Do Teachers Assign Too Much Homework

Throughout the school year, student’s live by a strict schedule that consists of school, extracurricular activities and homework. The amount of homework has intensified, students are getting less sleep during school nights, and the level of stress is at its highest peak. American teenagers are given too much homework during the school year, thus leading to unfavorable impacts mentally and physically. I have experienced in the past 2 years the stress, tiredness and isolation from family events due to being in high school. The load of homework I have received is ridiculous I have to miss family dinners and supporting my sister at her soccer and basketball games. I get about half the amount of sleep I used to get and my acne has gotten worse from all the stress. I feel that I’m not fully living my life and that I’m restricted by homework.

First of all, American teenagers are getting too much homework leading to unfavorable impacts mentally and physically such as spending less time with the people who are most important to you in life. A survey by the University of Phoenix in 2013 states “high school students had an average of 17.5 hours of homework every week and 3.5 hours from each teacher per week”. Considering if we go to school all day and have extracurricular activities then it leaves us very little time to spend with family and friends, causing us to miss the most important high school memories. The smallest moments when either you’re little sister or brother started talking or maybe your sister or brother shot the winning basket. Still you are stuck at home doing work, missing those priceless moments. The American College Health Association found, “the suicide rate among young adults, ages 15-24, has tripled since the 1950s and suicide is currently the second most common cause of death among students, these young people are often away from home”. School makes it very hard to spend any time with family because we either have presentations or essays to write. While these students are at school and are away from their family for too long they start to show signs of depression. Students with depression often turn to suicide to make everything go away and not have to deal with the stress anymore. At the same time that I believe having homework is good practice to learn the material. I believe that when every teacher gives out homework for practice it starts to piles up for the students. Moments in life should be cherished except for students who have too much homework they don’t get to cherish them, so many unfavorable impact mentally and physically cause students make them not enjoy life fully.

Secondly, American teenagers have too much homework that cause unfavorable impacts mentally and physically. Unfavorable impacts include the loss a lot of sleep for many students. I argue that students are losing sleep due to having a lot of homework. Supported by new research showing that “with lack of sleep students have a limited ability to learn, to listen, to concentrate and to solve problems”. Those are the basic principles of school this means it’s harder for us to do what is expected. The expectations are that we do all our homework no matter how much it must be done. Thus leading us to staying up late trying to finish the homework in order to succeed in the course. The school's new way of teaching is to get us to think about problems and solve without a guide. However with lack of sleep it isn’t easy to comprehend the task at hand if I’m so exhausted all the time. Data shows that “38% of teens have trouble falling asleep at night”. Moreover your mind doesn’t stop thinking right after you finish homework. Your mind is not relaxed which makes it hard to go to bed. Sleep is essential for the human body and with all of this homework students are getting it's hard for them to get the full 8 ½ hours they need to function. A lot of homework is a leading cause in having unfavorable impact mentally such as loss of sleep for students.

Furthermore, too much homework is given to American teenagers that causes unfavorable impacts mentally and physically. For instance the stress level has escalated in the past few years. The results of a survey by psychologist Norman Anderson showed,“the stress level between students a 5.8 out of 10 and adults with a 5.1 out of 10, that a 0.6 difference”. This shows just how stressed out we are today. We should be able to live life without being tied down because we are trying to finish homework late at night and causing a lot of stress. We also have pressure and expectations to finish our homework and turn it in when it’s due. “Factors that cause stress include academics, social pressure, post-secondary plans, family issues and finance”. Notice how the first two causes are school related such as finishing homework and the pressure of looking presentable. The social pressure that is put on girls to always look decent causes stress and then leads to acne. Stress causes acne for girls especially. This because we are supposed to have good skin otherwise we are not pretty and we stress out about our faces on top of everything else. This shows the unnecessary stress that we have on ourselves as students. Parents think that our lives aren’t as stressful compared to their lives such as dealing with bills and housework but recently experts suggest that school for us has increasingly become much more stressful. With all the expectations that students have today we put too much pressure on ourselves and cause us to be stressed out. Unfavorable impacts include stress and pressure about their academics and finishing homework on students isn’t good for their mental health.

To conclude, although teachers give too much homework may seem trivial, it is in fact crucial in terms of today’s concern over teen’s physiological and physical health. Some impacts include spending less time with family and friends while missing the important memories. Losing a lot of sleep making it harder to focus and learn. The level of stress has increased rapidly through the years. American teenagers are given too much homework during the school year has many unfavorable impacts mentally and physically.

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Burden, Tanya. "Homework Anxiety: Survey Reveals How Much Homework K-12 Students Are Assigned and Why Teachers Deem It Beneficial." Homework Anxiety: Survey Reveals How Much Homework K-12 Students Are Assigned and Why Teachers Deem It Beneficial. University of Phoenix, 25 Feb. 2014. Web. 30 Oct. 2016.

