Story last updated at 3/27/2013 - 2:16 pm
Imagine you're at home, and relaxing on your couch and watching TV. You are comfortable and relaxed. Then, your parents come home and they ask you that one terrible, disgusting question..."Do you have any homework?" Oh yeah...This is a common scene, kids doing homework. But the truth is we don't want to. There are many reasons why homework should be eliminated.
To begin with, kids shouldn't be assigned homework for after school because it gets in the way of their sleep. Studies have shown that more than two-thirds of U.S. teens are getting eight hours of sleep on school nights, which is considered sufficient amounts of sleep for a teenager. That means that one in every three teenagers isn't getting enough sleep. Less sleep has become associated with risky behaviors, including drinking, smoking, being sexually active, and using drugs illegally. It can also lead to fighting and thoughts of suicide. A lack of sleep can cause stress and problems, and this comes from hours of homework. Furthermore, most people don't know that if they are sleep deprived, they cannot think straight and make good decisions. Chronic, partial sleep deprivation affects our ability to make good decisions, think clearly, and impacts our behavior and lives. Eliminating homework would reduce the many problems associated with a lack of sleep.
Another reason we shouldn't have homework is because we will have more time to participate in extra curricular and after school activities. Sophomore Heather Dubman joined the bowling club. She thought she would have enough time for homework and other things, but now she only gets six hours of sleep because she has three hours worth of homework every night! And on top of that, she also plays softball, basketball, and soccer and book club. Tyler Banko is in cross-country and sometimes only gets three hours of sleep because of practice, dinner, family, friends, and a ton of homework.
In addition, our grades can easily go downhill if we get a bad score on our homework, and if you don't know how to do it, then there obviously isn't a teacher at home to help you. Sarai Allen, an eighth grade student at Floyd Dryden says, "I have asked my parents multiple times if they could help me with my homework, and they either forgot how to do it, or just don't know how. So I end up not doing the homework, and then I get a bad grade." On top of that, Camielle Chaney said, "I went home and started working on my homework, I didn't know how to do it and my teacher obviously wasn't there so I asked everyone in my family if they could help me, they didn't know how. Even my high school sister didn't know how! So I got an F." Homework negatively affects all students, not just those who might be struggling with the content. High achieving students who are swamped with homework every night can suffer from poor mental and physical health.
In conclusion, kids and teens should not be given homework; it's literally ruining their lives! We are getting less sleep, worse health, bad grades, less time for friends and family, and so much more. Think about it teachers and adults, think about the endless hours of torture we go through by doing homework. We are kids and we want to have fun and live while we still can. I'm sure you wanted the same thing when you were our age, and remember, you're giving yourself more work too because you have to go through and grade all of the students' papers.