% said tests were most stressful, and 33% said pressure for good grades was the most stressful (Stanford). Pope and colleges also found that most students said their homework led to sleep deprivation and other health problems, including “headaches, exhaustion, sleep deprivation, weight loss, and stomach problems” (Stanford).  Finally, the researchers found that students were more likely to “drop activities, not see friends or family, and not pursue hobbies they enjoy” (Stanford). To conclude, homework is not assigned in a way that is helpful for students. 


After some research we've come across some solutions to fix the issue homework has on students. First off schools could add an extra period that would be independent time for students, a 0 period, which would be a period before school, in this period students can complete assignments, go to their sport or clubs. This 0 period could help students complete things they usually can’t do after school which will be less stressful for students and leave them more time to do chores and spend some time on themselves or with family. Another solution is that schools can make independent time, in each class half their class would be a lesson, and the other half would be an independent time when students can complete work for that class independently, for example, they can work on homework or projects for that class and have less to do at home, or they could possibly even complete their work and have no homework. Finally, the last solution we’ve come up with is similar to the first, it would be that the schools add an extra period (7th period) and this period could be more like a study hall where students finish their work. After their done students can head home or to their clubs or sports without having to worry about having much homework to get home to.

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