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The Effect of Homework

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A student doing their homework.

A student doing their homework.

Klasina Allred

Klasina Allred

A student doing their homework.

Kristen Tang, Staff Writer

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After a long day of school, many students will go to practice for a sport or a club they are a part of. Once they get home it’s time for homework. College Confidential says that an average high school student in the U.S. takes 8 classes, although it can vary throughout the country. That means that a high school student will usually have homework in each class, and the amount for each class can vary. Colt Roundup talked to sophomore, Nikelle Julian, and asked her about her usual amount of homework. She said, “I think that every student would say that their level of homework is too much, but I think it’s dependent on the difficulty level of the class. For example, for AP classes more homework is expected because there is more to learn and it is a college level class.”
According to the Huffington Post, “Students should be assigned no more than ten minutes of homework per grade level per night.” This means that first graders would get 10 minutes, second graders would get 20 minutes and so forth. For high schoolers, they would get 90-120 minutes of homework. ASCD.org (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) agrees saying, “Homework should not exceed two hours per night.” Klasina Allred, a student at Cottonwood High School disagrees. She told us, “No, we shouldn’t follow the ten minute rule per grade level. It can get very stressful when you have other things to do.”

Many students are involved in extracurriculars, that take up a lot of their time. Adding a lot of homework to that can make students’ lives very stressful. Another student, Addie Wallace says, “I think teachers should consider that other classes are also giving homework and how many students are doing things outside of school.”

Healthline reported that many students are overburdened with homework and that it’s taking a toll on their health. They said, “When it came to stress, more than 70 percent of students said they were ‘often or always stressed over schoolwork,’ with 56 percent listing homework as a primary stressor.” Homework is easily affecting our everyday lives and how we function. Stanford News conducted research on how homework can negatively affect students. They said, “Many students said their homework load led to sleep deprivation and other health problems.”

WebMd came up with some ways to help with the stress of homework. One way is to work on time management skills – do a little each night instead of cramming it in all at once. Try to have a quiet place to study without distractions. Students could be over scheduled. They may take on too many hard classes and extracurriculars. WebMd suggests parents give their children more downtime for sleep, family, and other things. Furthermore, they say, “Adequate sleep alone would make a big difference in teens’ stress levels.”

Concordia University looked into different points on how homework can be beneficial to students. They say the homework can help students be responsible, have better time management, have perseverance, and it can help with their self esteem. The News and Observer agrees. They said, “Homework can also foster independent learning and responsible character traits…” Homework can help us prepare for our future. Knoji.com believes that without homework, students will not be prepared for a heavy workload and deadlines set by their bosses. Homework can be beneficial to students.

School can contribute to stress. Homework can be beneficial, but problematic. Students take different classes and have different amounts of homework. It can affect teens very negatively. Do schools need to change how much homework they give out?

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