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School Homework: Good or Bad/ Side Affects of Too Much Homework

School Homework: Good or Bad
and the side affects of having too much homework on teens

what else is there to say?

My son is constantly doing homework (and has been since 7th grade) and whenever there is an event he wants to go to or his friends want him to go to, he sadly has to turn them down. Why? Too much homework. He agrees, along with his friends that it makes perfect sense to have homework, but any more than 2-3 hours worth a night is absurd. This isn’t the common kid complaint.

True, students’ homework is good for them in that it s added practice from the school day. It is an essential part of learning. But what about social interaction with other people? Isn’t that an important thing to learn? Or what about getting exercise? -Especially with America’s obesity problem in minors. Homework causes stress, lack of social skills, and lack of fitness.

Homework can cause an excessive amount of stress. This stress can lead to depression and acne. In the long run, having these will cause even more stress. Stress and its side affects often result in long term problems.

In addition, if students are constantly occupied with doing homework, they will rarely get a chance to communicate with other people. This leads to the lack of a social life and often depression. More importantly, these students will grow up lacking social and leadership skills, they will have few friends, and they may have a hard time as an adult. Eventually, many of the kids that have too much homework begin to favor homework to other social activities.

Lack of fitness is also a major problem with too much homework. Sitting down all the time and being too occupied with homework to participate in sports leads to obesity and other numerous health problems such as heart disease. Loss of concentration is also a result of the lack of exercise. Concentration is necessary for the student to be productive and function properly. Have you ever noticed how America had and is having a child obesity problem during the ‘age of testing’?

All in all, too much homework, for teenage students especially, can result in many undesirable and even dangerous side affects. Schools and teachers should develop a more structured homework system. Bottom line: Students have too much homework and too much of it is unproductive or unnecessary.

please contribute your opinion in the comments.

“The last 20 years or so have been the period when there has been the strongest consensus that homework is a good thing and that more is better. Very recently, in the last five years or so, there has been some evidence that that consensus is starting to crack.” — Brian Gill, Rand Corporation

Kids today are overwhelmed! – My first-grade son was required to research a significant person from history and write a paper of at least two pages about the person, with a bibliography. How can he be expected to do that by himself? He just started to learn to read and write a couple of months ago. Schools are pushing too hard and expecting too much from kids.”

- Anonymous 

really- a first grader

“Teachers nowadays assign these almost college-level projects with requirements that make my mouth fall open with disbelief,”

-Anonymous

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  1. Dude

    On April 24, 2010 at 11:54 am


    I totally agree-
    I stay up every night until 11 to finishmy homework and I don’t have Time to do anything else with other people
    homework is ruining my life!!!!!!!

  2. Joe

    On April 24, 2010 at 12:01 pm


    thanks a lot, Tim!
    You really helped me with a homework assignment that I had to write

  3. homework hater

    On April 24, 2010 at 12:08 pm


    I know a bunch of people who would rather do homework that play sports…
    Sad…
    your article speaks the truth!!!

  4. bob

    On October 23, 2010 at 6:11 pm


    Homework sucks

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