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Teachers Assign Their Students Too Much Homework

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Started: 5/28/2018 Category: Education
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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mperez

Pro

As a student, I can agree that many teachers in high school assign too much homework. In fact, it has been evident, in myself and in others, that students are even being affected by the excessive amounts of homework they are receiving. Nowadays in school, teachers are more concerned with students doing work than actually learning and students are more concerned with passing than learning. Too much homework has led these students to be stressed, to be sleep deprived, to avoid time with friends and family, and etc. In an article published by Stanford University on March 10, 2014, researchers discovered about 56% of over 4,300 students find homework the primary source of their stress, while 43% decided that tests and exams were their primary source, according to a survey they took. This demonstrates that more students are stressed in their excessive amounts of homework than they are in important exams. In fact, less than 1% of the students surveyed said that homework was not a stressor at all. In addition, the Stanford researchers also concluded that many students have openly admitted to reductions in health. According to the article, it says, "many students said their homework load led to sleep deprivation and other health problems." (University, Stanford). This is an example of the pitfalls homework has that most teachers are unaware of, and proof that students find their excessive amounts of homework to be overwhelming, especially considering that they have many classes, and has led them to stress. To further defend my claim, the amount of homework the students have been assigned is affecting their health. In a CNN article published on August 12, 2015, and written by Kelly Wallace, it is stated that, "the impact of excessive homework on high schoolers included high stress levels, a lack of balance in children's lives and physical health problems such as ulcers, migraines, sleep deprivation and weight loss." This proves that the amount of homework teachers are assigning to their students is too much because it is causing them problems mentally and physically.

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yv01

Con

As the years go by students continue to complain about the workload given and that it is way too much. They claim that are up all night and the amount of homework given is just increasing as the days go by. This is incorrect due to the fact that teachers provide the same amount of homework and does. Completing the amount of work given does not have to be completed so late if students would manage their time better and not procrastinate. As stated by the American Journal of Family Therapy through a study, "that while younger children are assigned too much homework (30 minutes is onerous?), most high school students get less than an hour a night." This just proves that even students who are nine to have too much homework when in reality it will only take them about half an hour to complete their assignments. Students tend to over exaggerate the amount of hour they truly get. In most cases, it is just because they are too lazy to sit there and complete the work. The amount of homework has remained at a constant amount for a while now. According to Tom Loveless, who is Brookings Institution scholar "during the past three decades, the homework load "has remained remarkably stable." In other words, the amount of homework given to students has been the same for an extremely long time. There have not been complaints before until the recent years, due to the fact that there are many things that can distract a student from completing their homework at a reasonable time. This is mainly way most stay up late completing their assignments.
Debate Round No. 1
mperez

Pro

My opponent mentioned that students procrastinate and therefore complete their work so late, but it's because these students have other work to do. They don't have too much time on their hands, so when they are given an excessive amount of work, they're forced to push back dates of when to do it because of the other work they have. My opponent also stated that high school students receive less than an hour a night of homework and that the amount of homework they've received has been a constant amount for decades. However, over the past decades, according to a U.S. News article, written by Allie Bodwell, the amount of time students spend on homework has increased profusely. In the research done by the University of Phoenix College of Education in 2014, it was concluded that on average a high school teacher assigns 3.5 hours of homework each week. Although it doesn"t seem like much, don"t forget that the average high school student has six classes. That"s about 17.5 hours of homework each week, excluding AP students, who usually receive more. This can lead the students to stress. My next claim is that teachers assign too much homework because the students do not have time to spend time with their families. In an online article written by Ken Robinson in April of 2018, it states, "many parents and educators are increasingly concerned that homework, whatever form it takes, is a bridge too far in the pressured lives of children and their families. It takes away from essential time for their children to relax and unwind after school, to play, to be young, and to be together as a family." This quote demonstrates the frustration of both the student and parent because of the time that is being taken away from them. Students should be able to do their homework without stressing about it and still have time for other things.
yv01

Con

Adding to where I left off, students complain about the workload given failing to realize the good that can come of it. They are too focused on the work rather than thinking that homework might have a positive impact on their education. Teachers assignment homework so that students get the extra practice and actually learn. Its to help students retain information and better their education. As stated by the NAEP, which stands for the National Assessment of Educational Progress "If kids are invested and engaged, homework can really help them learn. After all, the more a student practices something, the better they get and the faster they become." This just proves to show that homework actually helps students by improving their skills and continues to show that students can use the extra practice. As stated in research done by the The National Education Association, "the notion that students who do homework do better in school than those who don"t. Beyond achievement, homework can also lead to the development of good study habits and a recognition that learning can occur at home as well as at school." Students who actually take the appropriate time to complete their assigned homework develop better studying habits. Also, the extra practice allows them to learn more and do better in school. Teachers assign the homework needed for students to continue to accomplish big things in life. Teachers do not assign more homework than what is needed for them to be successful. Students just do not see the positive aspects of the assigned homework.
Debate Round No. 2
mperez

Pro

My opponent mentioned that the homework is helping the students learn. However, while homework was first assigned to be helpful, the benefits of homework are not consistent and definitely not guaranteed. Students are so concerned with trying to pass their classes that they don't even pay attention to the content of the homework. Homework is only useful and helpful when it's not assigned in excessive amounts. In conclusion, most students are stressed out with the amount of work they have to complete in class and at home. School is not an easy part of one"s life. But with the excessive amount of homework they receive, it"s easy to understand why. Homework is stressing the students out more than it is helping them. Students deserve to receive a reasonable amount of homework that is done for practice, preparation, and extension of a lesson. Homework should not be given just to be completed when it"s not necessary for the student. Teachers need to recognize that their students are becoming stressed with homework that is not usually useful to them. Students should not have to be strained or deprived from their sleep, especially at such a young age. Homework should only be assigned when it is handy.
yv01

Con

My opponent stated that teachers are only concerned with giving students work when in fact the work they are assigning is just to help the students learn. Students have many different ways to learn and in most cases, they learn by practice. By doing the work the students could actually retain some of what they learned. My opponent also stated that students are more worried about passing the class instead of learning the material. Students are failing to realize that the work being assigned could be extremely beneficial for them in the long run. The work assigned to them may, in fact, prepare them for when they get a job. Since there is going to expect a lot, the students will be prepared to handle woked assigned, especially because managers will not always take it easy on them. The work they get is not a lot they just do not see the positive aspects that will come from it. In conclusion, students do not have to complete their work given so late if students would manage their time better and not procrastinate. Students are failing to realize the good that can come of the work assigned. With that being said, homework truly does help students and can possibly shape them to be extremely successful in life.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by TRDebates 3 years ago
TRDebates
This argument is beautiful. A student telling the truth with facts and a teacher trying to pretend there's too little homework.
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