The Effects Of Homework Load On Students Health: 10 Facts You Might Not Know

Recently there have been some very high profile schools coming out against giving their students homework. It is hard to understand why this is the case, when for so many years, it has been axiomatic that time spent doing work at home set by a teacher helped consolidate a student’s knowledge. Parents with children at the schools have been appalled by this turn of events. Why would a school stop giving homework?

Case for Homework

  1. 1. International studies have shown that countries that have set longer hours of after school work have better results on the Program for International Student Assessment tests.
  2. 2. It helps the teacher find out if the student has understood the lesson.
  3. 3. While studies show that set work out of class has little value in elementary school, they also show that for middle and high school, time spent consolidating what was learned in class makes for higher achievers.

Case Against Homework

  1. 1. With too much work to do at home the student has no time to relax before bed time and this leads to Insomnia and sleep deprivation. Tired students cannot concentrate in class the next day. The tried and tested method of catching up on sleep at the weekend also seems to have little effect on schooling.
  2. 2. Worrying about getting the extra work done correctly leads to headaches, migraines, weight loss and stomach problems.
  3. 3. The necessity of getting the work correct leads to greater stress.
  4. 4. Time spent doing schoolwork at home leads to reduction in hours spent with friends and family and have fewer chances to work at community projects.
  5. 5. It also can prevent extracurricular activities that lead to good teamwork, leadership skill and personal development.
  6. 6. Many students feel that their assigned work is pointless and just busywork. They feel they are forced to perform the work or their grades suffer. Leading to a mind-set that discourages actual learning and instead the student works only for points.
  7. 7. With the extra stress, children and teenagers are at risk for alcohol and drug abuse, depression and anxiety.
  8. 8. There is no evidence that work after school helps teach a child to be organized and disciplined.
  9. 9. Up to two hours work a night can help teenagers, more than that shows no added improvement in grades.
  10. 10. And finally, people who are stressed by all the emphasis on extra work are more likely to cheat.