Why Homework Is Actually Good For Kids

Most kids don't love doing homework, but it provides many benefits that will linger long after the lesson is learned.

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Sorry to say

Glenda you are wrong. It teaches us how to procrastinate until we cry and how to stay awake during school because we had 4 hours of homework. Older students work jobs and don't have time. Others have sports or school clubs after school. We honestly just want time to chill and not stress over the next thing we have to do. I do like your study tips though. :)

Emm 21 days ago

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i am a dolphin 133 days ago

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fuc 136 days ago

Homework, the Downfall of Modern Education

Since most of us can remember, homework has been an integral part of every education, private or public. Grueling away for hours after school, memorizing equations and finishing worksheets, but how helpful is homework? What is the difference in grades with, and without homework? In this essay, I’ll be arguing for no homework because of the following facts: homework increases stress and has a negative effect on mental health, homework takes time away from socializing, spending time with family, managing a job, and/or volunteering, and homework takes time away from exercising, meaning that most students have poor health.
As most high school students know, homework has a very serious negative affect on mental health. Most students buckle under the pressure of all their responsibilities, giving students anxiety, depression, and other health issues from stress. “Pope and her colleagues found that too much homework can diminish its effectiveness and even be counterproductive. They cite prior research indicating that homework benefits plateau at about two hours per night, and that 90 minutes to two and a half hours is optimal for high school.” (Stanford, 6). Homework can even be counterproductive, as Pope said in the previous quote. Doing too much homework every night can make the equations blur together, making some students confused on things they were supposed to memorize. Along with homework, the overwhelming amount of expectations put on high school students is, quite frankly, ridiculous. Parents and Teachers expect students to do all of their homework on top of volunteering, having a social life, doing chores at home, managing a job, and spending time with family to name a few. Some proponents claim that “When students assume responsibility for their homework and complete an assignment, it is only then that they learn to be accountable for their actions.” (Memphis Parent, Why Homework Is Actually Good For Kids). This is not even remotely true, as responsibility can be learned from a number of things, like social interactions. Being accountable for our actions can come from a number of places, and has the least effect on us when it comes to homework, and the most when it comes from our parents or social interactions. So why would we spend so much time on something that doesn’t teach us morals as well as something else?
Homework takes time, sometimes as long as four hours depending on your classes. While you’re doing homework, that time could have been spent socializing with family and friends, volunteering or even working. “In April, Denise Pope, a researcher at Stanford University, found that too much homework can negatively affect kids by increasing stress and sleep deprivation and generally leaving less time for family, friends, and activities.” (neatoday, The Great Homework Debate). Homework just takes too much time out of our day, especially after spending 6-7 hours learning at school. According to researchers, “Both the survey data and student responses indicate that spending too much time on homework meant that students were not meeting their developmental needs or cultivating other critical life skills”. Many teenagers and young adults today don’t know how to do basic things like change a tire or sew on a button for two reasons: 1. A lack of Home-EC classes, and 2. Not enough time to learn these skills by themselves. “Students were more likely to drop activities, not see friends or family, and not pursue hobbies they enjoy.” (Stanford, Less time for friends, family and extracurricular pursuits). So many kids nowadays suffer from depression, simply because they have no time to have fun and just be a teenager. They are so overworked with homework, that they literally have little to no social life. And with no time to do anything but homework, do you really think kids have time to exercise?
With obesity rates reaching record highs, finding time to exercise is a necessity that we need to integrate into our daily lives. Homework, as stated in previous paragraphs, takes out a large chuck of students days, leaving little to no time to exercise. According to the CDC, “More than one-third (36.5%) of U.S. adults have obesity.” (CDC, Adult Obesity Facts). Along with rising adult obesity, child obesity is quickly rising, as seen in the following quote: “Obesity now affects 1 in 6 children and adolescents in the United States.” (CDC, Child Obesity Facts) And with obesity comes a number of other health risks and ailments “Children with obesity are at higher risk for having other chronic health conditions and diseases that impact physical health, such as asthma, sleep apnea, bone and joint problems, type 2 diabetes, and risk factors for heart disease.” (CDC, Childhood Obesity and Child Wellbeing). Some researchers have estimated that recent generations will now live past their parents. If this trend continues and becomes an endemic, our life span could be drastically shortened by years.
With all the factors being presented to you, how could you not agree that homework, at the very least, needs to be reduced in quantity. Education has changed into an old machine that leaves everyone stressed, obese, and missing their families by the end of our four years. Eliminating homework would help children and society in so many ways. Teens would be more active in the community, they would be happier and more inspired to do the things they love. Perhaps finding a career would even be an easier decision. Overall, eliminating homework from students lives would make everything a lot easier, and a lot more mature for everyone.

