Teenagers Drastically Need More Downtime

The Philadelphia Inquirer ran an article this week by Dr. Daniel Gottlieb, a clinical psychologist, family therapist, and author of, among other things, Letters to Sam: A Grandfather’s Lessons on Love, Loss, and the Gifts of Life. I was excited to read Dr. Gottlieb’s article because he talks about what students themselves can do to deal with the homework problem. Only days earlier, I’d been asked by Teen Vogue what teens can do. It’s unfortunate that we don’t hear very much from students, since they’re the people most affected by homework and education policies. (On this blog, I’ve posted a poem by a teenager and a few students have left comments, but I’d love to have more entries by students. So spread the word.)

I asked Dr. Gottlieb whether I could post his article and he graciously told me I could. I hope you like it as much as I did.

Inside Out | Teenagers Drastically Need More Downtime
By Dan Gottlieb

To all adolescents,

You need more time.

Ninety percent of the high school students I speak with say they are under great stress. Most of it is time-related, and much of that is a combination of too much homework and too little sleep. You need time to sleep (physicians say nine hours a night at your age), to read whatever you want to read, to dream about your future, to just hang out. You and I are not the only ones who know this. A new study by local pediatrician Kenneth Ginsburg demonstrates how important unstructured play (a.k.a. hanging out) is for children’s development. The same is true for adolescents.

Free time fosters creativity and emotional development. It gives you the opportunity to deepen relationships and learn about yourself. Without free time, I worry that you could grow into adulthood valuing yourself more for your performance than for your humanity – therefore putting yourself at greater risk of self-absorption, depression and anxiety disorders.

Mental health professionals all over the country are concerned, but nothing seems to change. Perhaps, in talking to adults, we’ve been addressing the wrong people.

So, how can you create more time? Let’s start with homework. The three to four hours a night I’m told is typical is way too much. Many well-respected educators say students should be assigned about 10 minutes of homework per grade (20 minutes in second grade, etc.).

For seniors in high school, that means two hours or so a night. Harris M. Cooper, a psychology professor at Duke University and author of The Battle Over Homework, agrees; so does the National Parent Teacher Association. In their new book, The Case Against Homework, Sara Bennett and Nancy Kalish find no evidence that homework helps elementary school students at all. And the U.S. Department of Education has said elementary students should be given a maximum of five math problems a night. Yet many children are sent home with dozens of math problems and words to memorize.

Convinced? Here’s what you can do about it:

At each school, form a committee to deal with this issue. Check at least one of the above books out of the library and start gathering evidence for your argument.

Have every student on the committee document how much time he or she is spending on each subject – and tell each teacher how much time it all adds up to. Many teachers may not be aware of how much homework you get from other teachers.

Try to get parents on your committee. I know many parents resent all the homework because it virtually eliminates precious family time. But parents should not take the lead in this project. They should be there to support you because this is your project, not theirs.

Set up a meeting with school administrators. Show them your data. Ask them for evidence of the benefits provided by this amount of homework. Perhaps you could begin a dialogue about how much homework is reasonable and relevant – and how it could be coordinated among teachers.

Ask administrators if they would designate a “homework coordinator” so students are not buried by multiple large assignments.

If you believe you are not being heard, try getting more parents to join your committee, and then bring them – and your argument – to the PTA.

Finally, keep me posted on your successes and failures so we can continue the discussion.

Any good education teaches you how to navigate your way in life. If, when you graduate, you see injustice in the world, I hope you will feel a sense of responsibility backed by the power to do something about it.

Begin now. If you believe your homework assignments are unjust, do something about them. Do it for yourself, for your future, and for the younger children behind you. You might end up changing the culture.

443 Comments on “Teenagers Drastically Need More Downtime”

  1. Nicholas Jarche says:

    I’m a high school student and I think that what you’re saying is completely right. After school the second I get home I have to do my homework. It sometimes lasts till 9:00.

    November 17th, 2006 at 6:01 pm
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  2. Andrew Self says:

    Nothing aggravates me more as a high school student than being loadded down with homework over the weekend. The one time a week we have away from school and we don’t even get to enjoy it because we are stressing out over homework that’s due on Monday.

    November 20th, 2006 at 1:02 am
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  3. Anonymous says:

    I am a teenager who gets a lot of homework-atleast two hours a day. My name is courtney socroove and I am against having homework. we get a whole day of class anyway! HELP ME

    November 30th, 2006 at 10:19 am
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  4. Arnie Pumpernickel says:

    HOMEWORK IS BOGUS!!!! It is totally unnecessary and a waste of time that could be used to feed my livestock at my farm in Kansas next to amish countries.

    December 1st, 2006 at 11:21 am
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  5. chris says:

    homework sucks it is wasted time that could be spent plowing my farm and helping arnie feed his livestock

    December 12th, 2006 at 6:12 pm
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  6. Pete says:

    Real world cases prove time-and-time again that “balance” is a much more valuable lifestyle then 8 hours of school followed by 3-4 hours of homework for a teenage student (that’s common sense). Where’s the time left for exercise and socialization?

    What somebody really needs to do is a study of the “success” rates 20 years later of students who studied for 3-4 hours in high school vs. those of students who did not. Most members at the country clubs I belong to (where one must have both free-time and considerable money) were NOT people who studied for 3-4 hours a night.

    December 13th, 2006 at 11:49 am
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  7. Arnie Pumpernickel says:

    Thanks Chris, I always could use some extra help on my farm in Kansas…
    Homework is still BOGUS!

    December 14th, 2006 at 4:31 pm
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  8. Lauren says:

    Enough with the porn crap, you people need to grow up.

    I’m a senior in high school and between a full day of school and a part-time job, there really is just no time for homework. I usually work 20-25 hours per week on top of going to school for 7 hours every day. On average I have about 3 hours of homework and only about 30 min after school to do it before I have to go to work.

    Homework doesn’t teach me anything either, it’s just busy work that bores me and I usually don’t remember any of it the next day anyway. Besides, teachers are paid to teach us IN school, not destroy our social lives outside of school. And to be honest, I actually stayed home from school today because I needed to finish 2 journalism papers that I didn’t have time for over the weekend. This is the 3rd time I’ve stayed home because of unfinished homework and probably not the last. Thanks to this site, I think I’m gonna write my editorial on teens and homework.

    December 18th, 2006 at 11:25 am
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  9. erin says:

    I absolutely agree. I get out of school and go sraight to gymnastics for four hours five nights a week. I then go home and have tons of homework to do and i am often up until 2 in the moring just doing homework. its ridiculous!! i love learning but i am not benefiting from all of this homework. on the weekends i rarely get time with my friends or even just to myself because of all the homework i am given. im constanly stressed to the point of tears. i dont know what else to do. over my holiday break i was still loaded with homework and projects and maybe got to see my friends twice. i will try to make a committee and addressing the situation but i need help now, not tomorrow or next week.

    January 12th, 2007 at 1:26 am
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  10. Alyssa Winckler says:

    I totaly agree. Im writeing a bill for school to make it manditory for you to have a study hall/ open hour so you can have some time to your self when you get home.

    January 30th, 2007 at 12:36 pm
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  11. Anonymous says:

    People say you should be getting 10 minutes of more homework for every grade you proceed through. Yea right. I am a 7th grade teenager and I have to do at least 2 hours of homework every night. This and I have to spend even more hours doing my school project. I can’t even have time to do my after-school activites. I don’t want to imagine what it is going to be like in high school.

    April 19th, 2007 at 6:50 pm
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  12. peg-legged pete says:

    Scuvry home work is as crazy as a cat-a- nine tails. i need more time sailing the seven seas and 4 major oceans.

    July 19th, 2007 at 7:13 pm
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  13. lozza says:

    im doing a debate in english and the topic is ‘homework should be a major part of modern and future schooling’ and im negative!!!!!
    i hate homework!!!!!!!! if anyone has any info for me about teens and homework and the effects of it plz inform me

    July 30th, 2007 at 12:45 am
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  14. Lucy Gray says:

    I think that this is compleatly right! Students should be givin less homeowork or even none. I am a student only in grade 8 but already i am staying up untill at least 10.30pm at night doing homeowrk when i start homeowrk at 3.30 .
    I am also doing a debate at the moment and need information to back up my case. The topic is ” himework should be a major part of schooling” but i anm negitive.

    please if anyone has any iformation on this topic please e-mail me on lucy_lu_27@hotmail.com


    July 30th, 2007 at 12:47 am
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  15. lauren mcauley says:

    hi i need information for my school project it is about homework and the effects my sister has already messaged in but im more important than her!!!!

    July 31st, 2007 at 11:49 pm
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  16. Sara Bennett says:

    I’m afraid I can’t do your research for you, but I have made it easy for you by writing a book that explains, in a very easy to read way, the problems with homework. The book should be in your local bookstore or library and, if it isn’t, you should request it.

    If you have a specific question that you’d like me to answer, I’d be happy to do that.

    Good luck with your school project. If you send me a copy of the finished paper, I’ll consider posting it as a “guest blog” entry. If you look at past entries, you’ll see that I’ve posted the writings of other students.

    August 1st, 2007 at 10:50 am
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  17. Damian Wigfall says:

    Hi my name is Damian Wigfall and i a high school student and i think that we shouldnt get homework because most high school studens have to work.I dont think we even learn anything from homework because there is no teacher there to help us and our parents dont have all the answers.I think if we get homework they should give us at least thirty minutes of class to do it

    September 11th, 2007 at 12:45 pm
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  18. Anonymous says:

    i think that homework can become a hasle when you have other activities like sports and stuff. i usually swim for 2 hours come home and then start my homework at 7 and i end up staying up late till 12 or 3 ‘o clock in the moring casue i’m studying or doing homework that i tuff…

    September 27th, 2007 at 11:19 pm
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  19. Adnan Ansar says:

    i totally agree with this person , because i juss joined football and i also have a 0 period, i would haved enough time but like football practice ends at like 7 , and my mom wants me in bed by 10 , so thats only 3 hours of work time, and i have 6 classes to do hw, so also i dont have any free time not even on the weekends. I thought i was the only person that understood this, or i mean i thought that no adults understood this from students but i was wrong. Thank You very much.

    October 23rd, 2007 at 9:44 pm
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  20. Sara Bennett says:

    Adnan–I’m glad you found this site. Perhaps you can enlist some adult support in reducing the homework load in your community. Good luck.

    October 24th, 2007 at 5:01 pm
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  21. sindhiya says:

    well i personally think that homeworks should be given but in a limit i myself get homework for about three hours or more daily but i really enjoy doing it i am a senior student and head girl of my school and sorry guys i DONOT AGREE WITH YOU ALL!!!!!!!!

    November 17th, 2007 at 4:02 am
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  22. Joseph says:

    i wrote a debate speech about homework and this site helped me heaps. Me and my siblings suffer from the amount of homework we get and i think something should be done all around the world. I came up with the idea to run a trial period where students get about 1 hour of homework per night, and most students in my class changed (behaviour wise) I think that the education board should re think the idea with homework and make a suitable limit for each year level!!!!!!!!!

    November 26th, 2007 at 6:55 am
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  23. Joseph says:

    comment21 … stinks

    November 26th, 2007 at 6:56 am
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  24. Sara Bennett says:

    Joseph: Would you send me a copy of your speech? With your permission, I’d like to consider posting it.

    Did your school implement your 1-hour policy idea? If yes, for how long?

    November 26th, 2007 at 11:33 am
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  25. Courtney says:

    hi, my name is courtney, i’m 17 and a junior in high school. i agree that homework amounts only to busy work most of the time. there’s no teacher to help us, and most of our parents can’t even help us because if you’re like me, you’re in an advanced math and it confuses our parents when we’re coming home with what amounts to college math. it’s ridiculous. i think teachers really need to collaborate so there aren’t like 3 major tests or projects within days of each other. this puts way too much stress on the student, and usually causes us to think “quantity,” not “quality” when it comes to our work. face it, when you have 4 subjects of homework, you aren’t putting your best into it. something needs to be done.

    February 5th, 2008 at 2:02 pm
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  26. Tristan says:

    i think that homework is a way that mekes teachers feel like they are making teens smarter, but really they are ruing our lives, they are adding on to anxiety, stress, depression, and all of that could lead up to possible suicides, or drop outs.I feel like homework is another way to make me hate school, not only do i have to go to 7 hours of school, but then added on to it is an additional 2 and 1/2 hours of homework, therefore 9 1/2 hours of my day is devoted purely to school. there is 24 hours in a day, if 9 1/2 hours are devoted to school, i have 15 hours of my day left, but i still need 9 hours of sleep so that leaves me six hours but its to late to socialize, so i can sit at home and watch tv, or depress about my non socialable life that is being ruined because of school.

    February 10th, 2008 at 8:21 pm
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  27. sharlane says:

    i totally agree when i hav volley ball and cheerleading practice all in the same day it sux to come home and do my homework… homework is just a stress adder so ya homework is GAY!!!!!!! ha ha

    March 11th, 2008 at 7:51 pm
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  28. C0Dy CaRt3r says:

    i am totally against homework! i am in 9th grade and i am supposed to do a editorial about high school homework over the week-ends and i am all against it, i have a teacher (mr. watson) who says that weekends are our time and that what i think is right because no one likes mondays when you have to go to that class and feel all tired cause you spent all night doing homework and it will make more people want to go to that class cause no homework! come on everyone likes no homework so i am fully AGAINST IT!!!!!!!

    September 26th, 2008 at 7:54 pm
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  29. Bree says:

    Yes I agree!
    School is important to me and homework is too but when you have too much it can be very stressful. My eating habits are horrible now. I havent worked out in months and I feel like my brain is constantly running-even in my sleep! Sometimes I will only get one hour of sleep a night.
    I get home from school around 2:30 and I try not to take a nap because then I will be tired when school starts up the next day and it will just be a viscious cycle for the next two days. I am soo stressed out and managing my time hasn’t been great either. I will start my homework usually around 3 pm and sometimes wont finish until 1 or 2am and I get up to get ready for school at 5:30 am!!
    I have 2 AP classes and the rest are honors. I would like to get a job but don’t think my psyche can handle it lol and I feel like whatever Im learning in school it doesn’t stick in my brain. If this is only 11th grade, I sure can’t wait till senior year! =[

    October 7th, 2008 at 9:50 am
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  30. Kate says:

    I agree with this 100%. I’m a junior in high school who takes a combined english/history honors IB class and let me say the homework load for that one class is insane. There are two teachers who teach it and each teacher is allowed to assign their “own” homework each night. My school does block scheduling, so there are only 4 classes in the day but my english/history class meets each day because it is technically 2 classes. Today from that one class alone we were assigned 6 different assignments (which is to read like 30 pages in a packet, read 40 pages in a book we’re reading for english, read another packet and make an outline, define about 65 vocab terms and take notes on our class notes) all to be completed by Friday! I honestly do not understand what these teachers were thinking. Those 6 assignments would not have been too horrible if that was the only homework we had but we still have 7 other classes where homework is also assigned. Like Bree said above, school and homework is important to me but once there is too much assigned it gets way to stressful. I’m lucky to get 6 hours of sleep a night now, and having free time has become a rare blessing. Our english/history class has discussed the homework amounts to the teacher and our reply back has often been “you can’t say it’s unfair, besides you’re in high school you don’t have lives.” For the teacher to say that to their students does not seem right at all. Yes we are only juniors in high school but we still have family and friends to spend time with and activities that we participate in after school. I thought that teachers were suppose to help their students become more confident in their studies and to teach us to really embrace learning, but I guess that the teacher’s main purpose now a days is to bring their students down and tell them their life is not important.
    If I had more free time I know that I would be a much happier, healthier person. I would be able to get an actual good night’s rest, read for fun, watch tv or just have time for myself and with my family/friends. I’m so glad I stumbled across this website because until now I was not aware that there are actually adults out there that believe homework can be harmful to your health.
    Thank you for reading.

    October 7th, 2008 at 7:31 pm
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  31. shalynn says:

    I’m in my third year of highschool and im 16 (canada)Homework makes me hate school.
    I get migraines from the stress of my three to four hours a night, plus i have to work to help my parents out with uni.
    I end up missing school somedays just so i can have a chance to catch up. Social life? Pshh! not during the school week! I used to love reading, now i dont even have time for that! I’m now thinking of quitting my extra curriculars just so i can get a 6hr a night sleep. Looks like prom committee and Student Council are out!

    October 7th, 2008 at 9:05 pm
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  32. Bob says:

    Yeah you are right, I like to read too but I never have enough time to read for enjoyment.

    October 15th, 2008 at 10:41 pm
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  33. Alex Gorman says:

    I am in a large public high school. The teachers don’t collaborate about hw time, and in reality, they can’t, so they just give out whatever the f*** they please! My school is a friggin pressure-cooker, the pressure to be the best is tremendous. I have had to stay up for 72 hours straight doing work so that I could get a 26/50 on a history project that was supposed to take a week. I have started smoking to get the energy needed to carry on and continue to be mediocre. I am in all honors and two APs and I am below average in the intensity of the classes I take. I cannot remember the last time I was relaxed enough to think. I cannot remember the past time I got a full night’s sleep. I cannot remember being happy in the ‘best years of my life.’ The new yorker, several years ago published an article titled “N** T****: Students high, grades higher.” As a kid who avoids the high pressure to do drugs, I am screwed. That is seriously f***ed up.

    November 3rd, 2008 at 11:16 pm
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  34. Ivory says:

    Having homework isn’t that bad. I’ve kinda of mastered the whole having 4 hours of homework thing. I just do it in class and if I can’t do it in class, I try to do it all at lunch. Usually, I’ll get half of it done.

    November 12th, 2008 at 11:19 am
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  35. Anonymous says:

    I am a freshman at Marist college and never had close to this much homework in high school. I think many teens take there schoolwork way to seriously and need to relax themselves a little bit.

    November 14th, 2008 at 12:18 pm
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  36. Sarah says:

    Homework is a curse and a blessing.

    Sometimes I find the homework completely unnecessary, but at other times I feel that it helps me understand the lesson better.

    What angers me the most is that we’re punished if we do not complete it– but there is always an underlying reason.

    Instead of giving students detention for not completing homework, they should try and find the underlying cause to why they didn’t finish.

    We should be given less homework either way…

    I have Algebra II, Geometry, Psychology, Spanish I, World History, Honors American Lit., and Honors Biology this year. These classes are difficult enough, I don’t need 25 problems in both Geo. and Algebra II. I don’t need three vocab worksheets in psychology. I don’t need half of what they give me.

    On average, I get four hours of sleep.
    I have to clean the kitchen each day.
    I cook dinner every night.
    I have to do so much, I cannot live a personal life beyond school.

    My freshman year I had a 4.0 but no social life.
    This year I have a social life. I’ll hang out after school for two hours and now my grades are dropping because I haven’t done my homework.

    I’ve given up.

    November 17th, 2008 at 12:36 am
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  37. Precious says:

    yes, you are completely right. I’m only a freshman and some nights i have styayed up until 2:00 in the morning doing homework, studying for test, doing projects, ect. It’s just too much, then on top of that I’m an athletic trainer, or water girl and that consumes most of my time then homework. Then the most hours of sleep that I mainly get is about 5-6 hours which is not good for a 14 year old. In result I never have a moment to myself and even if I do steal a second for me I end up paying for it in the long run. I don’t think Homework is really that neccesary, but I truly agree with this article. well I have to get back to my homewoprk now haha.
    ( I’m too stressed out someone please help)

    November 23rd, 2008 at 12:14 am
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  38. Anonymous says:

    homework is so gay i hate it…
    we do enough work at school, if we all worked a little bit harder in class we wouldnt need it.. it doesnt even help us anyway it should be optional not compulsary…


    November 24th, 2008 at 8:06 pm
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  39. AnToNio^ says:

    Hi, i think homework in high school is ridiculous especially when your in sports! i played football freshman year in highschool and i had to quit cause practice started at 330 and i got home around 730 which leaves me 2hours to do homework and whatever else i wanted to do! I stopped doing homework and just tried doing a portion of it in my other classes the next day before i had the class for the assignment. Homework is the only thing i hate aabout school, it is necessary so that we can practice it on our own time so it willl better stay in our minds but most of us highschoolerz have about 6 or 7 classes and that means 6 or 7 Assignments that we gotta do that night, this is insane, life would be more fun without so much homework fo’rrealz =[

    November 24th, 2008 at 8:14 pm
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  40. Anonymous says:

    we should all get together and put an end to homework, it is terrorising our lives, i almost had to miss my sport grandfinal because of it, that is just unacceptable.

    if teachers could teach us better we wouldnt need homework..


    im aussie proud by the way so the message of stopping homework is internationally supported as well


    November 24th, 2008 at 8:28 pm
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  41. Anonymous says:

    chuck norris doesnt believe in homework

    so we should stop it

    November 24th, 2008 at 8:32 pm
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  42. Teacher Donna T » We all need a little downtime… says:

    […] extend this beyond the classroom and reduce the amount of homework to make room for downtime (see http://stophomework.com/teenagers-drastically-need-more-downtime/71)  I agree whole-heartedly that downtime is important for students.  Just as importantly, I […]

    November 28th, 2008 at 10:07 am
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  43. Anonymous says:

    I agree that there is too much homework .Teachers don’t talk to eachother about the work they are giving out so we are often landed with several peices as well as coursework for very similar deadlines.
    Isn’t the point of homework making sure that you can do the work without your teacher’s/ parent’s help?

    February 11th, 2009 at 7:05 pm
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  44. Anonymous says:

    I agree there is way too much homework. I am working most nights to about 11pm. I don’t even learn anything from homework, I just find it a useless, boring task that doesn’t help at all. Even the projects/assignments we are given are mostly ridiculous – the instructions are vague, unspecific, and I get stressed out not just about completeing it, but worrying over if I did it right or not, because teachers almost never answer your question about it properly. While they think it helps, it creates a distinct hate to learn, allows stress and depression. I usually spend my whole weekends working on projects, and I’m not sleeping properly because of it. My eating habits are messed up, and my social life is locked away in the bottom of the ocean most weeks.
    And I end up procrastinating a lot out of the pure fact that the assignment is always a ludicrous task, or the teachers haven’t taught us what we’re meant to be doing. Who looks back when they’re in their chosen career path and says “oh, I remember doing that huge project in science, what was it?”
    Honestly, stop stressing us out, we don’t need to work for 18 hours on a Sunday, it’s insane.

    March 28th, 2009 at 7:58 pm
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  45. Anonymous says:

    I totally agree with everything said here. I’m on a three day weekend right now and i haven’t been able to relax and do my own thing because of homework! This is ridiculous! I’m only in the seventh grade, I’m not even thirteen yet. There is a serious problem here.

    March 30th, 2009 at 8:21 pm
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  46. HomeworkBlues says:

    I feel your pain, dear 7th grader. My daughter was just away all weekend too, not for pure pleasure but on a school finals competition performance.

    She too worried excessively about how she’d get all her weekend homework done and took a boatload of it with her. Not surprisingly, none of it got done and she seriously considered taking today off to get it all done.

    I’ve joked wryly that our kids are so inundated with homework, they have no time to actually go to school! What’s wrong with this picture? In the end, she fretted about missing school, went in and is now significantly behind. How are we supposed to go on college visits with unrelenting weekend work? Shouldn’t there be some time in a seven day cycle when the school does not own her?

    Oh, I should add, it’s not a high school thing. As Leon Wieseltier would say, it’s just worser than worse. She was shut in all weekend in 7th grade too and our travels were crimped.

    March 30th, 2009 at 9:01 pm
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  47. virginie says:

    Since i had moved to another country my life is more hard every time.When i get homework i feel lasy because i got seriously no time to do it in my country We always study Cambrige subject its was more hard and we were doing 13 subject this is for teenagers between 13-17 am talking about and for all subject a homework everyday if it was not done we are in bad position.Since am in this new country am working with my parent ever night and i got no time for anyting ,I think that homeworks are bad ,kids feel lasy after a hall journay of school.schools are here to teach students whereas homes are here to make feel better after that.

    May 12th, 2009 at 5:55 am
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  48. Leah says:

    I completely agree with everyone here. I am a sophmore in high school and i feel as though i dont know myself, all of my time is spent doing homework and studying for classes. I can’t not do my homework, i will feel guilty and never get to sleep. By doing my homework i can be up until about midnight everynight, and awaking at 5:30ish to start school and 4-6 hours of homework all over again. I also run track and cross country, so that is another 2 hours out of my day, but most days my performance is at a disadvantage because i am too stressed over the amount of homeowrk to do when i get home. Once home I sit down, and start on it, with honors and ap classes i feel as though my socail life is nonexistant.

    May 12th, 2009 at 9:43 pm
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  49. abby says:

    i also run track and cross country which means that i get home at like 5:30 or later and i need to go to bed at 10 to get at least 7 hours of full sleep. i get tons of math homework and science which i hate now. thank god my english teacher doesn’t believe in tests and quizzes or worksheets but we still have a lot to read in his class and have to write a lot of paper’s. but i usually get like 4 to 5 hours of homework a night. And the amount of books we have to bring home is CRAZY and it makes my back hurt a lot i usually can’t even pick it up. there should be a homework limit and a set amount for how much our back packs should weigh now i have to go and study for my social studies final. =(

    June 6th, 2009 at 6:46 pm
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  50. HomeworkBlues says:

    Abby sums up the real problems high schoolers face, in a nutshell.

    1. Homework overload
    2. Severe sleep deprivation
    3. Backpack overload
    3. A sense of futility. I can’t get all this done no matter how hard I try, what will happen to me?
    4. Feelings of powerlessness and resentment.

    Sounds to me like school is either not paying attention or just doesn’t care. However you slice it, the above harms teens and does long term damage.

    June 6th, 2009 at 6:57 pm
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  51. Alison says:

    I am an extrmely hard-working 16 yr old female. I read this at 1:21 am as i try to finish my very difficult french essay which is due tomorrow morning. I also had to finish physics homework and I never even got a chance to start my math homework/study for my math test/prepare for my BIG music project due in 3 days. I never get more than a 7 hour sleep MAX except for friday nights. I do not have time for a job. I hardly procrastinate. When I do, its because i’m desparate for a break!!! I am so tired i ache. I do not socialize during weeknights. I think junior year has got to be the most stressful yet. I am working 10x harder and my grades have dropped 10% like seriously teachers. if i have to work any harder i may explode.

    November 30th, 2009 at 1:31 am
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  52. Alison says:

    oh by the way, teachers have got kids at school for 6 hours, add 1 hour to that for an extra curricular (sports/music) plus 5 hours of homework, thats 12 hours a day of work! then you got some crazy people who have a job and then its like… wow

    November 30th, 2009 at 1:39 am
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  53. Yen says:

    Agreed with more downtime, maybe the work should be lighten a bit, but I believe giving high school students homework provides a good foundation for time management. Not only does homework help students learn more about the subject, it helps create a stronger work ethic. So homework is good, just lighten to the load a bit.

    Wait till you’re in college, there’s no homework, so you can celebrate there, but for high school and anything lower, just do the work.

    December 29th, 2009 at 4:33 pm
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  54. HomeworkBlues says:

    Yen, I’m the mother of a high schooler. We are not arguing for no homework in high school, we understand that when assigned prudently, it’s necessary. However, I have a child who is knee deep in college applications now and is so burned out. How I wish schools would have allowed her the time to do this all year long so it’s not shunted to break when she so desperately needs time off to unwind and recharge her batteries. How about if we agree to this:

    1. Two hour high school homework max. Regardless of the amount (two or three), there MUST be a policy. Because what we have right now are teachers assigning at will without coordinating with the rest of the team. Our children carry a seven subject course load. You cannot assign two hours per subject per night because that leads to our teens up half the night and unable to learn productively the following day.

