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Should Students Get Less Homework

April 8, 2011
By dancingdiva333 BRONZE, Boulder, Colorado
dancingdiva333 BRONZE, Boulder, Colorado
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When a student gets home they usually sit down at the table and pull out their homework. Piles of papers rise all the way to the ceiling. “Do I have to do all of this tonight? It’s due tomorrow, but I can’t finish this all in time!” the student complains. American students should get less homework on a daily basis because too much can cause a great deal of stress, too much time is required to complete it, and it impacts free time and sleep.

Too much homework can cause stress in a student and lead to health issues in the body and mind. Homework related anxiety and stress can affect school work negatively. Stress causes lack of sleep, slipping grades, fatigue, unhealthy eating habits, depression, and many more factors. According to a 2006 poll, 80 percent of teens don’t get the recommended amount of sleep. At least 28 percent fall asleep in school and 22 percent fall asleep doing homework(‘Summary Findings of the 2006 Sleep in America Poll’, www.nationalsleepfoundation,org). In the film Race to Nowhere, the people working on the film interview multiple students and many of them talk about having nervous breakdowns or being very stressed; some even talked about getting depressed because of all the homework in school and depression can even lead to suicide. Nervous breakdowns can make completing homework much more of a struggle and also effect the health and life of a student.

Kids are doing more than the recommended amount each night, with no academic benefits. The recommended amount is 10 minutes times the grade level, so first grade gets 10 minutes, second grade gets 20 minutes, third grade gets 30 minutes, and so on, but kids are doing much more than that. (Homework, Twenty three percent of 13-year-olds do more than 2 hours a night. The more the students do, the less they get out of doing it. There is no academic benefit for high school students after 2 hours and there are no academic benefits for middle school students after 1 and a half hours. (‘As Homework Grows, So Do Arguments Against It’,

Doing homework all night can take away a student's free time and sleep. Always doing homework can lead to less family time and less time for activities. It creates less time for sports and after school activities. Family time is also decreased which can add more family conflict. Hanging out with friends is decreased, so that means there is less socializing. Staying up late and doing homework takes away a student’s time to sleep. Sleep deprivation can cause stress and many more factors. Not enough sleep can leave a student tired, and at school they might focus less or fall asleep during class. Then the student gets in trouble for falling asleep. Homework is taking away a students childhood, no one wants that, do they?

School students in America should get less homework on a daily basis. Too much homework can cause stress and other health issues. Also, students are working more than the recommended amount of time on homework, and this takes away from family time and free time, as well as time for sleep. When it comes to doing homework, students also want time to relax and enjoy other activities. Shouldn’t students get less homework so that they can be happy and have more time with family and friends? Administrators, teachers, students, and parents need to address this issue and inform people about the effects of homework on students in America. If teachers and parents tried to reduce the amount of homework there would be a decrease in stress and anxiety and an increase in happiness! “Homework makes it so I can’t spend time with my kids and family and I resent it.” (Ms.Valette)

The author's comments:
This is a persuasive essay that i wrote for my language arts class.

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Daddy808 said...
on Sep. 16 2014 at 8:07 pm
Which School Has Done This ?

TasterMonl said...
on Jun. 23 2014 at 6:00 pm
Sorry... I'm not from America, is your point limited to American students, or is this a world-wide article?

on Mar. 11 2014 at 10:48 pm
KazuoKatiushi, Tucson, Arizona
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on Mar. 11 2014 at 10:44 pm
KazuoKatiushi, Tucson, Arizona
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"Look so," he said. He'd taken to calling me "son" a lot. It made me feel like he'd stopped thinking me as a kind of half-formed larva that needed to be guided out of adolsence. I hated it.

Thanks for this essay! I'm using it for my own Language Arts class :P We're creating a political party and an issue is having too much homework. So thanks for the information!

Cxhyly said...
on Jan. 22 2014 at 8:21 pm
Can someone cite this in MLA form please??

Umm-e-roman said...
on Nov. 25 2013 at 9:56 am
thanks alot!!!!!! it greatly influenced my essay  by the way NO HOMEWORK FROM NOW

KualJiel69 said...
on Nov. 13 2013 at 2:19 pm
This is so rad, dawg. Mi H0m3work is really good now. #BossinOut

on Oct. 31 2013 at 11:31 am
Thank you so much for the info

on Oct. 21 2013 at 7:45 am
Yah same, helped me alot with homework of my own.

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on Jun. 2 2013 at 5:46 pm
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C-Dog63 said...
on May. 19 2013 at 5:31 pm
thank you you essay really help me with my home work

skittles said...
on Apr. 24 2013 at 9:50 am
im also doing a report thenks for the help

kittykat578 said...
on Apr. 11 2013 at 4:45 pm
i hate homework less homework 4 ever

on Mar. 8 2013 at 8:25 pm
never_before_seen BRONZE, Woodbridge, Virginia
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This is great! very well layed out.

putsykid123 said...
on Feb. 26 2013 at 8:33 pm
woow this is great it helped me alot with my article! thankyou dancingdiva333

PUTSYKID123 said...
on Feb. 26 2013 at 8:31 pm

only1jake12 said...
on Feb. 14 2013 at 7:35 pm
i love this artical it has so much good info on why students should have less homework and i thinnk that this a excelent artical

katdirection said...
on Feb. 8 2013 at 9:54 am
where did you watch the film? i tried to find it on netflix but it wasnt on there.

on Feb. 1 2013 at 1:44 pm
Sachalol BRONZE, Nashua, New Hampshire
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yes i think this is an awsome topic because alot of people in american an even different countrys are discussing it. my oppinion is that if student are doing the work in school then they would take a test or quize on it and if they still don't understand the topic or problem then they need extra help on the topic and in my english class we are writing an essay on why we shouldn't have homework or even less and im happy i found this article thank you dancingdiva333

sally hanson said...
on Oct. 29 2012 at 5:56 pm
Your essay rocks!It is really informative and shows good and impressive details.