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Excessive homework counterproductive to learning

  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • Oct. 08, 2020 - 8:37 AM

Hi, I’m Addie Cortez. I'm an 11-year-old girl who attends Lee Middle School in Sharpsburg, Georgia.

What I'm about to say will speak for some other students.

Students are receiving an inappropriate amount of homework during a pandemic. Teachers are saying how much of this time is stressful, but students are still receiving an excessive amount of homework. Students have other things to do, and as a student myself, I have some trouble with keeping up with work. I've had some breakdowns over stressful work, and I feel it's not the appropriate amount of school work.

I play softball, so I know what it's like having other stuff to do. I'm not saying teachers aren't stressed, I'm saying why stress the kids?

Mental health is an important part of school, and keeping yourself stressed can be bad for your health. On a nightly average, students from the age of 10 to 18 need around 7 to 12 hours of sleep. Sleep is an important part of learning. Some politicians think the more students are piled with work the smarter they'll be, but it's not true.

Here are some research stories and scientifically proven things.

One study shows that giving too much homework can increase stress, reduce sleep time, and even lead to students cheating. The more students cheat, the more the education system will begin to decline. Parents want their kids to be infused with knowledge, but sending them to school just to get piled up with work isn't the best option.

Another study was shown by a teacher in Texas. She stopped giving her students homework and told them to eat dinner with their family, play outside, and get seven hours of sleep. After her experiment, she had figured out that her students were more energized for school and the students were learning better.

Thank you for your time.

Addie Cortez

Sharpsburg, Ga.