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Homework is Stressful!

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What if I told you that doing more homework doesn’t actually make you do better in school? You’d probably be pretty angry with your teachers. In fact, students that get less homework tend to score higher. An article that I read states that countries such as Japan, Denmark, and Czech Republic assign less homework, but their students score higher on tests. But low-scoring countries like Greece, Thailand, and Iran are piling it on.

Why is this? I think it’s because of the amount of stress that homework puts on kids. If they’re stressed from staying up late and not having any fun because of their homework, they are not going to be prepared to take tests and the sort. The stress can also put kids in a bad mood.

Another disadvantage of having too much homework is that it takes away from kids’ free time. If they have hours worth of homework, there’s no time to play sport, do activities, see their friends, or get plenty of sleep. I know that on many occasions, I have stayed up very late to finish my homework, like around 11 or 12 o’clock. Then the next day, I’m falling asleep in school, which isn’t good because I might miss important information.

Homework does do some good though. It’s a good way to improve your independent learning skills, and to practice the lesson that you have just learned in class so it stays in your head. That still isn’t a good enough reason though for teachers to give us loads of it.

Part of the reason why kids are getting so much homework is because the government wants us to do better in school, and they think extra homework is the answer. But like I said in the beginning, that doesn’t necessarily make our test grades higher.

I think that students should tell their teachers these kinds of things. Maybe it will convince them to give us less homework, because too much of it can have a negative impact on our lives.

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