Tyler A. Georgia

The Pros and Cons of Homework

Homework has a very big impact on students, in good and BAD ways...

Dear Future President,

     If you were to follow the everyday student from school all the way home, you would probably find the majority of those students going home to hours upon hours of homework. This, besides eat, sleep, and breath is all that a lot of students ever do anymore. The amount of homework that we get now is ridiculous, and it has to be taken down a notch.

     Homework has been a big part of school for thousands of years. For some kids, homework is no problem. With others, not so much. In fact, 50% of American students seem to struggle with homework. I don’t think this would be such a problem if homework really wasn’t just consisting of busy work more than activities that actually help the students in the classroom. Yet, instead of helping us with school it just causes stress and lack of sleep. It may even affect their health! Something needs to be done about it.

     In relation to the problems stated, I have come up with a number of solutions that can be sought out to survey the amount of homework that students will receive. One solution consists of each teacher putting a limit on the amount of homework they can assign to their students. This would easily bring down the hours spent on homework alone on a weekly basis. However, to make it more fair for the teachers, they could raise the time limit so each grade it’ll go up. That way, students could get done what they need to get done and still have time for everything else. Another solution consists of cutting off homework on weekends. This would give the student free-time I and have them come back on Monday feeling energized and have their mindset on school instead of everything they could’ve done over the weekend. The final thought was to allow homework to be optional to an extent. In other words, a free homework pass that you only get a few times every month. This would allow them to dodge the assignments they know that they’ll stress over, and therefore not get stressed in the first place.

     I know homework is an essential part of school and the American education system, and that it’ll never go away. Though, the least you can do is keep it from taking over our personal lives and leaving us stressed and upset. If you were to look into this situation, I and probably a lot of other kids would be over overzealous in our gratitude.

With respect,

Tyler A.