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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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autumn09 said...
on 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!!!!!

=]]] said...
on 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!!

EdenDreams said...
on 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!

LAXdoubleK said...
on 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...

Sara said...
on Nov. 7 2010 at 3:15 am


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

on Nov. 1 2010 at 11:41 am
i was looking for a stat...thanks

Stevieb said...
on 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 never have time to be outside, even when the weather is beautiful. I'm stuck inside doing the piles of projects and sheets that I have due the next day. I hope that this issue is acted upon.

on Sep. 12 2010 at 2:58 pm
AngelicaM BRONZE, Warren, Michigan
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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.

tianaxbiddy said...
on 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.

PayPay said...
on Jul. 1 2010 at 6:01 pm
PayPay, Kilgore, Texas
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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...

Zakk H. said...
on Mar. 15 2010 at 8:58 pm
Wow this seems really crappy because i wrote this in 8th grade haha but somehow its been tending to be most popular on this website

irock:) said...
on Mar. 9 2010 at 8:25 pm
i think that this article is sooo true. i get homework way to much and i never get it because it is over stuff we haven't covered and now my grades are slipping because my teachers dont even explain it to us

Zakk H. said...
on Jan. 10 2010 at 3:44 pm
its ironic because this was a homework assignment...

on Nov. 16 2009 at 3:56 pm
SpaceKing800 GOLD, Glen Rock, New Jersey
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Favorite Quote:
"We especially need imagination in science. It is not all mathematics, nor all logic, but is somewhat beauty and poetry"- Maria Mitchell

Ah! A fellow homework revolutionary, I see? How calming it is to know their are others supporting my views. I wrote an essay, titled "The Homework Revolution." It's on Teen Ink and the November issue.

BTW, Great Article!