Aareon21 136 days ago

thats too much bruh

is that your whole essay xD

fml smh no friends ftw 136 days ago

NO

NO NONONONONONONONONONONONONINNOOONNOONNOONONONONNOONONONONONONONNOONNO

Xaidyn 137 days ago

No

NO
Homework=666

Xaidyn 137 days ago

my life is a lie

life is lying to you and me. ftw. give urself a blowjob

fuck my life 153 days ago

fml

i hate my life. why i gotta read dis.

smh 153 days ago

WTF

this helps alot physche this is stupid who would waste their time to read this

Bob Quintero 156 days ago

goodjob

this is good

sdncdch dbchdsbcdhb 158 days ago

Gay

this is gay

Davis 164 days ago

Fuck you.

I think homework is a dick move made by teachers to waste students' time, school is where you should go to learn and when your at home or something, students deserve freetime and more rest, considering theres already a sleep problem going on with teenagers. If students want to learn independently, I say give them, I dont know, 25 minutes in the period the unit starts to learn and study how the mathmatics work. In conclusion, I think homework is a peice of unfair bullshit and students should have a say or a choice on weather to do homework or not.

Ginger jesus 210 days ago

SEXIST!!

It is very sexist and they say a lot of "she". WHERE IS THE "HE"?!! THIS IS SEXISM!! SOMEONE CALL THE AUTHORITIES OR SOMETHING!!! SEXISM!! SEXISM!!!! SEXISM!!!!!

Rosy 345 days ago

Homework is not sexism

Please stop this homework is not sexism,If you think that, keep it to your self.

Daron Saylor 39 days ago

oof

oof

oof 346 days ago

Kool

I is a kool kid who dos hamwork. That why I is Good at me speaking. By way, I is 3. Im koooooooool

Booboo Dude 54 more than 1 year ago

subject

Jonathan ward is gay

no way boi more than 1 year ago

kys

just kys

Harambe's BBC more than 1 year ago

literally fite me m8

sonny I've been doing homework for 60 years and i still don't know if mercury is a planet or just freddie's surname

erectile dysfunction more than 1 year ago

ummmmm

how many times did you have to stay back. like bruh, 6 years of homework.

asdfg 133 days ago

it sucks

Homework=Amazing

BTW i am 0nly 7

boi 12 days ago

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hi mates

bim more than 1 year ago

Topic

I need to make my topic as a responsibility but there is not that much information.

Rosty more than 1 year ago

Amazing!!!

Thank you so much I love this article you've made life easier. 😊

I don't want to put my name. more than 1 year ago

article or topic

just to clarify, do you like the article, or the topic the article it contains. if its the article, ok. but if its the topic, then kys.

ftw 136 days ago

Agreed!

i came here for a school project in which i have to write a 4 page essay on why homework is good, which i agree with so thanks :)

Dante more than 1 year ago

yo if you dont like homework why you on this site bruh

I SAID WHY YOU ON THIS SITE BRUHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

JACOB ZAVALA AKA JAKEYFRESH more than 1 year ago

hi jake

sup

Hi more than 1 year ago

research asshole

its called research. some of us actually do school work, and if you have done it, you would know people have to do essays. its forcefully put on us, and we dont like it, but we have to do it otherwise we fail, and dont advance to the next grade. idiot.

no life 136 days ago

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Beyond Scared Straight more than 1 year ago

Suk dic

La concha de tu madre

Litty 170 days ago

BOI

IM ONLY HERE FOR AN ARGUMENTATIVE ESSAY!
But this kinda helped me for it though...

