Fiveminutes left of class on a Friday afternoon everyone is exhausted from a longweek and is ready to go home and just as the bell is about to ring you hear thedreadful words you’ve been avoiding “over the weekend I want you to complete…”Ishomework beneficial or harmful to students? Is so much homework given tostudents that it interferes with other interests that students enjoy? Doeshomework intervene with family time? Homework is school work that is assignedto be done outside of the class room. But is that extra work needed and does itdo more harm than good. This paper will give a general overview as to whyhomework is not needed as it causes stress, is often times excessive and itcauses students to be inactive and unsociable. Weall know the downfall of homework: the frustration and exhaustion, familyconflict, time loss, and decreasing interest in learning. No study has everdemonstrated any academic achievement linked to assigning homework. There isalso no support to the fact that homework provides nonacademic benefits at anyage.
Here are a few examples: building character, promoting self-discipline, orteaching good work habits. All teachers who assign homework want to believethat the gain outweighs the pain. Although, there is no evidence of that andthey must rely on faith (“Homework: No Proven Benefits”, pg.
1). Michellea, amother of a middle school student, says that some work can reinforce certainskills, but hours of homework are unhealthy and unproductive. Mominseattleagrees.
She contemplates that such a heavy load can result in potentialdrawbacks to the students. Hours of homework a night plus a full day of schoolcan be just as much work as an adult at a full-time job. She believes studentsshould enjoy their childhood, as short as it already is.
MagnetMom complainsabout how her daughter’s homework takes away her beneficial sleep. With busyfamilies, like hers, they have many after school activities, so when they gethome, they do not have time for too much homework. She says that the reality ofit is that they are an active family. For active families, homework causessleep deprivation and takes away the children’s energy they need for the nextday. (“How Homework Affects Families”, pg. 1). “I have thousands of assignmentsevery week; most of them are homework assignments.
As a result, I’m cascadedwith homework every day, causing me to stay up until 11 o’clock at night moreoften than not. In conclusion, this is a great threat to my health as adeveloping teenager. It could stunt my growth, and result in fatigue and stressbecause everyone knows that no good sleep leads to no good grades. Even if Iwere to go to bed at a decent time, my homework wouldn’t be finished.
Eitherway is a couldesack at the end of a road (“Too Much Homework, Too Little Time”,pg. 1).” Some teachers believe that students cannot have too much homework; themore work assigned, the more learning.
GreatsSchools parents disagree. Theybelieve that too many assignments take away family time. Two-income householdsalready have a small window for family time and homework only makes that windowsmaller. The parents also believe that learning does not only take place inschool, but also outside of school (“How Homework Affects Families”, pg.
1).”Stress is very unhealthy for growing teens and statistics show that 29% of13-year old students report spending 2 or more hours on homework daily in theU.S. Isn’t that a bit much? More homework means more stress. Stress can causemany things, including: lack of sleep, slipping grades, fatigue, unhealthyeating, depression, and many more factors. A teen should not have to facedepression at such a young age. So why do teenagers still have so much homework(“Too Much Homework, Too Little Time”, pg.
1).”Studentsare being deprived from their sleep as they try to complete all the hugeamounts of homework they receive. Students are struggling to finish homeworkbecause it is too much in so little time.
The massive amount of homework iscausing students to pass their bed time and that if affecting their education.Performance in school and other activities are affected when students lacksleep. A website subscriber on TeenInk wrote that “According to CNN Health’sMedical Assignment Manager Ann J. Curley, studies have shown that more thantwo-thirds of US teens report they are getting less than eight hours of sleepon school nights, which is considered an insufficient amount of sleep for ateen.
” Sleep is very beneficial as it helps boost memory, improvesattentiveness, sharpens learning, and helps to lower stress. More homework andless sleep is increasing students exhaustion to wake up and do the same routinefor the whole week which can create a lot of stress.Teachersare trying to do more with less, therefore, results in an overflow of homeworkfor the students. Teachers assign homework that they don’t discuss in class,which overwhelms the students. They assign this confusing homework for thereason that they do not have enough time in class to discuss the topic.
Teachers may not understand that handing the students a worksheet is not teachingthe students the lesson. Teachers can explain things in various ways to aid thestudents. Teachers can also respond to any questions the students may have(“Too Much Homework, Too Little Time”, pg. 1). Teachers assign so much workbecause they don’t understand the students, don’t respect the students, ordon’t want the students to fall behind in their learning. Teachers mainly trainthe students to sit still, listen, and run highlighters over the topics thatwill be on the test.
