Homework Should Not Be A Student’s Cause Of Stress

By Andrew

Screen Shot 2019-07-17 at 10.46.02 AMHomework. Is. Useless.

A system that was originally created as punishment for students in 1905 has now been placed into the institutional educational system. Is that not disappointing? Should all students be receiving daily punishments? 

Homework. Is. Useless.

Based on a survey conducted by Stanford News Of Education, 70% of students surveyed said they were stressed from homework. If homework is meant to have a positive effect on students such as improving study skills, why are 70% of the students receiving stress by homework? Based on an author, lecturer in the areas of education, parenting and human behaviour named Alfie Kohn, suggests that homework has negative effects such as frustration and weariness along with the lack of time for activities. Furthermore, these negative effects leads students to lose interest in learning which should not be the case in the “educational” system. 

Homework. Is. Useless.

Screen Shot 2019-07-17 at 10.46.23 AMMoreover, Alfie Kohn continues as he suggests that “the positive effects of homework are largely mythical.” Firstly, there is no evidence whatsoever that students benefit from homework to improve their own study skills or to build character. There has also been an increase off homework for students. A research conducted Christopher Ingraham suggests that from the span of 30 years the amount of homework has increased by 14%. 

Homework. Can. Change. 

Homework is prioritised and in targeting all students, making them receive the same workload. An article in the ASCD Organisation of Educational Leadership suggests that homework should be personalised and should not be the same for all the students. Why? Because not all students work the same way. Furthermore, the article goes on explaining that, “research on the brain, motivation, personalization, and student-centered learning validates the importance of student empowerment and autonomy in learning,” proved by doctors such as Cushman, Dweck, Jensen etc. 

Homework. Can. Change.

But has personalising homework worked for students? Yes. Yes it has in Vinal Elementary School In Massachusetts. Kelli Meade, a grade 4 teacher, who has taught for 23 years in the education system says, “I have never seen a group of students get this excited about homework.” Through the process of personalising homework, students are able to work around their own standards. An example given by the article from ASCD Organisation of Educational Leadership shows “an auditory learner who needs practice with multiplication tables may choose to create a song with lyrics featuring multiplication facts as his homework instead of completing a worksheet. In other cases, students demonstrate specific skills by exploring topics they enjoy and by creating their own homework assignments to document their progress.”

Homework. Can. Change.

Homework is prioritised and in targeting all students, making them receive the same workload. An article in the ASCD Organisation of Educational Leadership suggests that homework should be personalised and should not be the same for all the students. Why? Because not all students work the same way. Furthermore, the article goes on explaining that, “research on the brain, motivation, personalization, and student-centered learning validates the importance of student empowerment and autonomy in learning,” proved by doctors such as Cushman, Dweck, Jensen etc. 

Homework. Should. Change. 

It is clear that regular homework given out by teachers equally to all students is irrational. 

It is clear that students stress out by homework and lose the time to do activities and increases frustration and weariness. 

It is clear that the homework system should change. 

It should change. 

Personalise. Homework.

 

Works Cited

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Borgen, Clint. “Top Nine Nelson Mandela Quotes About Education.” The Borgen Project, Clint Borgen http://Borgenproject.org/Wp-Content/Uploads/The_Borgen_Project_Logo_small.Jpg, 26 Apr. 2018, borgenproject.org/nelson-mandela-quotes-about-education/.

College-Homework-Help.org. “Who Invented Homework and Why? Top Facts You Should Know.” Homeworkcollege-homework-help.org/blog/who-invented-homework-and-why.

“Reducing Homework Stress.” Crestwww.stagnesrootyhill.catholic.edu.au/en/Community/News/2018/04/20/01/22/Reducing-Homework-Stress.

Stanford University. “Stanford Research Shows Pitfalls of Homework.” Stanford News, 16 Apr. 2016, news.stanford.edu/2014/03/10/too-much-homework-031014/.

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Ascd. “One-Size-Doesn’t-Fit-All Homework.” One-Size-Doesn’t-Fit-All Homework – Educational Leadership, www.ascd.org/publications/educational_leadership/mar17/vol74/num06/One-Size-Doesn’t-Fit-All_Homework.aspx.

Ingraham, Christopher. “New Study: Elementary Students Are Doing More Homework than They Used To.” The Washington Post, WP Company, 18 Mar. 2014, www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2014/03/18/new-study-elementary-students-are-doing-more-homework-than-they-used-to/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.124d213dc1cb.

“Rethinking Homework.” Alfie Kohn, 18 Sept. 2015, http://www.alfiekohn.org/article/rethinking-homework/.