Story last updated at 1/28/2009 - 11:05 am
Do you get hours of homework over the weekend? The mother of Connor Christensen (a student at Amelia Earhart Middle School) said her son had an average of three hours of homework per day. He got so overwhelmed that he got physically ill. Connor said that he got so worried about getting it all done, he started having pains in his back and muscles. This problem can be easily avoided at Floyd Dryden by reducing homework.
To begin with, Saturday and Sunday are our only days off from school. We work hard during the week and deserve time off. When we do get breaks, we shouldn't get any homework because we need family time also - not just school time.
Students benefit from no homework over the weekend for family time and social life. But this time with family becomes stressful when students have too much homework. For example, a mother of a 6th grade student said her child comes home every night with four to six hours of homework. The mother says that her child breaks down a lot, and they sometimes get in fights over homework. Also, a homework fact that many educators do agree upon is that the young child today is doing more homework than ever before. Not only do we need more free and unstressed family time, but also students often forget the homework they do get.
Most students forget homework over the weekend. According to the education blog toddseal.com, 99.9% of students won't do the assigned homework over the weekend until the last minute before returning to school. Some completely forget. In my opinion, students should not have homework over the weekend because a lot of kids forget about it.
Students at Floyd Dryden shouldn't get homework over breaks and weekends. Too much homework could cause stress and illness. Also, Floyd Dryden students only have two days out of the week for family time and social time. Furthermore, when we do get homework, most of us completely forget about it. If you feel left behind because hours of the homework you have every single day...you're not the only one.
Editor's note: This is part of a series of essays written by Floyd Dryden eighth grade students in Samantha Davis' class. One essay will appear each week in the CCW through April 29.