    2. Minimal (and I mean MINIMAL) homework on weekends. None would be even better.

    3. No homework on vacations and breaks

    4. No homework over the summer. You can assign reading, my daughter loves books.But there’s no excuse for worksheets and endless papers. It’s either a vacation or it isn’t. Don’t call it one and then make the kid work all summer. And then write on the bottom of the assignment sheet, please be sure to get some rest. Don’t mock.

    Because right now, high schoolers in demanding programs receive NO breaks. That’s what we face here. It leads to burnout, disengagement from learning, stress, sleep deprivation and a host of other ills. What I see right now is no oversight and homework that just grows and grows without scrutiny. That is not just foolish, it’s dangerous and places unnecessary stress and hardship on not just the child but the entire family. Our students are learners, not workers.

    December 29th, 2009 at 5:36 pm
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  55. taylor says:

    hey this is a totally awesome speech! I right now am doing a speech on how homework is harmful to your health! I am in grad 8 right now and needed to look us some help cause I was stuck! I will send you a copy of my speech u just will have to email me first so I know your email! it was a very helpful speech!

    January 12th, 2010 at 7:46 pm
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  56. Miller says:

    Writing this right now at 12:22 on MLK day, or i should say the day after MLK day. Got my wisdom teeth removed last week and I have not been able to start my homework that I got the friday before the pulling. This weekend alone, I have had about 5 hours of reading to do, including 3 hours of AP U.S.H and 1-2 hours of reading Huckleberry fin. Now I have about 15-30 min of english make up work to do, few mins of Math, and 30-60 min of AP art history. I guess I should have done all this earlier, but I just could not start it. Bad procastination problem, furthered by much by the lack of a good homework environment, and probably laziness set off by weight loss from inability to each much, and having bad digestion problems with what I do eat.

    While weekends usually are not this bad, normal school days are. I usually have about a max of 7 hours of sleep do to my restlessness and house doesn’t shut off until 11 because my family are asses, and school starts at 7:35 and I wake up at 6:40. Usually sleep 10-11 hours a night on weekends. Darn Edison and his invention of the lighbulb.

    On most nights I usually have 2 hours or more of homework to do. Biggest being Honors pre-calc, followed by ap us history. Anything non-regular and I get thrown off course. The presence of a lot of regular homework advises the prescence of a schedule, but schedules are total crap when dealing with nonregular homework. Flexible schedules involve the ability to not procastinate, which I do not have. I usually get home at 3, shower/eat till 4, and in all the weekdays I only have 6-8 hours of freetime, I usually spend it from 4-6.

    I swear, homework is just a plot by the capitalists to put down the educated class. By stress is one of the important ones, as stress definitavely plays a negetive role on health. Breaks up families by making kids reclusive and with little time to spend with family. People who do homework cannot have jobs, so in order to get into a university you have to have parents supporting you or get some really good scholorships. Less sleep causes abnormal growth, making kids less mature mentally and emotionally. Less emotional strength makes the educated easy to crack and ply to the industrialists’ will. This is all some twisted system derived by dirty politcians to put down the only ones who can usurp the upper class, the middle class educated people.

    January 19th, 2010 at 3:53 am
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  57. Jane says:

    if the adults would have listen to us….. the problem is solved yet they still think us as a 7 year old kid. even if u represent the student talking to the school admin or watsoever they listen n they forget the next minute u walk out of the office….. don’t you think??

    January 31st, 2010 at 4:45 am
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  58. Anonymous says:

    Teachers just don’t know what it’s like to sit in school for 8 hours (it’s 8 hrs for me because I have to take the bus which comes quite some time before school actually starts, and my school lets me out later than it’s supposed to) and then stare at a computer screen or a piece of paper for 4-5 hours. One day I had to do 2, 2 hr long projects for different subjects, and I had to watch a 2 hour long commercial free documentary and write an essay about it. That goes along with the normal hw that my teachers give me. I get to bed each night aroud 2am and i get up at 6am.

    February 25th, 2010 at 11:32 pm
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  59. angelina says:

    i totaly agree.. i actually found this article searching the web for research on a persuasive essay about why we should have less homework. (subject by choice) to whoever wrote this i respect them greatly. i get about three to four hours of homework everyday. i go to school. sit on my ass. i get home at 3 and start up my homework. sit on my ass some more. no wonder why the majority of american teens are so overweight. i think homework is ridiculous. i have no time for friends or excersize especially. sad thing is im in eighth grade. who in the hell would listen to an eighth grader? teachers where im from, they dont care abt the students and what they have to say. i mean whos gunna listen to a super mature 14year old stuck in a middle school filled with elemetry schoolers (you know what i mean)

    March 2nd, 2010 at 10:04 pm
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  60. Celia says:

    You are absolutely right. There is no need for homework. I went to public school from 1st to 9th grade and between the lack of sleep and pressure to get passing grades; I felt like I was going insane.

    I’m an artistic person, a right brained type of person, I guess you could say. I didn’t fit into the typical student mold. All that structure and convention that came with public school didn’t help me, it just crushed me. Getting up at the crack of dawn to shove information into your head all day only to come home and have 8 hours of homework left to do…it’s just ridiculous. I basically got no sleep. 3- 4 hours a night, tops.

    So after about the 8th grade, I sorta…gave up. I left some time for myself, my art, and my friends. I let myself get 9 hours of sleep. I shoved aside my unfinished work and practiced my guilty face in the mirror. Of course, my grades slipped drastically from where they had been. I got Cs and Ds. But you know what? I wasn’t really sorry about what I’d done. I was really happy during that time. I was doing what I loved to do and was finally getting enough sleep. I could actually THINK for once instead of walking around like a sleep-deprived zombie.

    It didn’t last though.

    My parents got concerned. I was usually an A student, what was happening? I didn’t know what to tell them. “I’m rebelling against the stressful school system by actually getting sleep”? You couldn’t say that to your parents. They’d say “Learn how to balance things better.”, but how can you balance things better if your homework is drastically out of proportion?! So instead I said “I dunno…I just can’t keep up with it anymore.”

    Things started spiraling out of control at that point.

    My mom didn’t believe me. She got my PSSA scores and they were off the charts. She said I was smart, so I should be getting good grades. I just shrugged and looked away. Not knowing what else to do, she took me to see a therapist who didn’t do squat either. She just said the same thing my parents would have. “Learn to balance things better”. When I gave her my argument that the homework was too out of proportion to “balance” things, she told me I was wrong and just needed to learn more life skills. I didn’t see her after that.

    So I continued getting bad grades into 9th grade until I decided I had had enough. If I couldn’t have good grades AND sleep at the same time, then I just wouldn’t stand for it anymore. I went to cyber school the next year, 10th grade. It’s a lot better than public school for sure, but it’s awfully lonely. I’m a social person, loneliness isn’t for me. So I think I’ll go back to my school next year. I’m not sure what I’ll do though…I want to find a way to better the school system. (lessen homework, convince them to start school an hour later.), but I’ll just be a student in a school run by a bunch of hard-nosed adults who think they know better.

    March 30th, 2010 at 2:28 pm
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  61. FedUpMom says:

    Celia says:

    She said I was smart, so I should be get­ting good grades.

    Celia, I feel your pain. That was what everyone said about me as a kid. Yes, I was smart, but I wanted to have some control over my life. I felt like the only way I could get good grades would be by dumbing myself down and doing a lot of crap I didn’t care about.

    I was honestly surprised when I got to college and discovered that it was possible to learn in school. Since then I have never stopped studying and learning different subjects. Like me, you may find that college is a big improvement over high school.

    All I can say is, hang in there. I hope you will keep in touch with us at the StopHomework page.

    March 30th, 2010 at 8:52 pm
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  62. sara says:

    homework is okay, i guess but it just SUCKS when there is SO MUCH of it, especially how each teacher gives you homework so by the end of the day you’re loaded. isn’t going to school for like 7 hours enough? NO because then after school most people have sports teams, practices, various activites and often don’t have the other 7 hours to do homework. so, there’s dinner and my homework will often keep me up until 12 to 2 am sometimes.. 🙁

    June 2nd, 2010 at 11:47 pm
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  63. lizzy says:


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  64. lizzy says:

    suPeR bOoRiNg

    March 23rd, 2011 at 12:23 pm
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  65. Anonymous says:

    this homework is harmful putos

    March 23rd, 2011 at 12:24 pm
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  66. michael says:

    homework doesnt bother me because i dont do it.

    March 28th, 2011 at 7:12 pm
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  67. michael says:

    home work does not affect me because i do not do it

    March 28th, 2011 at 7:13 pm
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  68. Anonymous says:

    our drama production just ended, but during it, we sometimes had practice from 6-9. I don’t live that far away from my school, and I can walk, so I had a little time to do homework. I usually stayed at school during those three hours doing homework, and once practice started, I didn’t get a chance to work on it anymore. Then, when I got home, I would still be up to 11:30 sometimes doing homework. We also had a practice on a saturday. Our director said we should ask our teachers to lighten up because of drama, but even though some of them said they would, they still didn’t. I keep getting in trouble with my parents for not doing homework or for turning it in late, but I don’t care anymore. I get my stuff out and pile it around me while going on the computer (like, facebook and fun stuff) and then just quickly switch tabs whenever they walk in the room. Of course, whenever I don’t turn in my work, my teachers email my parents (I’m a sophomore! what the f*** i should be able to live my own life without my parents getting emails from my teachers. That’s like what they did in sixth grade or younger! and it’s not my teachers, my parents tell them to email them if I don’t turn stuff in on time.) During drama, the cast and crew are running on pure adrenaline and caffeine, and that is far from healthy. whenever I don’t turn something in or I turn it in late, my parents are breathing down my back while I do it. They have threatened to not even let my try out for drama next year if I don’t get my grades up and everyone is telling me that if I did my homework and got it in on time, i could be a straight A student, which is true, except for the fact that I can’t keep up with all the homework I have in other classes. All my teachers tell me that and my response? “it’s just too bad I don’t have the time to do your homework because I’m doing other teachers’ homework!” at least I wish I could say that, but of course I never do. Also, the grading system in my school is super strict. A 96% is an A-. Not an A+, not an A, but an A-. What the f***!!! How does that make any sense? Tonight, we had a gathering that some friends of ours were putting together where a whole bunch of families would just hang out, and one of my friends was trying to get a lot of people from my group of friends to go, so obviously, i was going, but my parents told me I couldn’t if I didn’t finish my homework (make-up work, of course). They finally agreed to let me go, but only for an hour and then my dad gave me a big lecture about how irresponsible and selfish i was because we could only stay for an hour so I could do my homework (what the f***! If I didn’t do it the first time, chances are I won’t want to do it again!). My mom was helping me do my homework! It was a report about myself! It’s not that hard! The only reason I didn’t have it done was because I had so much other homework I had to do, but when I do get a chance to do it, my mom is sitting next to me going through the rubric to make sure I do it right! I’m not 6! I love learning and I love school. It’s a great chance to socialize and have fun with your friends, but not if every spare moment is spent on homework. I socialize during the 50 minutes I have at lunch, because otherwise I’m stuck at home doing homework. I don’t eat much, either. I never have time in the morning to eat breakfast because I’m trying to sleep in as late as possible since I went to bed super late the night before. I also almost never eat lunch because if I’m not trying to catch up on what’s happening in my friends’ lives (which fails miserably because I’m a girl and I only have 50 minutes to talk in) I’m catching up on homework. I have a major paper and a major project due on monday, both of them are overdue. Then on top of that, I have a test (which is the first of this quarter, so it’s kinda important) and another project in a class that the teacher grades using a point system and when you turn things in, you accumulate points, so she’s trying to give us more points to accumulate so that if we miss a deadline (she doesn’t accept late work) you still have a chance at passing the class, but I will fail that class if I don’t turn this project in and get a good grade on it. And it’s in french. I am only in french 1 and I don’t know that much french yet, which means I have to do this entire project on the computer, translating things using wordreference.com. and that takes a lot of time. Back to my nagging parents, my mom is a teacher, so there is no way I’m going to convince her that too much homework is a bad thing. I mean, she already believes that, but I’m never going to convince her that what we get in school is too much. My dad complained to my sister’s spanish teacher a few years ago because she assigned my sister 500 lines to write out and now my spanish teacher (I had her last year) is afraid of my dad. But guess what? My sister got in trouble for not turning something in on time. That teacher is super strict, and when I did the same thing, I bring home a detention, and get a scolding from my parents. This has been going on since like 4th grade! Something needs to change. Don’t get me wrong, I love my parents to death, but they can be annoying, especially about school. I can’t WAIT till summer! Whenever I try to explain to my parents why I hate homework and to give a logical explanation (and I usually try to do this respectfully) they pretty much just say “suck it up! it’s what your teachers gave you, so do it!” Thank you for reading my long rant. You have no idea how good it felt to get that out! (Well, you might, but you know what I mean).

    April 3rd, 2011 at 11:23 pm
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  69. Anonymous says:

    homeork is for fags!!

    April 4th, 2011 at 2:26 pm
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  70. spencer haley says:

    homework is not for f*gs ! AND WATCH YOUR MOUTH

    April 11th, 2011 at 11:54 am
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  71. Anonymous says:

    Ah yes, it is difficult to do homework nowadays, as of right now I’m doing a persuasive letter about homework and its Herculean amount is not simply keeping up with the times, I do hours of 7th grade homework , so maybe it’s time for homework to grow up…

    April 28th, 2011 at 12:16 am
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  72. Anonymous says:

    I’m a high school student who gets most of his homework done in less than an hour. I do not really experience the stress issue but I still know that homework does absolutely nothing for me.

    July 19th, 2011 at 11:25 am
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  73. IB Junior says:

    I am a junior in the IB Program, and the amounts of homework that my fellow students and I are assigned are ridiculous. We have four classes a day, three academic classes and an elective. Rather that ten minutes of homework per grade per night, we get closer to ten minutes per grade, per night, per class (excluding the elective). It is completely and utterly ridiculous. I get up at 6:00 in the morning an get home at about 4:00. After about fifteen minutes, I start my homework, and on a good day, I get sleep around eleven. On a bad day, I may not go to sleep until 1:00 or 2:00. What makes this worse, is that the majority of our homework does not even teach us anything. It is like the teachers feel obligated to give us busy-work just because we are in IB. Frankly, I think that homework is ridiculous and stupid. Unfortunately, as many of the other comments here demonstrate, there are so many people who are just stupid, and do not care about their or anyone else’s future, making our entire generation look bad, and convincing school administrators that we deserve all of the homework we get as if it is some sort of punishment. Something has to change, but as it is, no one is making any progress in bringing about those changes.

    September 18th, 2011 at 5:43 pm
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  74. Anonymous says:

    I go to a very highly respected academic school, homework is unbearable, I’m up till 1 am every night because of my sports that run late and homework. Its stressful and now as soon as I get home I sleep, then wake up, practice, then do homework, then sleep again, Thanks to all the homework I now have split sleep habits.

    September 27th, 2011 at 11:25 pm
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  75. lucy says:

    i think the homework programs in schools currently are terrible. we spend so much time on it now we have no more to enjoy life. sometimes the stress is unbearable, i think that we will never get rid of homework in school the way we’re going but it would be nice if it could consist of work we have failed to finish in class and revision when needed instead of the massive amounts of busy and pointless work we get now. i’ve shown my parents the work i do and they agree that much more half of it i will never use again. and yet i still work my arse off and get no where it irritates me so much sometime i cry because i have studied so hard and planed everything out like the teachers have said and i still only get past my maths exams by 5 or 6 marks when i hear the younger year levels whine about their 1 hour a night homework tasks it then makes me pity them because they’re going to move up into the higher year levels and wish they were doing the 1 hour stuff again, just as i did.

    i think homework fills us with insecurity and anxiety. it makes us stupid because we can’t do it all and everyone makes it seem like we should be handling it with ease. i’m a just above average student on most subjects excluding one or two but i still feel this way.

    we stress so much, and over what? a mark on a page.

    October 10th, 2011 at 4:22 am
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  76. Abaigeal smyth says:

    im moving to philidephia, you are amazing, wish my teachers thought like you 🙂 x

    October 13th, 2011 at 8:36 am
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  77. Anonymous says:

    Did you know some teens actually kill themselves because of homework stress? Also, scientists say we need more sleep than babies.
    -Andrea 7th grade

    October 18th, 2011 at 10:26 pm
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  78. Alli says:

    As a current High School Senior I can verify everything that is written up there. Although, instead of 3-4 hours of homework being a lot, I would LOVE to get 3-4 hours instead of the 7-8 hours I get per night. As for sleep, I generally will get 3-4 hours on a good night because homework will take me into 1 or 2 in the morning and I get right back up at 5:30. I am so extremely frustrated with how much of myself I am sacrificing just for the sake of getting into a “good” college, and how much the teachers don’t understand that we NEVER get downtime, and we never get time to relax or even sleep. I am ready to give up on a lot of things, and feel so emotionally drained and numb I can hardly function from day to day without extreme caffeine dependancy and short naps during lunch. I am ready for a change. My parents said they never had anywhere near the homework load I have when they were in High School. How can I possibly stop this? How can I give students like me a chance to actually live?

    November 1st, 2011 at 10:28 pm
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  79. Dac says:

    why is homework needed

    November 28th, 2011 at 12:09 pm
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  80. a very irritated squash says:

    homework is really not fair. we’re at school all day long working and learning. at the end of they day ahhhh schools over 🙂 WAIT nope. sorry. 3 and a half tons of homework. i am up until 9 pm stressing about it. it causes me to have depression and i can’t get enough sleep. then i get up tomorrow morning at 6, go to orchestra, and the whole cycle starts all over again.

    December 3rd, 2011 at 1:38 am
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  81. cat lover homework hater says:

    i totaly agree i am stuck doing homework un till 9 or even eleven the lest amount of homework i have gotten this yes is till 530 i stink and i am in 6th grade!

    December 5th, 2011 at 9:43 pm
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  82. cat lover homework hater says:

    ps they should REALLY LET US have a say we are like slaves and they are our masters. even my mom who used to teach thinks i have too much.

    December 5th, 2011 at 9:45 pm
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  83. Anonymous says:

    It is obvious that many teenagers feel very strongly about the fact that we are piled with an unecessary amount of homework; this site has posts from 2006, and is still recieving new ones!
    As a junior in highschool, I feel so trapped within my homework, as well as the pressure to do well on SATs, AP Exams, and to get into a good college.
    I feel that most teachers forget that students have families, friends, and lives outside of school.
    They all treat their students as if their class is the only one the students are taking and assign ample amounts of homework, saying we should spend at the very least half an hour on it. Well, I guess that isn’t too bad, but when you are asked to spend at the very least half an hour on each class, and have 8 classes, in addition to extra curricular activities, sports, and studying for tests that are exclusive to the actual homework assignments, that gives most students NO free time all day, even for weeks- which sounds ridiculous, but I know it is actually true. We are expected to be professional in the world of academics, and I feel that we are missing out on our youth which should be spent on exploring what we wish to learn about most. Some days I just want to draw, or write songs, or listen to music, or read a fiction novel on my choice, but instead must plow through hours of meaningless math problems, putting all of my aspirations for the present on the backburner, while I strive to reach goals that others want for me. The whole situation places even more stress on me, and some days I find myself unable to cope. Overall, I believe something needs to be done to save our youth from going insane and losing what little bit of childhood they have left.

    December 6th, 2011 at 5:39 pm
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  84. Anonymous says:

    I find it quite funny that most of these posts were made after 5:00, most of them being around 1-4 am, which means that most teenagers are staying up until 4 am! I have to get up at 5 for school, so if any one is in that situation, like a friend of mine I know, that means you are only getting 1 hour of sleep! that is 1/9th of the time needed!!!!!! And it isn’t only that teens are staying up till 4 am because they want to, it is because they are doing homework! and then they get stressed out and do what everyone else on this site did, look up something about how to do homework, or reliveve homework related stress, and end up with this site so they have some idea that they aren’t alone in today’s mess of an education system.

    December 6th, 2011 at 6:13 pm
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  85. HomeworkBlues says:

    I can vouch for the teens above. I’m the one who stayed up with my daughter, because I felt guilty going to bed while she was forced to give up so much sleep. I’d beg her to just pack it in, I didn’t care, she had permission to stop and eventually screaming at her because I became so sleep deprived. Momentarily blaming her for a situation she did not create and then feeling horrible about it the entire next day. Let’s hear it for family values!

    December 6th, 2011 at 8:19 pm
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  86. Anon says:

    I should turn in blank sheets of paper for the shits ‘n giggles. Can’t get a zero as long as something is submitted.

    December 11th, 2011 at 11:17 pm
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  87. Christina says:

    I AM FREAKING OUT WITH ALL MY HOMEWORK. I have a huge committee project and three tests and a huge oral. Also a book report. Homework is ruining my life.

    February 1st, 2012 at 7:20 am
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  88. Christina Meinert says:

    I am soooooo awesome

    February 2nd, 2012 at 8:35 am
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  89. Christina Meinert, 12 yrs old says:

    it is quite unreasonable how much homework there is these days coming at us at such a vast uncontrollable amount. the basic fact is that teachers actually dont want to waste time finishing our work in class so instead force us to give the time at home. school should be school and home should be home and they should not mix. school is where you learn, mature, and learn knowledge and desirable skills whilst home is where you should be able to relax, enjoy life and just chill after a difficult day at school, but instead we are being forced to bring school with us to our homes, making us more tired, cranky and all together, not in control of our own lives. i think homework has quite a large negative impact on our lives and if not taken away completely at least decreased or made easier.

    Posted from South Africa, Cape Town

    February 2nd, 2012 at 8:48 am
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  90. Anonymous says:

    This is ridiculous, not only do we have no time for homework but we also don’t have enough time to form a ‘committee’. Therefore being a ridiculous option for any student to spend more time holding meetings which will, I’m sorry to say, go no where.

    February 7th, 2012 at 6:42 am
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  91. Bailey says:

    Hello. I am a 15 year old high school sophomore. Lately I’ve been under great stress due to school. Every night I come home to start my homework, but I just cannot do it. Why? Because I’m so far behind with all of my other work. I sit down and try to begin on the night’s homework and realize that I don’t know what the hell I’m doing because I haven’t even gotten to do the homework for the prior night yet. I cannot keep up with all of the work I’m being given! I’m struggling in all of my classes, and I’m already failing two of them. Before I got to high school I was always top in my class, but now I’m struggling so much because my teachers keep piling on more and more information. I don’t have the best memory in the world, and I, quite frankly, have the attention span of a peanut, so it’s very hard for me to retain information. I haven’t done my homework in months now, and the reason why is not because I’m lazy, which is what my friends seem to believe. It’s because I’m fucking stressed out, and the thought of even starting homework gives me anxiety (I have an anxiety disorder, by the way). I really believe that teachers today need to slow it down on the homework they’re giving out. No, I don’t think that teachers should eliminate homework totally. As much as I’d love that, it probably wouldn’t be very productive. They should just scale back on the work load they give out. That’d be very helpful for me, as well as many other high school students, I’m sure.

    February 14th, 2012 at 8:25 pm
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  92. Someone says:

    Well I for one definitly feel the NEED for homework. It helps me understand the classwork the next day, and it helps whatever we’ve learned stick with me. But sometimes it can be too much. I think that we NEED homework, but what we DON’T need is four or five hours of it. I’m currently freaking out because I had about oh, four days (weekend+a day) to do 3 interviews, write 5 pages, study for a test, three algebra two worksheets (my teacher is a first-year math teacher, and i’m in advanced) two Spanish-2 assignments, a 6 page “Histionary” (Terms we use in class+definitions, there’s about 60 or so each time) Studying for a test, making a clay pot for Art one, and doing 5 chemestry packets. Plus, I live in a low-income house with 5 siblings that I need to help around with (I love ’em all, don’t get me wrong) a girlfriend i’ve had for 2 years now that i’ve been arguing with (nothing new, lol) had to go help my friend get stuff, art club, and my website. All this in about 3 days? Granted, it was a weekend, but that’s supposed to be my time. SO! Homework helps, but this is a little much. 😛

    February 15th, 2012 at 7:11 am
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  93. Anonymous says:

    I am a freshman and I get about 6-8 hours of homework each night therefore I only get a few hours of sleep each night. I think homework is good, it helps me make better grades and is a good technique for studying. I just don’t think that it’s necessary to have such a load of homework to do, that it prevents students from getting the sleep that they need. Also, over the weekend I get from 17 to 23 hours of homework.

    February 18th, 2012 at 2:30 am
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  94. Anonymous says:

    Homework should only be assigned if it is truly important. So, most homework is out the window right away.

    February 20th, 2012 at 4:34 pm
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  95. Emily says:

    I agree somewhat– homework is good for you, but only if it doesn’t completely ruin your nights. (I believe an hour and a half maximum is enough.) I’m in 7th grade, and I’m usually up working until 11:00 at night, usually on Algebra/Geometry. For example, tonight I have 227 grammar problems to complete by tomorrow morning (all busywork!), and then 30 math problems. After this, I have to finish my history project, read 2 articles about Russia and take notes, and practice my violin (which usually gets put completely off by homework and studying). I’m overwhelmed… this is my typical night! I have less time for family and exercise. I think I’ve gained a few pounds by just sitting around a book all night.
    Thank you for reading.
    Off to go do my homework!

    February 21st, 2012 at 6:57 pm
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  96. Steve says:

    Bailey, are you me? I’m 15 and a sophomore too. I’m way behind in my homework, some are from last year. I could be considered one of the best students, I rarely crack my books open until the day before the test, yet I get better grades as compared to those who actually study. Usually, I get mediocre grades, because I don’t try, or I try too hard. When I attempt to crack my books open and do my homework usually when I return home from class, I’m either tired, confused, lanky, sleepy, hungry or a combination of all. I make up for this by going outside, taking a nap, watching TV or going online. When I mean I’m tired from the school day, I really am exhausted. This is probably since my school starts early in the morning, expects all of us to be there 15 minutes in advance, plus my ride to school takes an extra 25 minutes. You see, when I sit down in an air-conditioned room doing minimal movements or mental exercises, my mind slows down and I feel sleepy, especially when I haven’t had even 7 hours of sleep the night before. Taking down notes is a physical exercise, but I rarely get to voice out my opinions on the subject topic and others have nothing productive to add which makes the entire class a boring load of ass fucking garbage. Seriously, the kids in my class are plain as cardboard. All the things talk about aren’t interesting in the slightest way, yet I play along with them. I guess us high school slackers would likely be the firm owners, or that successful person in your university with a doctorate degree, or perhaps some dude who created a new operating system out of scratch, rather than those nerdy kids who sat in class taking notes all day, acing tests, being unreasonably polite and studying when they get home. Too bad our current educational system bases our all-around intelligence and knowledge of certain topics that have been divided into units for kids with short attention spans on standardized tests, and kids who aren’t part of the circle of conformity are labelled as mentally unstable since they are unsuitable for conforming to being an office clerk in the future.

    March 8th, 2012 at 1:24 pm
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  97. Katie says:

    I’m in high school, and all the loads of homework that I get just stresses me to my max. In the last few months, I’ve had 4 panic attacks from the stress of multiple, and quite large projects and essays all being issued and due at the same time (which is usually within a week). Managing my time is out of the question, I can’t even sit down and get away from my work long enough to make a plan of action for anything. I get sick and have episodes of puking and dry heaving. My boyfriend is fed up with hearing about how stressed and depressed I am from the work load. I have an Ap class, and a honors class. Mixed with 4 hours of math homework a night, those two classes alone are at least 4 hours of homework when the work is assigned. The projects are half our grade and it’s just so….stressful…
    I’m definitely FOR lowering amounts of homework given out to students a night.

    March 20th, 2012 at 12:12 pm
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  98. Anonymous says:

    i am 13 and i have nearly 7 pieces of homework a night and the majority of them are due in the next day. i was given 10 pieces of homework on friday, 3 pages of maths, history and geography projects and 3 pages of science, theses pieces of homework are due in on monday i was also given some more but they are not due in until tuesday. i hardly have any friends, i can’t go outside, i haven’t been shopping in 4 months and i am constantly tired.