They only want the students to ace the test; therefore,making the teacher look better (“Homework: No Proven Benefits”, pg. 1). Homeworkforces students to quit an afterschool activity. It is proven throughstatistics that teens who participate in extracurricular activities have lessstress than students who do not participate in an activity. You are able tojoin an activity, although your work may be left unfinished or you will have towork harder to maintain your grades. A student could have worked in a sport fora long time, then had to quit because of too much school work (“Too MuchHomework, Too Little Time”, pg. 1).
Klein has an opinion of his own. He feelsthat teens should have a well-balanced life that includes extracurricularactivities, physical activities, and fun. (pg. 1).” Why should students have togive up something they love to do so much just to maintain grades in school? Studentsdo the work for a couple of reasons: parents force them, college, or theysimply want to feel accomplished. Parents play a huge role in why children dotheir homework. They can force their children by threatening to take one oftheir possessions away from them; or they encourage their child by rewardingthem with a gift.
Students certainly do not want to do hours of work, so theyonly do it for the good grade. “If the kids weren’t being graded, they’d neverdo it!” Students have a few motives for doing their homework, however not allchildren have the parents to force them or the self-motivation to do their work(“Homework: No Proven Benefits”, pg. 1). Nevertheless,there are many reasons why students do not do their assigned homework. I judgethat we can all agree that homework is fairly boring and is not interesting.
Students do not want to learn or work on something that doesn’t interest them.Also, they may not understand the concept of the topic, so they find itdifficult and confusing. Some students lack time management and may have theirpriorities mixed up. Both of these flaws can interfere with the organization todo homework. Finally, students are not perfect and may actually forget to dotheir homework. If teachers assign too much homework, how are students supposedto keep up with all of it (“Why Your Students Don’t Do Their Homework”, pg. 1)?”I couldn’t even count how many kids just take the easy way out and disengagefrom the homework given at my school. They refuse to do homework and it’slowering their grades.
But I can’t blame them because I ask myself on a dailybasis why I don’t just quit already and join the rest of the crown. I couldactually have a life then instead of doing homework all day. I couldparticipate in extracurricular activities like I used to when I participated inlacrosse, but now I can’t because my grades are slipping due to not finishinghomework! I could do fun things instead of homework because it keeps me coopedup inside like a prisoner in a penitentiary cell and I hate it (“Too MuchHomework, Too Little Time”, pg. 2)!” In conclusion, there are many reasons whystudents do not finalize their homework. TristenPearson loved homework up until 8th grade when teachers began piling homeworkon the students. She was involved in SGA, Varsity Softball, and VarsityVolleyball and was a straight A student.
She was on spring break and had tonsof homework to finish. Spring break is about relaxation and a break fromschool, not more work. Her and her family would brawl every day since she hadto spend her time on her homework and not with the family. Also, she and herfriends had become distant as she had no free time to hang out with them.Depression took over for the reason of too much homework. Also, she becamestressed and it was overwhelming for her. Tristen Pearson seems like she was aremarkable student, but even she was overthrown by homework (“How HomeworkAffects Families”, pg.
3).Teachersare unaware of the homework that the student is already receiving from otherteachers. This is what causes students to struggle to learn, and not have extratime for themselves. Homework should be moderated by teachers to a extenteveryday so a student is not receiving a tremendous amount of homework. Becausestudents are busy doing work every day, therefor parents are believing thatstudents are learning, since it is school work, but that may not be the causeat all some students struggle to understand a topic and may be stuck on atopic. At times teachers give unnecessary homework that is pointless and willnot help students benefit at all. Parents should be involved in theydaughter/son’s education and be aware of what he/she is learning.
The writerAlfie Kohn wrote on Rethinking Homework “Many parents are understandably upsetwith how much time their children have to spend on homework. At a minimum, makesure that teachers aren’t exceeding district guidelines and that they aren’tchronically underestimating how long it takes students to complete theassignments.”Students areoverwhelmed and exhausted from the amount of homework assigned to them. Allthey want is a break from it all. Too much homework and stress has been provento be unhealthy for developing teens.
So why do teachers keep assigning so muchof something that is unhealthy?