Do today's students have too much homework?

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Kelsie & Kuta (not verified)

I am a student so i know

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I am a student so i know what i'm talking about when i say homework is a load of stress we don't need....and they say that stress kills.. What is the point of school if we do all our work at home?? who can answer me that?... Everyday students are pushed deeper into depression because they can't deal with their social life on top of school and then on top of that we sit at home for hours continueing our shool work... Those who are opposed to the homework program need to make a stand and stop the killer stress before the killer stress stops us!
Gloria Piraino (not verified)

Students need time to work

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Students need time to work on their own. They need to get used to silent reading, making their own notes and getting their writing organized. With classes so overcrowded (my school is PACKED), they get little individual attention in class. There is just not time for every student to have the focus every day, so having them take time to prepare outside the classroom, or practice what was just learned is crucial. Besides, it builds self-discipline for students to have to work on their own a little each day.
Beverley Shelton (not verified)

When it comes to classroom

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When it comes to classroom lectures, students "get it" in different ways and at varying speeds. There are certainly students who need absolutely no homework to excel in a class since the ultimate motivation for homework is to reinforce the lessons being taught in class. Homework for them is simply busywork that they may or may not appreciate. Possibly the homework requirement should be tied to test results. If a student gets an "A" in an exam, they should not be required to do homework. This may well encourage students to take personal responsibility to learn the information - a strategy that will lead to life-long learning and an excitement about the prospect of self-teaching new materials. Those students who are forced to turn in homework because of lower than acceptable test grades may decide to work harder on their next test preparations just to avoid homework. Isn't that what we want our students to do - take personal responsibility for their outcomes?
Edie Boudreaux (not verified)

i find there is too much

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i find there is too much homework these days ever since "no child left behind" came into effect. my children,of which i have 4, have a minimum of 2 hours of homework each a night. when are they suppose to be children and enjoy their lives. a little homework is fine but 50 math problems, 2 chapters in this subject and that is too much. if a child can do 10 problems, that is a good indication that they understand what they are doing. i, also, do not approve of the a.r. reading program because after they have all of this type of homework, teachers expect them to then want to read a novel and retain what they read when they bodies and brains are exhausted. it is just too much!!!!!
Debra Dion Faust (not verified)

The values of homework have

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The values of homework have been meticulously laid out by a prior commenter. I chose the "none of the above" vote because I wanted to express that, as a high school teacher, I feel that certain independent projects and assignments aligned with the curriculum (and reading time) need to be a part of student work. I do not think that there is more homework for today's students than for students of the past, or that I give more homework than I remember receiving myself during my high school days. What I DO think is that for far more students there are so many structured activities in their lives, coupled with work hours to afford their social lives and possessions, that the time demanded for homework is resented as inappropriate, both by some students and by their parents. This does not invalidate the value of the homework assigned; it just reflects the current state of our society.
Al Lucht (not verified)

As a teacher and parent of 2

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As a teacher and parent of 2 college-bound high schoolers, I see my own children bringing home a backpack LITERALLY loaded with over 25 POUNDS of textbooks every night (I weighed it when I struggled to lift it off the floor with one hand)! They attend school for over 7 hours, take about a 30 minute break when they arrive home, and then work for 2 hours until dinner. After an hour stop for dinner and a short break, they typically go back to work for another 30 minutes to 2 hours depending on the test load for the week. Remember, this is not even counting a single extra-curricular activity like forensics, a sports team, or heaven forbid ... some volunteer activities that we would like our kids involved in to help make them "well-rounded" citizens. Add it up (10+ hour student workdays) and most college-bound kids work as long or longer than their parents do at their career! Honestly, I was a 3.9 GPA student (4.0 scale) "back in the day" and I rarely took home more than two books on a single night. Yeah, college-bound kids are having too much loaded on them today ... no doubt.
Brandon Groulx (not verified)

I am a 7th grade student

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I am a 7th grade student that has home work pretty much every day and as soon as i get home i have 4 hours of chores to do before I can even think about doing my homework and it's no wonder all adults these day's say we have nothing to stress out about when we have a lot of things to stress out about.
David Byrum (not verified)

When I was teaching in a

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When I was teaching in a suburban school in Arizona most of my students did not do their homework, the question of "too much" or "too little" is moot. Homework should be a meaningful extension of what is going on in the classroom and should not be something to fill up the evening hours.
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