Burdensome, Harmful, Purposeless……Homework?


.Imagine, a student has just spent around six hours at what is considered their job, otherwise known as school.

.Imagine, a student has just spent around six hours at what is considered their job, otherwise known as school. For each class, they receive a different amount of work and tasks that they are expected to complete at home. Relieved to be home, they might relax, but only for a second. Then, it's off to accomplishing the list of tasks written out in their planner. All evening they work hard for the good grade in each assignment. Some might take more time than others, but all in all the time adds up. The student says a quick hi to the family as they all arrive home, but is mainly concentrated on the work at hand. Sometimes the work load might be so great that the student does it and then forgets about it to go onto the next thing; therefore, not really learning everything to the fullest.


In addition, if the student has extra activities like sports or music lessons, completing their homework can mean staying up late into the night. Their parents however, get to relax once they are home. Homework is being attached to a bungee cord because you plunge towards freedom but are jerked back by it's strong obligation. When homework occupies a student's whole evening, they don't have much time for themselves or family because of the homework that is not really helping. All the homework can feel like too much to really take in, staying up doing it can neglect a good night's sleep, and it doesn't teach students what it's like in the real world.


Obviously, in life, school is important, but family, friends, and yourself are especially important. I think it's safe to say that most people enjoy and want to spend time with their family and friends. It's also important to have time to yourself and do the things you love. However, when students have a lot of homework, it takes up all their time; therefore, they might not be able to do these things. Often times I want to go for a walk with my family and friends or watch a movie with them, but can't because I have to complete a project or assignment in one of my classes. For me, it's like cleaning my room, I can't do anything else until it's done. As a result, homework causes neglect to this time and can have a negative impact on students. It can squish their time to be creative. I for example, love to write when I have some free time, and for others it could be painting, building, or something else. When students don't have this time because they're being pulled back by the bungee cord, they don't do these things. Why should adults have this time, but not students? Why should students also have this time taken away by something that hasn't really been proven to help them in school?


Alfie Kohn has researched homework, and shows results that students have scored high and low on tests varying from a lot of homework to no homework. He states that, "Results on the reading test likewise provided no compelling evidence that homework helped."Furthermore, when a student receives a lot of homework from each class, the amount of items to remember can be overwhelming. Many teachers say to not cram all the information the last minute for a test and to space your study time. What is the difference in importance of making sure you know all the information for a test, and making sure you know all the information you are learning in general? Cramming all the information our homework can contain in one night is a lot. To teachers, giving an assignment can be just enough learning for the night. However you have to take into consideration that this amount could possibly be multiplied by three and sometimes even five, because of their other classes.

When I have a lot of homework, the next day I can sometimes forget some of the things I did the previous night due to my focus on one of the items. Having a lot of homework can be like cramming and studying that list of facts for a test. It's a lot too take in and remember, and the student is not learning it to the fullest. Including these two negative impacts of too much homework, not getting a good night's sleep can also be a result. When a student has other activities such as soccer, basketball, piano lesson, voice lesson, volunteering, and much more, there's a lot to do including homework. In fact, it can be so much that they go over the time their day should end; therefore, going into the time they should spend sleeping in order to get enough sleep. The next day they're tired.


It has been proven by scientists that when learning something, if one person gets a good night's sleep after, and the other one doesn't, the person who got the sleep does better when quizzed about it, [seventh grade Life Science Daybook]. This proves that sleep is important to a student's performance at school. For something that has not been proven to help, homework can be harmful to a student's learning when it cuts into their sleep time.


Aside from these issues, there's also the issue that homework is not teaching students what the real world is like. Working at school is what constitutes for a student's job. Much like adults, students attend their work regularly and work during all hours except for their lunch break; therefore, they are working just as much as adults. The main difference though is that once most adults get home from work, they are done with work for the day. Students however, still have homework to be done. This is where the bungee cord pulls them back again. School and it's responsibilities, such as homework, are suppose to prepare students for life and the responsibilities they'll have. Most adults rarely have to do homework, (depending on their job). Therefore, homework does not prepare real life to students.


Consequently, I am saying that when too much homework is distributed, it can cause negative results. Luckily, there are many possible solutions. Thinking about it, I have come up with the solution of every teacher having an average amount of homework they give out, that they cannot exceed, (when they choose to give out homework). The students have multiple classes; therefore, the amount should not be too much when combined with homework from other classes. This way, students would not only have a regular schedule, their schedule could also consist of other activities besides school work.


On the whole, there's no such thing as learning too much. However, when the constricting and pulling bungee cord is causing students to not have enough time to do other things, not really helping, not being able to remember and learn things as well, not getting enough sleep, and not teaching what real life is like, something needs to be changed. As a student, I know and have experienced these things. Many students can describe the things they miss out on when their nights consists only of homework. Research shows that homework has not been proven to help students in school. I and many others have a hard time remembering everything our homework contains. Research also shows that sleep is important to a student's learning. As well as those things, a student's parent usually get to relax after their work is done. If school is a student's work, the work should mainly be done at work. One's work day should not go on all day, especially if it's having a negative impact. Wouldn't you agree?