Does your kid come home and complain about how they have too much homework? Do they always insist there should be less? Many people that think that the amount of homework that kids get is a problem and that they should get less. There are many complaints that homework stresses kids out and takes up all of their time, when in fact homework is essential to students because it gives students the opportunity to deepen their understanding of a topic, allows more new material to be introduced each year, and readies students for the future. During school many students tend to stop paying attention to the lesson being taught.
Lastly, homework not only affects students but it also affects family at home. Parents are trying to bring this subject to the attention of schools so something can be done about it. “In recent years, parents have voiced worries that their children are being overworked, and newspaper and magazine articles have highlighted stories of students working late on homework, even after participation in other extracurricular activities like organized sports, volunteering, and music lessons” (Is Homework Beneficial). Few elementary and middle school students are able to manage the planning required with considerable help from a parent. Many experts question if children are even getting a real childhood.
Has your child ever experienced physical symptoms of stress, such as headaches, exhaustion, sleep deprivation, weight loss, and stomach problems from homework? Many students say that homework causes stress, however 57% of parents believe that students are given the right amount of homework. Even though homework is assigned to help students practice time management, good work habits and reinforces the material that they learn in class but most students disagree. Homework doesn’t benefit a student, while homework is thought to be harmless it could cause serious consequences and by being responsible and doing it right when you get home it takes time away from family or extra curricular activities. This is why I propose that homework should be abolished from school in order to reduce stress or other symptoms, to create time for family/friends or socializing, and make school a fun place for students to learn rather than collecting pointless homework that could be done in class.
For example, after school activities, taking care of siblings, chores, and family time. Students dislike homework for several reasons. When students get home they want to relax from another frustrating day of school and be themselves. Homework causes a lot of stress and makes you overwhelmed. People might say homework improves your test scores but without homework you are still able to study for your tests.
The “Homework Debate” has occurred since the beginning of compulsive education. Some argue that children benefit from homework and rote memorization. Others say that homework is redundant and takes away from precious time with family and friends. I believe that homework for elementary aged children should be banned, and the homework given for students in junior and senior high school should be drastically reduced. With the heavy workload, many students are not getting adequate sleep, causing them to miss out on important topics taught the next day in class.
Some say that homework is beneficial to students because it gives them more practice on the content they are learning, however, studies have proven otherwise. Schools should eliminate homework because it deteriorates both physical and mental health and it lacks the ability to improve grades. To begin, homework dominates and pushes aside any time for physical activity. 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 timely.
Some people believe that homework is beneficial to students, and helps them learn, but they are mistaken. Homework is only harming student’s grades as well as their physical, social and mental states, so, as long as the amounts of homework stay consistent, there will be a decline in student performance and satisfaction. Starting off, students are being overworked to the point where there is simply no time for them to do anything that day other than the work that was assigned. This can harm their ability to interact with others and takes away from their free time in the day. Children are locked up in school for 7 hours and then are expected to go home and do another 4 hours of work.
Instead of getting 8 to 9 hours of sleep which is recommended, children end up getting 5 to 6 hours of sleep which in itself contributes to increase in stress. Another research indicates that students miss out on developing important life skills and their social life suffers as they don’t find time to pursue hobbies they enjoy, for outdoor activities or to even meet friends or family.” (Does Homework Cause Stress in Children?). Stress is terrible, too much homework causes stress, and less homework equals very less stress. Stress is no good because the only way to stop it is to do to the source of it, aka the palls of HOMEWORK that teachers FORCED upon STUDENTS, NEEDS TO
Imagine being stressed and almost failing in most of your classes, and the principal says that you will have to take an extracurricular activity. No one knows what a student is going through and how stressed they are. So they shouldn 't be made to do something, they may not want to do. It can cause a lot of problems at home, because everyone can become more stressed. Extracurricular activities after school such as sports, yearbook and student council are all something that needs to be carefully considered.
As indicated previously that homework also affect not only a student himself but also his parents, and that the burden will be shared by both of them if the student is tasked to do lots of homework, this would negatively affect parents in some ways. There are some reasons why parents are also affected on their son’s/daughter’s homework. Homework is not necessary for it can affect a student’s health. It reduces a student’s time for his/her health benefits. In this case, a student’s health is involve.