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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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pikachu9910 said...
Mar. 18, 2014 at 2:29 am
You guys all sound like a bunch of whining brats. I suggest you all learn how to deal with your "huge" amounts of homework in middle school before even thinking about moving on with your lives. Really? Considering "losing your childhood" when you're like what, 5 years old? Give me a break, that's pathetic. Now get off this website and finish your damn arithmetic homework. 
Anon replied...
Mar. 24, 2014 at 1:19 am
Well, when one has the sleep patterns of a college student while in middle/high school (like myself) I wouldn't say that it isn't "Huge"
izzy_0314 replied...
Mar. 28, 2014 at 8:42 pm
The person that commented this clearly does not understand the pressure of today’s schools, even in the 8th grade. I’m an eighth grader and am currently taking multiple advanced courses. For example I am currently taking a math course that is traditionally taken by a 10th/11th grader. Schools are creating more difficult courses, predominantly in the younger ages. The reasoning behind this that students go through their academic lives through high school with flying colors. Their brai... (more »)
ihatehomework!!! said...
Mar. 5, 2014 at 1:07 pm
screw home work i mean we learn at school why do we have to do it at home!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous replied...
Apr. 6, 2014 at 9:38 pm
foop said...
Feb. 26, 2014 at 11:15 am
first of all u commentators keep spelling things wrong and it is bothering me.... btw i agreeeed to this article
Aryoseno11 replied...
Mar. 10, 2014 at 7:36 am
I agree, I have civics presentation tommorow along with bahasa homework and Biology test and SOSE presentation and tommorow is the due date for computer project..... Life is getting harder at school isn't it? The only way is to work hard....That's how life is when being affected by school...
annabanana19996 said...
Feb. 25, 2014 at 8:02 pm
I agree with this article, however, most commenting are ninth graders and the person who wrote this is only an eight grader. I am a junior and all i have to say is all of you undeclassmen complaining about homework are going to be in for a real treat come junior year. I can honestly say freshman and sophomore year are absolutely nothing compared to the workload your junior year. Also, luckily for you 8th and 9th graders 10th and 11th grade are the grades that matter most in terms of college, so ... (more »)
Maxy1234 said...
Feb. 20, 2014 at 1:23 pm
Im a 7th Grader... Currently doing my Geography Project with my Maths homwork and my Chemistry Assessment Practice. I come tired form School and dont have time to play Football my favourite Sport. Now I occasioonally go to play just beacuse of Loads of Homework. I HATE IT!!!!!!!!
sssooo tttiiirrrddd said...
Feb. 12, 2014 at 6:20 pm
i know, and if teachers can't finish a lesson in their time with us, then they should not make us do it after school
Anonymous said...
Feb. 10, 2014 at 5:38 pm
I totally agree because I am doing a project on homework, and I am in 7th grade.
Other Anonymous replied...
Apr. 6, 2014 at 9:40 pm
Me too. It has to be 20 pages long... Ironic, huh?
aaaaaaaaawww said...
Feb. 5, 2014 at 12:34 am
Wait until you go to Highschool, and then College or University. As someone who's walked in those footsteps, all I can tell you is that everything you will do in your current 8th grade will seem like a breeze upon entering highschool. The jump from highschool and post-secondary education will be one of the biggest educational as well as personal leaps you will take during your teen years, thus the high drop-out rates during freshmen year.   If I were to (Or if you were to after seve... (more »)
8th grade student said...
Feb. 4, 2014 at 5:22 pm
I can see how some homework is a good thing, but now we have way too much, and alot of it is just busywork anyways!
OHSer4023 said...
Feb. 3, 2014 at 10:50 am
I  go to Stanford OHS and we have regularly scheduled classes as well as multiple hours of homework. So for a regular 'Ohser' we have five classes which is 10-14 hours of class a week our homework is supposed to be 10 hours a week per class however for most it ends up being about 12 hours a week per class 12*5=60+14=74 which means regularly we have a 74 hour school week and that is just for middle schoolers.
AlyciaL. said...
Jan. 11, 2014 at 12:21 pm
Great article! Very well written! I enjoyed it.
nicky1234567 said...
Jan. 5, 2014 at 3:18 am
Teachers give way too much homework, especially if your in advance classes. My english teacher gave us a project to do during our winter break and I have ALOT of math HW to do which takes a long time to do each problem. I also have many things to do outside of school, so I only got to hang out with my friends once this break since it was one of my friends birthday, and celebrate New Years and Christmas, but that was practically it.
dtaylor971 said...
Dec. 24, 2013 at 5:10 pm
Thank you very much for this article! I am a twelve year old debating why homework should be banned. I have two hours of homework every night in ONE subject (algebra) and so do many of my friends. Thanks again for the article!
sally sunshine said...
Dec. 17, 2013 at 8:48 am
I really feel that momework is a  stress.Iused to learn music earlier but as soon i came in 8th standard , i have no time to practice for it and i think that music is the best stress buster. i am completely with you on this topic. i think homework should be decreased.
mikey123 said...
Dec. 14, 2013 at 4:07 pm
Homework is given in abundant amounts to us. I'm just lucky I have time to write this up. I am in the seventh grade, and I believe that sometimes, too much homework is given to us, especially on vacations where I want to be with the family. Homework gets in the way of studying for my tests many of the time (I am an advanced class student). I have saturday school, giving me only one more day (sunday and part of Saturday) to finish my work every week. I plan to do my Saturday school homework w... (more »)
mhara replied...
Feb. 10, 2014 at 6:33 am
thanks ilove you
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