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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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 ») replied...
Feb. 13, 2015 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 »)
DietCoke This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Jun. 6, 2015 at 3:14 pm
Eric is kind of right. Procrastination probably consists of 25% of the time I'm supposedly doing homework. Here are some tips for those of you struggling: Create a work area for yourself free from distractions (phone, roommates, T.V.), and commit to staying there for a one to two hour period. Recognize that your obligations and resulting stress are as important as other people's needs, and set limits around being interrupted or rescheduling your work time. Break larger tasks, such as papers or p... (more »)
ChristianCapers said...
Jan. 29, 2015 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, 2015 at 2:54 pm
I fell asleep in class today. You want to know why? Cause im f*cking tired
APUSHneedADEATH said...
Jan. 21, 2015 at 10:32 pm
Just don't take AP US History and you'll be fine.
highschoolsucks said...
Jan. 18, 2015 at 9:09 am
I'm a year 10 student and get between 10 and 15 pieces a week. Most of it is unnecessary
softballfreak42 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 »)
EleniAneziris This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Nov. 17, 2014 at 10:40 pm
Yeah, I'm high school junior in the US and I've been sleeping consistently past 2 AM since ninth grade solely because of how busy my schedule is and how much homework and studying I have to get done. Oftentimes, I simply don't possess the time or the motivation to do some assingments, so I'll end up doing homework in class the period before it's due. I've pulled more all-nighters than I can count by this point, and my grades suffer tremendously because of how sleep-depriv... (more »)
Liz S. replied...
Dec. 7, 2014 at 5:18 pm
yes, i feel the exact same way. i've lost passion in anything that i once loved to do. my day consists of getting up at 6 and going to school until 3. i even go the library at lunch to start my homework. i come home and i eat quickly so i can start my homework right away, and i do it until like 1 2 each night. i feel like its leading me to depression :(
Sophie said...
Nov. 11, 2014 at 2:55 pm
I´m 14 years old and from Germany, and when I get home at 14.00 I always have to work till 21.30 circa, because we have too much homework, I know it is necessary, to learn better, but why so much homework? I don´t know, if only I need so much time to do my homework and for studying or if the others of my class need so much time for this too. :/
Lucas replied...
Nov. 17, 2014 at 5:49 pm
I was reading recently for my work on a perswasive essay for school and I saw that Germany dosent have homework... I wasnt sure if that was true or not.
Nicole said...
Oct. 15, 2014 at 7:57 pm
I know that homework is exausting but I know it's good for me and my future. I also know that I can be doind anything else than doing my homework but I think that if you do it fast and well (obviously) then you will have more time than left if you stay all day arguing about why do you have to do it. I always think it's hard to propose yourself to do it intead of having fun but then I think about my grades and how this can affect to my future and I react. Finally you just have to think in... (more »)
Selena said...
Oct. 12, 2014 at 9:01 am
It is very bad for kids to stay up late. I agree.way too much homework, or not enough time. Kids need physical activity in order to have healthy habits and health. Depression is terrible disease and, no, kids should not have it. It should be on teachers, covering more materials at school. Im from Europe, teacher cover more material at school and kids have time to do their activity. Kids are overwhelmed, and panic at times.they say "too much homework" it is like self study.
Semimajor said...
Sept. 22, 2014 at 9:34 pm
Hey,   Just wanted to let you know - I was in your position a few years back. I was in 9th grade at age 12, so I was also advanced. I would be up late completing all my assignments. I want you to know this - down the road, it gets better. Today, I am 15 and I started college 2 weeks ago, and I am at the top of my class. Keep with it. I know it is hard. If it were easy, then anyone could do it. Then what would make you different? You are different. It is hard to be different - an 8... (more »)
Emily said...
Sept. 19, 2014 at 3:49 pm
I love this article alot. I have had experience of this when I had 8 test, one for each subject, but i found it really hard to revise as I had so many other bits of homework that I had to do. I am actually using this article for my homework right now. I have to write a review on an opinion article. i think homework is very stressful but is helpful. Teachers should make sure everyone is 100% sure on how to do it so they are not confused at home. I also think teachers cannot have the exscuse ... (more »)
Koen replied...
Nov. 6, 2014 at 9:23 am
I think the same, and strangely enough I am also doing a project and using this article :) I feel that we need to do way too much home work and that this is the way that people might become aware that this is not healthy.
Coolpixie47 said...
Jul. 6, 2014 at 11:42 am
You said two hours in America right? But in India, they say self study 4 hours and homework 2 hours plus tution and don't get me started on HOLIDAY HOMEWORK!
It's no holiday! It's school like without no teacher or friends( atleast me) I have nine subjects and about two projects of Ten marks of each of them! i hate school now it stinks and will always stink!!!
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