Emails: For Your (In) Convenience

Emails: For Your (In) Convenience

This article is an editorial.

By: Jackson Tacka

Nothing is better than getting all of your homework done during the school day, and having a free night. Suddenly, a dreaded unread email notification appears in your inbox, and the subject of the email reads “Tonight’s Homework” in bold print. Hoping for the best, you open the email and, to your dismay, it says, “Read pages 23 through 51, annotate, and be prepared for a quiz.” 

This situation has become an increasingly more prevalent issue for students, sometimes with one single teacher or even worse, with multiple ones. This all too common predicament has forced students to make tough choices on which homework should be completed or whether or not to show up for an out of school practice/rehearsal or not. While it is understandable for a teacher to do this once or twice because they forgot or had an issue that needed to be taken care of, there should be a limit. 

Once the practice of the late email becomes almost expectable, there is an issue. Students like Matt Rodgville (’20) explained their frustration saying “I would get emails after athletics as late as eight to nine o’clock.” I have also had this come up in a variety of classes, even to the extent of a teacher sending out an email the night before class regarding a quiz the next day. Too often this issue prevents students from successfully balancing hectic schedules that include rigorous academics, time-consuming extracurriculars, and exhausting sports. 

When asking Mr. Rob Heubeck about the idea, he explained,“ If you have an 8:00 a.m. class on Tuesday, you need to know about [the homework assignment] the morning prior by 8:00 a.m..” For this reason, Mr. Heubeck informed teachers that no homework for the next class can be assigned prior to 4pm the previous day. Hopefully, the reinforcement of this policy will alleviate some of the issues that students have had in the past.