The Horror of Homework

Teengaers are drowned with exhausting amounts of homework

Shayleigh Lawson, Fall 2016 J1 student

After a seven-hour day at school filled with classes and chaos, all anyone wants to do is go home and rest or catch up with the latest Netflix show — but homework makes this nearly impossible.

There have been countless studies on the negative effects of homework.

“Our findings on the effects of homework challenge the traditional assumption that homework is inherently good,” Senior lecturer Denise Pope said.

Research proves that 56 percent of students believe that homework is the leading cause of stress.

Homework is difficult to balance. Most teenagers have extracurricular activities they must attend after school and even jobs they have to work. Teenagers are forced to time manage time they don’t have.

Personally, I barely have enough time to finish my homework. Sure Tiger Paws provides an hour, but if I’m not eating, I am in a classroom trying to improve and maintain the grades I have, not focusing on the homework that was assigned in class.screen-shot-2016-11-28-at-8-57-46-am

Homework should be an optional choice for students who don’t understand what is going on in class. The students who already understand the class agenda do not need the extra practice because it doesn’t help the students learn — it only wastes their time because they must complete something they already know how to do.

“The cost is enormous,” author Donaldson-Pressman said. “The data shows that homework over this level is not only not beneficial to children’s grades or GPA, but there’s really a plethora of evidence that it’s detrimental to their attitude about school, their grades, their self-confidence, their social skills and their quality of life.”

Some BV teachers are deciding that students do not have to do homework if they have an A in the class. This motivates the students to do well in the class because they don’t have to worry about the extra time homework takes. This should be enforced in every class because this process reduces stress and anxiety that teenagers have about school and frees up more time to do extra curricular activities, study for a tests, and even just take a break from the exhausting demands of high school.