Call Ed: Sinking under the pressure

It’s common knowledge that students are stressed, and homework complaints are an everyday occurrence. However, this year, Dr. Michael Havener, principal, has taken a stance against students’ homework load. For Call Ed this issue, TKC wants to offer him thanks.

Our editorials are the one spot in our magazine where we, as a staff, collectively take a stance on an issue, and publish our response. Often, our Call Editorials are critical of our school or a nationwide problem. Rarely do we stop and recognize anyone, especially the administration, for something positive.

However, we’d like to recognize and thank Dr. Michael Havener, principal, for taking a stance against the amount of homework students at KHS receive. On Aug. 11, Opening Day, he spoke to teachers about limiting unnecessary homework this year due to the belief students should have time to participate in activities after school, familial obligations and because homework may be the cause of some students’ anxiety.

So, thank you Dr. Havener:

For speaking out against excessive homework;

For listening to our feedback;

For answering our call to help;

For focusing on “objective-driven” learning;

For fighting against unessential busywork;

For helping us build lasting friendships;

For offering us a chance to relax and breathe;

For opening the door to new opportunities;

For helping us excel in the activities we love;

For every extra second of sleep you help us save;

For every bit of stress you lift off our shoulders;

Because of homework, students break down. Students cry. Students are overworked, unhealthy and stretched far beyond their breaking point. KHS needed someone to reach out their hand. Thank you Dr. Havener for listening to our cry for help and fighting against excessive homework. And thank you to the teachers who support his important call to action.

This is not an advocation for dismissal of all homework; some is useful. However, this is a call for the elimination of busywork. Havener calls for direct conversations between teachers, students and parents. The only way KHS can change for the better is through open communication. Teachers need to discuss assignments with their colleagues, and students need to be honest when they feel overwhelmed. Only then can KHS become a healthier and less stressful learning environment.