[Opinion] Teachers do not allow enough extensions on assignments for those involved with extracurriculars

Nicholas Zanetti, Writer

School can be overwhelming for a typical teenage student. When in such an overworked environment, students must be given enough time for sleep, homework, family time and extracurriculars. Extracurricular activities frequently demand a good deal of time and effort.

Obviously, schools should provide students with extenuating circumstances with extended deadlines for assignments, such as clubs, sports and other extracurricular activities. This extension would allow students to complete their assignments with their absolute effort.

One reason I believe that extracurriculars should be valued at the same importance level to academic classes is because extracurricular activities allow students to explore their individual innate talents. Activities including football, DECA and creative writing club are crucial in helping a student find their future interests. Schools need to protect these programs by reinforcing more time for homework. Without homework time, students can be forced to quit their athletics and activities, leading to detrimental consequences when it comes to finding their career path.

Candidly, the sheer workload some students receive each night is astronomical. Even students that don’t partake in extracurricular activities sometimes struggle to get all their work completed. Imagine a student who has two-hour practices each day, in addition to the work distributed by their eight classes. With an absurd workload on top of athletics, students can struggle to receive enough free time and sleep. This can inevitably lead to depression, failing classes and setting up a future based on failure.

Overstressed students are the products from lack of extensions. Homework is important; it helps teach students time management and reestablishes the lessons discussed in their classes. Complications such as depression and anxiety materialize when students aren’t rewarded enough time. Overly-stressed students can sometimes fall prey to failure when their school work takes over their free time.

If schools wish to prevent large failure amongst those involved in extracurricular activities, they should consider the root of the problem, overloaded homework assignments. Students with extracurriculars have little to no time to explore themselves and their hobbies, which are essential and can also lead to depressed and overworked students.

Extensions should be assigned to students with little time to complete homework due to after school activities and events. The combination of a large workload and long practices can be overwhelming. Students in these predicaments should most definitely be given more time than the average student.

Students on game days should also be given an extra day to complete their assignments. Game days are sometimes as long as six hours. This gives students almost no time to complete any homework. Game days already require enough concentration and stress, students shouldn’t have to additionally worry about memorising the playbook and the project.

Ultimately, students should be able to inform their teacher about their extracurriculars in order to receive an extension. The duration of an athlete’s day includes school, practice and homework. These three duties are considerably too much work for one day without an extension. Schools need to give more time to students who lack time or face the consequences of failing students.