Boston Latin School is one of among the most popular and sought-after schools in the city. It is viewed as an ideal place to receive an education in Boston and many consider it an honor to be accepted there. People have been going to this school for generations. However, with all of the learning comes a lot of work. As a student of BLS, I personally believe that it assigns far too much homework every day to its students. A lot of it does not even seem to amount to much in terms of learning.
I am not alone in this opinion. 16-year-old BLS student Jack Charles thinks that the school gives too much work; but on the other hand, he says that the work helped him learn things, as homework is meant to do. However, another student of the same age, Phoebe Holland, disagrees. “I feels like a lot of homework assignments I have been given over the years at BLS have been complete busy work and not necessary for learning the material,” she said.
While many students agree that the workload is too large, there is some debate over whether or not it actually serves its purpose. Timothy Gay, an AP Environmental Science teacher at the school, believes differently. He thinks the average homework load is a decent amount, and that “the skills that students develop at BLS help them immensely in college and beyond.” Clearly, adults feel differently about the amount of work given than their students do. In fact, according to studies made by the Brookings Institution, 60 percent of parents in America think that the average homework load is the right amount in this country, despite the fact that studies by The Telegraph show that the average time spent doing homework in the US per week is 6 hours and 1 minute.
Despite what adults may think, I personally agree with Holland. Most of the work students are assigned is just meant to keep them preoccupied and does not actually teach you much of anything. What is the point of homework if it does not help you learn in any way? It is puzzling as to why this is a common habit of the school, and I and many others wish that BLS and other schools with similar patterns will break this habit and make things easier and more significant for all students.