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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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simplydivine said...
Mar. 24, 2011 at 7:22 pm:

After being cooped up inside at school for eight hours. Learning about stuff that we really don't care about. And they expect us to do another hour or two at home? It really is pathethic.

Great article!

LAXdoubleK replied...
Mar. 24, 2011 at 9:07 pm :
I'm glad you liked my article but you should care about learning! It's your future, your life!
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Becca17 said...
Mar. 24, 2011 at 2:00 pm:
Definitely a fascinating article and I definitely agree that the work overload can feel far to overwhelming for the developing teenager.
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fungus! said...
Mar. 24, 2011 at 8:06 am:
that is true people have to much homework to do in such little time!
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hmeeks said...
Mar. 9, 2011 at 10:19 am:
I believe this essay conveys the views of many middle/highschoolers. However, in just reading somet of the comments, it's easy to realize just how much we need the homework. Sure, it cuts back from time with friends, but in the scheme of things, we still need work. Just not as much. And help from teachers would be a great benifit.
LAXdoubleK replied...
Mar. 24, 2011 at 9:05 pm :
Yes, I agree completely. Reality is that school isn't really possible without homework. I'm just suggesting that teachers need to be smarter and more efficient so we don't need to such a ridiculous amount of work.
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Skylersmith1997 said...
Feb. 8, 2011 at 4:42 pm:
I completly agree with you. Homework is a waste of our time. I will literally stay up until 9:00 pm doing homework and still not getting it done. It affects me from being able to hang out with my friends and I still don't get my homework done. I agree 100%
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autumn09 said...
Jan. 25, 2011 at 8:56 pm:

I am in  6th grade in gifted accelerated classes, and i think the homework has to stop!!! i don't have a life anymore!!

i can't make jewlery, can't dance,i can't even care for my pets!!i'm sick of it!!!!!

cnoevilspeaknoevilhearnoevil replied...
Mar. 24, 2011 at 12:01 pm :
i believe if you are in sixth gradee then you need your homework to learn and build you knowledge; dancing and making jewelry can come later.
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=]]] said...
Jan. 6, 2011 at 1:20 pm:
This was a really well-written essay and I totally agree! I'm in 9th grade and I'm always piled with homework. It's a really good essay, especially for 8th grade!!
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EdenDreams said...
Dec. 28, 2010 at 5:30 pm:
I agree 100%. I'm also in 8th grade and in advanced classes and I think it has to stop. Sometimes in class, we spend the whole period going over homework, with a good 10 minutes to the end EXPLAINING homework. Think of all we could do if we just utilized our class time!
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LAXdoubleK said...
Dec. 26, 2010 at 4:39 pm:
Yes, i think that the statistic was actually from the late 1980's so just imagine what it is now...
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Butterflyhunny said...
Nov. 1, 2010 at 11:41 am:
i was looking for a stat...thanks
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Stevieb said...
Oct. 9, 2010 at 4:48 pm:
I too am in 8th grade in Advanced classes. I find the amount of homework extremely overwhelming and I feel the same way as you expressed in the article. I stay up until 11: 00 pm on average finishing up homework. I know there are a lot of kids who just give up and don't even attempt the homework. I wonder if I should give in too everyday. Especially in Social Studies. They give us so much in there even though it's the most useless subject. I never get to spend any time with my friends and I neve... (more »)
Sara replied...
Nov. 7, 2010 at 3:15 am :


That is just too true to belive i agree thanxz 4 da comment :]

schoolgirl13 replied...
Oct. 20, 2011 at 9:34 pm :
trust me, i know how you all feel. Im an accelerated student in eigtht grade. Im about a month ahead in my classes because i put every once i can into school. I stress way too much when it comes to homework because of clubs. I participate in four afterschool clubs. ( all of them competitive or honor societys) When i get  home, all i do is homework and study, Butt aht doesnt mean we should cut it out. I think they should at least cover it more. Ive found that the reason most people stay up s... (more »)
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AngelicaM said...
Sept. 12, 2010 at 2:58 pm:
Excellent, well-written article. I can hardly believe you're in eighth grade, for you sound so mature! I love this article. Maybe teachers will read it and be persuaded to make changes.
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tianaxbiddy said...
Jul. 12, 2010 at 11:14 am:
i am not sayin this becaus ei dont like homework but we shouldnthave a lot of it. we should have it because it will help us in school but it should b optional. i am sturgglin in skool because of homework. i dont do it it takes too long i am up late @ nite tryin to do it so i just dont. it is mostly a waste of time but it isnt.
hmeeks replied...
Mar. 9, 2011 at 4:09 pm :
I'm sorry, but your grammar is one of the very reasons that homework is assigned.. I agree that there is too much, however, we need the work to help us find our mistakes and fix them.. I would love to drive down to the movies with my friends, so i understand where you're coming from, however there is always room or improvement.
uhmmmm replied...
May 5, 2011 at 5:26 pm :
uhmm but  that kidd did a really good jod and now you coming nd saying thatt grammar is a reasoning forr homeworkk likee pleaseee youu make noo typee of freaking sensee ugly >:0
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PayPay said...
Jul. 1, 2010 at 6:01 pm:
i feel on that i mean way do we really have homework? i mean we goin go over it in school so what is the point pluse that takes away our free time at home...
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