Fix the Chaminade High School Work Load

Fix the Chaminade High School Work Load

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This year, Chaminade introduced many new systems and procedures to ensure that learning may take place in an efficient and effective manner. One of these institutions was the system of asynchronous assignments for the senior division as a means to cut down on class size while still promoting students’ learning.

The system entails the that on days when a senior attends one set of classes in person or “synchronously” (i.e. Math, English, and Science), he has “asynchronous” assignments due in his other set of classes (i.e. Religion, Social Studies, and Language) which are assigned at the beginning of that day. Formal instruction, quizzes, and tests take place in these synchronous classes. In addition to asynchronous assignments due at 7:00 PM, he also has homework assigned in these asynchronous classes due at 8:05 AM of the next school day (the day which he attends those classes in person).

As a senior myself at Chaminade, I am fully aware of the stress and difficulty the administration went through to make this school year possible. I, as well as my fellow seniors, am extremely grateful that Chaminade allowed us to come together for our last year in person rather than behind a computer screen. That said, I am also fully aware of the effort needed to survive in the school’s rigorous climate. In light of my three years of experience, I can safely affirm that the workload this year is simply unbearable.

In the past, I would have ample time to complete my homework, with only three classes assigning work due at 8:05 AM the next day. In contrast, this year has effectively doubled that work load with the release of asynchronous assignments the morning of that day on top of homework for those same classes. This creates a domino effect and a constant race against the deadline of 7:00 PM, resulting only in the realization that there are three more assignments to do before the next morning. According to screen time, I spend 9 hours on my iPad per day, a drastic and alarming increase from that of my previous years, and I have often lost sleep at night trying to complete my work. I also take the train to school, and as a result of the scheduling changes, I am forced to allocate even more time towards transportation. With so much time absorbed by school, I barely have the ability to focus on applying for college or study for tests and quizzes, let alone complete the actual assignments themselves. By the end of the day, I am left stressed and dejected, as I go to sleep knowing that the next day will be just as taxing. It has reached a point where even my parents and others have come to understand how detrimental the work load is to student life, offering to address this issue as well.

So, I am calling on the Chaminade staff and administration alike to recognize the situation we are in and revise the work load so that we may enjoy this year rather than resent it.

 

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