Ryan more than 1 year ago

MEWTWO

We are doing the same to it's very helpful #BOI

Sarah more than 1 year ago

I HAVE TO FREAKING DO THIS AS MY TOPIC

HAVE TO MAKE AN ARUGEMENTATIVE ESSAY OF WHY HOMEWORK IS GOOD WHEN I DONT EVEN LIKE IT! LIKE WTF!?

Ryan more than 1 year ago

cussing

u cuss 2 much

bodie more than 1 year ago

Boi

Boi u blind, aint no stupid ass bad word on this page exept for mine...!!!

jhtgrfdghjn more than 1 year ago

i dont rly care

I just have to do a topic that i hate

keanu reeeves more than 1 year ago

same

same

Bob 348 days ago

10/10

idk im just here for a project

Bak0 more than 1 year ago

...

I'm here for a project too

abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz more than 1 year ago

I hate hw

It is stupid and stressful

yeboychingchongyoass more than 1 year ago

Higher Education

All of you haters, you're going to hate college even more. Please don't try to become a doctor or a lawyer or go into any sort of bachelor's program or higher. (We still need janitors, housekeepers, fast-food workers, and pundits, so you'll do just fine.)

As a parent, I will always request a teacher who gives homework over a teacher who doesn't. As a former educator, I know the signs of lazy teachers, and not expecting homework from students is one of those signs.

Educated more than 1 year ago

FAGGOT

FAGGOT KYS, STOP SUCKING THE SCHOOL SYSTEM'S DICK. You can personally fight me, I go to nazareth area middle school. GIVE ME A REAL REASON WHY I SHOULD WASTE MY TIME WITH SHIT.

No Name 210 days ago

bruh, really

you do realize, that if he/she is a former educator, that mean he/she would be about 30 to 40 years older then you, which makes it illegal to fight you, but i doubt he/she would in the first place.

fml smh no friends ftw 136 days ago

i hte homework

I don't find do my homework and turning it in on time a positive thing at all!!!!!!

Cameron Hinger more than 1 year ago

WTF is this Sh*t

Honestly have you read any articles, or are you just guessing, you must be as there is not sources, the spelling and grammar errors in this article makes me wonder weather or not I should trust you with my child's education

John Doe more than 1 year ago

WTF IS THIS

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JEFF more than 1 year ago

spelling and grammar errors

whether, not weather, there are no sources, not there is not sources, use punctuation. fml, my shift key doesnt work anymore smh.

fml 153 days ago

i have no friends

i have no friends, go suk a dic

smh 153 days ago

smh and fml is me

wtf is wrong with my life. i have no friends. ftw, fml, fu, kys, kms

smh and fml 153 days ago

die faggot

faggot diiieieieieieiie

i am a fag 153 days ago

This is dumb.

"Turning the project in on time has it advantages..." Yeah... I'm not gonna trust someone about education when they say "it advantages." Also, " Enjoy a pizza together, a walk, or a movie to reinforce positive effort"? Sorry, I don't have time to do that. Too much homework.

Hai more than 1 year ago

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autist more than 1 year ago

Liar

I love homework homework is love homework is life

John Doe more than 1 year ago

liar

home work is bullshit

Cameron Hinger more than 1 year ago

Holla

preach brotha

kmjnhbgvfcdx more than 1 year ago

BULL S**T

This is absolute nonsense and has been disproven many times. Where'd you even get this garbage? Washington Post?

Hola more than 1 year ago

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