    March 25th, 2012 at 9:17 am
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  99. no one says:

    I hate homework you spend all day in school then have to come home when you just want to sleep or doing something you like, like I write songs books I like reading but you end up doing homework instead. plus it doesnt even help me especially when i dont understand it and theres no one to help me with it until its already late work.

    April 9th, 2012 at 8:41 pm
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  100. Brooke Albete says:

    I just joined high school so im a freshman. And so far I’m nit doing as well as I would like to. I really agree with this article because just recently I’ve been focusing in my sleep lately and I’ve been well however my homework and grades I don’t do so very well in. I feel like homework is just a waste of my time. Especially if I don’t get the answers right then I’ve been doing the whole thing wrong thinking I was doing it right. And since it’s almost the end of the year some major projects are rolling my way. I’ve been super tired lately because I’m so used to sleeping early. There are to much projects to worry about and all the little homeworks invetween I can not keep up. Some times I just say fuck it. But that doesn’t help me for my future. And now I barely work out like how I used to because of school. I barely do on Facebook or watch tv anymore I feel like I have no social life at all especially since my parents don’t let me out as much.
    However to my point homework and me just don’t work well together there’s so much problems to it. And they expect us to have social skills to apply for jobs. And I’ve even heard that in the mainland schools don’t have recess and there’s a rumor going around that my school in Hawaii will soon not be acing recess. Oh and in the class im graduating in it is mandatory to do a senior project while this years seniors have a choice. Like seriously.
    Homework sucks!

    April 13th, 2012 at 3:27 am
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  101. anonymous says:

    I am writing this comment because I just broke down and started crying and throwing because I hate homework so much. It is literally ruining my life. I am trying to find a way to not let it take up my whole life and keep me from getting enough sleep, spending time with my family, my friends, mySELF. I find myself saying things like “don’t let it suck your soul away”. All of this sounds so overdramatic and stupid but I honestly feel like school is keeping me from doing so many things that I want to do in life. I like my school itself, and I love learning because I’m a very curious person but I could not possibly hate the education system more than I do. The whole point of school is to LEARN and to explore things we’re interested in and become knowledgable about things that we can eventually use in life. And when I say eventually, i mean way down the road because we are young, we’re teenagers, we aren’t supposed to be stressed out and working until 2 a.m. like adults in the working world. THEY shouldn’t even be that stressed out. I am developing serious problems with stress and anxiety that I never had before school. I used to have amazing skills with getting things done and NEVER ever ever procrastinating, but now as I am in high school I’ve grown to hate school and homework so much that I just don’t do it until later at night or the night before its due. It seems to me that that is the only way I can rebel and try to live a life outside of school but I just end up staying up super late and constantly being tired. Then I can never even do anything on the weekedns because I’m exhausted and my mom is worried for my health because I always get sick when I am over tired. Needless to say, I am sick very often. I could rant for much much longer but ironically enough I have a few hourse of homework that I have to go do.

    May 13th, 2012 at 6:17 pm
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  102. anonymous says:

    We go to school for 7+ hours and come home only to do 3-4 hours of homework
    What I would like to be doing:
    hanging out with my friends
    learning italian and french
    becoming fluent in spanish
    learning to play guitar
    become better at piano (practice more)
    sleeping as much as I need to in order to be healthy (for me 9-10 hours)
    be with my family
    learn about taoism
    learn to meditate
    be outside in nature
    do fun exciting things with my friends
    I could go on and on

    May 13th, 2012 at 6:25 pm
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  103. Cobra says:

    I just read the first couple comments. Yall think 2-4 hours is a lot of work, lasting until 9pm is bad? You lucky ducks. I’ve got about 8-14 hours of homework every night. 6 hours would be a hoilday. This weekend? Roughly 18 hours plus a 9 hour robotics kick off. I’m tired, oh so tired of it all…

    September 10th, 2012 at 12:22 am
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  104. HomeworkBlues says:

    Cobra, I laugh at the 2-4 hours of homework as well. In junior year, each of my daughter’s seven teachers told us at Back to School Night the child must do two hours of homework PER CLASS. Lovely. You do the math. 14 hours of daily homework plus weekends and holidays would be uproariously funny if it weren’t all so sad.

    September 15th, 2012 at 6:18 pm
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  105. LateNight says:

    It’s 12:30 am and I am only halfway through my five-page English assignment that is due tomorrow. I have to get ready to leave in five hours. Two weeks into my sophomore year of high school and already I’ve pulled two all-nighters. Two! There aren’t enough hours in the day to do all the homework I’ve been assigned! Yesterday I had to be dismissed from school because I became so disoriented and dizzy that the room started spinning. I fell down on my way to the nurse’s office. Lack of sleep is really destructive, but all that going home early accomplished was just getting farther behind on my homework, so I have to stay up later. It’s a vicious cycle. There should be some sort of teacher accountability program so that students can’t be assigned multiple large assignments at once. I don’t have any time to start a program–I’m too busy doing homework. Isn’t that ironic? Sighhhhhh I need to go finish my English paper now. Goodbye all

    September 20th, 2012 at 11:38 pm
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  106. Michael Gier says:

    I only got through about 15 of all the comments on this page, but Its easy to see that we all have too much homework. That is why I am going to send a link to this site to my schools headmaster. We all talk about how we have so much homework, but so far, i have only heard complaints and no feedback about trying to reduce homework. I want anyone who reads this message to DO something about homework because talk has no value. I will try to check this site often and tell whoever reads this how its going. By the way, I’m in 9th grade and have about 3-5 hours of homework on an average night.

    September 27th, 2012 at 6:56 pm
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  107. Anonymous says:

    I completely agree with this article. My friends and several students are trying to bring awareness throughout my school. Homework has been ruining our social lives and making a majority of students sleep deprived. I get a maximum of 5 hours of sleep because of overwhelming amounts of homework. My brain is barely function and at this point i just want to get it done and over with.

    September 30th, 2012 at 8:24 pm
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  108. Glee says:

    Lets face it…..there really is too much homework in schools in this modern age. Arguments with you parents…..the grogginess and sleep deprivation even after you COMPLETED around about 50 worksheets for homework. Parents are not always around to help you with it either :(…….teachers don’t know what it’s like to be a student in high school(I live in Australia)these days. It is damaging our health as the years go on.

    October 15th, 2012 at 5:17 am
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  109. lexi says:

    I am in 7th grade and have soo much homework I get home at 2:30 and start my homework, it lasts me until 9:00-10:00 at night sometimes and have NO free time:(

    October 15th, 2012 at 1:18 pm
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  110. Michael Gier says:

    Im not sure if anyone is reading the comments anymore but you should. Not that we need to hear each other constantly complain about it (110 comments is alot of moaping) but if we all check this site every week or so we can all pool our ideas to stop homework. We will be alot more impactful as a group rather than a bunch of whiney individuals who all give up after two days. Im not sure if anyone will ever read this, but if you do, please save some kind of a link to this site and then respond to what I am saying. I can only check this site about every three weeks, which is way longer than I would like, so I probably will not reply to YOUR reply until then.Also, I made a previous comment about four… yep, four, up which I decided will just be an idea until I get input from whoever on the planet is reading this( I am from the Northwest most corner of the U.S.)

    October 15th, 2012 at 6:28 pm
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  111. Anonymous says:

    Yeah. My friend sent me this text “Some people say high school bores them. WRONG. I can’t stay away without being haunted by the fact that if I miss a day all my grades will drop. All this homework is stressing me out so much I think I am starting to develop insomnia…” It just goes on and on and on about how homework is ruining him. I replied,” You’ve got that right” and he knows he was.

    October 15th, 2012 at 10:42 pm
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  112. Chrisitina Kim says:

    ahhh homework is stupidd
    b i a t c h e z

    November 16th, 2012 at 12:05 pm
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  113. Chrisitina Kim says:

    drama shit going on in my life
    too much homework please please please just stopppp

    November 16th, 2012 at 12:06 pm
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  114. Alberto says:

    On Friday I had to do a five paragraph essay that we barely started on Thursday

    December 9th, 2012 at 8:49 pm
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  115. Anonymous says:

    i’m only in middle school, but i go to a charter school. On average, i get anywhere from 1-4 hours a homework a night (even though i’m not off task during resource or when i get free time)! Lots of parents have been complaining to teachers about the amount of homework, but our school admin is stubborn. I have even considered switch back to public school due to this problem! this is great idea to propose to the school.

    -7th grader

    December 31st, 2012 at 8:48 pm
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  116. Anonymous says:

    I’m only in Middle School, but I have a solid 2 hours of homework a night. One of my teachers gives one 5 page packet and 2 worksheets on the same topic a night. On top of that, I have writing assignments, math, and very little Social Studies homework. The worst part is that I do travel baseball and basketball too. I also do wrestling from 2:37-5:00. I end up doing all of my homework after dinner, and I am usually up until 11 doing homework. Then at around 11:45 to 12:00 I go to bed. After, I have to wake up at 6:00 in the morning to get to school on time. Something needs to be done.

    January 7th, 2013 at 7:21 pm
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  117. Colin says:

    I am in 7th grade and I have ADHD. Life seem like torture I have homework from 2:30 to 9:30

    January 8th, 2013 at 4:39 pm
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  118. HomeworkBlues says:

    Colin, I do feel for you. Homework overload IS torture for kids with ADD. It can take such a student three or four times longer to complete assignments at home. Add in fatigue, increased distraction, and unhappiness and the work load takes even longer. If homework was banished in elementary or at the very least, brought down to a manageable level, this would be doable. When homework is already three hours (as was the case for my gifted ADD child), it is not unusual for an ADD-er to spend nine hours on homework each day! Can you imagine?

    When teachers come on here and blast us, do they honestly believe nine hours of work after a child has already put in a full day is reasonable? Please think about it.

    January 9th, 2013 at 8:25 am
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  119. Savannah says:

    I’m a senior and everyone tells me it’s the best year ever but I’m so stressed I can’t enjoy it. I go to school 6 hours then work 8 & 1/2 hours after that. By the time I get home I fall asleep cuz I’m not spending hours on hw and get like 4 hrs of sleep every night. I tried that once and I couldnt do it. I’ve been in the habit of just doing my first period class hw and using that class to do my other classes hw so in turn I pay no attention in class cuz im doing my other work. Plus why give projects on Breaks? Who wants to worry about school while on break? Not me so hw can go away…please

    January 22nd, 2013 at 8:51 pm
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  120. HomeworkBlues says:

    Savannah, I feel for you, dear. Can you talk to a parent about the stress you’re under?

    I used to joke wryly that my daughter had no time to actually go to school, so busy was she with schoolwork. Every now and then she’d have to miss a day because she was so sleep deprived. In that one day, at home, she got more done than when she went to school.

    January 23rd, 2013 at 10:34 pm
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  121. Anonymous says:

    I found this website after searching for information on homework assigned for 8th graders. My daughter has at least two hours of homework per night, which usually turns into 4-5. She is so stressed she cannot focus. She is an A student and is incredibly smart. I worry about the students who it doesn’t come as easily for. She will not miss a day of school if she is sick or join extra-curricular activities for fear of adding to her dilemma. I do try to help her as much as possible, but some of the homework is truly busy work and doesn’t seem to have a purpose. The math is illogical to me and my husband. My husband and I have scored very high on achievement tests, board exams, and the like in math. We sometimes cannot come up with an answer, because the books do not explain how to do the work. This work takes so long. My daughters tell me that if one person gets it, the other students copy their work. These are high achieving students, forced into cheating to jump through the homework hoops! I am going to the teachers tomorrow, and work my way up through the hierarchy. My 4th grader is supposed to have 40 minutes according to the NEA. She has 30 minutes required of just reading each night, 20 minutes of math games, health worksheets, science projects, and social studies assignments. She also has additional work in reading and writing. My high school student actually has the least amount of homework, and I feel it is a reasonable amount. I do want my children in school for the social development. I do not want them isolated at home doing online or home schooling. But, I do not want to find myself with depressed children, who hate school….which I think is already happening. I am encouraged by all who post here. I want our voices to be heard so desperately by those who are in a position to change things. We are all so busy, though, that I am afraid nothing will change. I am going to start one class and one school at a time in my community.

    February 5th, 2013 at 11:45 pm
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  122. Ryan says:

    I only know too well about this. A typical week for me will see me get three projects on a Monday, each requiring say, 2 hours of research, 3 hours of note taking, 3-4 hours of answering questions plus around about an hour or two worth of exam questions. It seems that there is a lack of co-ordination between subjects. A teacher may very well assume that 3 evenings is time enough to complete a 10-hour project, but when you’re so busy with other you cannot start it until 4pm after school the night before there’s a problem. And of course then it’s not just Monday, there will be assignments given every other day too. Our school’s policy is however many hours we are in school we must match that time doing work at home, so 8+8=16. SIXTEEN HOURS PER DAY. On top of this are arduous extra classes forced on us, redundant projects, projects that could take even longer. It’s now 4.45am Friday morning. I have eaten food on Sunday and Thursday. I had four hours sleep Monday night and then three hours Wednesday afternoon. A few hours ago I fell asleep once again whilst doing work for about an hour. I haven’t been able to
    appreciate my life, the little things I love, and being a carer for my mother I’ve been neglecting her too. I’ve had too many times where I’ve missed two nights sleep, I’ve even fainted in class from pure exhaustion and I’m not the only one. It’s affected me academically and emotionally and I’ve become physically and mentally ill from doing school work about 19 hours a day (plus an hour or two for travel and procrastination). I am fed up of this education system. It needs to be fixed, but it won’t. And now time to go continue to pop pills, drink coffee and continue my questions booklet, should be finished by time school starts.

    February 7th, 2013 at 11:57 pm
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  123. Ryan says:

    And I didn’t even mention their policy of an hour compulsory extra curricular activity per day plus enforced community service, they really are killing me.

    February 7th, 2013 at 11:58 pm
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  124. Student says:

    I agree. I am in 9th grade and I have at least three hours of homework every night and almost four on the weekends. With five hours of ballet per week and two clubs, I have no time to do anything else. If I get nine hours of sleep once a week, it’s a miracle. Teachers need to understand that studying takes time and projects take forever. They need to know that we don’t have just them for a teacher and that we have homework from other classes. If I could stop reading 100 pages of The Hot Zone for bio each week, take away the weekly essays, and omit 15 page chapter reviews for biology, I could deal with the rest. I am glad Dr. Gottlieb wrote this article. I feel a lot better knowing other people feel the same way.

    February 14th, 2013 at 10:37 pm
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  125. Ali says:

    I’m just in 6th grade and I’m already being overloaded with homework. I have around 7 teachers and about 4 projects going on at the same time. All of which are due in the same Wednesday coming up. I’m so frustrated and the teachers aren’t helping anyone in any way. They really should coordinate with each other about the homework that’s being given out.

    February 20th, 2013 at 6:41 pm
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  126. Asa says:

    I sometimes stay up till 1 or 2 o’clock in the morning to do my homework. I get good enough grades, but not enough sleep, and everything is really stressful. I even gained weight from not being able to have much time to exercise each day.
    I wish that homework would be banned.

    February 21st, 2013 at 4:40 am
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  127. Anonymous says:

    I agree. I am in high school and the work from my AP US History class and Honors Algebra II class make me want to kill myself. Sometimes I get hours upon hours from each. This causes me to do poorly in both.

    March 6th, 2013 at 5:38 pm
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  128. Tilly says:

    I am very fearful of future homework. i am in Year 6, and the australian government doesnt do anything about my 1.30 hours of homwork per night. and thats just the standard, we other things like speeches, and large homework tasks. the teachers just think that the tasks arent long, but they take way longer than 1 hour of class homework, and 30 of maths. i would love to trade homework with my little kindy sister, who only does a 10 page, 2 word picture book a night! homework is causing our obesity issues, not so much all the crap we eat! OOOUUUTTTTRRRAAAGGGEEEOOOUUSSSS!!!!!!!!!!

    March 7th, 2013 at 3:17 am
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  129. Tilly says:

    By the way, it is only supposed to be 1 hour in total 4 nights a week. underestimated completely. we do worse with homework, that i am sure of, happy, unstressed students = straight A’s!

    March 7th, 2013 at 3:20 am
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  130. Anonymous says:

    It’s wonderful to read this article and see that at least some people have common sense. I’d begun to think I was wrong for complaining about homework. Whenever we complain about homework to one of our teachers they always say we’re just lazy, and the hour of homework they assign isn’t that much–it is astounding how their ignorance and egotism allows them to forget about our other five classes which assign “only an hour of homework”. I cannot even fathom the stupidity of today’s education system. We go to class and learn nothing because everyone is running on three hours of sleep a night, and then have homework on all the material we never learned in class. Time for a test? We cram the material WE NEVER LEARNED to do okay on the test. Finals? We cram the material we obviously forgot for the tests because we crammed for them. So lets see, we suffer from anxiety and sleep deprivation all year [not to mention all the health problems that can cause later on] and learned ABSOLUTELY NOTHING, except maybe 99 clever tricks to get 15 more minutes of sleep a night. And on top of all that, so much of the time teachers only check homework for completion because they don’t want to take the time to grade things! They are happy to kill us, but couldn’t possibly take the time to make sure their students are actually learning anything–that would be unheard of! It makes you wonder, are these teachers sociopaths, or just oblivious? Sorry for ranting, I don’t mean to blame teachers because I know they are underpaid yadayadayada…I’d probably be less moody if I hadn’t been up all night doing homework…

    May 27th, 2013 at 7:28 pm
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  131. -A says:

    I agree, homework is very stressful and is holding us teenagers back from developing our personalities. I used to be a top student in elementary school when I only had 30-45 minutes of HW but now that I should be graduating from the 8th grade & I have 2-3 hours of homework I have a 65-72 average from each marking period. 8th graders in my school also need to have an exit project (for HS) that needs at least 10 typed pages. My exit project was given about a month and a half ago and was due last week but I’ve had so much homework recently that I’m not even half way done. My teachers always lecture me about how I was a top student and how I’m barely passing classes now. What they don’t get is that I’m stressed out because all the homework they assign. I dread the day that I have to present my exit project in front of my class because they’re my peers and they’ll judge me. I cry when I don’t get good grades or when I can’t focus on my homework & I fall asleep in school because I (probably) had to stay up until 2am doing homework.

    June 2nd, 2013 at 4:56 am
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  132. Ty says:

    This artcile is totally true. I hardly have a social life because of school & it makes me feel bad because I know I should be hanging out with friends.
    (7:20am-8:00pm) get ready for school
    (8:40am-3:00pm) school
    (4:00pm-6:00pm) basketball practice
    (6:30pm-8:30pm) Homework
    (8:15pm-8:50pm) Dinner & shower
    (9:00pm-12:00am) Study/Review what I learned

    Sometimes I feel like my body is just gonna stop working. When I do homework I write so much that my fingers sometimes becomes numb & that’s only the physical pain. When I fail test or do bad I feel really bad, because I study but I hardly have energy due to lack of sleep I feel like crying & I feel like I’m stupid. The physical & mental pain that occours because homework plus my personal problems cannot possibly be good for my health.

    June 2nd, 2013 at 5:10 am
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  133. Anonymous says:

    I am going to a summer class, by choice, for extra credit. Now I just feel like curling up and sleeping for a month. the class is a semester long class about edgar allen poe, packed into 8 days. (Try writing 4 essays in 8 days!) but I guess I made this choice, so I’ll stick with it.

    June 8th, 2013 at 7:29 pm
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  134. Lexey Osborn says:

    I think homework is really bad for teenagers like us because it gets a lot of people stressed out and they can even get sick. That is why a lot of students like us barely go to school and then the teachers are wondering why we are not at school. geeee I wounder why? I am a 10th grader in high school and I get stressed out a lot because I stay up till 1:00 doing my stupid homework that the teacher assign me and then they are woundering why I don’t come to school the next day! SO STOP HOMEWORK!!!!!!!

    October 2nd, 2013 at 7:36 pm
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  135. NovaGator says:

    I work hard all week long, go to cross country practice until 5, and the come home to on average, 3-4 hours of homework. Then they assign even MORE homework over the weekend like we have infinite time! I have a life besides homework! Sometimes i have to stay up to ten studying for a test! Im in eighth grade and am in Geometry and Spanish 2. I NEED MORE FREE TIME!!!!!!!

    October 6th, 2013 at 6:20 pm
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  136. Anonymous says:

    I’m in 10th Grade and doing 1 AP, 1 Acc, 2 Honors, and an elective which assigns homework daily. I am staying up til 1 or 2 every night to get all my homework done. I am also doing 4 hours of football daily

    October 8th, 2013 at 3:18 am
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  137. JJC says:

    it is true we teens need more free time. with so much homework, we hardly have time to do anything else. and if we don’t get any social time, we tend to feel left out. i myself don’t get much homework, but i never get to go out with my friends, and so i feel more left out than anyone. as a 10th grader, i should be more involved, but i don’t get to go aanywhere, so i’m stuckin my room when i’m notin school. s really wish this weren’t true, but it is. i really really wish i could get out more…

    October 16th, 2013 at 1:52 pm
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  138. Anonymous says:

    here’s what i think i basically have activities 5 times a week
    monday: school untill 3 then go to swim practice at 6 come home at 9
    tuesday : school, mock trial, swimming then im home at 9 and stuck doing homework and i have to get up at 6:30 it bites i have so much it makes me feel like screaming the weekends never long enough how am i supposed to do homework and all the activities and still get enough sleep i envy others with more time ugh!!(sorry ranting pay no attention)

    October 26th, 2013 at 10:27 pm
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  139. vera says:

    finally i find other people who understand how i feel homework bites tons of clubs +a sport its killing me and if i miss one practice to do a homework assignment my mom gets mad contempleting killing myself though im too much of a chicken to ever do it

    October 26th, 2013 at 10:36 pm
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  140. Anonymous says:

    I honestly don’t know how much homework I have a night, because I can never finish it. It overwhelms me because I have too much, so I procrastinate or just don’t do it, then have late work because if the work I didn’t do so I then have EVEN MORE work, and then it just keeps going and going. It stresses me out majorly. Before last year when this started, I had never considered suicide, had at least decent self esteem, and had never purposely hurt myself. Now here I am. I’m fine with 10-15 math questions a night, sometimes work in other classes too. I’m not fine with 20-25 a night with work in other classes. I need less homework.

    October 29th, 2013 at 2:20 pm
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  141. Anonymous says:

    This is entirely true. I’m a high school student and maybe I shouldn’t have signed up for such hard classes, but I’m literally bawling my eyes out at 3 AM because I cannot do this anymore. Something needs to be done. I’m not over exaggerating when I say I have a minimum of 4-5 hours of homework every night. I don’t do anything anymore except homework and sleep when I can. I’m a mess, I can’t exercise, I hardly have time to make and eat a decent meal, it’s really horrible. Teachers honestly don’t understand that every other class also gives lots of homework and the only ones trying to tell the teachers are the students, but the teachers ignore us thinking we’re just whiny or whatever, when I’ve never worked so hard for passing grades in my life along with all the other kids in my grade. I’m a junior in high school.

    November 12th, 2013 at 5:54 am
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  142. Homework SUCKS says:

    I hate homework and think it is crap

    November 13th, 2013 at 8:08 am
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  143. Homework SUCKS says:

    sorry. i just dislike homework A LOT!!!! plz stop homework

    November 13th, 2013 at 8:11 am
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  144. Nikita Turner says:

    I am a senior and all my classes are online. I honestly spend all day doing my school work to turn it in on Friday. I really need time for myself and to be able to sleep and plan my wedding and deal with my 4 and 5 year old brothers and take care of my cat yet i dont. I am extremely tired and staying up till 2 am and sleeping to 9:50 am is getting to me really bad. Schools need to cut down on how much work we have to do, dont get me wrong i like school in all but not how much stress im under and everything.

    November 19th, 2013 at 5:31 pm
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  145. Anonymous says:

    Homework is a drag. I could be doing useful things like watching tv, or playing team fortress 2 on steam.

    November 24th, 2013 at 10:34 pm
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  146. Nate says:

    I think your point is very valid! I am a high school student and get 4-5 hours a night! This continues on the weekends and it feels like there is no time for friends and family. All this work is really impacting my social life and defiantly gets to you emotionally. Sometimes you just feel like a robot doing the same thing every day. My only relief is sports and music and it is a struggle to find time for practice with all the work. I am so glad you posted this article and students should band together and work on national support for this proposal. I know I will bring this up among my peers!

    December 10th, 2013 at 10:55 pm
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  147. Loïk or the HOMEWORKDESTORYER! says:

    I hate homework, it has to stop! I am 13, in Sec. 2 (Grade 8), and I see that 92% of teens and sites agree with NO MORE HOMEWORK (and I do too) and the teachers try to find good points for homework existing. But even if they have arguments worth shit and we almost all have WAY better reasons for homework not to exist anymore, but they don’t care, because they have AUTHORITY! But good thing school authority is just concrete, I mean, we could change the system out for a good one instead of that cracked rotten 1300 year-old system! So we could all be together for no more homework! Homework has nothing to do in this world or in any world (except hell (not even sure)). We just have to play against authority (but without violence) and do a world survey for no more homework. I got an English homework for January 7, after Christmas vacation! And homework in fact exists because: Teachers don’t have enough time to make the period because they correct the previous homework with us! What a friggin’ waste of time, energy and paper that lowers grades! In a few words: HOMEWORK IS A BIG WASTE OF TIME, a vicious circle that we can’t stop because of school authority!

    December 22nd, 2013 at 8:11 pm
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  148. Loïk or the HOMEWORKDESTORYER! says:

    Canadian students (such as me) + American students + All of the rest of the world’s students with 78% of us wanting BAN of homework and we can’t even stop it? Man, their authority is way too much! Almost (or totally) like school system don’t care about us at all (just read the rules).

    December 22nd, 2013 at 8:21 pm
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  149. High-School Senior says:

    When I was in elementary school I will never forget the excitement I had for learning. The happiness I got for every A I recieved on a test, and the satisfaction I got of actually learning and becoming smarter. I got straight A’s every year, even in middle school. But when I reached high school things started to change. When I’d go to my classes I noticed that my teachers weren’t “teachers”…they were more like “assigners.” Especially in the honors classes that I took, I was assigned hours of tedious homework and impossible papers. I wasn’t taught anything anymore…I was just expected to achieve with no guidance at all. I began to have these symptoms of anxiety. I wouldn’t be able to fall asleep at night for hours, I would have horrible mood swings, trouble breathing, loss off appetite, and I would cry..a lot. Why? Because I wasn’t getting A’s anymore… I was getting my first C, I was fighting to pass classes, and I was juggling that with all of the new graduation requirements that were tacked on. The homework was consuming. Even when I wasn’t doing it i was having racing thoughts of how much sleep I would be able to get and how much I could complete before I fell asleep. Education stopped being about learning, it started being about getting graded. I started having fights with my mom. She started having to call the school. It was out of my character, but it wasn’t my fault. Sophomore year was the same, only this time not as bad because I had one teacher that I’ll never forget. He gave two homework assignments the whole year and I learned more in that class than in my other classes, each year, combined. I learned the capital if every country, every characteristic of Renessaince art and architecture, every creation from the Industrial Revolution and the date it happened, and most importantly I learned the life lessons that we had to write down on the last pages in our notebook. Why? Because like a teacher is supposed to, he actually cared about my well-being and my future. Now, in my senior year, I am ready to drop out of high school. I have panic attacks everyday and have thought about suicide. I have had to get medical help for what excessive school work has done to me. I have been assigned 5 research papers this school year, and it is only the beginning of the third quarter. I have three essays due per week, on average, despite the fact that 18 and need to work for the gas that gets me to school. I haven’t learned a thing this year. My once strong dreams of becoming a student at a prestigious college that my intelligence would earn have been shot. Every teacher I have overwhelms me without sympathy. They have an entitlement that only there class matters and we have no other life or outside responsibilities. I have divorced parents and haven’t been able to visit my dad in 2 months because every weekend I spend writing papers from when I awake to when I fall asleep. and I won’t lie, I’m quite popular in high school. I’m not an outcast. I’m average person with friends that I can’t hangout with. I haven’t been able to genuinely smile and laugh with my friends for the last 6 months. I miss my friends and my family. I have recently accepted that I must go to a community college because of my grades from this senior year when I have finally lost it. I have never been able to determine my career dreams in life from all the homework I’ve been given on irrelevant matters. It’s funny how they can teach you music theory and the history of Spain yet they can’t show you how to open a bank account or apply to the college of your dreams. PLEASE, someone do something and stand up to this because God knows I don’t have anything left in me to do so. We students are not “just lazy”. I was not lazy when I got A’s in middle school and got to show my corrected test to my mom or dad with a smile, and I am still not lazy sobbing to my mom about why I may not graduate. I am intelligent and deserve a diploma and a smile on my face, and it’s a shame that all the homework I’ve been assigned during my high school experience has made it seem as though I do not. Thank you if you’ve read.

