Remember when you were a kid who looked forward to hanging out with your friends after school? Remember when you discovered that you had a ten-page essay to write before you could hang out? That's the pain over 1.2 billion higher-grade students experience MORE than once in a while. And now that you're an awesome, understanding parent, don't you hate it when your child announces that they have homework, harshly shattering your fantasy of a wonderfully long parent-kid hangout? I understand. Homework can be awful, for both parents and children. Good morning, judges, parents, teachers, and fellow students. I am Jess Maxwell, 12, who has personally experienced the pain of doing homework past nine. That was eight years ago, when I was in grade ONE. Today, I'm going to talk to you about why we shouldn't have excessive homework. I will tell you about what I have experienced with homework, why most people think that the more homework we have, the better, and the ultimate, most important reasons we shouldn't have any unnecessary homework.
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In the first place, I never chose to have that much work in grade one; I was forced to do that work. So whenever I sat down to watch TV, play computer games, or even talk to my parents, I was reminded that I had work to do before I could do those things. BUT - keep in mind that I was only six years old! I think you'd agree that a six-year-old should be enjoying the fun of not having any serious responsibilities; enjoying the fun of being a KID. NOT doing homework all night after vigorous studying at school. According to a Helium Network writer, Annie M. Manzi, "Children need to play and chill out to refresh their minds and bodies. The pressure of having to complete their homework every night is daunting to most children." Well, every time I realized that I had to finish writing my speech, the pressure of it hit me like a fist prepared to rip me to pieces. And I know that it's ironic that I was doing loads of homework against homework excess. But I also know, after all of my awfully unpleasant experiences with those pressuring assignments, is that doing work this time is worth the pain. I'm using this opportunity to tell you my homework experiences!
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In addition, I'm going to consider your arguments. Yes, parents, that's you. Now, I know what you're thinking: Don't we need to practice what we learn to remember it? As to that, it is necessary to repeatedly apply the skills we learned. It is NOT necessary to get assigned work after we've already repeated it lots of times in class, unless it's for completing unfinished school work. Another objection you may have in mind is: If excessive homework is that horrible, then why do schools that assign more homework tend to produce very successful students? Well, they aren't successful because of the workload. It's the competition. In most of those homework-overload schools, you have to be very hard-working to even get it. And because the students had to work so hard just to get in the school, they're thriving even more towards getting higher marks than their peers, therefore becoming competitive-obsessive. And that hard work will only get them to be very successful in life. So, those were the reasons most people think excessive homework is good for us, and my evidence that proved them wrong.
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Correspondingly, you should know about the ultimate, most important reasons that there should not be any unnecessary homework. One specific reason is that sometimes, when people can't stand doing too much work, they copy off of others' work. I have never seen this happen personally, but my friend from Toronto says that her school gives out lots of homework, and once someone offers others to copy their work, the news spreads like wildfire. It's sad that people do this, though. Don't you agree that everyone should only get credit for their original work? Another important reason is that the homework could cause conflict between you and your child. Your poor kid doesn't want to do it, and you're saying that they have too, and so on. But when you objected your child's resistance to homework, did you ever think of how that might affect your family relationship? I mean, sure, you know your kid is just a proud, rebellious teen who will understand that you're doing this for his/her own good when they're older. But - that has nothing to do with your family relationship's problems that are caused by homework amounts, and purely homework amounts. Spending more family time together also ensures that you get along better with your children. But HOMEWORK takes away most of that already lessened family time you get. Now, parents, don't you see how homework negatively affects your child AND you? Not to mention that, when kids have too much homework. they get less social time, resulting in many more social issues than any child have. You want all of those problems to go away, right? Your rebellious child wouldn't be so rebellious if they had much less homework to do.
All things considered, do you still think homework is completely necessary? Excessive homework creates more than just stress among us "youngsters". It creates infringement of kids' own, personal copyright. It creates grudges, bad feelings, and way too much family and social trouble. And, worst of all, it creates a diamond-hard, obsidian-sharp knife that bloodthirstily destroys your paradisiacal dream of some quality family time. And not all parents love homework, either. A quote from Ayelet Waldman: "The hour my children are seated at the kitchen table, their books spread out before them, is without a doubt the worst hour of my day." So, given these parts, will you continue to support that we have to do whatever is thrown at us, OR will you empathize us and vote against superfluous homework? Thank you for listening, judges, parents, teachers, and fellow students. Have a great day! Oh! I forgot to say one last thing - no pressure. I won't be mad at you if you choose the first one. It's your choice, after all. And because I never had one for this case, I want you to make your own decision, based on your own thinking. Thank you.
Should Students Get Less Homework
April 8, 2011
Too much homework can cause stress in a student and lead to health issues in the body and mind. Homework related anxiety and stress can affect school work negatively. Stress causes lack of sleep, slipping grades, fatigue, unhealthy eating habits, depression, and many more factors. According to a 2006 poll, 80 percent of teens don’t get the recommended amount of sleep. At least 28 percent fall asleep in school and 22 percent fall asleep doing homework(‘Summary Findings of the 2006 Sleep in America Poll’, www.nationalsleepfoundation,org). In the film Race to Nowhere, the people working on the film interview multiple students and many of them talk about having nervous breakdowns or being very stressed; some even talked about getting depressed because of all the homework in school and depression can even lead to suicide. Nervous breakdowns can make completing homework much more of a struggle and also effect the health and life of a student.
Kids are doing more than the recommended amount each night, with no academic benefits. The recommended amount is 10 minutes times the grade level, so first grade gets 10 minutes, second grade gets 20 minutes, third grade gets 30 minutes, and so on, but kids are doing much more than that. (Homework, www.wikipedia.org) Twenty three percent of 13-year-olds do more than 2 hours a night. The more the students do, the less they get out of doing it. There is no academic benefit for high school students after 2 hours and there are no academic benefits for middle school students after 1 and a half hours. (‘As Homework Grows, So Do Arguments Against It’, www.washingtonpost.com)
Doing homework all night can take away a student's free time and sleep. Always doing homework can lead to less family time and less time for activities. It creates less time for sports and after school activities. Family time is also decreased which can add more family conflict. Hanging out with friends is decreased, so that means there is less socializing. Staying up late and doing homework takes away a student’s time to sleep. Sleep deprivation can cause stress and many more factors. Not enough sleep can leave a student tired, and at school they might focus less or fall asleep during class. Then the student gets in trouble for falling asleep. Homework is taking away a students childhood, no one wants that, do they?
School students in America should get less homework on a daily basis. Too much homework can cause stress and other health issues. Also, students are working more than the recommended amount of time on homework, and this takes away from family time and free time, as well as time for sleep. When it comes to doing homework, students also want time to relax and enjoy other activities. Shouldn’t students get less homework so that they can be happy and have more time with family and friends? Administrators, teachers, students, and parents need to address this issue and inform people about the effects of homework on students in America. If teachers and parents tried to reduce the amount of homework there would be a decrease in stress and anxiety and an increase in happiness! “Homework makes it so I can’t spend time with my kids and family and I resent it.” (Ms.Valette)