The Monster In My Backpack

Farmington Public School students in middle and high school should get 90 minutes maximum of homework per day.

Maya Zylman, Op-Ed Contributor

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Each and every day, it’s the same routine. I go home, get a snack, and go right to my homework. When my mom gets home, she yells at me for not cleaning my room, nor the kitchen, and I only have one excuse. I tell her that I have a lot of homework, but she just rolls her eyes to show she doesn’t believe me. I look at my pile of homework and I automatically know that I’m going to be up a lot longer than expected.. Eventually, I ‘m called down to eat dinner, then I go to dance, and I know it is going to be a very, very long night. Every middle and high school student in our district deals with this. Loads of homework each day, and no time for much else.

Farmington Public School students in middle and high school should get 90 minutes maximum of homework per day. If students had less homework, it would give them more time to live their lives and get other tasks done that are also top priorities in their lives. In fact, it is proven that having a lot of homework can affect students’ attitudes toward school, a student’s grades, their self-confidence, social skills, and overall quality of life. A study in 2014 showed that a lot of homework in high school led to a lot of stress and even physical health problems. Therefore, if there is less homework, students will have better health, attitudes, and lives in general.

With so many assignments, and help sometimes needed from parents, homework could lead to family fights. According to the Washington Post, when parents and students opted out of doing homework, they had less stress. Homework causes problems for parents as well as students, so if students got less homework, it would be as if a huge weight was lifted off their shoulders.

Furthermore, Harris Cooper, the director of education at Duke University, claims that doing more than two hours of homework doesn’t make students better in school than if they did between one and two hours. If getting extra work doesn’t help students, then why are they getting it? Having excessive amounts of homework won’t teach the students more; instead, it just takes time out of their days and makes their lives more stressful.
On the other hand, one source claims that 60% of parents believe students have the right amount of homework, and 73% of teachers think they give the right amount. However, 60% is a D in school, and 73% is a C. Are those the grades we want to attain? Teachers just don’t know how much work students get since they don’t talk to other teachers to find out. Teachers could easily plan with others in order for students to not get boat loads of work each day.

In conclusion, our district’s teachers should plan with each other, so they don’t give middle and high school students too much homework. Students would have time to do after-school activities, rest, and still do their homework. This could lead to healthier students, less stressful lives, and better days for students, parents, and teachers.

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