Thirty minute homework policy a work in progress

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Due to students taking more academic classes at once in the new schedule, Principal Mark Jackson introduced a homework policy; it suggests that individual classes keep regular homework assignments to a 30 minute timeframe, with some exceptions.

Students had mixed responses about the implementation of the policy, with many saying they felt as overloaded with homework as ever and advising a bettering of the system.

“Nobody follows it. Everybody gives the same amount of work [as before],” said sophomore Faizan Hassan.

“I feel like it doesn’t quite work the way it’s supposed to work. It’s easier said than done,” added senior  Ahzam Mustafa.

Students acknowledged it may be hard for teachers to adjust the way they assign homework.

Sophomore Giselle Hajir said, “I take U.S. History and that is definitely more homework than 30 minutes a night. It seems like the policy is only possible in some classes rather than all.”

Junior Alberto Morales Fernandez saw both sides.

“I feel like it’s a good idea but it’s hard to actually plan out a timed homework for students,” he said. “It is a good system as of now, but it would help a lot if teachers could communicate with each other to plan total homework times.”

He said he has two hours of homework a night on average. “It tends to be hard with sports and after school requirements,” Fernandez said.

Students said some teachers are better about gauging student ability to do homework in thirty minutes. “If I’m not able to finish an assignment in 30 minutes I often stay up and have to finish it or I don’t get a good grade,” Hassan said.

However, he said some teachers do ask about pace and make necessary accommodations.

Not only has this affected the students but staff have something to say as well.

English department head Sara Barber-Just said she thinks “limiting homework is a good idea.”

Ms. Barber-Just said she feels it’s working well in the English department. “We have reduced nightly reading loads and continue to do a lot of close-reading and writing in class,” she said.