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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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"Its not what it is, its what it can become."
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"You change your life by changing your heart." -Max Luxado
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I decided to go on this site because i'm literally crying while doing my homework at such a late time ( It's 12:19 here) Due to my loaction I have to wake up at 5am to get to school ( Already have less then 5 hours to sleep ) I always wonder.... Why not go to to bed... and I'm not crying because I'm sad...
Oh no no no. I'm crying because thats my body's way to signal me to go to bed. I'm stressed out emotionally .. And now physically too. I have bags under my eyes and not to mention the dark circles that comes with it...
Homework won't do much for me but put a negative toll on my body for the next day of school. Which will lead me to not getting a proper education which also leads to teachingmyself the lesson taught in the day before then carrying out the 5 hours worth of homework the teachers give us.
I think it is because teachers think they are the only ones assigning work... I have 7 different teachers... Life... As i used to know it is dead to me now...
( Former 8th Grade student... Struggling under exit projects and regular homework)
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"Oh, I'm crazy to the bone."
I am aware as well that there isnt enough motivation with that. As well we can consider many things which do involve the decay of society, the meaningless and violent cartoons being placed in the eyes of our youngr brothers and sisters, the media, the homework abuse........ It can all lead to one quite sad conclution, the end of freedom. But other than that weird rant there... It is not a very good thing to overwhelm our young minds, remember, you may have the best Intellectual Quality, but you're nothing without your Emotional Quality, which is adquired through experiences in life which we are missing due to this error being done, we would be defenceless against many things......... Just........... I wish I could talk to the Secretary of Education and peacefully try to bring this issue to a happy medium. Thanks for your read XD -Häashia.ExE --------------------------------------------------- Official Music Portal: http://haashia.bandcamp.com