Throughout the school year, student’s live by a strict schedule that consists of school, extracurricular activities and homework. The amount of homework has intensified, students are getting less sleep during school nights, and the level of stress is at its highest peak. American teenagers are given too much homework during the school year, thus leading to unfavorable impacts mentally and physically. I have experienced in the past 2 years the stress, tiredness and isolation from family events due to being in high school. The load of homework I have received is ridiculous I have to miss family dinners and supporting my sister at her soccer and basketball games. I get about half the amount of sleep I used to get and my acne has gotten worse from all the stress. I feel that I’m not fully living my life and that I’m restricted by homework.
First of all, American teenagers are getting too much homework leading to unfavorable impacts mentally and physically such as spending less time with the people who are most important to you in life. A survey by the University of Phoenix in 2013 states “high school students had an average of 17.5 hours of homework every week and 3.5 hours from each teacher per week”. Considering if we go to school all day and have extracurricular activities then it leaves us very little time to spend with family and friends, causing us to miss the most important high school memories. The smallest moments when either you’re little sister or brother started talking or maybe your sister or brother shot the winning basket. Still you are stuck at home doing work, missing those priceless moments. The American College Health Association found, “the suicide rate among young adults, ages 15-24, has tripled since the 1950s and suicide is currently the second most common cause of death among students, these young people are often away from home”. School makes it very hard to spend any time with family because we either have presentations or essays to write. While these students are at school and are away from their family for too long they start to show signs of depression. Students with depression often turn to suicide to make everything go away and not have to deal with the stress anymore. At the same time that I believe having homework is good practice to learn the material. I believe that when every teacher gives out homework for practice it starts to piles up for the students. Moments in life should be cherished except for students who have too much homework they don’t get to cherish them, so many unfavorable impact mentally and physically cause students make them not enjoy life fully.
Secondly, American teenagers have too much homework that cause unfavorable impacts mentally and physically. Unfavorable impacts include the loss a lot of sleep for many students. I argue that students are losing sleep due to having a lot of homework. Supported by new research showing that “with lack of sleep students have a limited ability to learn, to listen, to concentrate and to solve problems”. Those are the basic principles of school this means it’s harder for us to do what is expected. The expectations are that we do all our homework no matter how much it must be done. Thus leading us to staying up late trying to finish the homework in order to succeed in the course. The school's new way of teaching is to get us to think about problems and solve without a guide. However with lack of sleep it isn’t easy to comprehend the task at hand if I’m so exhausted all the time. Data shows that “38% of teens have trouble falling asleep at night”. Moreover your mind doesn’t stop thinking right after you finish homework. Your mind is not relaxed which makes it hard to go to bed. Sleep is essential for the human body and with all of this homework students are getting it's hard for them to get the full 8 ½ hours they need to function. A lot of homework is a leading cause in having unfavorable impact mentally such as loss of sleep for students.
Furthermore, too much homework is given to American teenagers that causes unfavorable impacts mentally and physically. For instance the stress level has escalated in the past few years. The results of a survey by psychologist Norman Anderson showed,“the stress level between students a 5.8 out of 10 and adults with a 5.1 out of 10, that a 0.6 difference”. This shows just how stressed out we are today. We should be able to live life without being tied down because we are trying to finish homework late at night and causing a lot of stress. We also have pressure and expectations to finish our homework and turn it in when it’s due. “Factors that cause stress include academics, social pressure, post-secondary plans, family issues and finance”. Notice how the first two causes are school related such as finishing homework and the pressure of looking presentable. The social pressure that is put on girls to always look decent causes stress and then leads to acne. Stress causes acne for girls especially. This because we are supposed to have good skin otherwise we are not pretty and we stress out about our faces on top of everything else. This shows the unnecessary stress that we have on ourselves as students. Parents think that our lives aren’t as stressful compared to their lives such as dealing with bills and housework but recently experts suggest that school for us has increasingly become much more stressful. With all the expectations that students have today we put too much pressure on ourselves and cause us to be stressed out. Unfavorable impacts include stress and pressure about their academics and finishing homework on students isn’t good for their mental health.
To conclude, although teachers give too much homework may seem trivial, it is in fact crucial in terms of today’s concern over teen’s physiological and physical health. Some impacts include spending less time with family and friends while missing the important memories. Losing a lot of sleep making it harder to focus and learn. The level of stress has increased rapidly through the years. American teenagers are given too much homework during the school year has many unfavorable impacts mentally and physically.
