Homework in private high schools

Which private high schools in the area seem to give the most homework? Does the competitiveness for admission make a difference ? 

Oratory, Union Catholic, St. Peter’s, seton hall

Morristown Beard  Gill St Bernard, Wardlaw, Pingry, Newark Academy?



How would anyone know how much homework is given in all those schools?


There is more to education than intense academics.  There is a big problem with workers who don't have soft skills.  We shove so much academics down their throats....academics that are mostly useless, and never give them skills they need like how to work with others, think things through, and problem solve.  Intense high school education may be the ticket to intense college education, but a well rounded experience will be much more beneficial for a career that will be satisfying as well as pay the bills


I would find out what percentage of students had nervous breakdowns, as that is strongly correlated with homework volume.


I’m just curious…. are your parents planning on sending you to one of these private schools after middle school? You seem very worried about the amount of homework you will have in comparison to Columbia. 


Jaytee said:

I’m just curious…. are your parents planning on sending you to one of these private schools after middle school? You seem very worried about the amount of homework you will have in comparison to Columbia. 

I think that is a very reasonable thing to be worried about. Homework sucks and is mostly useless and a school that overloads it is a bad school.


drummerboy said:

I think that is a very reasonable thing to be worried about. Homework sucks and is mostly useless and a school that overloads it is a bad school.

I agree. My kids all went to Columbia, and they had lots of homework. I’m thinking this person is looking for a school with less homework. I’ve known a couple kids from mapso who literally just went off the rails from the stress. Overdosed, cutting themselves, going missing, many times I had to go get some of them back home. Mostly all were my daughter’s friends. It is not a good time for children in this age group to be going through all this stress. Some of these parents are neurotic tyrants. I’ve seen the damage they have done. Trust me 


Jaytee said:

Trust me

This was a little easier before you mocked the OP.


Homework: When I began a teaching career in a N.J. public school, the homework policy was explained as, social studies is expected to include X number of hours of study per week. Classroom time takes up  x (-) hours per week and the remainder is to be taken up with homework. So we were to assign several hours of homework per week. 

This was 50 years ago and I don't recall the actual numbers.

But...

multiply that by 5 core subjects per week, plus any assignments for minor subjects, plus activities or after school sports..... Where is the time for a kid to just be a kid?


Pingry publications have some indications that they assign large quantities of homework:

On pg. 15 of "The Pingry Review - Winter 2019-20", a director/counselor/teacher's highlighted quote includes: https://issuu.com/thepingryschool1861/docs/pingrywtr20_completeforweb.v2/17

“There’s a badge of honor in saying you stay up late doing homework. To the student who says teachers assign too much work, I would say take fewer classes. What we want is for students to do less so they can understand their topics better.

And the p.2 of the "Pingry Record" from 2019 has a student article titled "Never Doing Enough: Stress as a Measure of Success"

https://resources.finalsite.net/images/v1576760500/pingry/kza8hgisnabrutwkywzp/December2019Issue.pdf

So, it looks like they are a contender for a private high school that assigns lots of homework, if that's what you are seeking.



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