Should homework for students be reduced?

Most students that are not attending school whether it’s for health reasons, or just personal preference have been using zoom and doing all of their classwork on a device. Our day involves sitting at a computer for about seven-eight hours a day, and on top of that one-two hours of homework on the computer regurley. If our school day ends at roughly 2:30 and we have one-two hours of homework by the time we are done with all our work the sun is almost down. All of this homework that we have to do daily is often stressful and tedious, and only a small percentage of the time that I am working do I actually believe that I am retaining and learning valuable information. According to Healthline, based on a study in 2013 “When it came to stress, more than 70 percent of students said they were “often or always stressed over schoolwork,” with 56 percent listing homework as a primary stressor. Less than 1 percent of the students said homework was not a stressor.” I completely agree with this statement because I often feel stressed out about my homework. In my opinion the problem with homework is not that the work is too hard or difficult to understand, it’s that it’s tedious, stressful, and time consuming. Healthline also said based on a study in 2013, “The researchers also found that spending too much time on homework meant that students were not meeting their developmental needs or cultivating other critical life skills. Students were more likely to forgo activities, stop seeing friends or family, and not participate in hobbies. Many students felt forced or obligated to choose homework over developing other talents or skills.” Also a study at Stanford found that “excessive homework in teens (sometimes over three hours a day!) was linked to physical health problems as well as high levels of stress and disrupted sleep.” 


What can we do to combat this? It’s simple: just reduce the amount of homework we are given, doing this will reduce stress levels, give teens a chance to explore what they are interested in, and increase their overall positivity. According to classcraft 2018, “By assigning less homework, you’ll likely find that students will love learning, get more sleep, enjoy themselves more with outside activities, be less overworked, and have more time to spend with family.” If you are a teacher and would like to reduce the amount of homework you assign your students you can, practice better time management when your students are in the online or physical classroom, and reward your students for the effort that they put in. 


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