Imagine having a long day at school, then having to rush to practice, or an after school activity. Then you have to come home, hurry up and eat dinner, and then running around, trying to get everything prepared for tomorrow because you know you won’t have time in the morning! Why won’t you have time in the morning? Because you know you’re gonna be up late tonight doing a lot of homework. Staying up until midnight, stressing about that test tomorrow, or that 4 page paper you still have to write. 

Homework doesn’t enhance grades and test scores.  Grades are mostly established on test scores and homework. But studies show that tests and homework do not benefit the children more than learning and doing work in the classroom with the teacher. “If homework turns out to be unnecessary for students to achieve in that subject, it’s probably unnecessary everywhere.” Recent studies from Washington Post show that homework does not improve the student. If anything, it stresses the student out more and gives them irrelevant problems after school.  But it isn’t strong, meaning that homework doesn’t explain much of the variance in scores.” Even though tests are somewhat good for the student, to many are very unnecessary. Homework does not help for tests. Studying notes helps but homework is very irrelavent to testing. It obviously states that Homework doesn’t increase test scores or grades. 

Homework cuts into sleeping time. Homework, whether good or bad, takes time and often cuts into each student's sleep, family dinner, or freedom to follow passions outside of school. Homework cuts into a lot of things for a student’s life out of school, and effects students during school. With homework each night, It cuts into family dinners, special events, and even sleep.Recent studies from Science daily say, “Regardless of how much a high school student generally studies each day, if that student sacrifices sleep in order to study more than usual, he or she is more likely to have academic problems the following day. students should have 3-4 days to study for a test.” If the student has to much homework or has to study a lot the following day and night, it could affect them the next day for the test. A mom from Parents stated that"He missed out on sleep, and his anxiety stressed everybody else out. We'd rush through the meal knowing that he had hours of work ahead of him, and he'd start begging for help even before he left the table." Homework disturbs family time on so many levels. Some families can’t even have a quiet family dinner without talking about how much homework their child has. Sleep isn’t the only thing homework cuts into. You need sleep! Why wouldn’t you want your child/student to get sleep?

Decreased leisure time in family/community activities. According to Edutopia, “homework, good or bad, cuts into family dinner, or freedom to follow passions outside of school.” Some students play sports or take charge in church activities or even have special hobbies! But with so much homework it makes it almost unimaginable for them to do the things they love. You need to have some sort of social life!A mom from Parents also stated, "He was at school from 8 to 3, and with soccer practice he wouldn't be done until 5. If we all ate dinner together -- and it's important to me that we do -- he wouldn't even start cracking the books until 7." Homework can be very overwhelming and stressful. Plus, with homework, it could make you feel like the outcast of the family because when they’re still eating dinner and doing fun things, you have to do homework. From Article Latimes,”One mother said she found her 6-year-old's homework so stressful — timing his reading, helping him to memorize "sight words" and searching his backpack to make sure he completed all the assignments.” It’s not just stressful for the child/student, the parents also have to take a irksome role in the child’s academic life and often makes them stressed too. Family time is very important, so is sleeping and grades. Homework disrupts everything. You need family time!

Homework is a disadvantage more than an advantage because it doesn’t enhance grades and test scores, it cuts into sleeping time, and it decreases leisure time in family time! When students come home after a long day they still have so much to do. They’re trying to eat and rushing around to get their homework done and get ready for tomorrow, because they know they won’t have time in the morning. A mom once stated that her daughter had a panic attack because she wanted to succeed and she didn’t want to dissatisfy me or the school. Teachers, would you rather have your student getting a good night’s sleep, or physically and emotionally having meltdowns?

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