Home Work in the United States

High school students have a problem, this problem is home work.  I know that this is a strange topic, but it is real.  There are some students that don’t get a lot of home work; however this doesn’t apply to all students.  To begin, students are already at school for seven hours a day, five days a week, and I know that after a long day at school, I just want to relax.  I know that some will say “seven hours isn’t that long”, but think about this, most adults go to work for eight hours a day, that’s just one hour longer than kids at school, five days a week, and what is one of the first things they say when they get home  “what a long day at work”, or  “Good lord, I’ve been home for ten minutes, it was a long day at work and all I want to do is relax, is that too much to ask!?”  So why does this one hour difference make the barrier of a long day and a completely reasonable day?

My second point is that home work has no point.  Home work is just practice for the things you learned in school, but practicing doesn’t help you if you don’t know how to do the work.  As you know, teachers can’t always be there to help you with questions about problems in your homework.  One might argue, “If you don’t know how to do the problem, then you can just Google how to do it”, but while that may be true, Google isn’t always a reliable source, and on top of that not every student has access to Google, a device that can access Google, or internet for that matter.

My third and final point is that high school students have other things to do after school, such as work.  After going to school for seven hours and going to work for another four to six hours, the last thing you’ll want to do is home work.  It can be argued that students just need to balance out school work and work, but most students go to work around three o’clock or four o’clock, and if students get out of school around two o’clock that only gives them one to two hours to get home work done before you leave for work.  You’ll get back from work anytime between seven o’clock, ad eleven o’clock, and this isn’t limited to just work, this can range from doctors’ appointments, orthodontist appointments, or funerals.

Put yourself in the students point of view, wouldn’t you hate having home work after a long day of school if you had to go to work afterwards or if you had other important plans, or staying up late to get it done, wouldn’t it cause you stress?

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