Are high school students being WORKED too Hard?

By Alora McClure Posted March 4, 2022

When you get home from school you want to be done learning for the day and just sleep. But there are other responsibilities. Some people have sports to do. Some people have extracurriculars. Almost all people have to do their homework. It is normal to have homework every day and you are expected to get it done. But how much is too much?

The National Center for Educational Statistics reported an average of 6.8 hours of homework a week, that is about 1.36 hours a night. That may not seem like much but that is just an average, Most kids have more homework than that. Sophomore Maddison McClure participates in many extracurricular activities.

“I have four hours of homework a night, mostly consisting of English,” said McClure.

he maintains a 4.08 GPA while taking two honors classes and playing both volleyball and softball and is an editor for the yearbook and school newspaper.

While the student-athletes have a ton of homework and stay up for an extended period of time after practices, the other students spend a fair amount of time on homework.

“I spend about three hours a day on homework,” said freshman Sara Giegerich. Giegerich takes Honors English and is almost fluent in French.

Even students who do not take honors classes have a significant amount of homework.
Freshman Travis Woodcook does not do any extracurriculars before or after school.

“It takes me about 3 and a half hours of homework, it mostly depends on the day,” said Woodcook.

Woodcook is also a student with a very high GPA and takes great pride in the work that he does.

Whether you are a student that does a fair amount of extracurriculars or you don’t do anything, you still have a lot of homework to finish in order to receive a good grade. You also have to finish the work in order to be able to do things. If you don’t put in the work there become limitations. Hence the amount of homework needing to be done makes it to where most students do the work to their best ability.