Should Students Have Homework?
Should Students Have Homework?
“Want to play soccer with me?” your little brother asks. “Sure!” You respond, “That sounds like fun.” About a half an hour later, you and your brother come inside and set the table for dinner. Then, you go upstairs and pick up your independent reading book. There is a sticky note at the top of the page where you left off, scrawled in your writing from earlier in the day: Read for 30 minutes every day this week. You stare at the note confusedly; usually I have to read for at least twenty minutes, not thirty. I’ll check my planner; this doesn’t sound right. Sure enough, where it says today's date under Language Arts, it says to read for 20. Then, you notice a whole bunch of other assignments in your homework folder, also in your binder; most of them due tomorrow! Oh no! Can’t I ever get a break?
Most students come home with homework every day. Homework is work or an assignment to do that reinforces the skills students learn in school, and helps the teacher know if the students understand the material, or were paying attention. However, most students find homework very difficult or stressful, and cringe at the thought of having to spend more of their own time doing work, when they just came from school. Students should not have homework, because it interferes with personal time, and it can prove to be stressful, and create anxiety.
After a few hours of a hard day’s work, students should not have to work for even more time. 95% of students come home to spend about thirty minutes to two hours on homework. Students already did work for most of the day; why should they have to come home only to do more? The article states, “However, some parents, students and even some teachers feel that after 7-8 hours of lessons in school, it is unfair to expect students to come home and work for another three hours” (Reasons Kids Need Homework, and 5 Reasons they don’t). Students shouldn’t have to do extra work after school; they earned time to regroup and relax. It is hardly fair that students have to do more for school, especially after they already worked hard for 7 - 8 hours prior.
Homework can prove to be stressful, and create anxiety. You’d be surprised at the amount to students that come home worrying or feeling stressed about the extra unnecessary work they have to do. In the text, it states, “The pressure of having to complete homework every night is quite daunting for most children and they need time to refresh their minds and bodies” (Reasons Kids Need Homework, and 5 Reasons they don’t). There is a lot of stress and frustration in homework that parents and teachers completely miss and don’t see. By not assigning homework, students wouldn’t have to feel stressed at all in the first place.
Although homework is supposed to be helpful, most students would argue against it. Homework can prove to create many feelings, but not usually good ones; feelings frequently connected to the same idea: students should not be assigned homework. In the future, students will continue to be stressed and anxious over homework if nothing continues to be done. But, students can help make a difference by writing a letter or email to their teacher or principal explaining why students should not have homework including reasons and evidence to support your claim. Maybe the future will be changed because of it.