Homework By Wesley Sexton

Homework, a Real Issue for Students?

Position Statement: Students should not have homework because it causes anxiety and stress, takes away from fun and social activities with friends and family, and keeps them from having time in the day to define themselves as individuals.

Background Info:

Current Class Homework Information

• According to Healthline, Although the general rule for homework is “ten minutes per grade level”, kindergarteners receive up to 25 minutes of homework, when standards say they shouldn’t have any at all.

Also, Kids in elementary school receive nearly 3 times as much homework as they should.

That’s not all, while 10th grader should only have around 100 minutes of homework, the students who participated in the study received slightly more than 3 hours total of homework.

Students need to have time with friends and family, which they aren’t having with as much homework as they have.

Healthline says that stressed homework students will often ditch friends and family for homework because they feel obligated to do so.

Issues & Controversies also says that students need family and friend time to develop their social skills, which they can’t do if they don’t have time to do so.

Students are also developing high levels of stress and anxiety from homework, in some cases even depression.

• To source Healthline, they say “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.”, showing that the issues can even expand into how you interact socially with fellow beings.

Healthline also says according to a study, more than 70 percent of students are often or always stressed by homework, with 56 percent listing it as their primary source of stress.

Students need time to themselves to define themselves as individuals.

• In 2013, Journalist Karl Taro Greenfield said “As I watch my daughter struggle through school days on too little sleep and feel almost guilty if she wants to watch an hour of television instead of advancing a few yards in the trench warfare of her homework routine, I have my doubts. When would she ever have time to, say, read a book for pleasure? Or write a story or paint a picture or play the guitar?”

Issues & Controversies says that many opponents of homework think that requiring students to work for 10-12 hours a day causes students to be tired, discourages creativity, and leads to over stressed and anxious students.

Many say homework is essential for a healthy education of a student.

Issues and controversies also says that supporters think that homework is essential in the learning process in students, and can help them understand the subject more.

However, many cases show that that is not the case.

• From a personal standpoint, as a student myself, homework is often done with one idea in mind, “Get it done, and quick”.

Healthline also says that the “ten minute per grade” rule for homework is nationally the standard for schools, but students usually wind up with three times as much.

Works Cited

Beck, Christina. "Why One Massachusetts Elementary School Is Banning Homework." Christian Science Monitor, 6 Sept. 2016. SIRS Issues Researcher. Accessed 22 Mar. 2017.

Druker, Peter. "Untitled post." The Huffington Post, 16 Oct. 2016, www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/5-reasons-why-homework-is-bad-for-your-child_us_57f72b3ae4b0b665ad817c57. Accessed 29 Mar. 2017.

"Is Homework Beneficial to Students?" Issues and Controveries, 11 Mar. 2016. Issues and Controversies. Accessed 16 Mar. 2017.

"Is Too Much Homework Bad for Kids' Health?" Healthline, edited by Sandra Levy, 11 Aug. 2016, www.healthline.com/health-news/children-more-homework-means-more-stress-031114#2. Accessed 28 Mar. 2017.

Llana, Sara Miller. "Does More Homework Make for a Smarter Kid? In Spain, Many Have Doubts." Christian Science Monitor, 21 Feb. 2017. SIRS Issues Researcher. Accessed 22 Mar. 2017.

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