Alberto Gonzalez, HancockHigh School, Junior
One issue students of Chicago high schools have been complaining about for the past weeks is too much homework. An August 8, 2011 USATODAY article stated that teachers should “give the right amount of homework. Overloading students with too much homework can be counterproductive too all.” This is true because I saw teachers giving excessive homework, like if it was an easy assignment without thinking about the time it would take to do the assignment. For example, if for each class we get homework that will take 30 minutes to finish, and if there are seven classes, we do an average of 3 hours of homework each night.
Some students are just stressed out from falling asleep late in order to finish homework, instead of being prepared with enough hours of sleep to learn the next day. Why is this happening? In an August 8, 2011 USA TODAY article it was said that “the research is consistent with a 10 minute rule, or about 10 minutes of homework each night for per grade,” but teachers are just not following this rule.
Teachers in many schools have tried to give students time in class to finish their homework. However, there are occasions where students don’t finish their work at all because the time wasn’t enough. Probably giving less homework to students will be beneficial to them because a September 11, 2011 Day to Day Article, declared that “kids spent many hours doing homework. They can get good grades on the test as those who didn’t.”
People may reject the idea that giving less homework is beneficial. On the other hand, they must admit that students are overloaded with homework and this can affect them. Those who don’t do as much homework still get good grades.
In addition students well be able to do more activities, join clubs, or do sports, due to the fact that they won’t have to worry about finishing homework as much as before.
How do you defend your view in favor or against homework?
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