    March 18th, 2014 at 2:19 pm
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  150. Over worked says:

    I am in seventh grade. To be honest I used to love school and homework and learning new things. I remember I used to love the fact that I was always learning new things. I have always been an advanced reader and advanced in math. I loved being able to go home and read things by myself. This was until the end of third grade. Looking back on it when I see my eight year old brother doing second grade work, I want to go right back to my old teachers and ask them why. Why, did we do pointless assignments such as rewriting the same spelling word over and over again. It’s because “homework must be given in order to reinforce what is learned in class” no. This isn’t true. If this we’re the case then maybe homework wouldn’t be so bad. But honestly reinforcing something should only take ten minutes top. Instead it takes much longer. In forth grade I’m at a new school in a class for “advanced kids” which basically means we are all just your normal fourth graders, but we some how tested into advanced work class. Reason? We were all good test takers. Here I am in fourth grade and within the first week in expected to hand in a types five paragraph essay after one day. In forth grade just writing five paragraphs is hard, but now you want it typed too? Needless to say fourth grade was one hell whole. I had at least 2 1/2 house of homework per night. And apparently we are supposed to only have 10 minutes per grade, which would mean 40 minutes in fourth grade. Fifth grade was exactly the same. Then when I got to sixth grade I was thrown into a school that started at 7:25 and ended at 4:05. At this school I was bullied, had no friends, and didn’t learn anything all year. To make matters worse the homework was just mindless worksheets that were given for the sake of giving homework. All these things did was wasted my time. If it wasn’t for the fact that my parents made me do those assignments I would never have done them. Here I am now in seventh grade, at one of the best high schools in the country(BLS! Go wolf pack) of course I wasn’t going to have just 70 minutes of homework which would be the “correct” amount nope instead I have 25-30 minutes per class. At least that’s what the teachers say. Except that isn’t how it works with me. I am slow when it comes to pre-algebra what I’m taking now, so math automatically takes longer. Add on a worksheet for a class I didn’t pay attention in, very detailed notes on a chapter, essays, and probably another handout. That is probably the norm. But I guess I can’t complain I did choose to go to this school. But where had homework gotten me? I don’t study, I don’t care about my grades and if it wasn’t for my not doing most homework assignments I would have all a’s. But all homework does is drop grades. I frankly don’t care about my grades, it’s only seventh grade and grades don’t matter. But my parents care and I can’t not get good grades or the world will somehow be ruined. Seventh grade doesn’t count towards your GPA or anything. It is just a place you go before high school. All homework has accomplished for me is making me stressed when I put off the things I won’t learn anything from, and homework makes me never get enough sleep. I probably fall asleep at 12 on a good night and I wake up at 5:30. Homework does nothing but it seeks to infuriate us all.

    March 19th, 2014 at 8:57 pm
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  151. Gabriel Mendez says:

    I’m in 7th grade… ugh…. homework. The abomination that has caused me to lose my love of school, make me go to sleep way beyond my normal hours, and cause me to have a migraine every, single, day!

    I mean, maybe it’s just me, I probably don’t get as much homework as many other people. But I am SLOW when doing it. My brother causes everyone to yell in the house, which totally puts my concentration off by a mile. Then I stress out over the projects. We have to turn in a daily reading log every week, which is harder to do than you would expect, a book report every month, and a 2-5 page essay every 9 weeks.

    I could probably finish most of these quickly but i’ve been struggling in math now because we’re doing something COMPLETELY different from last year. Added onto that, concentrating in class is no easy task. My classmates talk about drugs, sex, prostitutes, “dukes” (butts), “cootchis” (vaginas), etc. I can hardly concentrate when the girl next to me is giggling her butt off about some guys “size”. Absolutely revolting.

    Anyways…. homework is pretty much daily. I could probably finish it in 1:30 – 3 hours or so if i wasn’t so distracted. I’ve been thinking about suicide on 3 occasions… I don’t like seeing my grades go down because of something that I will never learn from…

    Sorry if my wording was bad… I wrote this at 12:00 A.M. while doing homework…

    April 10th, 2014 at 12:11 am
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  152. Anonymous says:

    not to mention all of the extra pressure added on by coachs and parents

    August 11th, 2014 at 10:53 am
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  153. Shane downing says:

    Hello, I am 14 years old and in grade nine and I completely agree with this, but the only problem that I face in making this committee is getting people to join
    Any pointers would be great help
    Thanks Shane

    August 20th, 2014 at 5:30 pm
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  154. UnderStress says:

    Lately, we have been getting loads of homework cuz apparently after a holiday, there’s no time to cover up the syllable. and i can’t catch up. i ve been falling behind and now there’s so much i feel like my head’s gonna explode. i like homework. they should just have a limit cuz i don’t even want to go to school anymore. it sucks nowadays. all the teachers do is scream when i cant get my work done. maybe they should just look at the amount they are giving.>_<

    August 25th, 2014 at 8:06 pm
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  155. Anonymous says:

    Wow, thank you for writing this article. I’m in high school myself, and to be honest I would still appreciate it if my schedule was anything like that, haha. It’s only the first month of school and for the past few weeks I’ve been getting home around 4:00, then nonstop work until I go to bed which is around 2:00 am. Not surprisingly, the majority of this comes from my one AP class.

    I’m worried about how all this will affect my future. I want to be a music teacher myself after college, so if course I am very involved in our school band which includes 0 period at 7 am and soon in the future, pit orchestra and private lessons. With my slow work ability, I’m worried how I’m going to be able to manage all this. My sleep deprivation had also taken a toll on my grades, me being used to being at the top with a 4.0. Now I have already started the year with a poor note.

    If classes, AP in particular, are supposed to help you in the future, what are they doing killing you with work that makes you fail your other classes and not give you time for what really matters?

    September 2nd, 2014 at 4:31 am
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  156. Anonymous says:

    At the time of writing this it is 11:05 pm on a Saturday. I started my homework around 7:00 pm and finished about 5 minutes ago. School started 4 days ago and I already have 4 hours of homework!!! I’m a senior in high school and the past couple years in school has been built around quantity instead of quality. I spend so much time worrying about finishing the homework and focusing on pointless projects that I forget to learn the subject! When a student asked my math teacher why we don’t have class time to work she said she’s paid to teach not give us work time. What kind of bull is this? I’ve fallen asleep numerous times in class the past couple years and when caught the teachers always say school is not for sleeping. Than why is home for doing what SHOULD BE schoolwork. Instead of producing smart and happy individuals, schools are pumping out zombified, depressed young adults who can barf up facts and not know what any of it means, but hey, as long they got a B+ on that test they took in the 10th grade, right.
    If there is gonna be homework,I say around 5 minutes max for each subject, and no more.
    Sorry for the rant but I really just needed to blow some steam off.

    September 6th, 2014 at 11:14 pm
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  157. Anonymous says:

    I’m a high school junior and I am so completely overwhelmed. At the school I go to, you are expected to take AP classes if you’re on an advanced track. I’m currently taking 3 and although it’s ultimately my choice to take these, we are pressured into thinking we won’t get into college if we don’t – especially since it’s a big school. I’m extremely frustrated because my AP teachers like to say that for AP classes, most of the work is on you.This is fine. What isn’t fine is the fact that I have to sit in their classes for an hour and a half every day doing meaningless group activities and watching videos. It’s such a waste of time! Why do I need to come to school so much if the teachers are just for reinforcement? I can reinforce it myself if I can teach it to myself.
    After school, I used to be on two sports teams. I didn’t go out for them this year because 3 hours every day plus so much homework had me stressed to the point of tears. I even had physical problems. I did end up getting a part time job because my parents make me feel horrible about using their money. The job is only 3 and a half to 4 hours a night, usually only 2 (occasionally 3) school nights a week. It isn’t physically demanding at all.
    I feel completely hopeless because I need to spend every waking moment outside of my job on eating, personal care, and mostly homework. And even with this being the case, I CAN’T FINISH EVERYTHING. I always blow off something every night. Normally this happens when it’s 12 AM and I know that if I go to bed then I’ll at least get 5 and a half hours of sleep. My average is 6. Every time I hear that teenagers need 9, I laugh.
    I have math first and I struggle not only to concentrate but also to keep my eyes open because I’m so exhausted. I’m irritable all the time with my family since my nerves are always shot from doing schoolwork from 7:30 to 5, then 8:30 to 12. Don’t get me wrong; that’s no excuse. I never have time to exercise anymore and I feel horribly unhealthy – not that I’ve gained weight, I just feel different. I try to stay involved in my church but some nights I have to bring homework to youth group. I have awful test anxiety and I used to be the one who was never nervous for a test. If I want to do something with a friend, my parents make me feel guilty about it. “How much time have you spent on homework this week?” “Your grade in AP Chem is a 78, you need to bring that up.”
    And the teachers do not get it at all. They act like they’ve done more than their part by spending five hours over the weekend grading tests and use that as an excuse for their own laziness. Really? Because we spend way more than that on homework and we aren’t getting paid. My school doesn’t allow extra credit so if you screw up, you screw up. There are days when I’ve stayed home to catch up and others when I wish I could get sick so I’d have a good excuse (You get a detention after 3 absences). I know if I do that, though, I’ll end up farther behind. Kids come to school sick for fear of missing assignments and ending up with two nights’ worth of homework when they get back. Unhealthy and dangerous, but who can blame them?
    The school system sucks. The worst part about it is that I’m not even learning. I’m completing busywork, cramming for tests, and nothing is sticking. I hate to sound like such a whiny teenager but I don’t know how much longer I can take this. Whatever happened to family, friends, and knowledge? They’re gone, and youth today is a generation of mindless, test-taking robots with anxiety and depression.

    September 20th, 2014 at 8:20 pm
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  158. Madeline Faith Morgan says:


    I actually go to a unique private school in which I attend classes on Monday and Thursday, and the other days I work at home. This might sound nice, but it’s not. I am given so much homework and tests to study for that I don’t know how to handle it. The word “weekend” is something of the past. For me, it’s all week. There is never a break. Algebra is my bad subject; it takes me two to three hours during weekdays to finish, as well as much of Saturday and sometimes Sunday. Meanwhile, the other subjects are looming in the distance; I actually don’t even have time to be writing this comment–there is so much work to be done! And even though my parents are incredible and try hard to help me with my homework, I still feel so overwhelmed and stressed out. I have dreams about schoolwork, and often wake up in the middle of the night for fear I will oversleep. Actually, at times, I believe that death would be better than the prospect of going on this way. I foster an extreme passion for creative writing and an interest in piano, as well as other arts. But I hardly ever get time to pay these activities any attention; instead of being artistic, as I long to be, I have to waste my life away writing up linear equations! I’m so sick of it! Is there any way your committee can help private schools?

    Madeline Faith Morgan
    Representing the lost and suffering, overworked, exhausted spirits of private high school

    September 27th, 2014 at 9:19 pm
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  159. Sara Bennett says:

    Dear Madeline Faith Morgan,
    You are lucky that your parents are incredible. I hope you have talked to them about how “death would be better than the prospect of going on this way.” That is a serious statement and very troubling. I’m very sure you’re parents would want to know that’s how you’re feeling. Maybe you can find a school environment that works better for you OR perhaps they can help you change the current environment so that it suits your needs. Has your school shown the film Race To Nowhere? IF not, you might see whether it would be willing to. Or you can watch it yourself. It’s showing on a lot of public stations this week. Take a look here to find it near you: . At the very least, though, please please please talk to someone about your feelings. If you want, feel free to write me privately. I can be reached at sara@stophomework.com

    September 28th, 2014 at 2:13 pm
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  160. Elena says:

    Haha are you guys really complaining about 2 hours of homework? Wait till college.

    October 2nd, 2014 at 12:14 am
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  161. Savannah G says:

    I agree with all of this. I’m working on an English assignment currently & it’s on the amount of homework assigned. I’ve never read anything more true.

    October 2nd, 2014 at 11:41 pm
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  162. Eve Roche kiang says:

    I live in Ireland and I am thirteen years old. I am currently sick on a Friday ,and I am still expected to do homework and study in ALL if my subjects !! Please ban homework ????

    October 3rd, 2014 at 7:36 am
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  163. Eve Roche kiang says:

    I have to do 21 pieces of homework plus study and I’m only 13

    October 3rd, 2014 at 7:39 am
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  164. Anonymous says:

    I’m a teenager and honestly, homework is a huge pain. It causes so much anxiety and some kids in my school have jobs, which are hard to maintain with 3-5 hours of homework every night, plus an extra huge load on weekends. The little down-time we even get after school is spent rushing to do homework and finish assignments, and the weekends are spent stressing to finish all the extra work due for Monday. It’s completely unfair and stressful, especially with studying and having to actually do the work well. All of this of course on top of the 7 hours of school each day and the lack of sleep we all seem to get because of staying up late doing all the work.

    October 28th, 2014 at 11:04 pm
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  165. Anonymous says:

    I’m in 10th grade and have roughly 4 1/2 hours of homework a night. This is, as you can imagine, horrible on my mental state. I feel guilty, depressed, and stressed out of my mind. And while I’m in 3 AP classes, 2 of them give my less than 30 min of homework a night! Why do my AP classes give me less homework than my regular classes? But that other advanced class, that’s the class that gives me an hour and a half of homework per night! In one class! I understand I’m the one who chose these classes, but I’m learning more in my other advanced classes than I am in that one, and I’m getting less homework! What usually happens is that the teacher spends the hour teaching things that either don’t stick or aren’t important anyway, and what would be considered classwork in a normal class is given as homework, and you don’t have any help from the teacher because you’re at home! By the time you could ask you’re teacher for help, the assignment would be late and you could only get a quarter credit anyway! To top it all off, the teacher goes ahead and grades things she never even told us about! When taking a test over an article, she passes out an article for everyone to reference to while they analyze it. The problem is, not only is the article the writings of a mad man, she graded us on annotating the article without telling anyone! Everyone in the class got an F on that test because of that. Other classes are bad, too. Giving kids about 30-40 minutes of homework per class every night. Because I don’t have enough time in the day to finish all these, and the ones I do are usually not completed correctly, I have abysmal grades in all my classes, which in turn makes my parents think I’m lazy and restrict my ability to hang out with friends or do anything recreational. This of course stresses me out even more, and… you can see where this is going. I only wish that I could still drop this class but it’s far too late in the semester for that, and if I continue my current path I’l most likely fail 10th grade, and doom my entire future because whoever designed the school system is a big enough idiot to decide it was a good idea to entrust a person’s entire life on how smart they are when they’re 17.

    November 4th, 2014 at 3:35 pm
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  166. Caleb Coeling says:

    I agree totally! I am in 8th grade, and I work on homework from the second I get home until 10 at night! I never get enough sleep or have any free time. I’m always tired and stressed terribly. It’s hard to balance 4-5 hours of homework, Leadership Team, Student Council, the play, piano lessons and other things. I have 7 English projects, all assigned at the same time, and most of them are not even remotely related to English or the book, The Giver, that they’re supposed to be about. I am also learning the least in English, which happens to be the class that gives the most homework.

    November 7th, 2014 at 1:44 pm
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  167. Caleb Coeling says:

    What’s the point of homework in Middle School? Preparing you for High School, right? What’s the point of High School? Preparing you for college, right? What’s college for? Preparing for a job, right? People don’t use 3/4 of the stuff on the homework they had in school on a job.

    November 7th, 2014 at 1:54 pm
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  168. Caleb Coeling says:

    I can very honestly say that I have learned more from playing competitive Pokémon than I have learned from English class this year.

    November 7th, 2014 at 2:06 pm
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  169. Insomniac says:

    This year im 13, in my first year of high school (year 8)… And I feel horrible. Just drained, empty, my face feels sore, my mouth feels weird cause I NEVER smile, I ache, I take at least 1 hour to finish homework some nights yet 5 hours others… I have absolutely no creativity left in me for art at all.. I never sleep because of the endless responisbilities I have at home, (Both parents working FULL TIME!) .. I need help. I feel like i’ve lost almost all my insanity now…

    November 17th, 2014 at 9:19 am
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  170. Sara Bennett says:

    Dear Insomniac,
    Please find someone to talk to–whether it’s a parent, friend, school teacher, counselor, neighbor…. No adult in your life would want you to feel so miserable and hopefully someone will help you figure out what can give so that you have a happier existence.

    November 17th, 2014 at 3:33 pm
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  171. J. E. Ryan says:

    Since I am from the UK my schooling system is a little different, but I do believe homework is still a huge issue; on a normal day I get off school at 4.05. It takes me around 30 to 40 minutes to get home. When I get in the door I instantly do my homework. I manage to do half of it, then I have dinner. When I finish dinner, I do whatever is left and then shower. By the time I’m in my pyjamas its 9 o’clock. I go to bed at 10.30. I only get one hour and a half of breathing time, and that time is spent on the couch because I’m too exhausted to do anything else. Since I do sports every day, this means my schedule is pushed back an hour. So from Tuesday until Friday, I have a 30 minute break before going to bed.

    I am only fifteen years old, but despite my age I have already found three grey strands in my hair. I cannot sleep at night, and when I do it is restless and for a short period of time. As well as that – and you might find this very alarming – I am throwing up out of sheer exhaustion. Not because I want to be skinny, not because I want to seem ‘cool’, but because I’m so stressed by school. Here’s another terrifying fact; I am not the only girl suffering through this. All the girls in my years were talking together, and we actually got onto the subject of school. One of my friends asked, “Does anyone find that their throwing up a lot this year?”

    Everyone agreed to it.

    Even though the stress is making me violently sick, the teachers just pile it on. And since we are all in 3rd year, this means we are to study for the Junior Cert (see here if you don’t know what that is: https://www.examinations.ie/index.php?l=en&mc=ca&sc=sc). The only time I have been able to study is on a Saturday and Sunday for an hour. Why an hour? Because I have to dedicate the rest of the weekend into doing projects and even more homework.

    Why are teachers doing this to us? Isn’t it enough to feel the stress of upcoming exams? Why must you push us so hard that we feel this horrible? Because of the stress I constantly snap at my mother, I am always tired and sick, and I have zero creativity. I used to love reading books (I’d read around a hundred per year) and since this year has begun I haven’t read a thing. I can’t read a word as I’m either too drained or don’t have the time. The last book to my favourite series came out at the end of September and I haven’t even touched it. I no longer see my friends outside of school since there also too busy with homework. I no longer spend time with my family. I no longer do art or writing or anything. My life has become a boring cycle of school, sports, homework, eat, and sleep. Because of this I am the definition of miserable.

    So if a teacher is reading this, please ask yourself; why must you push children and teenagers so far as to make them physically ill?

    November 17th, 2014 at 4:11 pm
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  172. Emily says:

    I totally agree! If it isn’t bad enough that we have to go to school for 8 hours but we are expected to do about 3 more hours of work too! Homework in general is bad enough but when all but one of the core classes you’re taking are Pre- AP and AP classes? It’s impossible! I literally have not had a single day since school started in August to just sit back and relax! Mostly because I’ve gotten so used to doing nothing but homework and worrying about my grades that I’m literally not capable of thinking about anything else! It’s almost like I’m addicted to stressing over school!!!! If you guys have any advice on how to convince myself to just take a little while to relax I would really appreciate it!!

    November 18th, 2014 at 10:51 pm
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  173. Anonymous says:

    I also have to do so much homework and especially study for tests which I don’t like. But most of the time I do about 2-5 hours of studying and homework. I do have some days that I don’t have anything to do but those are about two nights a week which is pretty lucky for me considering what some people have to do. All this work is making me think about how much work I’ll have to do in college

    November 25th, 2014 at 12:23 am
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  174. Spencer says:

    Definitely agreeing. I’m an 8th grader, and I’ve never felt more depressed / stressed in my life than I am now. I don’t feel like a kid anymore, because it’s all academics, grades, and homework. My parents are totally understanding of me, which is a good thing, but for one thing, my dad told me he never took Algebra II (which is my current math class) until Junior year in High School! The teachers at my school are okay, but they assume that we learn nothing in class or something, seeing as how I’ve got about 2-3 hours usually every night. And for one thing, I can’t stand artistic projects. I’ve got moderately-high OCD, and every project I do has to be meticulous. Except I’m not a good artist, at least it takes me hours to create something good. And even when I think I can’t do any better, I don’t get the much deserved 100%! The teachers I have say that they are preparing us for the future, but how much worse could it get? I believe I am a smart kid, but this homework is not improving my knowledge whatsoever, it’s rather making me get annoyed of it. I decided I’d stumble upon this at 11 at night while I’m still doing homework, just to see if the struggle has gone beyond me. Thanks for letting me vent a little, it’s just obnoxious.

    November 25th, 2014 at 2:04 am
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  175. Jarrett says:

    Im not completely against homework. I am a 9th grader and attend a k-12 Charter school in California. I can agree homework is stressful and pointless, but maybe if the teacher knew and saw that we could do it then we wouldn’t. Now a days teachers are lazy and hand out “packets” and then check the usual a-d & e-h. My conflations is if you don’t understand it. If you don’t then you can practice it at home which is the real meaning of homework, practice. There is no point in practicing something if you know how to do it. I also truly believe that this will make students attend early and pay attention in class because nobody wants 2+ hours of homework. I am currently doing 4+ hours of homework DAILY. But I also have time to fit things in. My motion is to stop homework unless needed!

    December 1st, 2014 at 11:46 pm
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  176. Ryan says:

    hw is to stressfull and we spend 7 hours a day at school doing WORK so why give us hw when we get home from doing school work lol it makes me just wanna rip all my hw in half
    But I have to do it because if I don’t I get bad bad bad bad bad grade! ???????????????? homework is point less I already know how to do it because I did it in class????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

    December 4th, 2014 at 2:15 am
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  177. Sonic the Hedgehog says:

    I’m a sophomore in high school. I definitely agree with this. I do see quite a few people saying that homework is pointless and doesn’t teach you anything. I would disagree with that part of it. Homework is actually meant for the teachers to see if you understand the content that they’re teaching you. Also, it gives you extra practice for each skill that is given. Now, the amount that students are given? Blasphemy. I, for one, think that students should have small amounts of homework and not hours worth. I go to online school, where I have 6-7 hours worth of homework each day, on top of online lectures and meetings with teachers. I think more time should be spent with students 1 on 1 to get their understanding, not sending them home with piles of paper in their backpacks. That just seems lazy of the teachers, in my opinion.

    If I am ever a teacher, I will not assign any homework, however there might be something every once in a while that is required by the school district.

    Sonic, out.

    December 5th, 2014 at 4:13 pm
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  178. Why do you want my name... creeps! says:

    Homework is completely unnecessary. As of now, in 8th Grade, it isn’t a matter of time, but a matter of substance. The homework we are given hasn’t assisted me a single time for an upcoming quiz, assessment, or test. Rather, it sears into my head the longer it takes for me to get to it, and being in a play at the moment with five rehearsals to opening night isn’t exactly an abundance of joyful emotions. Let’s take a look at Finland, which has, or at least had, one of the highest ranked educational systems on the planet. What was one of their most famous and renowned policies? NO HOMEWORK. I think I’ve made a fair case.

    December 9th, 2014 at 2:31 am
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  179. Anonymous says:

    3 to 4 hours would be a blessing right now…I currently do an average of 6.5 hours a night. That is not just some random number I’m throwing out, I’ve been tracking the amount I’ve had per day since the school year started. Its ranged from 4 hours to 10 per day. Ten. Which means some days I wake up at 5, go to school until 2, and if I skip dinner, chores and anything else, I get to sleep at 12. There needs to be a change, and my friends have started a petition to limit homework in my town. Nothing is going to change, but it’s nice to dream.

    December 16th, 2014 at 6:10 pm
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  180. Anonymous says:

    As a junior in high school, I believe that homework is actually kind of helpful. For example, I go home and practice the math that I learned that day. If I cannot understand, then in the morning I go to my teacher and he will explain how to do the problems that I don’t understand. However, I do agree with this article that there should be 5 or less problems on how to do a certain skill before moving on. No need to use overkill on amount of problems. (If anyone has to take IB classes like me, they understand what I mean by overkill.) I hate when my Spanish teacher gives homework that has nothing to do with the days activities. I will do the homework, but once I’m done, I forget about it. So although I hate homework, I understand that it does have its uses, however the homework should be pertinent to that day’s lesson, enhance that person’s learning, and be 5 problems or less on a certain topic/skill.

    December 30th, 2014 at 9:07 pm
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  181. Anonymous says:

    I am so sleep deprived right now. Four hours of algebra a night is too much for some 12 year old kid. WTH.

    January 5th, 2015 at 10:59 pm
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  182. Anonymous says:

    Homework is a piece of shit

    January 6th, 2015 at 8:46 pm
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  183. Anonymous says:

    I’m only a freshman and I’ve already had to stay home from school at least twice because there’s WAY too much homework and I’m too tired to even function and go to school. Homework, honestly, is just a waste of time. If we even do have homework, I feel like we shouldn’t have more than an hour or maybe even half an hour per night. People always talk about how important sleep and a balanced life is. We can’t have either of them if we’re at school for 7-8 hours and STILL have 3 or more hours of homework. I think it’s ridiculous and incredibly stupid to have this much homework. Because of the massive homework load, I find myself staying up past midnight every single day, and sleep-deprived. Homework just makes us more stressed and unhappy and hate going to school.

    January 8th, 2015 at 1:38 am
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  184. Anonymous says:

    Has anyone forgotten that we are STILL kids?? Homework takes away having fun, and just hanging out with family and friends. I don’t know how many times I’ve had to skip birthday parties and hang outs and family events because I have too much homework. Homework takes the life out of us. We need time to think about and just enjoy life. Because of homework, we can’t have fun anymore, and we don’t have time to find ourselves. Homework is a stupid way for teachers to be mean to us. We already go to school for a majority of our day. Why give us so much more work to do? Homework is draining and I think that it’s stupid how middle school and high school students have so much homework these days. The amount of homework is utterly and completely ridiculous and just stupid.

    January 8th, 2015 at 1:50 am
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  185. Anonymous says:

    I have wanted to solve this problem since I began middle school because I try to enjoy learning but when your up around 2am doing homework and have to wake up at 6 am it’s a nightmare. I am now in 9th grade and I’ve got to say that I’ve done so much work it’s rediculous. Today i had two math assignments about 30min, biology Cornell notes 30min, study for Spanish quiz at least 20min, read 5 chapter of tale of a two cities and 5 questions for each chapter 1hr, and geography notes 30min. Then I get to go to bed and wake up more tired then I was before and go to school and hope I don’t have as much homework but I always do. It’s a never ending nightmare!!!