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Some teachers give too much
While most teachers are reasonable, I have had quite a few college professors that seemed to work under the assumption that since we were only in their class about 5 hours per week, we had nothing to do the other 163 hours. Some decided to pile on homework for things like Thanksgiving break when we were already rushing around to visit family, often several hours away, for the weekend. Nothing says quality time with the family quite like writing a research paper at the dinner table.
It's important to remember that students are juggling other classes, part-time jobs, and personal lives, all of which are important. There's no educational value in intentionally creating a more stressful environment. If anything it's detrimental as students pull all-nighters or skip meals in their struggle to keep up.
Way too much!
I've heard many teachers say that they don't want us to be stressed out with homework, and that they understand we have other things going on in our lives. Despite this, they persist in giving us hours of homework (I do about 3 hours worth each night) . This is not good for our mental and emotional health. I've had no time to do things that I want to do. Even worse than that is that over Christmas break I have hours of homework that needs to be done. It's quite stressful.
No They Don't
Stop whining all the time. Teachers only give homework just to put you under pressure and work. Stop fussing, HONESTLY! Maybe you should plan your time effectively and then you would have time for homework. If you had loads of homework then nobody in your classes would ever hand it in!
To much homework and to much stuff!!
This is it I had to much to do this coming week there is more and more homework that is being sent home with us its to much to do. Plus spring brake is coming up and we only had one snow day and they are giving us only one week come on give us a brake.
It takes too much time
Sometimes my teachers will give an hour or more of homework and say "You have an hour in your day to do homework.", but what they don't realize is that we have other classes. If I have six classes a day, and an hour of homework for each, that would be six hours. I don't get home until around 2:40, so that would mean I would be done at 8:40 if I did nothing but work for six hours straight. There's no time for dinner, showering, jobs, or after school activities if you want to get enough sleep. So most kids still do these things and stay up until later hours to get their work done, and since they already wake up so early for school, students are being very sleep deprived which is very bad for their health. Do you really expect kids to give up everything and do nothing but go to school and do homework until they graduate?
I have other classes too!
Being a massive perfectionist I despise when I feel like I've half-assed an assignment, but when I'm given multiple assignments in every class I get extremely depressed, and eventually stop actually learning anything. Teachers need to understand that students are allowed to have a life outside of school (or more often their class) it is simply more difficult to do thirty assignments than to grade them. Case closed.
It is not required
Teachers give too much homework to us students. The people who argue against us have no valid argument other than we need it. We may need it, but if this is how we are expected to spend our time then how can we apply what we have gained outside of such a controlled setting. This may make us smarter, but if it is that important then it should be a part of the school day. I should not have to stay up until midnight to do vocabulary in social studies. This is just not needed or useful after a certain time.
I cant do it all
I sincerly think teachers dont think we have any other classes to do homework for and thats why they give us a crapload of stuff to do. Yet they want me to participate in sports and clubs and volunter in my community and get 8 hours of sleep like there isnt enought time in a day to do all of these things. Like i already go to school for 7 hours why do I need to do MORE work at home. I never get time to spend with my family or friends. I want to have a life but i literally cant because there is no time to do anything besides homework. I would honestly go to school from 7-3:30/4 if i didnt have any homework. Teachers need to chill with the homework
Some set way too much
Whilst most of my AS level teachers are fair with the amount of homework they set, there are some who seem to be setting homework every lesson. I have had 9 history lessons since returning from Christmas, and 9 homework's have been set. English is no better. Whilst the teacher says it's only a 10 minute job, the reality is it isn't. Even if it was we still have plenty of other work to get done too!
Too much homework!
So, I'm currently in 8th grade right now, and I feel I'm getting way too much homework. I haven't gone a single week without getting ambushed my a test or a major assignment. My teacher gives four hours of homework every single day. Yes, I'm not lying. Four hours everyday. The problem with teacher is that she thinks we have plenty of time everyday, and predicts all we do is sit on our couch and play games. Everyday is the same:
1. I'm tired and sleepy in the morning, and I'm losing attention to learning.
2. The teachers get mad at me for being tired.
3. Once school is over, she assigns us at least 2 hours of homework
4. I start working on it
5. I sleep late around 1:00 A.M.
6. Next morning I'm tired again.