By Taylor Resh
Students, parents and even some teachers seem to hate it. It can take an average of 13 percent of a student’s day. It’s the cause of fights, anxiety, stress, and a lack of physical activity.
It’s homework. And it’s unnecessary.
Homework tires students out which results in them not getting enough sleep for the next day of school. This sleeplessness also limits their physical activity resulting in students being unhealthy.
Making a student worry about three hours worth of homework causes a lot of stress on the student and even a student’s parent, because the parent must then come home from an average of eight hours of work to help their kid with homework. Combined with a typical school day, a student spends 42 percent of his or her time on learning.
Along with students’ parents being stressed too, homework negatively affects children when it comes to family and friends. According to the Education Week website, on average a student has about three hours of homework a night. In this case, a student gets home around 4 p.m., and then must sit and do homework for three hours, and by the time he is done it’s already 7 p.m. Along with this, it restricts the amount of time they have to form a bond with their family and hang out with their friends.
Some people would say homework is good for students because it gives them practice and helps them learn. This is not always true, because according to a study by a Stanford University professor that was published online in the Stanford news, students have too much practice and homework can cause a lack of balance in your learning and is counterproductive.
“I do agree that some teachers do give out busy work to some students that do not really need the extra practice. Instead it’s just a waste of time, and they instead could be forming bonds with family and friends and getting exercise,” a teacher from Red Lion Area Senior High School said. “I do believe that certain students need extra practice sometimes but not every student does.”
Overall, the amount of homework given is unneeded and unnecessary for students and takes up time that could be used to learn other important life skills.
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