Burrell, Jackie. "College and Teen Suicide Statistics: What You Should Know." About.com Parenting. About, Inc, 15 Dec. 2014. Web. 30 Oct. 2016.

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I believe in homework because it serves as an opportunity for the student to display his or her understanding of the day's lessons without direct help from the teacher. It also provides parents with an insight. Each individual can measure the amount of homework differently. Too much is when the time reserved for homework is more than forty-five minutes to an hour depending on the age and performance level. Not all but some parents feel 15 minutes is too much. It has to be understood that parents were the first teachers their child ever had and they need to interact with the child and see how well he comprehending. That is my belief about the subject of homework. Is there too much? Again, it depends on one's definition of too much.

A. Nicks, Ville Platte, LA, First grade

My rule for my fourth graders is that if they are overwhelmed by homework, they can send a note from home saying they have tried but can't figure it out. I believe homework is a way for students to practice, not to fail or become discouraged. It's too early for these kids to be stressed out by school. They have enough time to worry about it.

Kate, Lake Forest, IL, Fourth grade

I do not think students are receiving enough homework. There are so many people who feel that I send home too much homework. The work that gets taken home is not homework; it is class work that is not finished in class. Why is it not finished? Because the students are wasting their time doing other things. I wish I were able to send home actual homework, as it is an important learning tool. It helps students apply what they have learned outside of the classroom. I value homework. This is my first year teaching, and I have already decided that homework and class work will be two different things next year. There will be math and language homework each day the subject is taught. Those two subjects need all the practice they can get.

Rose McIntyre, Walburg, TX, Fifth and Eighth grade

What I have found is that the amount of homework is just right; but that many kids do so many after-school activities that they don't have time at home. I have spoken with some parents over the years about changing schedules.

Laura Reeve, San Jose, CA, Fifth grade

I think students are receiving too much unnecessary homework. Homework should be reinforcement of what is learned in the classroom. I do not think it should be three and four hours a night. It should be an hour at the most.

E Ward, Chicago, IL, Second grade

I think that students are getting the right amount of homework. It strengthens what they have already learned during the school day.

Jennifer Gutierrez, Santana, CA, Fifth grade

Students receive too much homework. They must sacrifice family time and/or church on Wednesday night and on Sunday in order to keep up. I am in college now and I cannot attend church at all this semester because of the workload. I can say as a student that when I am given so much work, I am so busy rushing to get it done that I do not learn any of the material. Doesn't that defeat the purpose of going to school? Educators need to rethink their objectives and give appropriate lessons to be learned, not just rushed through.

Becky Jancze, Griffin, GA, Kindergarten

What students are lacking is the way to approach their assignments. They have no idea how to organize their time and supplies. So much time is wasted just looking for ruled notebook paper, colored pencils, or an eraser. When they have a long-term assignment due, they don't know what needs to be done first. They don't know how to organize their ideas to write a report in a logical sequence from introduction to conclusion. If students don't acquire these skills in elementary school, they are going to be in over their heads the first week of middle school.

Carrie Bildstein, Atherson, CA, Fifth grade

As a mother of a first grader, an elementary substitute teacher, and a "Homework Associate" for a family of four boys, my answer is a definite yes! I was assured that my son would have 20 minutes of homework during school nights, and no homework on the weekends. Yet, my son is sent home every weekend with his sight word vocabulary box, and a literature book read in class during the week. Homework definitely doesn't mesh with family time, as many households have two working parents. Some students with learning issues need twice the amount of time to do their homework, while still needing time to connect with their parents, siblings, and neighborhood friends. These connections are so important in students'development of self-esteem. I praise the teachers that assign the week's homework ahead of time, for example, sending home the assignments for Monday through Friday. I find this more manageable as a mother, and as a "Homework Associate." It also helps students to better organize their personal time! A "No homework Month" would be wonderful, even though that sounds far-fetched. The cherubs would definitely be smiling-and the teachers might be too!

Michelle Izzo, Commack, NY, Grades K-8

I think that students are receiving too much homework. It can be a useful tool, but we need quality, rather than quantity. Students also need to make some choices of their own, because if they learn about what they love, they will love to learn. It is important that we sometimes do things we don't like, but the time spent at home should be quality time with families, as well as extracurricular and safe social activities. Bogging children down with homework deprives them of learning some important social skills.

Jan F. Hirsch, New York, NY, Fifth grade

Yes, children are definitely receiving too much homework. My daughter has had way too much homework in both fifth and sixth grades! She is also in the band, and this makes it difficult for her to practice playing her instrument 30 minutes every night.

Deane Hymel, Houma, LA, Sixth grade

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