Homework Causes Stress and Panic

By Abbosbek Adxamov ‘16

Homework has always been a tradition for the purpose of learning and development. At least that’s what some people think. How can homework be beneficial, if all it does is accumulate stress and take away sleep? Education is supposed to stimulate creativity and interest, not panic and stress.

When school is out, kids want to go home and relax, but BAM! Homework hits them like a brick wall. Even though teachers might not assign more than two hours of homework, it adds up when six or seven teachers assign it, especially when it’s unnecessary “busy work”. Schoolwork should stay at school and not stalk kids at home.

Numerous students have clubs, sports and other after-school programs. By the time they come home at five or six o’clock, they are exhausted. Stress and anxiety builds up just from the thought of finishing homework and studying for tests.

“I lose a lot of sleep that prevent me from getting my minimum eight hours because of so much homework,” said Shak Hoq ’16. “It significantly affects my school performance where sometimes I can’t focus and even fall asleep.”

According to a 1998 survey by Public Agenda, 34 percent of students said that homework is stress. It’s unhealthy for school kids to be stressed since it affects sleep and diet. Without sleep and proper nourishment, students can’t focus and therefore don’t learn at all.

Restricting teachers to give appropriate amounts of homework or none at all would also help the teachers. Assignments, tests, and homework pile up on their desks. Abolishing “busy work” or any unnecessary homework would mean less grading for the teachers and more quality time with their families.

Some teachers give a ton of homework each day and students aren’t able to keep up. There are opposing views to the idea of reducing the amount of homework. From the contrasting perspective, homework is essential for practice and challenging one’s self. It prepares the student for tests and lifelong skills such as responsibility.

“As long as it’s appropriate,” said Mr. Jahn, AP Chemistry teacher, “I don’t think homework should be banned. It is supposed to help you practice, prepare for tests and hone your skills.”

According to the article “There’s no Homework in Finland!” at neoman.com, Finland schools do not give homework. Their high school graduation rate is 93 percent compared to our 75 percent. They also do not give any tests until the student is 16 years of age. This supports that reducing homework in our schools to appropriate amounts wouldn’t constrain the students from doing well.

It is true that homework is for practicing and reviewing material taught at school. However, too much practice is usually repetitive and pointless which leads to exhaustion thus causing one to lose interest. Therefore, it would be favorable to both teachers and students if homework is reduced and busy work is prohibited. Students would get more sleep, focus better in class and wouldn’t be stressed as much.

“Abolishing unnecessary homework would be a great idea,” said Hoq. “I would be happier to be in school and focus better in class.”

Although banning homework entirely would hinder the teachers from teaching the lessons effectively, reducing the amount of homework would be more beneficial to both the teacher and the student. Education is essential for one’s future, but losing interest in it because of too much homework is silly. To prevent stress, lack of sleep and loss of interest, banning pointless and repetitive homework would be a right path to take.

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