The Effect of Homework Over the Weekend

 

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Adolescence these days are stressed out, juggling school, extracurricular activities, homework, friends, family, sleep, jobs, personal downtime, hygiene, it all is very overwhelming. The weekend, and holidays act as a cooling off period for students to do all the things they could not do time wise throughout the week. Homework over the weekend begins to invade the time teens have to cool off, spend time with family, and rest their brains. If teens are overexerted this will lead to a conditioning to not like school at all, dreading it, and much stress for the teen. If teens had no homework over the weekend, this would allow them to work harder throughout the course of the week, and be a motivation for them during the week. There are twenty-four hours in a day, teens need about nine hours of sleep per night, to be able to function properly, that drops the hours in a day to sixteen hours. Now teens wake up, get ready for the day, and go to school. By the time they leave school, there is seven and a half hours left in the day. When the teen gets home, they do homework, teachers say students should study for each class for at least twenty minutes a night, per subject. With six classes at twenty minutes each, that’s two hours, five and half hours left in the day. The rest of the day the student has to distribute their time between family, chores, friends, sports, eating, personal hygiene, and if old enough a job. This shows how crucial weekends are for students to relax, be lazy, and have fun, preparing them for the week to come.

So that teens are not overwhelmed with having to do work non-stop every day. It should be required for students to have a cooling- off period of time by not receiving homework over the weekend.

 

An article by Miriam Clifford says “A Stanford Study found that in counties like Japan, Denmark, and the Czech Republic little homework was assigned and students outperformed students in counties with large amounts of homework such as Greece, Thailand, and Iran.” This shows that while homework is important, too much of it for the student does not give a higher education, but rather less of an education than those who receive less homework.

The weekends provide a nice time for students to relax, and spend time with family, when homework gets in the way for social stimuli such as talking, and hanging out with family, it has a very big impact on the teens mental structure. A quote by CNN states that “Research showed that excessive homework is associated with high stress levels, physical health problems, and lack of balance in children’s lives.” Some will argue that homework is good over the weekend, because it provides extra studying help, and practice for students.. While this can be true, regarding the situation, if the student works hard non-stop through each day of the week, then when they get home have to do homework, and then doing homework over the weekend, the student will soon get tired, preventing them from getting the full benefit of extra studying, and will neglect their responsibility’s during the week, because they are under tremendous amounts of stress.

Some also say that teachers have a set amount of ground they must cover for the entire school year, and must give homework throughout the weekend to fill the schedule. A solution for this is to spread the homework that would be given over the weekend, out through the entire week.

In order for students to not become burnt out during the year, no homework should be given over the weekend. To do this the homework that was to be given over the weekend can be spread out throughout the entire course of the week. This would increase the work on a day to day basis, but would give students weekends free to relax, and to cool off from the week.

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