    January 8th, 2015 at 11:49 pm
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  186. Anonymous says:

    I am a highschool student who takes IBDP. I have classes from 7:45 until 4:00pm. Not only do I spend over 6 hours in school doing work I also have a ton of more homework that is given to us do at home that could take me all night to do. On top of that I still have a tutor just so I could keep up with the lesson. I feel so drained from life an no motivation to do anything anymore and am to the point where I have completely given up on myself and are letting my grades drop 🙁

    January 11th, 2015 at 9:47 am
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  187. Stressed says:

    homework is just too much after school. Giving up play time is not good. And, if you finish homework first it gets too late to go outside. There is nothing good about it … teachers are lazy and this becomes a means to give students a grade. Nothing positive about that

    January 12th, 2015 at 3:10 am
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  188. No homework says:

    Thank you! here at the GT academy i should get 1 hour of homework seeing as the grade I am in but I get four! this leads to procrastination, because I do not want to spend that much time, and when the breaks roll around I am loaded down with year – long projects…

    January 12th, 2015 at 9:52 pm
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  189. 11:36pm and not even done. says:

    I’m still up until 11:36 and I have Algebra Homework with 12 question’s that require a graph, table, and this stuff we haven’t even learned in class yet! I still have around 8 more questions to go, and after this I have english homework, then I have to fill out a sport’s form. This is extremely not fair that we deal with this every night. I noticed that my math teacher is the only math teacher in the school that gives out homework EVERY night. 🙁

    January 21st, 2015 at 2:40 am
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  190. Anonymous says:

    Homework stresses me out the most. Having to do 2-3 hours of them is just a nuisance. On weekdays the average hours I get of sleep is 5 hours. I never get time to myself these days and its aggravating.

    January 27th, 2015 at 10:01 am
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  191. Kyle says:

    Hi, I’m currently a sophomore in High school and have spent approximately 12-13 years of my life in a private school, but have recently made the switch to a public school. Throughout my years in my private schools I’ve found myself going sleepless and stressed out literally all the time, which was primarily caused by very limited time, after school activities, and numerous amounts of unecessary homework. Although my education received in private school has proven to be very useful to me now, I still do not beleive in the motives behind the mounds of homework. Now that I’m in a public school I have come to enjoy my studies more, but unfortunately I am still receiving the same amount of homework each night, which is around 5 hours on average. This may be due to me taken mostly honors classes, but even so it may not be completely necessary. Another thing we ought to consider is the fact that the individual worksheets and studying istelf is not as big of a deal, but when you add in all the tasks required of you from all your classes together, and before/after school activities along with anything else your involved with tallies up and before you know it your entire day has gone by without any free time implemented at all. Not to mention if I don’t manage to get all A’s and high B’s every six weeks and still remain active in everything else, my parents will punish me by taking away the few preveliges I have such as my personal computer and video game systems. Aren’t my parents supposed to encourage me to do well instead of condemn me to endless nights with no sleep?

    -Thanks for making this article and to all who stand up for what is good

    February 2nd, 2015 at 11:20 pm
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  192. Your mom says:


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  193. joe says:

    Thank you 🙂 I get yelled at for not getting enough sleep when i wake up at 5:30 to catch the bus and get home by 5:00 because of a sport, then do homework until 12-2am. The teachers dont know our life.

    February 5th, 2015 at 10:45 pm
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  194. Taylor Morehouse says:

    I am a high school sophomore and am completely overwhelmed with homework. there is also the fact that i am in basketball, a musical, a volunteer club, and soccer, so i never get any downtime, over the weekend i am swamped with chores and things i was unable to do over the week because if homework and activities. homework should be banned.

    February 11th, 2015 at 11:29 am
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  195. Andi says:

    Im a junior in highschool, taking two AP classes(Apush and ApLang), and this has been the worst school year of my entire life and the final exams and EOC’s haven’t even come yet. I spend about 7 hours working on homework when I get home, above the 2 1/2 hours of babysitting(not by choice) when kids are constantly around me and I can’t concentrate or even begin homework. Just finished a DBQ essay on Thursday for Apush that was due Friday, and on Friday, I was assigned ANOTHER Dbq essay that is due tomorrow as well as 58 index cards with 3-5 facts about a term, as well as two precalculus assignments that include problems that have never been addressed in class(it’s the teachers first year of teaching)so I don’t even know where or how to start on that, and then in the midst of all that I have to worry about studying for 3 other classes for their tests tomorrow. I have never been so stressed out in my life, I’ve lost my appetite, my mood has turned for the worst i don’t even want to hang out with my friends because when I have time available it’s my only alone time for the week. If I even get any because there’s loads of homework on weekends too. I have no life, my stress level is through the roof…to the point where I have to stay home at least once a week to escape it. I don’t mind spending even an hour on homework but when it’s everyday for the same amount of time I sit in school, it’s ridiculous. Something seriously needs to change because I don’t know how long my mental state will stay stable

    February 16th, 2015 at 5:03 pm
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  196. Anonymous says:

    I totally agree. I have a crazy hard teacher. I usually start my homework at 3:30-4:00 everyday. I go to bed at 10:00 and sometimes I don’t even finish my homework because I have to go to bed. One of the issues is, I never enjoy myself. I have panic attacks almost every week because of stress. I miss out on so much because of school work. One of my classmates missed a party, I missed a party, and I had to skip out on going to the beach. I am so miserable and stressed 24/7 because of school. My insane amounts of homework is causing me to have family issues because I get so on edge and I miss so many things. I really can’t wait to graduate. (I’m in 8th grade). I also have back problems because I hunch over my work for so many hours at a time. I also almost never get time to exercise which I would totally do if I had the time.

    February 22nd, 2015 at 5:17 pm
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  197. kjflags says:

    Im in elementary school and I think homework is a waste of time when you have to do stuff like taekwondo homework AND projects shouldn’t EVER have been made and I had a math project then my history teacher gives me a project I said HELL NO! I am just saying no more afterschool things ANYTIME!

    February 22nd, 2015 at 5:55 pm
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  198. kjflags says:

    Im in 4th grade and I have to do so much stuff

    February 22nd, 2015 at 5:56 pm
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  199. Veronica says:

    Alyssa Winckler, u shouldn’t contact them. At my school we have ‘study period’ and my teacher is always like 5 min late. The class in only 27 min. long. U can’t do anything. Riding the bus for 45 min is more effective.
    But yeah I TOTALLY AGREE with everyone else. I get home at 4:10 and am doing homework until 9. That’s just math. I want to from a comitee, but I don’t have time. ????????????

    February 24th, 2015 at 4:25 pm
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  200. Sally says:

    I’m in 7th grade and I occasionally sleep at 11:00 pm.
    not only homework, but projects and quizzes and tests and essays and the list goes on….

    February 24th, 2015 at 11:22 pm
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  201. Monica says:

    I’m in 12th grade, I have to prepare for my university entrance exams (which start tomorrow) and yet I had around 20 long math problems for the weekend. It’s ridiculous.

    I’ll get to go to sleep today at 1:00 am if I’m luckyand I have to wake up at 5:30am for school.

    I just hope I pass those exams.

    March 2nd, 2015 at 12:17 am
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  202. KatherineP says:

    I am a senior (12th grade) student in high school…
    I get up at 6.30, have my breakfast and prepare for school.
    I have lessons from 7.30-14.30. (but sometimes I even have to stay at school for lessons until 18:30….from 7:30)
    I have lunch after that and then get home at 15:30 and start doing my homework right away. I generally study until 3:00 am, and then I am not even finished!! I am one of the best students at school, and I learn very quickly, so I cannot even imagine the situation of those who are slow lerners…
    I usually skip dinner, because there is just no time for that… I go to bed at 3:30 and then get up at 6:30. I usually have 2 or 3 tests EACH DAY. So I have to prepare for them too. – and yes, this is high school!
    This practically means that I study more than 19 hours A DAY! And I do nothing else. And still, I cannot finish everything. Besides, I must prepare for my A-level exams and two language exams.

    Saturdays I normally go horse-riding once in two weeks, if I have the time. Other than that I study from 8:00 to 00:00… Then Sunday get up at 8:00 and keep studying. Still haven’t finished with everything.

    So basically zero social life. If I can still keep my eyes open, after midnight during the weekend (or after 3:00 am during weekdays) I can do something else than studying – for example, I love to write. But don’t have the time to do it earlier.

    I mean seriously, WHAT THE HELL? Noone could convince me that this was the same a decade ago. It certainly was not…

    How can I possibly be expected to get good grades at school, learn everything, do all the homework, pass all my exams well, keep fit, keep up a social life, engage with stuff that I personally actually LIKE to do, help out around the house, be interested in other things, AND get at least 9 hours of sleep every day???

    Someone, please let me know what I’m doing wrong…. Anyway. I find this IMPOSSIBLE.

    I must add that sometimes I work, too, in which case I get 0 hourse of sleep. There are times when I get only 14 hours of sleep a week. (which means averagely 2hrs a day)…. this is insane!!

    March 2nd, 2015 at 9:01 am
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  203. sodonewithhomework says:

    I am in 10th grade, and in science we are learning about DNA and genetics. Normally I ADORE learning about this topic, but the homework is killing my love for it.

    March 3rd, 2015 at 3:57 am
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  204. Youguysaredumb says:

    How the hell are you kids supposed to learn properly what was taught in class if you don’t do homework.

    March 12th, 2015 at 8:55 am
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  205. sodonewithhomework says:

    Youguysaredumb, the point that us teenagers are TRYING to make is that homework doesn’t help learning, it destroys learning along with our curiosity to learn new things. Homework doesn’t equal and is far from learning.

    March 19th, 2015 at 2:15 am
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  206. Anonymous says:

    Hi I’m Hachem and I suffer the same problem
    It’s holidays now and Gosh Mom and Dad force me to study HARD
    I study Maths : “Do you French homework”
    I go French : “Don’t stay at one thing you didn’t study much today go do some english writings ” and so on as my head will explode I pass 3/4 of the day when I’m awake STUDYING .
    It’s massive Stress and what’s worse, I can’t read stories, Mom says :”Stories are useless now, go learn the theme’s full vocabulary instead !”
    I mean, No computer unless I do my project, No IPad unless It’s night .
    Do you believe I wait EVERYONE to sleep at night to watch few videos on Youtube “Maybe” to entertain my self ?
    It’s hell here, extreem hell
    I mean this is holiday I wonder how’s the deal at college when the holidays are done …

    March 19th, 2015 at 4:21 am
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  207. kjflags says:

    i fucking hate homework cause i have things to do

    March 21st, 2015 at 10:56 pm
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  208. Anonymous says:

    My parents make read the textbooks even though I don’t understand the lesson. I mean what is the point in reading material that you do NOT understand ahead. A comment above states how teachers are paid to teach us, not textbooks. Either way teachers make it really hard on us

    March 25th, 2015 at 8:51 pm
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  209. Jackson Doyel says:

    School has made me want to beat myself, it makes me feel so stressed and pathetic, I feel more stress and rage rather than actually learning a single damned thing. I usually only sleep about five hours a night, we receive so much work it takes up my entire evening, and even then it’s hard to maintain A’s and B’s. Homework is a necessity, no doubt, but this is ridiculous. It needs to stop.

    March 27th, 2015 at 12:39 am
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  210. Anonymous says:

    These are great points but honestly with all the homework and activities I am involved in there is no time to do this much work to stop the homework issue. With relation to the time I have I will get nowhere in my efforts.

    March 30th, 2015 at 9:18 pm
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  211. Charlotte says:

    THIS POST IS ON POINT! I am in year 9 (3rd out of 5 years in high school) and no doubt I will be getting a job soon so I won’t have enough time for anything. GUESS WHAT… WE ARE HUMAN. We can’t be expected to get up at half six in the morning and function for a whole 6 to 8 hours in school, do whatever after school activities we have, do all our homework, get 9 hours of sleep and still have free time plus having a job would take up loads of time. It makes us stressed and depressed. SCHOOL SHOULD NEVER COME BEFORE OUR HEALTH. Our health is so so much more important but yet school takes over it. I have awful anexity and often have panic attacks in class (I can’t see or breathe, my body collapses and my body shakes for about 5 mins), an eating disorder, depression an I feel there is no meaning to live anymore. You know what? I am very proud of myself for getting out of bed in the morning and actually going to school when I want to die because that is not easy.

    March 31st, 2015 at 5:15 pm
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  212. Charlotte says:

    In addition, the only free time we have is at night so we go on our phones at night on Instagram and Facebook etc and don’t get much sleep. It is stupid I hate school it ruined my life I hate my life

    March 31st, 2015 at 5:19 pm
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  213. Charlotte says:

    Should be an hour a night of homework. I’m going to write to school and tell them to start a homework club after school every Wednesday (we go home from school an hour early on Wednesday) so people can get some of it done. I spend about ten hours a week on homework so it not bad for me but for some of you it is awful. If I could get an hour done at school it would be great so I would be 2 hours a day on weekends.

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  216. Brooke says:

    I hate homework and one week we had a new paper to write in the same week all due the next day. Its like all my teachers want me to stay in from outside and work on homework all weekend.

    April 1st, 2015 at 9:31 am
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  217. Chloe says:

    This article confirms what I and I’m sure plenty of other people all feel. I mean it’s insane when you actually add up the amount of work we receive. I’m in 8th grade and our teachers are giving us (13 and 14 year olds) usually about 5 hours of homework. Seriously a low amount of homework for us would be about 3 hours. I’m so stressed right now though because I just did a musical tonight and I was at the theatre from the moment after school till 10:30 pm and I got home at 11:00 pm and now I’ve got 5 hours of homework to do. Oh joy

    April 2nd, 2015 at 11:35 pm
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  218. Chloe says:

    School isn’t about learning anymore it’s about passing

    April 2nd, 2015 at 11:36 pm
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  219. Anonymous says:

    This is too true and it really pisses me off. During weekends, I get assigned way too much work and other things to do, leaving me no time to hang out with friends or enjoy myself. On breaks, almost every teacher I have assigns a HUGE packet, due the day we get back and to be graded. This absolutely kills the fun of a break, as I am either working on the packets or stressing about them the entire break long. It makes me wonder how the teachers would feel if we loaded them down with packets to do over their breaks.

    April 6th, 2015 at 7:58 am
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  220. Anonymous says:

    Exactly. And the part about a “homework designator-” that’s not happening. My teachers tell me that they don’t care whether we have multiple large assignments at once because they need their stuff done THEN and THERE with no room for waiting or wiggling. I don’t know if this is just BS or if it has to do with Common Core (which is also BS) but I’m getting sick of having little to no down time after school.

    April 6th, 2015 at 8:04 am
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  221. anonymous says:

    I get too much homework, at our school the homework is supposed to take 1 hour a day! That would be heaven! But I had to leave all of my clubs and free time for homework. THIS ISN’T RIGHT!!! We have 25 hours of learning a week already! I do 8 hours a day and my parents sometimes ban me from doing any more. My class only spends 0-2hours on it except 3 people including me but only because they’re dyslexic! Homework has taken my life! Especially French and Spanish vocab tests, they kill me last time I spent 5 hours revising and got 3/10 I had to write 35 words as punishment for not trying! ????

    April 7th, 2015 at 12:35 pm
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  222. Anonymous says:

    I agree, i get like, 3 different homework, when i finish one i got the two others, i finish the second one (but barely) and theres no time left for the last one, which causes me to fail my class and ends up in my parents yelling at me and removing stuff

    April 9th, 2015 at 7:15 pm
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  223. Emoteensuicidebvbilycuttingmyself says:

    Homework SUCKSSSSSS!!!!! I am in 2nd grade and my teacher gives us too many coloring pages! I’d rather listen to bvb (aka THE BEST BAND EVRRR RR!!!) and cut myself. I Ms. Kroger I WILL HAUNT YOU WHEN I DIE!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 16th, 2015 at 11:16 am
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  224. katherine grygiel says:

    Dear stop homework.com, I am in complete agreement with what you have posted. Teenagers are left with basically no time to do anything they want and are left depressed, prone to anxiety and overtired day after day. Im glad we share similar thoughts.
    thank you.

    April 16th, 2015 at 11:28 am
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  225. Emoteensuicidebvbilycuttingmyself says:

    I hate my life!!!!!!!!!!!!! Homework done iz suuuuper badddddddddd

    April 16th, 2015 at 11:31 am
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    I agree with Emoteensuicidebvbilycuttingmyself they are absolutely correct HOMEWORK SUCKSSSSSSSSS!!!!!

    April 16th, 2015 at 12:38 pm
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  227. homewrkhater says:

    I agree with all of you. Homework is a waste of time! I have not been able to see any of my friends for almost half a year because my grades got bad, my phone and electronics were takin, and I have been a complete DB for months!! I am literaly typing this while I’m sopposed to be writing a persuasive essay. ABOUT HOMEWORK!!!! It’s just too much. I get home from school everyday and get to work on hw and it takes until 19:00 on a day when im goin as fast as I can, and I get home around 14:45!!(sry for the military time, I wana join da navy so im practicing, that’s 7 and 245) Im only in 7th grade and I wana run away and live off my friends and a deadbeat job at a restaurant for the nxt 5 yrs!! I am deeply sorry to anyone else who is in my situation or anything like it. But like I keep telling myself, JUST HANG ON!! Your stil going to turn 18 and be able to do whtevs w/ the rest of your life. But really, im going to take their advice and bring this up w/ my school. jst not my parents, who think it is all perfectly justified, reasonable, and just plain acceptable. WTH??? Alright, back to my damn essay. That’s already a day late.UUUUUUUGGGGGGHHHHHHHH!!!!! >.< :'(

    April 16th, 2015 at 6:08 pm
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  228. homewrkhater says:

    If anyone has any tips on how to deal w/ this bs PLEEEAAASE tell me!! I wil check this every day for help, ’cause I need it!!

    April 16th, 2015 at 6:10 pm
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  229. homewrkhater says:

    stp da hw!!!

    April 16th, 2015 at 6:14 pm
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  230. Anonymous says:

    Dear homewrkhater,
    I’m sorry to hear that homework is getting you down. You definitely should talk to your teachers about it. I also suggest you try to get together with some of your friends and, as a group, approach your teachers and talk about how much time homework takes and how it interferes with your ability to do other things besides school and school work.
    As for getting support from others online, I suggest you take a look at the stophomework facebook group. More people talk to each other there than they do here:
    As for your parents, would they be willing to do their own research about homework? Perhaps you could tell them about this website, or point them to a few articles online about homework. They will learn that homework is not the be all and end all and that there is actually very little research showing any correlation between homework and academic achievement. However, there are many people just like your parents who believe that if their kids don’t do homework, they’ll end up flipping burgers for the rest of their lives. While that’s not true, it’s very difficult to get people to change their minds about beliefs that they’ve held for most of their lives. I know! I’ve been talking and writing about this issue for many many years (almost 20), but, sadly, education policies haven’t changed very much.
    I wish you lots of luck!

    April 16th, 2015 at 7:20 pm
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  231. homewrkhater says:

    Dear Anonymous:
    Thank you for the advice I will definitely try your suggestions. This should help with many of my problems.

    April 17th, 2015 at 3:17 pm
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  232. Sara Bennett says:

    Dear Homewrkhater,
    I was the person who responded to your comment. Just a glitch that my name didn’t show up.
    Good luck and let me know what happens!
    Sara Bennett

    April 17th, 2015 at 4:54 pm
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  233. homewrkhater says:

    OMG! Thank you so much

    April 18th, 2015 at 8:42 am
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  234. homewrkhater says:

    I definitely will

    April 18th, 2015 at 8:43 am
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  235. Anonymous says:

    OMG! I totally agree with you. I am a 7th grader at Middle School and I am packed with homework every night. It is horrible. I had 3 surprise projects that I our teacher told us the day before it was do! Thx. I love you!!

    April 22nd, 2015 at 5:26 pm
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  236. Anonymous says:

    TOOO MUCH HOMEWORK!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  238. Anonymous says:

    I’m diagnosed with ADD. I go home with homework in 5 out of my 7 classes, daily. I spend anywhere from 3 hours to 6 hours an afternoon doing homework. I have no time for hobbies. I have no time for exercise or time outside. I am also sleep deprived. Something needs to change, and quick!

    April 28th, 2015 at 9:16 pm
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  239. Anonymous says:

    I have about two hours of homework every night after eight hours of school. On top of that, I have a half-hour to an hour of piano practice, three hours of reading, and sometimes even chores after that. Most of the time, I also have this big Language Arts project or a test to study for, too. What does that leave? About 5 minutes of socialization and free time, spent getting ready for bed. That means the only time for freedom is in the middle of the night in complete secrecy, leaving me with little sleep on top of my insomnia disorder. And guess what? I wake up so worn out the next day just to do it all over again.
    Thanks for the website, and letting me know I’m not alone. I join the revolution!

    April 29th, 2015 at 6:47 pm
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  240. Mayda says:

    At my school I take all honors classes.I have 4 academics and 4 electives. I take 2 electives each day but it switches on and off every other day. I recently got kicked out of my honors classes because I wasn’t doing the extra “honors” work. After 7 hours of school and 3 hours of soccer I am too tired mentally and physically to even open a book and attempt do my homework. I’ve stayed up till 2 am the past 4 nights trying to get a project done and i think it’s starting to effect my mental health. I have really bad anxiety and stress so when something is late I freak out. My essay has been 10 days late and its come to the point where I don’t even talk to my friends and I start worrying about the long term effects. My mom is getting mad and saying I’m depressed because I won’t hang around by my family when really I’m trying to make up all my missing work, but she thinks I use that as an excuse. I hate when teachers are like I give you homework to refresh your memory. Ok first of all teenagers aren’t that stupid and they won’t forget everything over night. I know sometimes we don’t pay attention in class, but did u ever think that maybe it’s because we go to a place we don’t like aka school at 7:30 in the fricken morning!! and then go to bed around 12:30. If you want us to pay attention more in class don’t give us huge stacks of homework that will make us lose sleeping time at night cause I’m pretty positive we will be making up that lost sleep in their classroom and fall even more behind. So do humanity a favor and stop the useless homework.

    April 29th, 2015 at 7:49 pm
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  241. Anonymous says:

    And guess what?? I do many extra-curricular activities normally, but I had to quit a lot of them because I wanted more free time, but it really didn’t make much of a difference. Then, it ALL comes back to the parents, who always push you to do ALL of your homework, AND do as many activities as there are available. Well, I just CAN’T! My dream is to become a gamer on YouTube and meet many of my favorite Minecrafters, and I get SO close to meeting some, but then I hear from upstairs, “COME UP HERE AND READ YOUR 86 CHAPTERS!” I mean, I love my parents and all, but this is ridiculous. Now that I’ve seen many comments about high school and college being stressful and unhealthy, bye bye to my dream. It’s all homework, and us teens should do something about it. If you are reading this comment, make a stand against the people who govern this “life” of school. I wish I could now, but I’ve got to read my 86 chapters. Good luck to all.

    April 29th, 2015 at 8:45 pm
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  242. Kitty says:

    Homework stresses me out so much, it cuts me off from hanging out with my friends, over the last term we’ve been learning about our identities and who we are, I struggled so much with this becuase I have no idea who I am, school work takes up so much of my time that I haven’t figured myself out yet, I’m in grade 8 so I know that the amount of work I get will only get worse but sometimes I feel like I just can’t do it anymore ;-; I strongly agree with less homework.

    May 3rd, 2015 at 9:41 am
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  243. Alyssa says:

    I have completely no time for me after finishing school work, all I want to do is cry. I can’t even focus in class because I’m thinking about how much I have to get done. People really underestimate how much stress teens have & they think we shouldn’t or don’t really have any just because we don’t have to worry about bills & our school work is so easy. “Your homework is so easy!” But then parents contradict themselves “I can’t help you, I don’t know how to do this, its too hard.” Honestly why do I need to know the quadratic formula or anything past multiplication, division, subtraction, addition, & square roots to get through life? I don’t plan on become a mathematician. There is no point in half of the stuff they teach us in math & I feel like that’s honestly the main problem with school, math. Math is too complex, sure kids can do it, but what’s the whole point? They won’t remember 3/4 of it. School has sunk me into such a great depression I’ve attempted suicide, I have other complications in my life besides figuring out why Johnny bought 40 watermelons.

    May 4th, 2015 at 6:35 pm
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  244. Anonymous says:

    I am a freshmen in highschool (9th Grade) and I cannot get any free time without paying for it later. I have one teacher, who as admittedly awesome as he is, sometimes puts things on tests that we just learned the previous day. When I don’t finish my homework, there’s the “You had all day to do it” excuse. No I didn’t. Here is my problem right now. My parents made me sign up for track and field, which has numerous downsides. First of all, I HATE it. Second, it takes up a ton of time. Third, when I get home from school (in the EVENING), I’m so tired from running and being at school for 7 hours before that I just don’t have the energy to do all my homework at a good quality. Fourth, I’m really interested in learning how to code, but I don’t have the time, so I have to wait until summer. I feel like I have to waste my time doing all this until I have time to learn about something I’m actually interested in and that I see as a potential career. I’m wasting time waiting for time. Fifth, I’m stressed out. My parents have been upset with my apparent “attitude” because I’m not thrilled to have to do chores and mow our oversized lawn, on top of EVERYTHING ELSE, so they took away my PS3 (literally unplugged it and hid it somewhere) and are considering selling it. I hardly ever have time to use it anyway, but they always find a way to blame everything on videogames, when my REAL problem is that I don’t have time for anything because they make me do all these extra-curricular stuff! I just wanna come home everyday and go to sleep and forget about everything!

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  245. That one guy says:

    I don’t like homwork

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  246. Cadie says:

    As A middle school student, I can honestly say I agree with this. Almost every night I am up past midnight, usually to one or two AM, finishing only my English homework. The rest I must use a study hall for. I believe we have too much homework a night, and it must stop. The only after school activity I participate in is track, which goes until about 5:15-5:30 every night.

    May 14th, 2015 at 5:29 am
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  247. Matt says:

    I hate homework fuck

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  248. Kristy says:

    There is too much pressure, the teachers expect far too much, as someone who works a 20 hours a week part time job on top of high school, it’s physically and emotionally draining trying to keep up with schoolwork. They should definitely cut down the amount of homework they hand out

    May 21st, 2015 at 4:03 pm
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  249. Wynn says:

    As a freshman in high school taking honors courses I completely agree with this article. Furthermore, I’m also on varsity cross country and track and am a member of multiple extracurriculars. After school and sports I get home at 6:30 and then I have homework that usually lasts until at least 10:30 and can ever go as far as 1 or 2 am. In my school, over half of students play a sport or are involved in a time consuming activity, and we all face this problem. With buses coming at around 6:40 am and zero period starting at 7, the average student at my school gets between 4 and 7 hours of sleep, and spends 4-10 hours on homework over the weekends. We need change, and quite frankly, at this point I don’t know how much longer I can take this.

    June 3rd, 2015 at 7:21 pm
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  250. Anonymous says:

    I am a high school student, and I think you all have it easy. I spend 10 hours in school, starting from 7am – 5pm, and if we include the time to prepare for school, I actually wake up at 6am, which is too early however you look at it. Since teenagers need more sleep, I’d say 9 hours, that forces me to sleep at 9pm, and it leaves me at least 4 hours of time to do everything else. Also, when buying the requirements for the next day, for some subjects it isn’t so easy. Some items aren’t easily acquired, so I have to spend at least one hour for those. Its already 6pm, and sometimes it will already be dark out. If you’re like me, you’d hate staying late because it increases the chances of encountering danger. Now, I have 3 hours left, and when I get home, I still have to do assignments and projects, and study, leaving me barely enough time to actually sit and relax at all. I actually wish for an 8am – 3pm class, because my school’s schedule is too dragged out and is simply just too long. I cannot relax, and currently, I am so stressed and I lack so much sleep.

