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Too Much Homework, Too Little Time

It's all over the news: kids are spending a lot of time on homework. And, according to some, it's way too much. With the current emphasis on high-stakes testing, educators are trying to do more with less, which can result in an overabundance of schoolwork outside of school. Some critics say there is no evidence to suggest that homework is helpful to student achievement; on the contrary, too much of it can overwhelm students and cause them to disengage. Others, however, claim that homework is necessary and helpful, designed so students can practice the concepts taught in class, build good study habits, and reflect on their own learning.

As an 8th grade student who is in advanced classes, I think that homework is the cause of my depleting grades. Now, you’re probably going to think that I’m like any other kid in middle school that hates homework and that to even spend another second reading this will be a complete waste of time, right? Even so, just hear me out because I have several reasons that might just change your mind.

I have thousands of assignments every week; most of them homework assignments. As a result, I’m cascaded with homework every day, causing me to stay up until 11 o’clock at night more often than not. Obviously, this is a threat to my health as a developing teenager. It could stunt my growth, and result in fatigue and stress because everyone knows that no good sleep leads to no good grades. Even if I were to go to bed at a decent time, my homework wouldn’t be finished. Either way is a couldesack at the end of a road.

Stress is very unhealthy for growing teens and statistics show that 29% of 13-year-old students report spending 2 hours or more on homework daily in the U.S. Isn’t that a bit much? More homework means more stress. Stress can cause many things including: lack of sleep, slipping grades, fatigue, unhealthy eating habits, depression, and many more other factors. A teen should not have to face depression at such a young age.

So why do teenagers still have so much homework?

One of the answers to that is that teachers often have children covering material at home by themselves that they do not discuss during school time at all. Of course, the teacher's reasoning for this is that there aren't enough hours in the day and he/she wants to cover more territory on a certain subject. But being taught how to do something by a piece of paper just isn’t the same as being taught by an actual human being. The teacher can explain things a different way if someone doesn’t grasp how to do something or they can respond to questions about the subject for better learning.

I couldn’t even count how many kids just take the easy way out and disengage from the homework given at my school. They refuse to do homework and it’s lowering their grades. But I can’t blame them because I ask myself on a daily basis why I don’t just quit already and join the rest of the crowd.

I could actually have a life then instead of doing homework all day. I could participate in extra curricular activities like I used to when I participated in lacrosse but now I can’t because my grades are slipping due to not finishing homework. I could do fun things instead of homework because it keeps me cooped up inside like a prisoner in a jail cell and I hate it!

Statistics even show that kids who participated in an extra curricular activity have less stress. The only thing is, is that they have less time for homework too. Homework takes away all of my free time to spend with friends and family; where I can just forget about all of my worries for an hour or two.

The amount of homework that teachers give sometimes is ridiculous and unnecessary. Homework can cause stress, depression, lower grades, and less time to do extra curricular activities or hang out with friends, so teachers, could you please not get so excited about homework next time?

