The bell rings and everyone rushes out of school. The students are all headed to different places for different reasons, yet they all have one thing in common: there is a boatload of homework waiting for them when they get home. This is a daily routine for today’s students, and they older they get, the amount and difficulty only increases. Homework causes more harm than help for students. It causes long term bad side effects for students, poorly prepares students for college, and does not improve students’ grades.
Students’ homework causes long-term bad side effects. Students stay up late at night to finish meaningless assignments. They are getting less sleep, often much less than the eight hours recommended. Less sleep causes more stress in teens, leading to anxiety and depression. In the article, “Is Too Much Homework Bad for Kids’ Health”, the author states, “In 2013, research conducted at Stanford University found that students in high-achieving communities who spend too much time on homework experience more stress, physical health problems, a lack of balance in their lives, and alienation from society.” (Levy para 17). When too much time is spent on anything, there are going to be consequences. They will not always be positive outcomes. Beyond the health reasons, homework ruins the joy of learning students have, because there is so much and it is so difficult.
Homework is a poor preparer for college. “For every hour in class a student is expected to work at least an hour outside of class on reading, writing, research – often more” (Wiggins para 3). This means that students are spending even more time on their pointless homework. Often times, the assignments are high in quantity, but low in quality. Students are given homework assignments in an effort to boost their grades. In college, students are not given homework or other assignments to improve their grades after a poor test or essay. Whatever grade you get on a quiz, essay or test is the base of your grade. College classes do not provide a completion credit space in the final grade. Going into college, a student may think that they can do homework to bolster their grade, but this is not the case. It leaves teenagers with a false sense of security for the future.
Despite popular belief, homework does not necessarily improve grades. Students copy homework, or simply do care to get the answers right, because they know they will still get the points. This does not prep the student for the upcoming test, and thus further hinders learning and drops the overall percentage in the class. In an article by Vicki Abeles, “When Homework Does More Harm than Good”, she reports, “Mark Barnes, a teacher, decided to do away with homework in favor of emphasizing a project-based classroom. Barnes found that his students became more motivated to learn independently outside of school and ultimately out-performed grade-level peers with more traditional classrooms.” (Abeles para 7). This real-life example is proof that homework does not have a proven benefit. Practicing the material in class, when the student can ask the teacher questions while they are stuck is more beneficial. Instead of trying the problems and getting frustrated at home, and giving up and using Slader (online website with many math textbooks’ answer keys) to finish the rest of their math homework, they can get the help they need to learn the challenging material.
There is no reason we should still be assigning homework to today’s students. It causes detrimental side effects in kids, poorly prepares them for college, and does not improve grades. The amount of homework assigned is too much for kids to get done, and get done correctly. It causes stress and anxiety with no real benefit. In order to pacify the epidemic of homework, we need our teachers and administrators to stop assigning mountains of homework, which can make every student’s life less stressed.
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Wiggins, Grant. “8 Reasons That Today’s High School Is Poor Preparation for Today’s College.”
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