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  251. Anonymous 3901 says:

    It’s a good way to get us studying but not always, as it may add stress. Teens need their own time for doing their own thing (say post stamp collecting). Without homework dominating their spear evening time or weekends. But just do homework anyway there are great benefits such as good grades.

    June 29th, 2015 at 7:22 am
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  252. Piz Kesch 3412 says:

    It’s a good way to get us studying but not always, as it may add stress and lack of sleep. Teens need their own time for doing their own thing (say post stamp collecting). Without homework dominating their spear evening time or weekends. But just do homework anyway there are great benefits such as good grades.

    June 29th, 2015 at 7:23 am
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  253. Anhad Naad says:

    Stop homework. We go to school for more than 6 hours a day, so what’s the need of homework? Homework just makes our life more stressful and destroys the enjoyment of holidays. Sometimes our homework goes up to late night and we don’t get enough sleep.Homework should be banned throughout the world.

    July 1st, 2015 at 3:18 am
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  254. Jamichael says:

    Please help reduce hw. I just want more freetime. Not evan for me mostsly. My lil Bro just turned 7 I can help him with his hw but when it comes to mine i just don’t have enough time to do anything with him like play catch basketball football or just talk. Now I know your thinking what about you’re dad well he passed away when I was ten so all the things I got to learn from him can be only taught to my bro thru me which again I don’t have time for because when I finish at 2 I go to bed and wake up at 5 the next day to do it all over again please help this sucks

    July 31st, 2015 at 1:43 am
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  255. Innama says:

    Hiii i am innama i think that teachers will give us too much homework and they dont think that what impact should be create on their studets their health may be disturbed so i dont say that teacher should give hw they give but they dont give toooooooooooooooo much hw

    August 9th, 2015 at 11:39 am
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  256. Allie says:

    I’m only in 6th grade and at my school teachers are really hard on students. We are given 1 or 2 assignments every day in most of my classes! We barely have time to socialize in school and I’m so stressed. School starts again in a WEEK. And I still haven’t finished my school math packet which and 17 pages FRONT & BACK mostly every page! Not to mention we have to complete about 40 LONG division problems! I not sure I’ll ever finish! And I’ve even though of using a calculator but that makes me feel super guilty, and even if I were to cheat we have to show our work for EVERY SINGLE problem! It really sucks! I hope I finish because last night I stayed up till 3:41 am working on my packet and passed out in my desk chair. I really hope I finish… 🙁

    August 20th, 2015 at 3:28 pm
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  257. Allie says:

    Anyways I know I’m only going into 6th grade and I pray for highshoolers who get a lot more then I am. I though summer was to take a BREAK from school? It’s not acceptable to give such HUGE packets to kids my age.

    August 20th, 2015 at 3:33 pm
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  258. Marisa Lugo says:

    Im in junior high and the amount of homework is insane!! i am always freaking out and pacing because i am overwhelmed this is all true we get at least 4 hours of homework

    August 25th, 2015 at 9:04 pm
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  259. Anthony Curnow says:

    I am a freshman at Cypress Bay High School. I get 3 hours of homework every day, but with my ADD it takes me 5 hours to complete it. When I get home from school I immediately fall asleep because I’m so stressed and tired. I don’t wake up until 9pm and even now, typing this at 1am I am bawling my eyes trying to stay awake, five hours of homework looming over my head that I have to get done before school starts. If I’m lucky I might be able to take an hour long nap, but most days when I go to school I haven’t slept in 24 hours. Please, abolish homework. I can’t go on like this.

    September 4th, 2015 at 12:00 am
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  260. Anonymous says:

    I agree I’m taking IB Art this year and the amount of work we have to do is rediculous 4 projects and 25 pages in a journal I know it’s IB but that’s way to much I’v been doing it all summer which completely gave me no time for anything and school starts tomorrow and I’m not even close to being done I’v been so stressed out and in tears several time I’m never going to finish it because it all needs to be handed in tomorrow And I’m not close to being done I really want to drop the class but don’t want people to judge me or disappoint anyone I don’t know what to do I need help

    September 7th, 2015 at 10:27 pm
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  261. michletelo says:

    five hours of homework looming over my head that I have to get done before school starts. blogcomments

    September 8th, 2015 at 4:08 pm
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  262. HOMERWORK:( says:

    Hi my name is melody. I 100% agree i never get time to hang out with my family . I go home i take a shower, then i go straight to my homework . i usally spend 7 hrs of doing homework. i just wanna know whats wrong with wanting to hang out with family. (crying) i barely even have time to eat. i think its making me deppresed (crying)

    September 9th, 2015 at 4:52 pm
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  263. HOMERWORK:( says:


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  265. Anonymous says:

    I’m a junior in high school who has always taken AP and Honors courses in school. Every day I go to school, and when I get out I have 3-6 hours of sports practice, and then I get home to 7 or more hours worth of homework and the cycle continues. It’s only the first full week of school and I’m extremely sleep deprived and upset. I’ve been awake for 5 days trying to complete a single English assignment that is due tonight. Stop the insanity plEase !!!

    September 11th, 2015 at 6:42 pm
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  266. Matt says:

    I am a Sophomore at a nationally ranked high school where we are encouraged heavily to participate in extra-circulars while juggling the homework of 4-6 classes everyday. My freshman year I was involved in two extra-circulars one of which being football, from 7am to 3pm I am was in classes just learning and getting assigned endless amounts of homework, then from 3pm to 6pm I was at football practice everyday of the week, next I would come home so tired I would shower and lay in bed until I felt that I had a semi-sufficient amount of downtime before I started my homework which would often be at 9pm, then I would struggle to fight off being tired from the long day and try to complete my three hours worth of homework. Usually I would get 30 minutes of that homework done and after that I would try to find time to watch a single episode of a T.V. show and get to bed around 12am to get up around 6am giving me only 6 hours of sleep, or 2/3 the recommended amount. Stress from this lifestyle built up and boy did I see results of it. I failed a quarter of my English class of which the other quarter I got a D+ in, I had a D in Spanish and History at times throughout the semester, I only received an A in P.E. and Intro to Business. As a result of my poor grades I was robbed of my lunch which starved me and gave me 40 less minutes a day to socialize. My gpa for Freshman year was around 2.4 however in 8th grade I went to a private school with a weighted scale where a B there is an A at my high school and I was on honor roll all four quarters receiving a gpa of around 3.5. My sophomore year I am involved in two non-athletic activities which is much better but still brutal, everyday I go to the local library right from school and spend at least two hours there to only get most of my homework done because when I come home if I don’t have book work left I have two hours of reading for English which I refuse to do because I need time to relax and experience life. On top of that I have drivers ed and I will soon need a job to support my use of a car not to mention the idea of hanging out with friends. I refer to the life of a high school student as the struggle. I can perform as expected but only under extreme stress I fear I will burn out soon I just wish administrators were more competent in America. I would love to organize a committee but I don’t have time or a loud enough voice. This is a huge error in the American way of education by the time educators see results of this it will be to late for those of us in school now.

    September 13th, 2015 at 9:45 pm
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  267. Olivia says:

    This is 100% true. I’m only a freshman and I was up until 2 AM doing homework this morning/last night. I got 4 hours of sleep. I come home from school, and since I’m involved in my school dance program, I have about an hour to get changed, have a snack, and get started on my work. Then I go to dance for an hour. After that it’s around 5 and I’ve barely touched on my homework. I’m in all honors. I take around 45 minutes to practice piano, then I do my work until 7. At 7 I eat dinner and then go back to homework at around 8. Sometimes I have to write an essay, sometimes I have to do a science lab, sometimes both. These take time. I should be in bed at 10 to get 8 hours of sleep. Hah. As if! After the huge pile of homework and projects I get, I ALSO have to study for tests- one in each subject maybe every two weeks or so. A different test every day. By then it’s at LEAST 12. Somewhere along there I find a little time to relax and watch Netflix for maybe 45 minutes or scroll through Instagram. I’ve even found myself taking naps. This is completely ridiculous!! How am I supposed to perform well if I’m falling asleep on top of my textbook in class? I don’t think I’ve gone to sleep before 12:30 once this whole school year.

    September 16th, 2015 at 2:22 pm
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  268. Anonymous says:

    I agree fully. The only thing about my school is that we have 5-6 hours of work a night, and we are swamped on the weekends too. Cell projects, hours of 30 part math problems, three-fold MLA paragraphs, you name it, I have to do it. I’m getting no more than 4 hours of sleep a night and my grades are suffering as a result of it. Ending the battle against homework will probably end up saving more than two full day’s worth of time for sleeping and doing what I enjoy. I never have more than 30 minutes to do what I want per day. They make us wake up at 6:00 am too 🙁

    So yeah. I agree.

    September 17th, 2015 at 6:52 pm
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  269. Anonymous says:

    (Same guy as above)
    The stress is so great I curl up into a ball and cry, almost every night. And that’s not with any sports practice or anything. For once, I’m glad I’m non-athletic O_O

    I just can’t deal with all of this bullsh*t homework.

    I’m only 5 weeks into my freshman year in highschool. Help ;-;

    September 17th, 2015 at 6:57 pm
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  270. Anonymous says:

    I have another point to prove.

    I ask my parents, my sisters, everyone I know. Nobody can figure the homework out. Seriously, they expect 14 year olds to protect the Earth by creating “Lines of best fit” and plugging the equation into a Laser cannon to destroy asteroids?

    Yes, that is a legitimate math problem. LASER CANNONS GIVEN TO TEENAGERS. Dafuq, commoncore?

    Almost every problem in homework nowadays has like 10 parts. So even if we did get 5 problems a night, it would be more like 50.

    I’m going to go cry now, because the stress on my shoulders is triggering my Bipolar, Chronic Depression, and Anxiety disorders, all of which were born of stress in the first place.

    Send help ;-;

    September 17th, 2015 at 7:08 pm
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  271. John Smith says:

    3-4 hours of homework each night?

    I wish.

    I have up to 6 hours of homework on some nights…

    September 18th, 2015 at 3:53 am
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  272. anonymous says:

    This couldn’t be more true. I can’t think of a time during the day where I can just lay down and relax. I can barely find time to shower some days. I am able to call my friends once a week, if that often, and the call can usually only last about 10 minutes. Sometimes I break down and cry because of the stress. I feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day for me to do everything that needs to be done – however, since time can’t be added – schools need to realize we are kids, not robots, and that to live we require sleep. But with all the homework people start pulling ll nighters and stuff and I just really hope some school teacher or principal sees this because I personally am struggling right now, i feel overwhelmed and sometimes I just want to cry.

    September 20th, 2015 at 6:54 pm
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  273. High School Senior says:

    This weekend:
    School, Haircut, College campus tour, Date night with my girlfriend
    Last Annual Father-Son Canoe Trip for guys in my class (7:00-9:00)
    Church, Work at my part-time job, Homework time
    This weekend’s homework:
    First Block- Five page paper assigned Thursday, Due Monday
    2nd Block- 100+ question take home physics test given Friday
    3rd Block- Senior Project Internship (I hate to imagine what it would be like if I had another class that gave homework)
    4th Block- Chapter 3 was due Friday, Chapter 4 was due Monday, now Wednesday (1 Chapter= 4 homework sets and an online quiz)
    Schoolwide Homework- Post Seminar Assignment due Monday

    I understand that I attend an academic magnet school, but I also like to have a life every once and a little while. I googled “too much homework” while looking up a quote for my paper, found this, and thought I’d put in my two cents to focus my thoughts.

    September 20th, 2015 at 9:59 pm
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  274. High School Senior says:

    To clarify the Canoe Tip was in fact 7AM to 9PM, the point being that it consumed the entire day

    September 20th, 2015 at 10:03 pm
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  275. Bonnie Myers says:

    Yeah its true,im in 6th grade and we have a teacher who gives us a crapload of homework 5 exercise sheets in Math,(front AND back)5 words copy x3 times in English and one HUGE text to learn to say out loud in History.Plus to learn 6 theories in Science and one problem also to solve in Math.This sucks we need to stop im against homework hate me all you want im telling my opinion.I only get 4 hours of sleep which isnt normal for my age,Sometimes i’ll stay up until 3 AM and finish homework and I cant even hang out with my friends on the weekends neither go out and Im super stressed out to the point of crying and puking I have anxiety and my mom pressures me and yells at me when I try to explain that im tired and my head hurts and she’ll get me grounded i’ve gotten to the point of starving myself for homework and this isnt good im AGAINST HOMEWORK!!!

    September 24th, 2015 at 7:23 am
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  276. .ashes. says:

    It’s 1:30am, I have five exams tomorrow, I’ve been busy all night, an I still have to study for three of them, do 2 packets, an online assignment, and an outline all before tomorrow. This or something like it has happened every single night for the past 3 weeks, and I haven’t gotten over 4 hours of sleep per night since school started. I love how the school system values formulas and state tests over the health, welfare, and happiness of teens. No one has a social life anymore, and if you do, it’s looked down upon among many teachers, since the kids who actually hang out places sometimes typically can’t also have good grades (there just isn’t enough time). This whole system is so entirely pointless and so many teens in America are so stressed and struggling all the time to try to fit it all in when we just can’t. If you are a teacher and you’re reading this, take a second to realize that you’re screwing up people’s mental and physical health by stressing us out so much. I swear this is just one big rat race to nowhere.

    September 25th, 2015 at 12:38 am
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  277. .ashes. says:

    Also can I just say that the whole system so completely doesn’t work for people with a great big fun combo of anxiety, add, ocd, and depression…I haven’t had a day without breaking down and sobbing for a while since the first day of school. They’re convinced the only reason we’re stressed is because of bullying or something but it’s the hw!
    the time stamp is wrong on this just putting that out there it’s 1:43 not 12:43

    September 25th, 2015 at 12:43 am
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  278. Anonymous says:

    Yes. I totally agree that teens need less homework. There doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day for school, work, homework, and sleep. Something usually has to be sacrificed, and that something is SLEEP.
    I have a few health problems and low energy to begin with, but add working after school and staying up late to do homework, followed by having to wake up at six in the morning to get ready for school, and that’s a recipe for feeling worse and worse by the day.

    I actually had to call in sick for work on a Saturday, just so I could sleep in and use those extra free hours to do homework instead. I have no such thing as a social life; I would only consider spending a few hours to hang out if it was during a winter/spring break or something. The hobbies I used to pursue actively (videogames, reading, knitting, etc.) in my younger years have all fallen by the wayside, and I don’t even bother spending time watching television anymore. The mindless activities that help me relax now stress me out instead, because that is time taken away from homework, and ultimately sleep.

    And they say it gets worse in college . . .

    September 26th, 2015 at 7:28 pm
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  279. Bailey says:

    3 to 4 hours of homework a night is considered bad? I’m lucky if I have less than 7 or 8, and I’m a senior in high school. And that’s just doing the day to day assignments. I don’t even have time to study for tests. The problem is way worse for those of us in AP or advanced classes. We get all of the homework while the people in lower classes who need it get hardly any. Why are the kids who don’t need the extra help getting all of the extra work?

    September 29th, 2015 at 6:45 pm
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  280. PZ Es Cool says:

    Homework is the worst thing in the world. I’m only in 7th grade and we get essays and 40 questions per sheet of homework everyday. Even on weekends. I mean I am sort of ok with the weekday homework (not that much) but then over the weekend I am piled up with more homework then the week. WORDLY WISE WHYYYYY?

    September 29th, 2015 at 9:15 pm
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  281. Ralph DAWG says:

    I normally have 3-4 hours of this torture on weekends. Because I split it amongst the 2 days. On weekdays I could be up till 11 or 12 doing stupid math homework that isn’t needed

    September 29th, 2015 at 9:17 pm
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  282. Chapter 9 says:

    I agree with everything. Homework is BOGUS. People need social time and time to hang out. They should allow kids to do homework in class and if not finished tossed in the trashed on a reasonable basis

    September 29th, 2015 at 9:18 pm
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  283. victor kahn says:

    I’m a high school student and a football player, and am having to deal with personal problems and friends problems and family problems. and then I come home and do homework til literally 3:00 in the morning and I just want to relax and go to bed. so I would like homework to go away.

    September 30th, 2015 at 7:20 pm
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  284. Irritated High School Student says:

    I agree with you Andrew Self, the fact that we get loaded with homework over the weekend and the fact that we don’t even get to enjoy our weekends is totally ridiculous, it infuriates me!

    October 3rd, 2015 at 4:54 pm
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  285. Irritated High School Student says:

    Guess what? I am a Senior in High School and I get a lot of homework, too. Add Anxiety, OCD, and Autism to my pathetic personality and I get everything done slower. I can barely concentrate! It’s annoying! Being Autistic is Frustrating! I have OCD and Anxiety like crazy! I spend a lot of time on Homework. Michelle Obama is the one who wanted us students to get more homework! I’m so exhausted from school that I fell asleep at 8 last night and woke up at 4 in the morning, oh my God! Ahhhh! Seriously right now?! Oh my God! Wow! So Frustrating, I am tired of getting Homework on weekends! Do any of you normal students have any idea how hard it is to be Autistic?! I have trouble with concentration because of my Dumb Anxiety! Are you kidding me right now?! Wow! Homework sucks, reduce it! We teenagers need more time to do other stuff besides Homework, whoever you people are who wrote this Article, get Homework reduced, I can’t take it anymore! Oh my God! I am Irritated! I never asked for these dumb disabilities I have! No one asked for them! Yet some of us are born with these disabilities anyway! It’s what makes life stupid! Wow! I’m tired of getting homework on weekends, I can barely enjoy my weekends! Uhhhhhhhhj!

    October 3rd, 2015 at 5:07 pm
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  286. Irritated High School Student says:

    I read crap repeatedly and write slow!

    October 3rd, 2015 at 5:09 pm
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  287. Irritated High School Student says:

    More people should be complaining than this by the way!

    October 3rd, 2015 at 5:10 pm
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  288. Irritated High School Student says:

    200 complaints is not enough!

    October 3rd, 2015 at 5:10 pm
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  289. Morton says:

    Apparently having two hours of homework plus a speech once every week along with a quiz in every subject isn’t enough for getting passing grades. I understand that homework is practice so we can improve on subjects, and I would know. Currently I’m getting a C in algebra. But I’m pretty sure the reason why I’m getting that C is because there is a huge penalty for not completing your homework as it counts for forty percent of your grade and that my homework takes about four to five hours on average. This along with some viola lessons at school and going to Boys and Girls Club after school means that I get home at six. So on a good day, I get to sleep at around eleven or twelve. I’m basically depriving myself of sleep to get a worksheet packet done. Our teachers should actually meet up and see how much homework they’re giving out combined. But they don’t. Nope. Nada. Not in a million years. What I’m trying to say is…

    Teachers should meet up. For our sake.

    October 6th, 2015 at 6:52 pm
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  290. Anonymous says:

    I do cross country, and my coach is kind of a psycho. We have about 6 practices a week, and each practice is about 2 hours long. I live about 30 minutes away from school. When school ends at 3:30 I go right to cross country and get to work. I finally get home at about 6:15 because of carpooling. Then I have about 45 minutes to do my homework, eat dinner for about 45 minutes, and then it’s 7:45 and I’ve had only 45 minutes to do homework. I have to go upstairs at about 8:30, so most nights I only have 1 and a half hours to do homework. I have a lot of homework to do (2 hours) and I do homework pretty quickly. Some of my friends stay up until 10 working on homework. We need to lower our homework load.

    October 6th, 2015 at 7:52 pm
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  291. Anon says:

    As a recent high school graduate, the statement that most students get 3-4 hours of homework per night does not sound accurate to me. I remember starting in 7th grade through the end of high school, I would begin my homework around 4 and finish around 11 or midnight. There was one particularly tough semester where I wouldn’t make it to bed until 3 am about 1 day a week. Most of my friends had similar schedules. Perhaps my circle was not representative of the normal workload.

    October 6th, 2015 at 9:35 pm
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  292. Morton says:

    Let’s start an anti-homework committee on this website.


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  293. Lily says:

    I’m just a grade 7 student and I get LOADS AND LOADS of hw everyday from school !!! Every day I’ll have to work until 2 am because of all my homework. Straight after I get home from school at 4:30, I’ll have to start doing my homework immediately!

    October 8th, 2015 at 10:28 am
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  294. Anonymous says:

    Hi I’m from Northern Ireland (UK) and I’m 13 years old (I’m I’m third year in secondary school). I definitely agree that we should stop homework. I’d rather do more work in school than do it at home. And this “learn independently” idea teachers have is stupid and wrong! Homework is linked to a lot of suicides in teenagers these days because they are stressed and aren’t able to sleep or socialise enough because of the homework!!!

    October 8th, 2015 at 1:24 pm
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  295. Anonymous says:

    *and I’m

    October 8th, 2015 at 1:25 pm
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  296. Anonymous says:

    We need more people to complain, we need to be heard. WE NEED TO CREATE AN ANTI-HOMEWORK PARAMILITARY!!!! WHOS WITH ME!!! STOP HOMEWORK!!!????????????????????????????????????????????????

    October 8th, 2015 at 1:30 pm
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  297. Anonymous says:

    *STOP HOMEWORK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Damn I hate it when I accidentally hit question mark loads of times instead of exclamation mark! I didn’t see it and my instinct posted it!

    October 8th, 2015 at 1:32 pm
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  298. Anonymous says:

    Some of the comments above were written nine years ago, yet they are more relevant than ever. I’m 13, in year 9-(third year of secondary school) from the north of England, and it annoys me so much that we spend so much time on academic subjects. I’m a set one student for all academic subjects, but I hate not having enough time to socialize, do creative things such as art and just have the freedom to spend my weekend in the way I want to. School is five days a week- and should not seep into any pupil’s time off. Personally, I don’t think a Tory government helps, especially after Michael Gove destroyed the education system- they’ve even changed GCSEs!

    October 11th, 2015 at 11:36 am
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  299. Daisy says:

    I can’t agree with this post more. I literally spend from 3:15-10:00 at night doing homework and studying. This results in no time to do anything else. On the weekends, I can only hang out with my friends for about 4 hours all together because I have a million tests and projects due Monday.

    October 12th, 2015 at 8:55 pm
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  300. Josh says:

    I come home every day with homework and it is so stressful!!
    In fact i am working on a summary and we have to do a rough draft and a final copy and all due tomorrow! this is to much and i have a lot of math homework also studding and i am just going crazy

    October 13th, 2015 at 9:03 pm
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  301. Anonymous says:

    Im new in secondary school and im already getting at least 2 hours of homework each night!!!! I spend all day Saturday on my homework!
    Then when i go into school my teachers are all like
    ‘I assigned you homework and this is what you give ME? It must of taken you 15 minutes! JUST DO YOUR HOMEWORK PROPABLY’
    But I dont… I stand there.
    Sure ill spend more time…IF THERE WAS ANY TIME IN THE DAY

    October 15th, 2015 at 12:36 pm
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  302. Anonymous says:

    Reply to comment above:
    I’m afraid to tell you…. It only gets worse…

    October 17th, 2015 at 5:23 am
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  303. Anonymous says:

    With all that homework given to us…sometimes I feel I’d be better off living in a labour camp in Poland during the Holocaust!!!

    October 17th, 2015 at 5:36 am
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  304. Anonymous says:

    homework suuuuuucksssssss

    October 19th, 2015 at 10:27 am
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  305. Anonymous says:

    i would rather eat a raw egg than do the homework that i have

    I’m only 12 and i have about 7 homework sheets… for 12 different subjects! in just 2 days!!!!!!!

    October 19th, 2015 at 10:29 am
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  306. Anonymous says:

    i even have to do homework on CHRISTMAS DAY!!!!!!!!!!

    (I’m still that 12 year old kid that posted the last 2 comments)

    October 19th, 2015 at 10:34 am
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  307. Lilly says:

    I was a honor roll student for all my life. For the past few years I’ve been principals honors. Then I moved up. BAM! Three times more homework, about like two to four hours a night and my grades are going down because of stress. I get out of school at 3:00 and I’m still doing homework! (It’s 530) Teachers, we give you most of every day . Give us our lives away from school back! HONESTLY!

    October 19th, 2015 at 4:37 pm
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  308. Anonymous says:

    I completely agree with this, I spend countless hours per day doing homework, normally, I’m exhausted when I get back from school so I take a nap from when I get back (normally around 5pm) to about 8:30pm. From there, I start doing homework and I scarcely get an early night. I don’t sleep before 1am, and have found myself once staying up until 5am doing a project due for the next day, and, in turn, receiving less than an hour in total of sleep. I find it physically and emotionally draining, I now struggle to wake up in general, it takes several attempts to wake me up and I have no recollection of the previous tries in doing so. My sleeping schedule is non-existent and I believe it’s due to the huge amount of homework we get, our teachers don’t stick to our homework timetable and end up setting us unreasonably large tasks to complete in too small a timeframe without realising what a huge workload we already have.

    October 22nd, 2015 at 6:16 pm
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  309. Brianna says:

    I am currently a sophomore in highschool and I agree, homework sucks. I get home from school around 5pm, then I do homework after dinner so around 6. I am up doing homework until 11, then go to bed after I am done. Sometimes I stay up even later if they pack us up with more. My brain is slowly turning into mush and my mom constantly says that maybe we should place me in another school. Thing is that this is a really good school that can get me into a good college, but my focus is dwindling as the same rate my free time is. *Sigh* My life. But it is never going to change, America is too concerned about competing with the rest of the world to actually improve education. Wish me luck, eh?

    October 25th, 2015 at 4:25 pm
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  310. Anonymous says:

    I am currently supposed to be doing math, but I am procrastinating…..guilty as charged. I am procrastinating because I am just freakin done with homework right now. Not physically done, mind you, emotionally done. I am just a freshman in high school, and tonight so far I have tallied a complete total of seven hours of homework. This is excluding the additional 45 minutes to an our I will now spend on math. Wish me luck on completing this heavy load!

    October 27th, 2015 at 12:56 am
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  311. Anonymous says:

    After reading article I was highly disappointed in its direction and content. As a student currently working towards an engineering degree, I believe it is good thing to burden teenagers with homework. For an extensive list of reasons not covered in this comment, homework should be continued to be requested of students.

    October 28th, 2015 at 3:14 pm
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  312. Anonymous says:

    3-4 hours of homework? More like up to 8. From the morning, I wake up, go to school, spend 6 hours doing work there, and come home to do even more work until around 10 every night. I do not mind homework, as I enjoy learning, but I do not have anytime for myself whatsoever. It is very depressing that I must spend all my days doing homework and assignments and then go to sleep and have the cycle repeat. My life feels very empty and I am depressed.

    October 28th, 2015 at 9:11 pm
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  313. Anonymous says:

    im lucky to get my homework done by 10:00 at night, and ive definitely had plenty of times im up till midnight on days i have afterschool programs, AP projects, senior project work and large homework assignments from multiple classes. im up at 5:30, so i quite often get under 6 hours of sleep, so i can wake up and do it again tomorrow, 5 days a week. ive had times when ive had to forgo attending a friend’s birthday party, not visit my father in the hospital, and even ignore my friends messaging me just to get all my homework done, and still have not a moment of free time left. i love to read and write, i love to game and make mods for games, ive been wanting to learn to code and draw better for a long time now, but i have had time for none of this. all this english homework i havent caught up on yet, and im getting worse at writing because i have no time to write things on my own terms. every single thing ive written in the past 3 months has been for school, and i used to be considered one of the better writers in my circle of friends. i have no time for sleep, hobbies or friends anymore, just school work.

    October 29th, 2015 at 9:11 am
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  314. Jordan Studioso says:

    I completely agree with this. I am a Highschool Junior in a college prep school and on average I get 4-6 hours of sleep each night and all the time I have afterschool goes towards homework.

