Homework Harming Your Health?

Sanjar A.


 Sick of doing schoolwork at home? “I think homework is very boring and time consuming” 11 year old Rajot Paul says. Homework has been an issue for many kids and it isn’t a foolproof way of improving a student’s academic scores. Lately, studies have been showing negative effects of homework on students such as causing health issues. It is being said that these health issues that have been killing people can be eliminated by getting rid of homework. However, others still believe that homework is a helpful teaching tool that benefits students. Should there be homework in schools?

                                 The Rising Epidemic

                Homework is schoolwork given to students to do at home. Homework is a very old and well known teaching method. Lately, studies are being done on homework and the results are bad. Many negative effects are being discovered about homework. Homework is found to harm health and partially causes some deadly diseases. However, there are still benefits of homework. Most schools’ teachers give homework and there needs to be a change.

                                The Benefits of Homework

                However, homework can benefit children in other ways. According to John Bishop, a middle school teacher, homework can teach kids time management skills. Also, homework teaches students about responsibility. Furthermore, homework teaches students discipline. Also, small amounts of homework have a positive impact on a parent-child relationship. Furthermore, with homework, kids become more self-reliant and more self-confident.


Dangerous Schoolwork

                     According to the Center of Disease Control a review of 850 studies on students show that physical activity and exercise increases brain performance and has a positive impact on a child’s grade point averages as well as standardized test scores. If homework is given to make kids get higher grades, it isn’t helping because homework is time consuming and is one of the big reasons that kids aren’t getting enough daily exercise. This lack of physical activity is partially causing obesity because students have to spend most of their weekdays doing homework instead of playing outside or exercising. Also, kids stay up late doing homework which causes sleep loss. Sleep loss causes children to grow at a slower rate, raises blood pressure, can raise heart rate and can abate the strength of a person’s immune system. Furthermore, homework rarely helps kids academically. According to Alfie Kohn an education expert, (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/alfie-kohn/homework-research_b_2184918.htm...) no study has ever shown that there is any academic benefit of homework for elementary or middle school students. He says “even at the high school level, the research supporting homework hasn't been particularly persuasive. There does seem to be a correlation between homework and standardized test scores.”  Ruben Frischeisen, an 11 year old stated “Homework is an unhelpful waste of time. One time, I was assigned homework, but I wasn’t able to finish it because there was so much that I couldn’t finish all of it.” There are many other things that students need to do when they get home from school besides homework.  Also, homework can cause lower test scores because it is so time consuming that the student may not have time to study. Therefore, homework isn’t as helpful as most educators say it is.

In conclusion, some people believe that there should be no more homework in school. Homework can cause health issues such as obesity and sleep loss. Also, there are no proven benefits of assigning homework to students that don’t attend high school on their school work. Even the amount of positive affects of assigning homework to high school students is low. Some people think if homework rarely helps students and causes health problems, it isn’t worth it. However, homework can give benefits like how it teaches students time management skills and gives them a sense of responsibility. It also teaches students discipline and has a positive impact on the relationship between a parent and his or her child. Therefore, homework has its advantages and disadvantages.