Too Much Homework, Too Little Time

January 15, 2009
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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SonakshiYadav said...
May 24, 2015 at 10:26 am
Unfortunately, this is very true. I too have been asking myself the same question lately, is doing all this homework really worth it?! I don't think that it is, but as my grades depend on it, I just can't do anything about this. Schools, instead giving space to students are pressuring them into doing things the way which they think is right.(even if it isn't)
SonakshiYadav replied...
May 24, 2015 at 10:27 am
*instead of
RynKep said...
Apr. 27, 2015 at 2:14 pm
I am doing a speech on why homework shouldn't have a negative effect on my grades. While doing research I came across your article, and even though my teacher said to avoid the teen rags because it would just be a bunch of teenagers complaining, you sound like you've done your homework. (pun very intended) If you wouldn't mind, could you please share your sources with me to aid in my speech? Please and thank you.
MinecraftGirl said...
Apr. 21, 2015 at 7:05 pm
I am so fed up with how much language arts homework we have. My teacher makes us do a journal entry for this book (which is the worst book I've ever read) and a vocabulary chart. Oh, and a proverb chart, a figurative language chat, and a response for every chapter. I'm SOOO busy. To sum it all up, Ain't nobody got time fo dat!
Natasha said...
Apr. 19, 2015 at 1:52 pm
I'm a sophomore in high school, and I honestly don't know how I'm going to handle junior year coming up, as its supposed to be one of the most critical and difficult years of your academic career. I'm in almost all advanced classes, and every night I get about 3-4 hours of homework. I'm not able to have a life outside of school. The sad part is my parents don't even care, or refuse to see how much it's taking a toll on me. They think that it's normal for students to get this much homework, and ... (more »)
galaxyboykid replied...
Nov. 29, 2015 at 5:28 pm
im in an advanced class to and im in middle school and I have 3-4 hours of hw too im reading this for homework right now
zingenzombie said...
Mar. 30, 2015 at 10:43 pm
I completely agree, I am in middle school averaging about 3 and a half hours of homework. The problem is parents just think of their old homework, they think it has not changed. This is not true, if you show your parents a math question they are clueless. Things have been discovered and everything gets put In books, this has truly increased homework. Teachers may say students should only need 20 minutes for an assignment, that does not make sense if every student in the class spends an hour an... (more »)
sallysunshine said...
Mar. 26, 2015 at 12:36 pm
Great job!!!!!
SchoolGirl12 said...
Mar. 23, 2015 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.
AnsonL169 replied...
Mar. 31, 2015 at 5:02 am
I have a whole speech that I am using for the same purpose as you. My team is arguing that homework is a good thing. I can send you a copy if you like after my teacher gives me feedback after we present to our class.
Zayna D. said...
Mar. 16, 2015 at 9:32 pm
ocean-blue said...
Mar. 12, 2015 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, 2015 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, 2015 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, 2015 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, 2015 at 6:45 pm
middle school has its ups and downs, mostly downs.
brisabwabwisa replied...
Mar. 17, 2015 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 :)
NatiMichaelis replied...
Aug. 12, 2015 at 11:00 am
Middle School wasn't too bad for me and i was in honors, high school now that my friend I hate :(
love_running said...
Feb. 12, 2015 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, 2015 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 »)
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