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sallysunshine said...
today at 12:36 pm
Great job!!!!!
SchoolGirl12 said...
Mar. 23 at 1:13 pm
I'm doing a debate for this and I wanted to have some other people's opinion on both negative and positive. Thanks guys.
Zayna D. said...
Mar. 16 at 9:32 pm
ocean-blue said...
Mar. 12 at 10:05 pm
Really good. Great research, and I totally agree! You have an amazing writing style, too! Keep it up!
synchroskating said...
Mar. 10 at 10:15 pm
Freshman in high school, all advanced and honors classes. (advanced is offered for math and spanish, it is harder than honors.) I have field hockey after school until 5 or 6, and figure skating from 7-9. I barely have time to eat, much less finish my 3 or more hours of homework! I can't do this anymore.
Coolerica02 said...
Feb. 25 at 9:38 pm
Wow.....middle school sounds horrible. I'm in 5th grade and homework is mostly easy and usually a paragraph and 5 math questions.
Steve replied...
Mar. 4 at 2:54 pm
Yup. Ur in for hell buddy. Oh well. Enjoy the rest of ur life in school. It sucks. Homewok, homework, homework. All busywork.
cjs01 replied...
Mar. 16 at 6:45 pm
middle school has its ups and downs, mostly downs.
brisabwabwisa replied...
Mar. 17 at 9:13 pm
I'm in middle school (8th) and do over 4 hours of homework. Yeah, so much stress is happening and this is the page where I landed because of that :)
love_running said...
Feb. 12 at 7:25 pm
This is so true! I am a freshman, in all honors classes, and on the varsity track team at my school. The amount of homework my teachers assign is pathetic. I almost always have multiple assignments in every class. I start my homework at 7 and don't finish until 11. We also have tons of tests and quizzes to study for and a surplus of projects to complete.
Eric E. said...
Feb. 6 at 9:57 am
The article “Too Much Homework, Too Little Time” expresses the viewpoint of LAXdoubleK on how students seem to get overloaded with all kinds of homework. I, however, feel I always have enough time to get my homework done and still get to bed at a decent time. I am a junior in high school and play basketball, baseball, and golf, and I participate in marching, concert, and pep band. My GPA is currently a 4.0 and I don’t ever fell crunched on time to get my homework done. When students co... (more ») replied...
Feb. 13 at 5:07 pm
Honestly, it is great that YOU personally are in the position of which doing your homework and still having time for other things. But just because YOU are able to do 2+ hours of homework per night doesn't mean everybody else is. Clearly many are struggling to keep and deal with the amount of homework they are receiving per night as this isn't just a handful of people saying this, but rather a whole generation. Surely that should alert people that the amount of homework given is TOO much. Your ... (more »)
ChristianCapersThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
Jan. 29 at 11:29 am
You're so right! Teachers make you stay up till midnight, expect you to come early enough to get your first class and ask "Why are you all so tired?" Something must be done.
Steve replied...
Mar. 4 at 2:54 pm
I fell asleep in class today. You want to know why? Cause im f*cking tired
APUSHneedADEATH said...
Jan. 21 at 10:32 pm
Just don't take AP US History and you'll be fine.
highschoolsucks said...
Jan. 18 at 9:09 am
I'm a year 10 student and get between 10 and 15 pieces a week. Most of it is unnecessary
softballfreak42This teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
Dec. 27, 2014 at 11:53 am
First of all, an 8th grader should not have that much homework whatsoever. Period. Just wanted to put that out there. Forgive me if I'm wrong, but aren't we the era of procrastination because of the Internet and social media at our fingertips? As a high school junior, I was able to participate in numerous extra-curricular activities, and I was able to finish my homework before 12:30 on most occassions. If you need to get something done and you concentrate fully on the tasks ahead of you, all of ... (more »)
batman111101111 said...
Dec. 25, 2014 at 5:59 pm
I am in 7th grade in high school level reading. For her class I have 6-8 pages a day a weekly leater a mandatory 2hours of reading a day. I am also in after school band wich takes up 1 and half hours a day. Along with that I am in coir taking up 1 hour of my day. I half to practice for band/ coir3-4 hours a day all of that plus an 8 hour school day makes for an 15-16 hour day and I am expected to have perfect grads and family time I don't get to bed till 2am if I am lucky. I am 12 which means th... (more »)
toby478 said...
Dec. 23, 2014 at 1:52 pm
I completely agree with you. I am in 9th grade and I take all honors classes. I spend about 5-6 hours on homework a night. I get almost all A's and I do not consider myself to be a lazy person, but I still struggle with homework. I understand why some homework is important, but the amount that I have to do a night is ridiculous. I feel so tired all of the time. It is now Christmas break, and I do not feel like I am on a break at all. I have multiple projects, speeches, and online quizzes to do b... (more »)
morganmarlene said...
Nov. 21, 2014 at 1:04 pm
I think there are better ways to substitute homework. Studying can be homework. Or if every student had study hall as class each year it would help students be able to do their schoolwork plus do the things they like at home. Some people say the government wants you to have a lot of homwork for control but 6-7 classes plus homework in almost each class takes up your whole day. Homework is a big reason why kids fail or drop-out, I agree big time. Students can have perfect attendance and still hav... (more »)
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