TOO MUCH WORK, SO LITTLE TIME

By: Madeline Hsu

Some stress is good, but too much is just not good for your body. Having so much work to do and only one night to complete it can take a serious toll on student’s life, especially as they are maturing. They are more likely to get sick because of lack of sleep. This just causes more issues.

Academics is often the cause of more stress than social issues such as bullying or dress code, according to a poll conducted by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health. Most students try to do their homework as best as they can to get the best grade possible. However, when you spend so much time on one assignment, you will have little to no time to complete the other assignments in a timely manner. This leads the student to staying up until 1 to maybe even 3 o’clock in the morning trying to finish all of their assignments to the best of their abilities. This leads to having too much stress because they would like to go to bed as soon as they can, but with so much work to complete, it makes that an extremely hard thing to do.

A study last year was taken by Denise Pope, a senior lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Education, showed that the impact of excessive homework on high schoolers included high stress levels, a lack of balance in children’s lives and physical health problems such as ulcers, migraines, sleep deprivation, and weight loss.

According to the National Education Association and the National Parent-Teacher Association, the recommended amount is the “10-minute rule”. This means that there should be only 10 minutes of homework per grade level per night. This means that there should be 10 minutes of homework for 1st graders, 20 minutes for 2nd graders, and up to 120 minutes (2 hours) for 12th graders. The National Education Association also commented that kindergarteners shouldn’t be assigned any homework.

Not only does having so much homework have an impact on the student, but it also has an influence on the parents and family. Many people have extracurricular activities or family events to go to, but with the student having so much homework, it limits the availability of the whole family. In addition, the homework causes not only the student to have  a huge amount of stress, but also causes the family, as a whole, high stress levels.

Homework is used to help the students reinforce the materials that they have learned that day in class. It may also be to help the student prepare their minds for the next class. In addition, knowing how to do it themselves will allow them get a good grade on tests. Yet a student probably doesn’t need to have an extravagant amount of work after school to practice an objective they have just learned or have been practicing in class.

All in all, some work is good, but an excessive amount isn’t. Although it may not seem like an option, you may want to find a way to encourage teachers to limit the amount of homework that they give you. If that is not a possible solution, then you have to just manage your time well and try to let homework not stress you out too much.