Imagine a world where teens get more time to do homework, have less stress, and have higher grades. That is what it would be like if teens didn't multitask. All over the world teens think they can effectively multitask, but reality is they can not. Multitasking for teens is texting or listening to music while studying. Teens cannot effectively multitask because it takes them way more time to do their homework when they multitask, teenagers get lower grades due to sending dozen texts messages while studying, and their brains can’t fully focus on one task and/or they are not aware of their surroundings.
. Recently school’s homework policies has been a popular debate.In the United Sates schools have been giving students more and more homework, whilst countries such as Finland have opted for banning homework from their educational system. Some have complained and said that homework takes away from family time and causes stress. Since homework has minimal effects on children's grades, and can cause stress, homework should be banned in schools around the world. Homework doesn't always improve academic scores.
Homework is supposed to help students academically, not make them despise learning and cause unnecessary stress. The debate on whether homework should be given to student’s has been ongoing for several years; some people argue that homework has substantial academic benefits while others argue that homework has nothing to do with academic achievement. Because homework causes sleep deprivation and makes students uninterested in learning, it is not beneficial. Homework is not beneficial because completing homework assignments causes stress and sleep deprivation. A good night’s rest is needed to do well in school; however, homework is hindering students’ growth.
In the article “Excessive Homework Strains Family Life”, the author starts by writing about what students are missing out on due to homework; one topic she mentioned was exercise: “Kids who don 't have time for play and recreational activities, such as softball teams or dance, just don 't get to move around a lot—and there is evidence that exercise actually helps with academics” (Ponte n.pg.). Homework takes an exponential toll on students, which causes some to forfeit their sports in order to finish their assignments on time. In addition to losing the time for physical activity, being on sports teams allows children to learn social skills and meet new people. Instead, they are spending time by themselves completing their interminable homework assignments. Furthermore, in the article “Parents Should Take Action Against Excessive Homework”, Nancy Kalish continues writing about the inadequate amount of physical activity had by students and states that too much homework causes kids to miss out on playtime which is necessary for preventing childhood obesity (Kalish n.pg.).
In fact, many studies have proven that abolishing homework has a positive outcome. Schools should decrease the homework load because it has created social issues, it has little beneficial effect on academics, and it has negative impact on students’ mental health. It is important for children to be involved in social interactions such as: spending time with family, going to sporting events, and hanging out with friends. These are all activities that are crucial to the development of social skills. However, students are often knee-deep in homework, leaving no time for these activities.
“The voices of these students reflect a primary challenge faced by many in our study: if students have several hours of homework per night, how can they find time for other endeavors in their lives (including extracurricular activities, leisure, and social time)?” Another quote that shows this is from Journal of Experimental Education. “One questioned, ‘Most people have no social life because of all the homework they do; how is that helping them in the real world?” Teachers don’t seem to teach students that there’s more to life than hours of homework a night. This is not healthy nor is it going to help them when they need to live on their own if they have no time to interact with people outside of school. Another student described her homework load as “plenty manageable… If I never try to do anything else!” These students are not meeting their development needs or cultivating other critical life skills. While it is true that, “three to four hours of homework a night is giving kids achievements in science, and math classes,” students should also be trying to maintain their identity, soul, and sanity!
Having year-round schooling would only become an annoyance to students, teachers, and parents. I am against year-round schooling because it gives students little to no time for breaks, it would become an inconvenience to students, teachers, and parents, and it would burn students out much more quickly. Having to work all year round would bee annoying to anybody, including students. Year- round schooling gives students little to no breaks from school without counting holiday vacations. It does mean students would go to school for less days a week, however, this would also mean teachers would have to compensate for this by giving them a lot of homework over this extended weekend.
You can all agree with me that Homework is slowly taking away our time and causing several of us to obtain stress. I have the impression that if we decrease the quantity of homework we will be able to acquire time for ourselves to arrange what we want to do or be able to have some relaxation and avoid homework for some time. You can probably guess when we’re in seniors teachers or even our parents will be pressuring us to perform better both in homework and exam so that we can achieve strong marks in HSC. We need to change all this, it’s not helping any of us if we feel stressed or being tired everyday constantly doing work or study. Another reason, on why I’m telling you this is because I experienced and seen my peers around myself being tired during class or break.
Why the SAT and ACT Tests Should Be Banned Every junior’s worst nightmare, the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT ) and American College Testing (ACT). It’s such a stressful test where you have to cram everything you have learned throughout middle and high school into one standardized test to determine your college entrance. Many students do not perform well on standardized test which pertains only of general knowledge which is unfair to many students. The students should not be penalized for poor test taking skills, stress and anxiety which may cause them to score low. College admissions should not be determined mostly by a test that does not measure a student’s potential and work ethic.
However, the biggest argument against recess is the fact that it takes away learning time during the day. Teachers are trying to cover more and more curriculum in class and in result students are given an abundance of homework. This results in no time for recess during the school day and less time for exercise after the school day. Even though this seems like the way to go for learning quickly and more efficiently, Finland has shown America that this stance is wrong. Finland has the best school system in the world according to international test scores and their students report feeling happier than their American peers.