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Too Much Homework- Bridget, Ava, Rachael, and Meredith

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Ava Fernand

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Transcript of Too Much Homework- Bridget, Ava, Rachael, and Meredith


By: Bridget, Ava, Rachael & Meredith Activities Emotions and stress When kids get home, they want a snack and want to go on the computer while parents have to finish last minute plans. Homework is just as stressful. Recent studies have found that parental involvement may be positive for elementary and high school students, but negative for middle school kids.The only effect that does show up is less positive attitudes on the part of kids who get more assignments. Homework overload is also affecting family life. A lot of kids can't even make it to dinner, and as a result, the only interaction they have with their parents involves arguments about homework. Kids like to play outside and do sports. Loss of Interest But homework stops them from this. I like to get outside and do gymnastics when I get home, but I never have time with all the homework I have to do.
Bridget I personally just want to go outside and spend time with my family,but homework gets in the way. I also like to relax and watch TV instead of some homework.
-Rachael Albertson Too much homework causes a lack of interest. When I get home I want to play outside and I have swim practice too. Sometimes I stay up till 9:45 because of so much homework
- Ava Once children have too much homework they start to loose interest and that leads to bad decisions in life! An overload of homework can effect family life and often kids can't make it to dinner! As a reaction the only interaction children have with their parents is an argument! Too much homework can often lead to hysterics and screaming. Children usually are over tired and they need sleep! We need less homework! Children can be rude to teachers, get detention, and fail classes because they loose their interest in class. I often get bored when I have a hour or two of homework
-Rachael Albertson 'Homework has little educational worth and adds nothing to the time spent in school. Some schools and some countries don’t bother with homework at all, and their results do not seem to suffer from it. Studies show that homework adds nothing to standardized test scores for primary/ elementary pupils. International comparisons of older students have found no positive relationship between the amount of homework set and average test scores. If anything, countries with more homework got worse results!' The positive effects of homework are largely mythical. In preparation for a book on the topic, I’ve spent a lot of time sifting through the research. The results are nothing short of stunning. For starters, there is absolutely no evidence of any academic benefit from assigning homework in elementary or middle school. For younger students, in fact, there isn’t even a correlation between whether children do homework (or how much they do) and any meaningful measure of achievement. At the high school level, the correlation is weak and tends to disappear when more sophisticated statistical measures are applied. Meanwhile, no study has ever substantiated the belief that homework builds character or teaches good study habits.
Says Alfie Kohn; author of twelve books about homework and it's negative effects. “There is no reason to think that most students would be at any sort of disadvantage if homework were sharply reduced or even eliminated”. says Alfie Kohn in his article titled 'The Truth About Homework.'
So, if there's no good coming out of homework, and it causes so much stress, then why bother? I hate homework. It just adds the fact to my brain that some of the things we do are pointless. Then to get an hour of homework on it? That's just not right. It just keeps droning on about what we learned a month ago.
-Meredith Youngblood "What the research shows is that, in countries where they spend more time on homework, the achievement results are lower," Dr Walker, from Sydney University's Education Faculty, said.

"The amount of homework is a really critical issue for kids. If they are overloaded they are not going to be happy and not going to enjoy it. There are other things kids want to do that are very valuable things for them to be doing.

"I don't think anyone except senior high school students should be doing a couple of hours of homework. This took awhile to put together because we had so much homework.
lol I'd rather be throwing a softball with my friends than to be doing 10 more math problems of things I already know.
- Meredith Youngblood I would rather be playing outside or playing softball but instead we have to do tons of homework.
-Rachael The negative effects of homework are well known. They include children’s frustration and exhaustion, lack of time for other activities, and possible loss of interest in learning. Many parents lament the impact of homework on their relationship with their children; they may also resent having to play the role of enforcer and worry that they will be criticized either for not being involved enough with the homework or for becoming too involved. They don't have time to just be kids anymore -- they're so bogged down. And since many of the assignments are simply busywork, learning often becomes a chore rather than a positive, constructive experience. Homework overload is also affecting family life -- a lot of kids can't even make it to dinner, and as a result, the only interaction they have with their parents involves arguments about homework. The National Education Association recommends that kids have a total of ten minutes per grade level of homework per night. Anything above that is excessive. On top of causing stress, more homework means kids have less time for other activities. There’s less opportunity for the kind of learning that doesn’t involve traditional skills. There’s less chance to read for pleasure, make friends, play games, get some exercise, get some rest, or just be a child.
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