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Too Much Homework, Too Little Time

January 15, 2009
By LAXdoubleK BRONZE, Aurora, Colorado
LAXdoubleK BRONZE, Aurora, Colorado
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Favorite Quote:
"I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure--which is:
Try to please everybody."
-Herbert Bayard Swope


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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on Apr. 27 2016 at 8:01 am
ysanjana757 BRONZE, Chesterfield , New Jersey
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I agree 100%. I get so much homework now, and will get even more next year, that I want to just not do it all sometimes.

on Apr. 27 2016 at 7:45 am
Emily_3645 BRONZE, Columbus, New Jersey
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I can relate to you. I am also in 8th grade and sometimes feel overwhelmed with the amount of assignments teachers at my school give me.

Paoliwis said...
on Apr. 1 2016 at 11:16 am
100% agree, sometimes I think teachers don't want us to rest.

Josh27 said...
on Apr. 1 2016 at 10:15 am
I feel like this is about me. Because this happened to me when I was like in 7 or 8 grade.

Erosario9392 said...
on Apr. 1 2016 at 9:39 am
I agree very much because I am a student, one day we have 3 or even 5 homework for the next day and can not sleep well

Umair said...
on Mar. 22 2016 at 10:49 am
So true. Ever since I hit 7th grade i have to stay up till 10 doing homework

on Mar. 3 2016 at 10:14 am
kelsi.lussier BRONZE, Wilmington, Delaware
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So true! I can relate so much

on Mar. 1 2016 at 9:44 pm
I understand why you think that, but I'm in seventh grade and I have more homework than some seniors that I know and my teachers can be ridiculous. And the worst part is... they even admit it but they won't do anything about it.

rcmastah said...
on Feb. 29 2016 at 5:50 pm
BTW I'm in the standard classes and I never get any free time. Even worse, I have zeros, so I can't do things like play on my Xbox or hang out with my friends NEARLY as much. In the meantime, teachers are wasting too much time in class, thus meaning that students become depressed while teachers get to enjoy themselves almost all the time when they're not teaching.

rcmastah said...
on Feb. 29 2016 at 5:46 pm
I agree. The last time I had free time on a school day (excluding things like minimum days, last day before a break, etc.) was in September 2015. Students have a life, and I don't get how teachers don't understand that. Luckily, some of my teachers do realize that we have lives to live, so they give us small, simple assignments to reinforce what we have learned. However, my Language Arts teacher literally gives out 2-5 hours of homework on a daily basis. FML.

X2222 said...
on Feb. 18 2016 at 9:41 pm
I couldn't agree more.

JayJ said...
on Feb. 16 2016 at 9:51 am
cute article ^^

on Feb. 11 2016 at 9:41 pm
@evandille you are incorrect and correct at the same time. You see, i attend a odd type of school, (IB/K-8 Montessori/MYP school to be exact.) we as students cannot complain to the amount of homework we get, reason being because the teachers always come back with one of the most cliche, overused responses of all time: "YOU SHOULDN'T HAVE CAME TO THIS SCHOOL"This response to me seems almost like they are mocking us as if we are so kind of robot capable of staying up 8 hours and being able to wake up bright and early for the next day.

on Jan. 31 2016 at 2:02 pm
@homework god That's kind of not true. That's a generalization, and even if hormones are messing with her/his brain, they can still have an opinion. And if you feel like you have stress, then you have stress. It's as simple as that. Stress is a mental thing.

Eveartist said...
on Jan. 27 2016 at 5:47 pm
I get way too much homework. they pile and pile it on. i have to write an essay and 3 other paragraphs tonight, and study for two tests. Oh, the joy.

malkhuthb said...
on Nov. 29 2015 at 5:33 pm
malkhuthb,
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you may be able to bear 4-5 hours of homework a day and 6-7 hours of homework on the weekend but other people cant

galaxyboykid said...
on 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

on Nov. 23 2015 at 7:30 pm
ScarletCity PLATINUM, High Ridge, Missouri
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Most of the homework I have is time consuming... but not hard. It irritates me because my teacher doesn't assign us homework based on minutes (say, thirty minutes a night) she assigns us in problems. Sometimes a single problem can take up to almost ten minutes!

on Nov. 15 2015 at 2:16 pm
Nicole1110 SILVER, Indianapolis, Indiana
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Favorite Quote:
"People always get used to beauty, though." "I haven't gotten used to you just yet," Augustus Waters

I completely agree! At my school they say 2 hours of homework for each class you have and that means getting no school at all.

evandille said...
on Nov. 11 2015 at 9:14 am
evandille, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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Homework isn't evil. It is defenitely inconvenient but it is necessary. That is how colleges and employers know what kind of person you are. The better your grades, the more homework you do, which means that they can find out how organized, determined, and a hard worker you are. People need to just stop complaining, because the world doesn't revolve around them. I understand homework sucks, but we have to do what we have to do.


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