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Is Homework Really Necessary?

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Last updated on July 25, 2022

Despite our differences, we all have one experience in common: The pain of homework! We have spent countless hours late at night, rushing to meet those demanding deadlines. What if these tedious assignments serve no purpose and just make our lives harder?

Kids sit at school for 7 hours, yet they still have multiple hours of homework to do! According to Suzanne Capek Tingley, a Veteran educator, homework causes stress, anxiety, and frustration. With all of this stress, kids may give up and not complete it at all. This doesn’t necessarily mean that they are lazy, but that they don’t know how to cope with it. Especially for kids with learning disabilities, homework can be an extra struggle added to their day. School can already be tough and discouraging for them, and homework is just another brick wall in their way.

Homework can also take away from healthy activities and downtime, such as sports, screen time, and well-needed sleep.  According to The University of the People, homework encourages a sedentary lifestyle, which means a life spent in a seated position.  These sedentary lifestyles take away from other physical activities that involve standing up, and may eventually even lead to obesity and diabetes.  Also, according to studies, students are assigned much more homework hours than they should be. The correct amount would be first grade having 10 minutes, and 10 more minutes each grade up.  All of this extra work and homework hasn’t resulted in many positive results.  Homework doesn’t necessarily mean better academic performance, meaning that kids that don’t do homework may still get decent grades.

In conclusion, homework is something that may seem unnecessary but every student in the world has to deal with it. What do you think? Do you think that all of this homework is really helping your academic progress? Or is it just another obstacle slowing you down, and taking away from the rest of your busy day?

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