    October 31st, 2015 at 1:04 pm
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  315. Nick says:

    I totally agree with this, first of all if i dont do it, it already affects my grade overall by so much not just that im only in middle school and i’m already getting high school homework and im getting 5 times as much homework that i should be getting and since its 2015 now there starting a new math program called iPrep Math and it involves so much technology that the teachers there dont even teach you they just give me an online tutor called Algebra Nation(this is just for math but the other classes still give out a lot of homework)anyways they also give me way mre homework in other classes too and im like failing 3 of my classes just because of homework overall i can do the work and i know how to solve the problems and stuff like that but then when they give me a s*** ton of homework i f*cking get so angry that now i have to worry about failing and getting a lecture from my parents telling why im failing and honestly im already afraid of going to school just because of HOMEWORK!!

    November 2nd, 2015 at 6:59 pm
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  316. Anonymous says:

    I’m a middle school aged homeschooled student using Providence Extension Program. PEP classes meet twice a week (tues. and thurs.) and almost all work is done at home. The work is simple for me, but I’m stressed because of the quantity of work expected of me. A main problem is balancing FLVS (Florida Virtual School) and PEP. My free time is stolen– and mostly crying at my paper to be honest. When my mom intervenes she erases my plans and makes me a schedule as we go. She often prevents me from working in attempts to ‘help’ with an assignment and I have to work into the night (until around 2 or 3am). I asked to do more independently and for her to shrink the workload, but she said no and that I must be held responsible for my failures. I stress-eat and find it difficult to sleep. That’s the whole story. What do you suggest I do?

    November 9th, 2015 at 3:02 pm
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  317. Anonymous says:

    I’m in 8th grade at a private school which is assigning WAY to much homework. I get home at around 4 and am up until at least 11 with no extracurricular activities. On nights that I have volleyball, I’m up until around 12 or 1. What do I do? I’m working nonstop.

    November 12th, 2015 at 11:00 pm
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  318. Anonymous says:

    Its sad to see how long this article has been up, still no progress made 🙁

    Bio Honors is a complete BS class. All we do is spend hours on notes each night, then answer “review” questions in class and ask any “clarifying” questions. It’s BS how we don’t have the time in class to spend on actual learning, but rather, this gets pushed onto valuable time at home. Then the tests are impossible (on most questions, there are at least 3 or 4 answers that seem correct). I cannot tolerate this bureaucracy. In many classes, information is simply shoved down our throats.

    God bless my few teachers who actually teach and let me learn.

    November 16th, 2015 at 1:53 am
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  319. Elsa says:

    U guys r scaring me!

    November 16th, 2015 at 11:46 am
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  320. luke says:

    hi, i am a little sped kid and i need help

    November 19th, 2015 at 9:55 pm
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  321. Anonymous says:

    I am a sophomore and my life is like slavery; i wake up at 5AM, do schoolwork, and repeat. I am taking the bare minimum of classes, no extracurriculars or elective classes, and have little, sometimes no time to myself. I am not getting enough sleep and can’t keep my grades any higher than a D. My parents threatened to ground me a week for each class I don’t get at least a C in. There isn’t enough time in the day to complete my homework.

    November 24th, 2015 at 3:28 pm
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  322. Anonymous says:

    i tried to show my teachers this article and they said that it didnt matter what i thought and that i had to get my homework done

    November 24th, 2015 at 3:30 pm
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  323. Emma says:

    I can’t stand homework anymore. I get a TON of Language Arts homework, a worksheet of math, and worksheet or document to complete in SS. I wish teachers would remember that students have lives. My band concert is in one week and I never have time to rehearse my parts. I had to quit the school newspaper because of homework. I was the EDITOR-AND-CHIEF! I don’t know anymore. Just please stop homework. It hurts my brain. To make matters worse, I have ADHD so it’s hard to focus. I was so happy to get such a major role and a spot in the band especially with my ADHD; now I have to quit newspaper because of homework. WTH?!?! I can only imagine high school next year….

    November 30th, 2015 at 9:05 pm
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  324. Anonymous says:

    Im in Grade 10 and there is this one history teacher who assigns too much homework and expects too much of what we can give. She literally believes that her history course is the most important subject to the students and does not bother giving loads of homework every night. I was unable to go out with friends since enrolling into that stupid course and there were several times I devoted hours of sleep to complete the homework she gives us. And the funny thing is she expects us to do her part in teaching as well! so in our school, we have this thing called Independent Study Unit which is a huge project worth 15% of your grade for that course. She gave us the ISU where you were supposed to prepare a presentation based on some sh*t she was supposed to teach to us. Whenever students complain, she is always telling us that we need to manage our time more in academic classes or take applied ones.

    December 1st, 2015 at 8:09 pm
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  325. Bill says:

    I completely agree with this, I am still up now at 11:25 p.m. working on trigonometry that i started six hours ago.

    December 1st, 2015 at 11:26 pm
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  326. Jim says:

    I agree with all of this. I am up at freaking 1 am typing this because I just need a release from all of this crap. Just had 4-5 ish hours of homework, one was a presentation (which didn’t take too long, only about an hour or so, the Related Arts teacher is nice), and then I have an essay that is due today(technically yesterday because it’s past midnight) that just got sprung onto me today, and lo and behold, I get called down to the office for an hour to take a test so that I don’t get the work time in class that we got. This shouldn’t normally be that big of a deal, but it is a 6 paragraph essay due TOMORROW!!! WHAT DO YOU WANT FROM ME!!!!!!!!!! 🙁

    December 2nd, 2015 at 1:16 am
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  327. Jim says:

    And I am in seventh grade, but this thing is meant for high schoolers (just noticed).

    December 2nd, 2015 at 1:17 am
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  328. Anonymous says:

    yes stop home work

    December 2nd, 2015 at 11:58 am
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  329. Anonymous says:

    not a nofe time

    December 2nd, 2015 at 11:58 am
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  330. Anonymous says:

    I am a high schooler and how much homework that we have is putting so much stress on me that I cant get any free time. Without free time I cant have any fun. If we can eliminate homework then we can all have plenty of free time to do whatever we want to. It does not exactly relate to us high schoolers it relates to every body. So please eliminate home work so that I can have mire free time!

    December 3rd, 2015 at 9:33 am
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  331. Diana says:

    I’m only in 8th grade but I go home after I get done with all of my sports and music lessons at about 6:00pm. Then I have about 4 hours of homework which leaves me at about 10:00 of I’m don’t have has much homework. Then it takes me about 1 hour to fall asleep then I wake up at 5:30am everyday and I only get about 6 1/2 hours to 7 hours of sleep. My age group is suppose to get 9 hours so homework just makes me tired and stressed all the time. Teachers wonder why some kids just forget to do a page of homework!! HELLO? We have about 4 hours of homework to Four we are going to forget at least one page of work. I am just sick a tired of homework! I barley get to see and spend time with my family even on weekends. I have about 8 hours of homework to do on the weekend and I don’t get to socialize because of it!! The class that I have the most homework in is not math but science. I go home every week with a new essay topic that I have to write. The essays take me 2 hours ag least then I have other homework that takes me 4 hours to do so then that leaves me with 5 hours of sleep. And it sucks to not get a lot of sleep, go to school, then Four up the mountain and cross country ski then have to go down and do homework!!!! Overall homework sucks and it should be shortened if not gone!!! Please make this happen so my life isnt as stressful!!

    December 3rd, 2015 at 6:20 pm
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  332. Anonymous says:

    I’m in high school and I do work 24/7. I have no free time on weekends, I never socialize, and never do any activities except those which I must for college admissions. I hate my life so much. I get between 2 – 4 hours of sleep on a normal day, and its killing me. I do work nonstop on the weekends too – its insane. I’ve gained a lot of weight from lack of exercise (which I have no time to do) and my hazardous sleep schedule. I’m stressed, depressed, anxious, and overall miserable. People tell me to drop out of advanced classes but thats not the point. I need the challenging curriculum but not the unnecessary excess work. There’s not a day when I don’t wish I could just abandon it all. And the worst part of it all? I’m not the only one. There are SEVERAL kids in my school who live like this. Teachers just yell at us that we are ungrateful for our opportunities and should stop complaining. Others claim we work too hard but then go on to over-test and stress us. I want to like school, but I just can’t anymore.

    December 5th, 2015 at 5:08 pm
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  333. Casseopeia Ollivander says:

    At my school, to satisfy the parents, we do have study hall, only in it, we are not allowed to do homework.

    December 7th, 2015 at 5:46 pm
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  334. M. Smith says:

    I am a Junior in high school. Tonight I had a project and five assignments to complete. Tomorrow I have a math quiz and an AP psychology unit exam. I have additional tests and projects to complete this week, and midterms next week that I must study for.
    I am typically a slow worker. It can take me twice as long as my peers to complete the same assignment. My teachers allow me to take home unfinished classwork, but the amount of homework I have often prevents me from finishing these assignments on time. This results in multiple missing assignments, and the workload continuously grows.
    I enjoy my extracurricular activities, chorus and technical theater, but they usually prevent me from getting home until about 8:00, and also take up most of my Saturday. I also work ten hours every weekend.
    Between 40 hours of school, 27 hours of extracurricular activities, and 10 hours of work per week, I am left with very little time to complete my many out of school assignments, let alone eat or sleep.
    I am constantly stressed. I feel like my parents don’t understand, as all they do is add pressure on me to do well in school. I experience many physical symptoms of stress, including stomach problems, headaches, backaches, and chest pain. Tonight, like so many others, I was so overwhelmed that I was reduced to hyperventilation and dry heaving.
    The expectations that today’s society puts on teen students is unhealthy. All homework does is take away from healthy sleep, exercise, and eating habits. I believe that homework is a problem that literally is taking years off of the lives of my generation.

    December 7th, 2015 at 11:15 pm
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  335. Anonymous says:

    I’m not sure whether to feel comforted or disheartened after seeing so many people with the same homework problem. Maybe both?
    Compared to my school friends and most of the people here, I’ve got it easy. I’m not exactly an outstanding student; while I understand the material presented in my classes and perform well on tests, I certainly don’t get all A’s. I’m not taking any AP courses, either (which I’m sure I’ll regret later). Getting six hours of sleep a night is normal for me – it’s not the recommended amount, but it’s enough to get me through a week.
    Still, homework takes a considerable amount of time for me to finish each night, and once I’m done with it, there’s not much else I have time for except for eating, showering, and going to bed. And if I’m sick for, say, one day? When I get back, it’s a matter of choosing which assignments I can afford to miss, because I can’t do two days of work in the one night I get.
    Last year, I made the mistake of trying to keep on top of everything; in the end, I found myself giving up because of the stress. I burnt myself out, and my grades plummeted. My parents were constantly asking what was wrong. I wound up in the guidance counselor’s office once a week. By the third quarter, I was afraid to go to school at all.
    There are tons of things I want to be doing – reading, writing, drawing, playing video games – but all of that has to wait until summer. I can’t risk making plans with my friends unless it’s on weekends; more often than not, those plans don’t work out because one or more of us has homework. I don’t have a part-time job because I doubt I could juggle that and my homework load. Aside from piano, I don’t do anything outside of school because I just don’t know if I’ll have time, and even piano isn’t a constant thing; I’ve already had to cancel multiple lessons this year.
    We haven’t even hit the halfway mark yet this year, but my friends and I are exhausted. And, apparently, it’s only going to get worse from here on out. Through senior year, through college, through work…
    I don’t have a problem with homework. When I was younger, I almost enjoyed it; it gave me something to do. For me, it’s easier to remember things when I write them down; doing work after taking notes is pretty helpful. Plus, I can make sure I actually understand what’s being taught. Too much homework, however, is an entirely different story.

    December 8th, 2015 at 8:28 pm
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  336. Martian says:

    Right now as I’m doing my homework I thought to myself”I wonder if there’s anyone else in the world who is having the same problems as me”. so I found this website and read through some of the comments and was amazed at what I saw. I am also in a bit of a predicament I have missed a day of school because I had strep throat (never get it if you can help it) and I came back the next day to realize that I had 9 assignments due 2 of them where the dreaded keynotes (15 slides long each) and one was a dirama (not even mentioning the test) so yea I agree with this article I too think we should have less homework and more free time

    And btw I’m in 7th grade

    December 9th, 2015 at 9:24 pm
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  337. Mackenzie Vatter says:

    i am a high school student and i struggle witht the same issue on a daily basis. as for your article it has made me realize that im not alone. and that means a lor.

    December 10th, 2015 at 9:51 pm
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  338. CCB says:

    I totally agree although I am an eight grader right now. I remember every night of 3rd and 5th grade, working up to 11 pm. That was ridiculous. 3rd grade was so stressful because I have two extracurricular classes. I dropped them because I have too much homework. I loved ballet, but there was no time with homework. 5th grade’s homework? That amount was ridiculous, too. I need time to do what I want. I feel like weekends and breaks are the only time to relax… ???? Everyday, it’s the same thing. Go to school, go to home, do homework…. So stressful!!!! Especially the tests, quits, and assessments!!!

    December 10th, 2015 at 11:07 pm
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  339. CCB says:

    By the way, some of my eighth grade friends complain that their teacher assign homework for the sake of assigning homework…

    December 10th, 2015 at 11:11 pm
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  340. CCB says:

    The amount of homework is riduckculious… (ridiculous)

    December 10th, 2015 at 11:12 pm
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  341. CCB says:

    I am kinda done with homework. I am so pissed out…

    December 10th, 2015 at 11:17 pm
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  342. CCB says:

    I live in the Pacific Zone…

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  343. Anonymous says:

    High school is making me grow insane. I don’t have time to do anything else but achieve the bare minimum of a good grade. I sleep for 4 hours a day, spend at least 3 hours on homework and 2+ hours on additional studying. I also participate in sports, cutting down my time by more than half. To “shine”, and to “stand out”, countless students like me struggle, and attempt to push their limits, to simply be better than everyone else. Often, I have tests and quizzes every week. I live with the fear of failing, the fear that if I falter now, that my future, my dreams, will only remain to be dreams and fantasies.

    I have developed into the stage, where I no longer know what I enjoy. I don’t know what made me happy. Why do I study? What were my dreams in the first place? Truly, I have lost my way.

    December 13th, 2015 at 8:44 pm
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  344. Morgan says:

    I CAN’T TAKE HIGH SCHOOL ANYMORE!!! My school does standards based grading and it is torture. It’s nearly impossible to get an A in any class. But that’s my goal, and I won’t quit until I achieve that grade. But it also means I have to retake 7 tests. I only have until Christmas break, which is in 7 school days. Right when we get back from break, we have semester testing. I also get about 2 hours of homework per class from my 5 classes that regularly give out homework. On top of that, I’m studying for my retests and finals. I go to sleep at about 3 in the morning and have to get up at 5:30… I have something every morning that starts at 6:30. I don’t even have time to have dinner with my family anymore. I wake up to small piles of hair on my pillow a few mornings a week, my eyes are dark and puffy, I cry almost every day…I JUST CAN’T TAKE THE STRESS ANYMORE! It might snow tomorrow. I hope there’s a snow day so that I can sleep. They think all this crap they give us will teach us responsibility for college and beyond, but, in reality, it teaches us that if we can’t get a nearly impossible task done overnight, we’re irresponsible and not very smart and not worth much. We need to change all this, but even with the advice in this article, I don’t know where to start. My school district is to dumb and stubborn to listen anyways. I would never make a difference. 🙁

    December 13th, 2015 at 11:46 pm
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  345. Morgan says:

    Btw I’m only a freshman.

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  346. maddi says:

    omg i have to write at lest a 10 pg essay on only one week how will i do this ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh help me plz

    December 17th, 2015 at 10:37 am
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  347. Anonymous says:

    Its not that I have a lot of homework its that I have a minimum 2 tests a week there is so much studying involved

    December 29th, 2015 at 11:39 pm
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  348. Anonymous says:

    My school ends at 3:40. Its a long drive home for me, and my mother often goes shopping (sometimes everyday she goes shopping, I don’t understand why she can’t get it all done in one day) which means i get home at 4:50 if I’m lucky, and 7:00 if I’m not lucky…
    When I get home I work on nothing but homework straight until my mother makes me go to bed (which is around 10:00-12:00) and I wake up at 6:00am to go to school.

    I go to an art school, which means i often have to do entire paintings for homework and work in my sketchbook. This added with around 40 math problems and occasional essays plus chapter reading for english means I have no free time, at all.

    Honestly I’m starting to hate the school i worked so hard to get into. On the weekends, they still give homework and it consumes most of that weekend. Right now I am on winter break, and the homework i received was to finish my entire sketchbook (which i had about 40 pages left of) do a 30×20 inch painting and a math packet. Im currently trying to rush my sketchbook drawings because theres only two days left, and most of my break has been mother taking me to her job since she doesn’t want me to stay home alone and taking me shopping with her for hours. We used to go to church around three times a week, but thankfully mother realizes that I have too much work for church…

    I want to have some time to myself, where I can actually draw whatever I want freely. Where i can just relax and play a few games. Where I can start working on my 11+ story ideas and create the graphic novel I am so inspired to make but am not able to. Please, someone fix this system and ban homework for good, studies show its not helpful at all… I feel as though my homework has manifested itself into a dark spirit of stress that haunts my everyday life. Things must change, somehow!

    January 1st, 2016 at 2:59 pm
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  349. Anonymous says:

    I also forgot to mention that I’m currently in my freshman year of high school, and I recently talked to a junior who could not sleep for 4 days because of homework. She ha to resort to taking short naps before continuing her work and started experiencing hallucinations, and she still goes to bed around 2:00am and wakes up at 5:am. This is unacceptable, I would even say its pure child abuse. Things must change, we kids cannot keep going through this.

    January 1st, 2016 at 3:02 pm
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  350. Ari of the holy flame says:

    I have 9 hours of school and get out at 4:00p.m. I have approx. 5 hours of homework every night and I have to go to wrestling for a god 3 hours so I’m up until 12 or 1 in the morning finishing my work. Senior in high school.

    January 2nd, 2016 at 1:33 pm
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  351. AVERY says:




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  352. Stressed and Sleep Deprived Junior says:

    I always wake up at two in the morning just to get HW done! My parents even let me skip school on some days just to get things done.

    January 11th, 2016 at 10:42 pm
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  353. Peter Dutkowsky says:

    I stay up from 4:30 to sometimes 10:00 I hate it and, it’s is too much stress and im only 14! I hate this so much! I can’t take it anymore we need to stop this bs

    January 12th, 2016 at 12:10 pm
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  354. Sahil says:

    I used to be a star basketball player. I was the point guard for my team and was loving life. During all of middle school, I was taking the GT advanced placements classes. To me, they were easy, I even received the Academic Science Award. That all changed when High School started. I am taking AP classes and 10th grade classes as a freshman and no longer have time for basketball. I dropped out of my team to focus on studies. I have a friend, who is taking the same classes I am, but he didn’t drop soccer, and barely scraping by in classes due his lack of time. Committing multiple hours everyday to sports while receiving copious amount of homework is impossible to balance unless he stays up till 2am only to wake up again at 6 (for practice). I have spent nights, of literally no sleeping as a high school freshman. This is wrong. Straight up wrong. College students shouldn’t even have to go through this. Don’t even get me started on homework during break, its a break, not home-school.

    January 15th, 2016 at 10:27 am
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  355. Isabella says:

    What I read in this article is surprising to me. I am given at least 3 hours of homework and I’m often at the point of tears because of it. I usually stay up late because of homework and I find myself dozing off in class because of how tired I am from the lack of sleep. But the worst part about it is that our teachers know this and so do our parents, but they don’t do anything.
    Thank you for this.

    January 17th, 2016 at 9:20 pm
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  356. justin says:

    for real i started my homework at 3:00 it’s now 5:22 and im still on my outline same thing.

    January 19th, 2016 at 5:22 pm
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  357. Sarah says:

    I really hope someone does something to decrease the amount of homework because many people my age are getting too stressed causing mental and physical problems. Homework normally takes me from 3 to 9 at night and sometimes it could take until 11 or 12! Sometimes i don’t eat, drink, or exercise enough because school rules my life!!! Hearing how others feel this way too so it makes me feel better but I really hope something gets done about this.

    January 20th, 2016 at 7:46 pm
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  358. Anne. O. Neemous says:

    I really agree with this. Right now, I still have 2 huge math sheets to do (couldn’t get in done during class because of STANDARDIZED TESTING. Homework? Of COURSE.) I have a project due tomorrow with a lot of work to be done, a test or two tomorrow, and lots of homework for classes. I’m in 7th grade. 5 math problems would be lovely.

    January 21st, 2016 at 6:21 pm
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  359. Anonymous says:

    I agree, I get home at 4:30 and do homework until 11:00 with no breaks except for dinner for about minutes, it is really stressing me out.

    January 25th, 2016 at 5:46 pm
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  360. Anonymous says:

    I agree, I get home at 4:30 and do homework until 11:00 with no breaks except for dinner for about 30 minutes, it is really stressing me out.

    January 25th, 2016 at 5:47 pm
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  361. Anonymous says:

    There was once a time when I enjoyed school… When was that? Oh yeah, like kindergarten, first grade, and second grade, when we hardly got any homework.
    I really don’t learn anything at all from homework. I actually learn much more from extracurricular activities, such as sports, knowledge competitions, clubs, and other activities that I actually enjoy. The sad thing is, with the large amount of homework I receive, it’s very hard to me to participate in the things I love, like the items I mentioned above.
    Plus, I used to LOVE to read, but now I don’t anymore just because of the fact that I don’t have any time to do so, and the only books I end up reading are the (boring) books we have to read for classes, which, therefore, virtually destroyed the love of reading I once had.
    My sister is in sixth grade and still enjoys reading, but then again, she has much more free time than I do!

    January 27th, 2016 at 5:32 pm
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  362. Wolfie (because of the wolf on my biology textbook) says:

    I’m so glad that I get to have study room this year, because year 11 seems like it has a lot of work involved.

    January 31st, 2016 at 11:25 pm
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  363. Anonymous says:

    I’m glad that people are actually trying to put a stop to the endless homework. I am currently writing this at 12:30 in the morning trying to finish a massive essay. I have a test every day this week and several major projects and essays. My grades have dropped and I now have no free time. School and homework is controlling my life. Unfortunately no one at my school listens to me so there is nothing that I can do. Each teacher thinks that their class is the priority and if I forget one assignment I am punished and have to do a massive amount of extra work and I have to stay after school. On top of all of this I have sports and now my social life is falling apart. I used to have tons of good friends and we would always hang out but now I only have a few that I barely get to see. Homework ruins our lives!!!

    February 1st, 2016 at 3:39 am
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  364. homework sucks says:

    Homework is terrible. It only makes me do worse in school. When I am up till 2 in the morning doing homework, I don’t have any time to study for tests. So I end up doing poorly on tests and my grade goes down. My school is insanely hard and has a very harsh grading system. An A for me is around a C or B at most schools, and everyone at our school is expected to get A’s. The senior year of my school is supposed to be harder than most collages. And I’m only a freshman so I have a lot to look forward to 🙁 The only people I know who have a social life and have fun are people who don’t try and do terribly in school. And I am a slow worker so I put in twice as much work as many students and people say that I’m not trying or that I should try harder. Tonight I’ve had nine hours of homework due to multiple essays and tests. Homework is ruining my life and there is nothing I can do.

    February 1st, 2016 at 4:18 am
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  365. Anonymous says:

    I am I high school student in England and I am one of those annoying people who does everything last minute and I can’t seem to get away from it but I am really getting stressed over it and I really need to stop it. The problem is with this is I end up doing really large assignment the night before and stay up to early morning trying to do it as I have to practice my violin in the morning therefore giving me no time to do it in the morning and this really seems to be heading towards health problems now so I really support your argument. Thanks 😀

    February 1st, 2016 at 2:10 pm
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  366. Anonymous says:

    I am SOOO relieved to hear that I’m not the only one suffering
    From the the insane injustice of homework bestowed upon us by the school board. I am currently working on my 2 math packets and I haven’t even started on my ELA vocab homework not to mention the 3 History projects and if you don’t think that is a lot then consider the fact that I have ADHD. Did I mention that was just tonight’s homework? Due to Boy Scouts I have not had a significant amount of time to do homework. So now, along with the above I also have a five paragraph essay on the assassination of the arch duke Ferdinand and I have to color and label the parts of the respiratory system and digestive system and a whole list of other assignments all due at the end of this week and more to come! I am on the verge of hyperventillating which is not good when you have athsma. There was a time when kids enjoyed school, but now, due to the ignorance of the school board, ALL OF LIFE IS RUINED! I am of the very artistic type and ideas came naturally however now I can’t even find the square route of 165×3.1415926535! Though I have recently designed a car that creates its own energy and also a dosing of the worlds next potential super weapon and according to all my research done over summer break, both should work. But that’s not the point, my point is that if all the countries combined could squash ISIS like a grape then if we team up we should at least lead the Education system in the right direction if not fix it completely. But since none of the countries are willing to join forces it will be a lot harder to destroy ISIS and if we don’t band together we could be squashed like a grape too or would you rather have that happen to homework?
    I may not be Einstein, but one thing is for sure…
    ARE YOU WITH ME!!!!!!?????!!!!!!

    February 9th, 2016 at 11:09 pm
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  367. Anonymous says:

    I have been doing all I possibly can to persuade my school to rethink their methods I have even put sticky notes on walls to tell people to come together and discuss what we could do for our cause but no luck yet.(I think the administration secretly takes them down before anyone can really get a good look at it.) and since we don’t have internet at our school (our administration are jerks!) I cannot privately contact my fellow students.

    February 9th, 2016 at 11:21 pm
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  368. Anonymous says:

    I honestly think that the school system overloads us on purpose;
    So that we wouldn’t have time to fight back and stoke out on our own!????

    February 9th, 2016 at 11:27 pm
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  369. Anonymous says:

    By stroke I meant strike
    Stupid autocorrect

    February 9th, 2016 at 11:28 pm
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  370. CJ Monday says:

    I think having h.w makes life more stressful 4 people and there will be more suicides because it stresses people out and makes them hate life.

    February 17th, 2016 at 7:22 pm
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  371. Caroline says:

    Just tonight I got home and immediatly started work at around 4 I am about to START my last assignment…This assignment is a math packet with 6 pages in it due tomorrow, assigned today… I have NO STUDY HALLS what are my teachers thinking plus i have a quiz in English tomorrow and 3 projects due, not to mention it is 10:00 and I have a track meet tomorrow that I need to rest well for. I had a science test but enough people were complaining that it got moved. I am only in 8th grade. Please someone help. I actually think that I am falling into depression from my lack of sleep and stress levels.

    February 18th, 2016 at 10:02 pm
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  372. Anonymous says:

    I’ve just assigned recently as one of the leaders in a whole class project by my professor. It’s a class performance which she expects by next month. I never expected too much pressure on this part. Which I needed to remind them on their concept paper. There are a lot of paper proposals done by my classmates which I need to study.

    Then, I just chatted some of my classmates and told me that I didn’t make any effort from my own group. I tried to reason out with them..

    What should I do?

    February 19th, 2016 at 10:04 am
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  373. Lauren says:

    I’m currently a high school senior and I completely agree that the amount of homework and pressure teachers give is totally unjust. I get home around 3:45 and start my homework at 4:30 because I need that downtime. It’s the only downtime I get through the entire day. I do my homework at lunch and on my spare then I come home and do homework sometimes until 1 in the morning. It’s funny because I even have a spare to do homework and I still don’t finish my homework until late at night. All of my classes are AP- I have Calculus and Vectors, Biology, and Heath Sciences. I’ve already been accepted into my number 1 universitry (thank god) but I need to keep up a good average for scholarships. I am having heart palpitations right now because I just went away on vacation and I missed 4 days of school. I tried to do my homework over my vacation, but I just felt so burned out and sleep deprived that I really just needed that break. My parents agreed that I needed to put my work down and do something for me for a change. I’m going back to school tomorrow and there is no way to finish all that I have. I’m so stressed out and I’m so mad at myself for not doing more. The thing is though, the amount that I was assigned is too much for any student, I have so much anxiety towards going to school. Somebody please help me.

