Homework could possibly be the culprit of bad health and a driving force behind quality home life. Students who spend a whole lot of time on homework and studying and do not have enough time to have a snack and relax is considered too much homework. There have been many studies done and they have shown that many students complain about how much homework they receive per night or that they do not have any time to chill or relax. Homework should be banned because it can cause physical and emotional fatigue, fuel negative attitudes towards learning, and limit leisure time for children.
Having an excessive amount of homework on a regular basis, can lead to many difficult complications in a students’ health and well-being. Based on Cari O’Neel’s study, “Results suggest that regardless of how much a student generally studies each day, if that student sacrifices sleep time to study more than usual, he or she will have more trouble understanding material taught in class and be more likely to struggle on an assignment or a test the following day.” (Canapari, para. 5). Scientific evidence shows that teens should be getting 8 to 10 hours of sleep per night in order function properly. However, students that choose to maintain a healthy active lifestyle involved in extracurricular activities, exercise or play are unable to obtain the proper amount of rest due to an over abundance of homework. According to Denise Pope, Excessive homework is associated with high stress level and physical health problems. In a study conducted, 56% of the students cited homework as a primary stressor in their lives. (Enayati, para. 4). Balance is a key element to living a healthy life. Students that are highly stressed from spending excessive amounts of time doing homework are less likely to get outside and therefore, miss out on essential vitamins for good health like vitamin D. A students’ health is sacrificed when there is pressure from homework that does not allow sufficient time for key ingredients to good health such as exercise, proper amount of sleep, and having pleasure of playtime.
Homework can fuel negative attitudes about learning. Based on Denise Pope’s study, “Students in these schools average about 3.1 hours of homework each night; these findings address how much homework practices in privileged, in high-performing schools sustain students’ advantage in competitive climates yet hinder learning, full engagement and well-being.” (Enayati, para. 3). Denying social time, outdoor recreation and time for creativity can squash a child’s dream before they are even formed. Suppressing dreams and ideas will frustrate children and over time they will resent the time stolen from them. An average work week is 40 hours; between time in school and homework time, students spend a minimum of 50 hours per week on school. Based on Heather Shumaker’s research, homework dominates after-school time in many households and has been dubbed as the 21st century’s ‘new family dinner’. Overtired children complain and collapse. These family fights often end in tears, threats, and parents secretly finishing their kids’ homework. (“Why Parents Should,” para. 2). Life is stressful. When families continually to fight over homework, resentment builds which causes negative attitudes towards one another. Children should not be made to feel that their parents are against them but rather supporting, loving, and nurturing them. A lack of downtime coupled with divisiveness between parents and children arguing over homework will fuel negative attitudes towards not only homework but toward school, teachers and parents.
Free-time plays a major role in fostering creativity and emotional development. According to William Cain, “Kids are developing more school-related stomach aches, headaches, sleep problems and depression than ever before. Too much homework also means that kids miss out on playtime, essential for learning social skills, proper brain development, and warding off child obesity.” (Kalish, para. 7). Students need to learn things in a class environment, but they also need to be able to spend time exploring other activities outside of school, spend time with friends, and go on family vacations. According to Harris Cooper, too much homework is actually sapping our children’s strength, natural curiosity, and love of learning. (Kalish, para. 7). When kids get home from school, the last thing they want to do is start working on homework. They want to get outside, play with friends or have a snack or relax. As a result of too much homework, we are expecting our children to grow up too fast without ample of amount of time to play which fuels imagination.
Students having an immoderate amount of homework per night can cause many complications including fatigue, negative attitudes toward learning and denied access to social activities. Throughout time, the plethora of homework practices have built up in children’s lives, so that kids’ have to sacrifice things more than they should. Children who have too much homework will not be able to balance their life. If excessive homework is given, it will cut into the downtime students need to relax or sleep, which will ultimately have an impact on their understanding abilities during the day. If the school day was extended and classroom time allowed for students to review and ask questions for guidance, maybe less students would feel less stress and families could spend time together in harmony.