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Limit Homework

Updated: Jan 23, 2023

The amount of homework some teachers give is absurd, especially in many AP classes.

What may be the solution to this you may ask? Well if you read the headline, the solution is to limit the amount of homework teachers can assign at a given time.


There may be many questions such as how much homework should be assigned by which teachers to which students on which days and at what times? There should be an attempt by administrators and teachers to work together to solve this problem by limiting the hours of homework each teacher can assign per night.


I personally dealt with this issue and struggled in the past with my AP Euro teacher who assigned pages of notes along with the reading almost every day of the week which took me 2-3 hours a night to complete almost everyday. And that was just for one class. I also had to complete assignments from other teachers. This led me to lose sleep and not be able to participate in many extracurricular activities and not perform at optimal physical and mental levels. But let's not just take my account into consideration, let's look at the data.

According to the data, teenagers on average get “7 and 7 ¼ hours” of sleep when they really “need between 9 and 9 ½ hours.” Teenagers are not getting the recommended amount of sleep they should be getting which is essential for students to be able to perform at their optimal physical and mental performance levels.


This is largely due to the fact that a large amount of stress comes from trying to balance homework and other duties, activities, and work. This is again backed up by Oxford in that “56 percent of students considered homework a primary source of stress.” This leads to most homework actually being counter productive in many cases due to the fact that students will be more tired and less capable of learning in class and participating.


There are some people who say that a limitation in homework is unnecessary since it is the students’ responsibility to keep up with the class that they signed up for in the first place. Another common response might be that reducing homework would lead to students being more lazy and unproductive with their time.


While these complaints are common, the fact is that many teachers simply do not take into account that students have other classes that they are taking and more homework does not essentially mean that students are being more productive. It can even be the opposite since, in most cases, students feel more stressed out with more homework leading to less and lower quality sleep leading to overall lower productivity as stated before.


All in all we need less homework. We have six classes. If each teacher assigned 30 minutes of homework that is already 3 hours per night. It’s too much and it needs to stop.

Help us improve our productivity and livelihood by assigning less homework.


 


35 comments

35 Comments


Anthony Brambila
Anthony Brambila
Oct 14, 2022

Homework can be to much for some students with personal problems and if they have work. limiting homework can be the very best options, also in school work they overcomplicate things. we spend so much time on the computers and teachers talking an hour straight and i'm pretty sure that students are gonna be day dreaming worrying about other things.

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Sierra Peeden
Sierra Peeden
Oct 14, 2022

Homework can definitely be overwhelming. If it's actually given for practice and not just a type of busy work, I think it could definitely be helpful. Limiting homework I think is a good way to prevent this.

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Lillian Barocio
Lillian Barocio
Oct 14, 2022

I agree that homework should be limited. We already spend most of our days in school listening, learning and working on the computer. With the amount of classwork as well as homework it can get stressful and I at times get sleep deprived from all the work as well.

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Hilda Andrade
Hilda Andrade
Oct 14, 2022

I agree, teachers should be limited to how much homework they assign. As I am personally dealing with three AP classes even though I know I would be responsible for doing the work it is a ridiculous amount in particular for APUSH.

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Yan Victor Oyama
Yan Victor Oyama
Oct 14, 2022

For me, I believe that although homework is good "educationally", it can sometimes be overwhelming especially if your have activities out of school that take up your homework time which then makes you go into the night trying to finish it all up and sometimes you have to stay past midnight which takes away from your sleeping schedule and can therefore mess up your whole day. Having less homework and a more concentrated class time would be better and increase students mental and physical health.

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