By Gaby

Have you ever been piled up with too much homework and then had to stay up late to finish? Well, let me tell you most kids spend more than threehours on homework a night. When a student gets home they usually sit down at the table and pull out their homework. Piles of papers rise all the way to the ceiling. “Do I have to do all of this tonight? It’s due tomorrow, but I can’t finish this all in time!” the student complains.  Kids are getting stressed out from too much homework, homework doesn’t help with grades. It sometimes it can make it worse, and you could rather be doing other things with your family. For all of these reasons, we should have lesshomework than what we have right now.

We should have less homework because kids are getting stressed out by the amount of homework they have.  According to a pediatrician,“Lack of sleep and health could also have a negative impact on school performance.  During class, it is not uncommon to see students resting their heads on their arms with their eyes shut, because of stress that they are getting from homework.”  This is from a lack of sleep, because they have to stay up late to do extra homework.  Therefore, students will have more homework and so have a hard time concentrating during school.  According to a parent, she has seen her son struggling with his homework, and then getting stressed out that he will get a bad grade on that homework, because he didn’t have enough time to finish.  She has noticed that her son has been acting strange since he started getting more homework.  Giving a child too much homework is like filling a kid’s backpack with rocks.  All of this shows that kids are having too much homework and they are freaking out and getting stressed out. 

We should have less homework because homework doesn't help grades; it can even make your grades worse.  Kids are supposed to have 10 minutes of homework pergrade but kids are getting two to three times as much homework. 1st graders are supposed to have 10 minutes and 12th graders are suppose to have 120 minutes of homework.  This is proven from CNN whichsays that there is too much homework. Homework is proven not to help people with school work.  But if they stick to the ten minute rule, homework will help kids learn.   If kids stay up late, the next day they won't be able to focus in school, and then they will do even worse. What’s the point of too much homework when it doesn’t make your grades better? 

We should have less homework because you could be doing other things in that time. The previous paragraph demonstrates that homework doesn’t help, so it’s just wasting your time.  You should be able to hang out with your friends and have family time.  This will be a good way to hang out, and maybe read with your parents, so you can get school work done but also socialize with family.   You could also get more sleeping time and play time so you can get your energy out, and since you are a kid you should be out in the open.  Therefore, sleeping will actually help you do better in school.  You could be doing other things in this time instead of homework and you get to hang out, socialize,  and be out in the open. These are things kids should do.

I believe that we should have less homework because you get stressed out from too much homework, you could do other things in this time, and it can make your grades even worse. Even though my reasons persuaded you to have less homework, would you still think it would be helpful to have a little bit of homework?