Schools all over the world always emphasize how important homework is, but schools do not know when students have enough homework. Schools pile and pile homework and papers without realizing the consequences of it. Students everywhere are having this homework crisis. Schools should limit the amount of homework teachers give them each day by only allowing teachers from half the students’ classes to give homework each day because it would not cause as much stress, give students more free time, and help students do better in school. Students complain about the amount of homework they get all the time and teachers just blow it off.
I am currently a high school junior at Bullis. We have an abundance of homework problems in a subjects from Latin to Calculus. I do not believe I have gone through a day of school without anyone in my class complain about homework. In fact, I have never ever walked through the hallways once without hearing at least one person complain about how much homework they have or are getting. It is not easy for students to accomplish all their homework.
Having lots of easy homework or not much difficult homework is also what you have to consider. Many teachers i have had give you about an hour of busy work, it is pointless work that just takes forever. On the other side, sometimes teachers just want you to fail and give you an impossible task to complete. With all the amount of homework it is hard to obtain a good healthy balance to your life. According to a Stanford study, it shows that having too much homework is associated with less time with friends, family, hobbies, and extracurricular activities. If student were only allowed to have homework in half their classes this situation would change for the better and also give students more free time to relax from school. Some teachers just assign homework just because they feel the need to give it to them.
Student everywhere believe stress is also an effect from too much homework. Students always stress out about having a ton of homework, even though it may not be as much as they think, it is a mental game. The study from Stanford found, “that too much homework is associated with Greater stress: 56 percent of the students considered homework a primary source of stress, according to the survey data. Forty-three percent viewed tests as a primary stressor, while 33 percent put the pressure to get good grades in that category. Less than 1 percent of the students said homework was not a stressor.” So homework is a main cause of stress in students. If we had less homework per day, the amount of stress would decrease significantly. In fact I am stressed writing this essay right now.
Students also complain about sleep, I go to sleep at about one o’clock consistently and wake up at six o’clock to get ready for school during the week. I am sure five hours of sleep is under the amount of time a high school student needs to stay healthy. Also in the Stanford Study, “Many students said their homework load led to sleep deprivation and other health problems. The researchers asked students whether they experienced health issues such as headaches, exhaustion, sleep deprivation, weight loss and stomach problems.” If students have less homework they could get a solid eight hours of sleep and have a good nights rest to be able to pay attention during school. According to a UVA study "Students that were spending about a half an hour on math homework were reporting that their grades and test scores were actually better." Teachers believe more homework equals higher test scores, but does the more homework actually burn out the student.
One day my friend Will spent the entire weekend working on his history presentation, Spanish oral, studying for math test and finishing his biology labs. He had to stay awake all night to finish the last touches on his history presentation. Will had to drive about twenty minutes to school and get on the highway. Will was so tired he could have slept for days at a concert without noticing. Will was obviously sleep deprived, while he was on the highway he feel asleep. Luckily, the highway was a straightaway and he woke up the next minute after he was honked at. That was a scary moment for Will and he was lucky nothing serious happened to him. Will could of gotten into an accident just like that, but was very fortunate. If Will did not get this much homework he would have not seen his life flash right before his eyes and have not been in a near death experience. What if Will died? What if that was you? What if that was your child? What if that was your closest friend? What if this happened every day?
There are many ways to solve the problem of too much homework. I believe the schools should limit the amount of homework teachers give them each day by only allowing teachers from half the students’ classes give homework each day because it would not cause as much stress, give students more free time, and help students do better in school. Having no homework is what all the students want, but it is not the most beneficial. I strongly support that the amount of homework students get should be deceased, and only allowed to have homework in half their classes. We need to come together as a community and show the school directors that too much homework is an extensive problem and not just a joke.