    February 21st, 2016 at 10:01 am
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  374. Jadyn says:

    Homework is not really needed if you’re (the teacher)making us practice it in class then we’re going to come back tomorrow and talk about the same thing. We’ve already taking notes about it to so if we need to reference it we have it. homework is ruining our lives I just got in trouble today about it.

    February 22nd, 2016 at 6:03 pm
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  375. Evelyn W. Minnick says:

    I’m a Tutor and as teachers, we all know that homework is good for kids for a variety of reasons that don’t need to be enumerated here.

    And the kids?

    We ALL know how they feel about homework. No more words!!

    Evelyn W. Minnick

    February 23rd, 2016 at 6:28 pm
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  376. A person says:

    I totally agree with this!! I come home and hang out with my family then I do my homework with lasts till like 11pm

    February 23rd, 2016 at 8:05 pm
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  377. A.N.Onymous says:

    I come home from school, and start doing homework almost straight away. I don’t get much free time, basically just meals and showers. I do 5 1/2 to 9 hours of homework every week day, and 7 to 13 hours doing homework every weekend. I have to use Saturday to catch up on all the sleep I miss during the week. When, in this agonising, torturous curriculum-fuelled nightmare am I allowed time to be a human being? When am I given time to be a teenager, which is honestly the least predictable or rational time life. When do I have time time to have a social life, to have a job, to have a relationship, to have a life beyond homework? I am in year 10! This has got to change, now!

    February 25th, 2016 at 7:55 am
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  378. Anonymous says:

    I agree. I’m an honor student in middle school and the homework is way too much even on the wknd. No time to hang out with friends or family. I’m very stress out with too much testing and to deal with all the homework is very overwhelming.

    February 25th, 2016 at 3:39 pm
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  379. Anonymous says:

    I fully agree with everything I am a student that has way to much homework and it is very stressful. I have no time to hang out with my friends or family. Or do after school activities. It is very stressful

    February 26th, 2016 at 1:37 pm
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  380. Anonymous 101 says:

    i agree, i spend most of my time after school on homework and have hardly anytime for myself, friends or families.

    once i asked my parents if they could help me with a question, but they even didn’t know the answer (even explained all about) and i am only in grade 7

    February 27th, 2016 at 8:19 pm
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  381. Alec says:

    I definitely agree to this. I am getting 3 hours of homework a night at the minimum. I used to have lots of friends, and I was a social butterfly, but now due to schoolwork I have lost all my friends and feel empty inside. What is the point of all this work? It’s not like I’m learning anything from it.

    February 28th, 2016 at 4:29 pm
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  382. Anonymous says:

    10 years later and the comments still keep coming. Jesus. My teacher is literally skipping teaching ANY OF CHINA and just making us learn it all ourselves online and do a project to learn, while she just sits and gets mad at us. Not to mention we only had 1 week to do it when we normally take 2 weeks at least to learn about the history of a country, and we’re getting really specific in this assignment, such as specific geographical landmarks, not just a general description. My eyes burn from crying so much, and maybe I’m just dumb, but I spent 8 hours at least and I hadn’t gotten anything completed because I didn’t understand anything I was reading and the websites had horrible grammar which made it even harder to understand. I really want to kill somebody right now. I also want to just go and die in a hole and never be found.

    February 28th, 2016 at 11:03 pm
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  383. Anonymous says:

    I totally agree with this! I spend at least 3 he on homework every night! And that is the LEAST I get. Now that there is a stomach bug going around the school, there are SOO many people absent. And when people are absent, you know what that means; 3 times as much homework than usual! Teachers have lots of work too but they don’t do anything but look at an answer sheet, they don’t actually do any brain wracking deep thought. My teachers aren’t that bad, they actually try to assign as little homework possible, but the darn school administration says NO. The tyrany is insane! My my social life is non existent. I’ve been piecing together the puzzle
    and you know what I found? The government is behind ALL of this! The government sees schools as vending machines; they put in
    policies and CHA CHING! Money comes out. That is why teachers
    have such low pay. And since homework means money for the
    school, they don’t care what we think or feel. They think of us as
    inert objects to be acted upon. The average middle school student has SEVERE depression. We don’t get enough sleep. Adults usually blame it on devices and though that is occasionally the case, it’s more of the fact that WE HAVE NO LIFE! As a student with ADHD it takes me 3 times as long to do homework and in my case let’s see ( flips through math book for a few minutes.) that would be 9 hrs of homework PER NIGHT! So 9 plus 7 hrs of school and you get 16. 16! This is REDICULOUS!
    And guess what? I’m only in 7th grade. I don’t think homework should be eradicated completely but I definately think- oh wait- I take that back, I KNOW there must be a change or there will be a great uprising! As an anonymous philosopher once said,”if a generation is hit hard, the next will likely hit harder.”
    Yours truly,

    March 2nd, 2016 at 6:50 pm
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  384. Anonymous says:

    Oh and by the way if I got sick and was absent, that makes 27 hrs of homework! ( im the same guy as above)

    March 2nd, 2016 at 7:23 pm
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  385. Anonymous says:

    OH hell YEAH

    March 7th, 2016 at 10:48 am
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  386. Anonymous says:

    Homework took me the whole from 2:30PM to 10:30 PM to finsh all of it

    March 7th, 2016 at 2:38 pm
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  387. Anonymous says:

    Do you remember the days when we complained about having 10 yes or no questions for homework…

    March 7th, 2016 at 4:27 pm
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  388. Anonymous says:

    387 going on 388 comments and only 4 idiots disagreed with this article.


    March 7th, 2016 at 4:34 pm
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  389. Anonymous says:


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  390. Anonymous says:

    Truer words were spoken only by Christ himself.

    March 7th, 2016 at 4:47 pm
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  391. Spaceman Spiff says:

    This is the truest site ever! Each night I have 4 to 5 hours of homework. And I agree with comment 383. The government is behind a lot of this! The government drains the school of money, then ,in an attempt to get more money, the school gives out more homework.

    March 8th, 2016 at 6:58 am
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  392. Anonymous says:

    I’m in middle school and I’m already doing 4-6 hours of homework. Most of which are math. Who’s brilliant idea was it to combine Geometry and Algebra 2 in one school year? I had to drop out of art club, soccer, and swimming because there was too much on my plate. I’ve been having so many mental break downs and I usually don’t even have one. I am so not looking forward to high school. Teachers want us to be social and physically active, but at the same time they give us so much homework that we drown in it. It’s either bad grades and good life or good grades and terrible life. Teachers, you can’t have both. Homework is just boring, repetitive work.

    March 13th, 2016 at 12:43 pm
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  393. Song zhou li says:

    I agree with this article. Homework ruins curiosity and gives you depression and anxiety if you dont finish. I like homework because it helps me study especially for math. I just think homework should be optional. If you need it, do it. I would take an afternoon off once a week and study some more but not everyday. I do the musical, track, cross country, deca, amd so many kther clubs that require me to wake up and be at school by 7 to attend. SEVEN I TELL YOU how does that make any sense? I have lost interest in replying to texts i get from my friends or even going ojt to eat with my family. Im a learner and i love learning so many things. I just wish school now a days was for learning instead of grades. I wish our world wasnt this way. I hate this life

    March 14th, 2016 at 7:55 pm
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  394. STOP THE BUSYWORK! says:


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  395. Thingakahooziey says:

    Homework is the BEST thing in the world!
    APRIL FOOLS!!!!!!

    April 1st, 2016 at 8:18 pm
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  396. Flin rider says:

    I really wish people would understand the concept of HOMEWORK IS A REALLY BAD WASTE OF TIME!

    April 4th, 2016 at 3:10 pm
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  397. Anonymous says:

    homework is life

    April 5th, 2016 at 3:32 pm
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  398. Flin rider says:

    I really wish people would understand the concept of HOMEWORK IS A REALLY BAD WASTE OF TIME!I mean come on! Whoever first said “hmmm… Ya know, it would be a great idea to, after all 7-8 hours of being chained to a chair doing nothing but writing all that time, it would be a great idea to give those poor subjects (cough cough cough) I mean -students , another 3-4-5-6… Surplus hours of homework each night.( And to add to the “educational quality” by really stacking the books on sunny pretty days when people want to hangout.)” ,whoever first said that needed to go back to preschool because even us teens ( yea, you read that right. The students, the sub-species, the social outcasts! Yea, US!) even in our state of being no more than dirt, even WE are more educated than him!

    April 6th, 2016 at 9:02 pm
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  399. Flin rider says:

    No joke!

    April 6th, 2016 at 9:04 pm
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  400. Damon Fort says:

    I agree with (almost) everything you are saying. I personally believe that I’ve learnt more elsewhere than school. My vocabulary for instance, I learnt so many words from YouTube and TV in general, I learnt the word “antidisestablishmentarianism” from a YouTube challenge video. Meanwhile in my English class I’ve been writing letters to the editor for the last 3 years, I don’t understand it. They way I see it the likelihood of me needed to use algebra on a daily basis isn’t high given my job prospects. For me, the worst part is the teachers. Always saying the same thing to “help” you deal with problems, “It’s easy now, you have no real responsibilities”. That always pisses me off, they don’t know that for certain. There’s no way for them to. The kid with “no responsibilities” could also be the kid who’s trying to raise money for a family members heart surgery, they wouldn’t know, couple that with hours spent doing homework to avoid failing grades makes it impossible to see the benefit.

    April 12th, 2016 at 7:55 pm
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  401. Anonymous says:

    I have been working on my homework for 7 hours now…and it is just math…and i cried three times doing it…and it is still not finished…also research shows that homework does not help at all with these standardized tests, only causing elementary school students to do somewhat better at tests, and others to do worse. Also homework does help with sleep. Now, many have learned that yes, they can stay up for 48 hours straight! And get through school with 1 hour of sleep! Great, huh?

    April 17th, 2016 at 11:41 pm
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  402. Nobody says:

    Just end it please… I’m falling asleep, still need to shower and have three large pages of homework to do……

    April 28th, 2016 at 11:47 pm
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  403. uribe says:

    under way too much stress and have so little time to get so much done. spanish teacher bombards us with 8 finals and expects us to memorize 600 vocab words and we have other classes. JUST TOO MUCH WORK

    May 26th, 2016 at 1:08 pm
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  404. Just have to say says:

    I find that homework is way to stressful it is depriving me of sleep and I struggle to keep what little of a social life I have. Right now I have a persuasive essay assessment to prepare for that will determine what national I’ll sit and it the first week of the new school year. I also need to do my maths and history homework which alone take up about an hour or two. I would rather study for the two tests that are coming up but I have all this homework to complete. It’s also annoying when I forget to do homework and the teachers make it seem like the end of the world.

    June 6th, 2016 at 6:05 pm
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  405. Time killer says:

    I am now in 8th grade and I have to read and annotate a passage and write a short summary about the passage and then I have to color and label all the 50 states and their capital and then describe the economy landscape and climate and then take a history online test and figure out how to take a screenshot on the computer and then do Math and then of course there’s studying for all 4 core classes and then I have to practice my trombone and then I have to get all 8 of my sillabus. And it’s only the third day of this school year! What am I going to do? Any suggestions?

    July 20th, 2016 at 5:57 pm
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  406. Time killer says:

    By the way somebody erased most of the comments

    July 20th, 2016 at 5:58 pm
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  407. Mary says:

    As a high school accounting teacher, I am always debating the amount of homework I give. Receiving completed homework from students who have a rough home life or who work evenings is a challenge, particularly if they don’t like the subject matter. Complicated by the mandate of standardized test to evaluate students and teachers, I’ve realized that almost all formative assessments must take place in the classroom, so I can get a better immediate perspective of their progress. Basing their progress on homework that has not been attempted is useless. We work continually during class time, but acoounting homework is minimal. However, I use a different approach with my honors students. Formative assessments are just as common, but the homework becomes more exploration centered and inquisitive in nature.

    August 2nd, 2016 at 5:30 am
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  408. 9th grader says:

    I have just started my ninth year in school. Im wrapping up my second week in an “Early College” Highschool. Im on a college campus going to school in a tiny cramped building with 200 other children. You’d expect a ton of homework at an “Early College” but this is just absurd. I, for the past 2 weeks (including weekends) have had only 2 days to myself away from homework and school. I previously came from a 1000 kid middle school that was not that organized. It is a big change, but honestly. Every night so far here at this school I did homework for at least 2 hours when I get home. Class starts at 8:50 AM and school ends at 3:00PM but I get home around 4:45PM because my bus takes almost two hours to take me home. So that takes more time off my “self” time. I get home, and I jump straight into homework, because if i do not I will be up all night. I am currently doing a huge amount of math homework that takes me about 2 minutes a problem and it is destroying me. My grades are going to fall and I going to destroy myself with my own work. My teachers attitudes are nice, but the work is not.

    August 18th, 2016 at 9:43 pm
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  409. Anonymous says:

    I have to read 20 pages out of a history text book. Sure I am in an AP class but that’s just too much.

    August 25th, 2016 at 10:36 pm
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  410. Grace says:

    I hate homework. I’m a good student. I get the top grades. I always do all of my in-class work, and if I don’t complete it, I will do it at home.
    Homework does not help me. It only adds to my stress. I don’t just do my work and get it done, I give everything 100%, and I feel like homework doesn’t deserve the same energy which my ACTUAL ASSESSMENTS deserve, as personally, I find homework rarely contributes anything towards my assessments. Really, all I need to do is internals and get credits from them. In my final year of school, petty homework which does NOTHING to help me get my university entrance seems trivial and ultimately useless, and like a waste of time, yet teachers still do ‘homework checks’ and will enforce detentions where necessary.
    I have had one teacher who didn’t give any homework. He would remind us that we should be studying and practicing our skills, because we needed to maintain the ability to complete certain tasks, as we moved forward into new sections of the same assessment.
    He said he believed in ‘natural consequences’. If we don’t put the time into study, we won’t get the good grades. He would tell us pages of work which would be relevant if we wanted practice, and would give us tasks which we could do if we wanted extra practice, but nothing was compulsory. I really liked it. I got good grades. I worked hard. It wasn’t my favourite subject, so I didn’t give it probably quite as much as I could have, but it taught me a valuable lesson. I worked hard, so I got the grade I deserved. The girl who sat beside me didn’t study a day in her life. She didn’t want to, and so she failed. And that was what she deserved.
    I put in effort if I want to pass. It’s a teacher’s job to teach, but a student has far more responsibility in their learning than a teacher. You have to try. You have to be willing.
    Forcing students to do homework is not the way to achieve this. Encouraging students to take responsibility for their learning is what’s important, and helping them to do so.

    August 30th, 2016 at 6:10 am
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  411. Anonymous says:

    I’m in year 11 and I do homework on average 2+ hours a night. We are expected to do, in yr 11, 10-15 hours of ‘study’ per week, which equals about 2 hours a night. That’s okay, I could do that, but we also get about 10-15 hours of homework each week. That means about 4 hours a night. I have a part time job and I work about 10 hours a week so I get little free time (and none of my free time is stress-free, I always feel like I should be doing homework or worrying that I won’t get it all done). My bus only gets in at about 4:15, so by the time I do all of that it’d be 8:30, and then I’m usually so exhausted that I either go straight to bed, or stay up late to get in all the leisure activities I’m missing out on (reading, movies, etc) then I’m exhausted the next day. It’s never ending and I’m always tired. I am starting to dread getting out of bed in the morning because I know that I will just be doing work all day. This weekend I am working today 2-8:30pm, then tomorrow 5-8pm and I have two tests to study for and a physics exam! I have noticed lately that the only time I feel not stressed is when there’s no way I could be doing homework – when I’m in the shower or in bed. Consequently our water bill has been going up because I’ve been spending more and more time in the shower, dreading having to get out and start working again!

    September 2nd, 2016 at 10:26 pm
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  412. Tyler says:

    Senior in highschool (homeschooled)
    Monday: College probs and stats class from 10:30-12:30, job 2-5, went home mowed then did other chores, went to sleep around 3
    Tuesday: 5 hours of construction work, job 4-5, homework, mowed other yard, started work on walkway/stepping stones
    Wednesday: Probs and stats again, personal finance, job 3-5, more work on walkway
    Thursday: 5 more hours of construction, job 4-5, other chores
    Friday: co-op all day
    I’m depressed and exhausted, my parents are always on my ass about… Oh lol gotta go.. They want me to take a practice act test… See what I mean? I never get a break 🙁

    September 3rd, 2016 at 7:47 pm
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  413. Isabel says:

    I’ve currently been up well over 48 hours. My head is pounding and I’m sweating all over. I have a pile of paper stacked up on the side of my desk, all filled with work. I haven’t spoken to my sister or girlfriend in a week and I had to give up my counselling sessions because I had literally no time for them. But, of course, the teachers are always right, and homework is helping us… Haha…

    September 5th, 2016 at 8:58 pm
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  414. Tired and exhausted says:

    I’m a Sophomore. Everyone in my class is drowning in English homework, Chemistry homework, Algebra 2 homework, and World History homework. Some of us are alright, but others, like my friend, are freaking out WAY too much. I’m pretty sure my friend hasn’t slept in 2 days, and right now she’s telling me that instead of looking up reasons why homework isn’t very good for us, I should be, what else, doing my homework. We’re all getting stressed, and no one’s ever in a good mood anymore! It sucks, and I’m kinda getting tired of everyone snapping at each other…

    September 9th, 2016 at 12:39 pm
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  415. Stressed out teen says:

    Im in the ninth grade and the everyone says its the easiest grade of the 4 years but everyday on average i get about 4 or 5 hours of homework then straight to bed and that isn’t good and it causes me stress and much, much anxiety and i hardly get time to myself, the only time i get to myself is in the shower, if there isn’t someone banging on the door to hurry up 🙁

    September 21st, 2016 at 9:46 pm
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  416. Anonymous says:

    you tots understand me

    October 7th, 2016 at 8:15 pm
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  417. Anonymous says:

    i can’t do anything ever its homework school a bit of sleep
    thats it

    October 9th, 2016 at 11:47 am
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  418. Quinn says:

    I’m a sophomore. I try my best to get straight A’s, and I usually do. In fact, my parents are super strict and won’t accept less than that. Per night, I get at least 2 hours of homework, usually more like 4-6 though. I’m also in the musical for pit and in really heavy English/writing classes and math classes that I shouldn’t be in until much later. Needless to say, I have a lot of work. School starts at 7:30, so I wake up at 6. It ends at 2:38, 2 on Wednesdays. I am also in the pit for the school musical, so 2 days a week I am at school until 8. I try to go to sleep at 12 every night, but even that isn’t possible most nights, especially not rehearsal nights. I am always sleep-deprived, I can’t remember the last time I wasn’t exhausted. Not to mention the fact that I have both anxiety and depression, so that causes a lot of difficulties. Giving students loads of homework does nothing but stress them out. It hurts our mental health and destroys our sleep schedules.

    October 11th, 2016 at 12:30 am
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  419. TheBestAdviceYouLLGetIfYouAreUnder14 says:

    High school freshmen here. I understand every district has different curriculums and homework may be different… but look, it gets INSANE when you go to school for 8 hours. As of which I am spending ARP (Additional Resource Period -Basically Study Hall) on homework/projects (a full 30 mins) and then I am spending LUNCH doing homework too. Otherwise I would get a heck ton of work to do when I get home. I am even doing homework on the bus back home. Almost every second of my waking is filled with homework. I get home at about 3:49pm… and guess what? It’s flippin 8:56pm here. 4pm-9pm and the only thing on my mind is HOMEWORK!!! Taking away necessary time for my body needs, I am FORCED to take about 4-5 hours of homework EVERY SINGLE NIGHT on (sometimes Monday) Tuesday-Friday! Sometimes I finish up at a crazy 10pm and then I flop on bed. Then I am expected to get up at 6:35am and drag myself through school. Meanwhile expecting to soak everything up. I mean I can take this for probably a while longer before I crack. But hey… that’s why I’m all for getting those precious break time hours in. Well, it isn’t all that great. Now, I normally spend 3-5 hours during the WEEEEKKKEENNNDDD Friday,Saturday,Sunday.. to cleanup my homework and make sure I understand all the concepts. Guys it isn’t so bad in Middle School. It’s when you get to high school, especially when you got an AP class and just added another chemistry class to do online… that’s when stress starts it’s way up your spine. Beware. Schedule your precious time wisely. Don’t spend too much time on a worksheet/paper due a few days ago. Smash your priorities first. Make sure they are down for goood. Listen well in class, don’t miss a word. Or else you’ll spend every waking second at home and on the weekends on schoolwork. All you’ll have to think about would be work work work paper paper pencil eraser binary code javascript 1877 worker union strikes “Je voudrais” -french *Math *Biology *chemistry *The tests that I’ll be facing to fight this Friday (5) tests btw. Yep 5 tests plus a jolly load of homework RIGHT NOW!

    October 12th, 2016 at 10:06 pm
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  420. Anonymous says:

    I have Physics homework, Pre-Cal homework, scholarship essays, Dual credit projects, one of which I need to interview someone from college who is interested in the same career I have (easy, right?), another is an essay over bloodshed in the early days of American discovery, online tests over the weekend, Saturday tutorials for the ACT, and still have to study for the ACT which is on the 22nd, and today is the 14th.

    I really like how such little things can make or break a future, it really helps.

    October 14th, 2016 at 10:49 am
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  421. AnnoyedStudent says:

    Currently, I am doing an assignment on this always relevant topic. Between the comments and the letter above, it almost seems that I could use this page for all my sources!
    Now for my two cents on this topic:
    Balancing family time, a job, and classes seem to clash with anyone’s schedule. Far too often I’ve had to cancel previously planned events because of an overwhelming workload. The stress that it all brings is rather concerning – and this doesn’t even factor the emotional, physical, and psychological stress that lies outside of school. Not all teachers are apathetic, but most would not accept a panic attack as a reason to be exempt from a fifty problem worksheet. I truly believe that homework should be sharply reduced; just think of all the benefits!
    -It would raise a large percentage of students’ GPAs
    -This would further implement in class demonstrations
    -Reduce stress in the classroom setting
    -Even allow for the affected students to have more social time
    Honestly, allowing a staggering amount of homework to be assigned on a nightly basis is a truly incompassionate display of the schools themselves.

    I say we start a riot, people!

    November 1st, 2016 at 9:41 am
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  422. Stresses Out says:

    I am in 8th grade and am already swamped in homework. I had a checkpoint for a major National History day project yesterday, a checkpoint for another English project on Tuesday and another checkpoint for a different project coming up on December 2nd and guess what, I have nothing done for all of them. I was up late doing a project yesterday, went to sleep around 12 or 1 and then got up at 5:30 to finish my normal homework. I am completely stressed out, I cry multiple times every week, and my parents are always on my back. I’m trying to stay strong but don’t know how much more I can take before I crack and get depressed. I barely made it through school and pretty much slept through first period Algebra. I should be getting ten hours of sleep a night and instead I’m getting ten a week. Leisure is not part of my vocabulary. I dread waking up every morning and literally cry every Monday because I know another stressful week awaits me. My mind can’t focus on one thing for a long period of time and doing one project for seven hours doesn’t help. I have to keep on taking breaks every half an hour or else I will go nuts! I have seriously considered quitting school and working at McDonalds for 5 dollars an hour. Those aren’t healthy thoughts for a thirteen year old.

    November 17th, 2016 at 7:58 pm
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  423. Stresses Out says:

    This is the age to party and have fun not to spend nights working on math and history. Teachers say that homework is supposed to help with studying for tests but I find that doesn’t help at all. Lol I have to go work on my project that was due yesterday.

    November 17th, 2016 at 8:01 pm
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  424. Stresses Out says:

    Oooh. Did I mention that I am canceling after school activities just to get a STUPID PROJECT done!!!!

    November 17th, 2016 at 8:04 pm
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  425. DJ Money Flame says:

    Teachers must think that we don’t do anything else after school ends. We have other responsibilities, like sports,and other activities. They should try to remember from when back when they were teens, and think if they would want to do homework the same night of a dope party.

    November 21st, 2016 at 3:27 pm
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  426. UnicornPower says:

    I am still a preteen, and i go to a very high-standard grammar school. Our school has lots of homework policies in place to reduce stress, such as not setting homework for the next day, and no homework over holidays (eg summer holidays, christmas holidays, half term, ect). And yet, all of these policies dont actually have any effect on the AMOUNT of homework given to students like myself, which is the main issue. Several of my classmates have recently taken to using apps on their phones to help deal with stress, or websites on their computers. However, this still isnt SOLVING the problem, just making it more bearable. On average, i get 2-3 pieces of homework every day, each one must take a MINIMUM of twenty minutes, and anybody who doesnt hand it in for whatever reason (even a legitimate excuse) gets an instant detention. It makes school life very stressful, as we are constantly woryying about having done the homework right, or enough of it, or forgotten to include something. The pressure our teachers put us under is simply too much and there is one teacher who will even give you detentions if you DID do your homework, if it isnt done ‘to a high-enough standard’. The teacher in question also keeps regular checks on our homework and detention logs on the school system, as she is deputy-head. ITS TOO STRESSFUL.

    November 29th, 2016 at 8:13 pm
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  427. UnicornPower says:

    I have to write a paragraph about some music we did in school, a poem for English, solve fifty-two maths problems, fill in a sheet on the Bayeux Tapestry, revise for a Latin test, revise for a French test, revise for a grammar test, create a alternative cultural identity for Art, write a three-page essay on how mathematics can be applied to real-life situations, highlight the points of a map where triangulation points would be most effective/useful, create a chart to show the emphasis different religions put into different aspects of life and learn 22 words in advance of my next Latin lesson so we dont have to learn them in class. AND THATS JUST FROM THIS WEEK!!!!!!!! Ive had to quit after-school swimming just to keep up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 29th, 2016 at 8:20 pm
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  428. The Con Artist says:

    I’m only in eighth grade, but I’m taking honors geometry at a high school. I have SO MUCH HOMEWORK because I sometimes miss other classes because of my weird math schedule (I’m literally finishing up an essay that other people DID IN CLASS as I write this.) I’m a kind of person that doesn’t need a lot of sleep, but I’m often doing homework until 11 at night – somehow managing to eat dinner. I’m SICK of it. My teachers have no idea I already have a huge workload from other classes. And sadly, I couldn’t do the school musical this year (even though I’m a really good actress) because of my workload.

    December 2nd, 2016 at 12:33 am
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  429. Tasha Pratt says:


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  430. jessica smith says:

    hi, i hate coming home with a bunch of homework

    December 5th, 2016 at 1:59 pm
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  431. jack says:

    WTF,WTF,WTF. I am doing hw right now and it sucks. HOMEWORK BE GONE!!!! I found this page because i am writing a paper on y hw is not neccary.

    December 7th, 2016 at 6:00 pm
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  432. Anonymous says:

    I am a 9 grader and hw is full of shit. I go to school for 7 hours, after school sports, an average of 7-9 hours of homework each night, an average of 4 hours of sleep per night during the week, and most days, I even have to wake up early for extra help in my classes or for school clubs and committees. I am ranked highly in my class and so is my sister and we both spend about the same time on homework each night. I even got to the point 3 days ago where I was sitting in my English class and started sobbing. I had a mental breakdown in the middle of my class and my teacher acted like it wasn’t even happening. Most of my classes are easy but assign way to much busy work and I have an average of 6-9 quizzes and 2-3 tests per week. And my school only has 4 classes per semester. Sometimes, we will even have 3 quizzes in one class all on the same day. Nothing is preparing me for the future, it is all busy work. I have had to do homework all day and ultimately decide at 4 am to go into my parents room, wake them up, and tell them that I need to take a mental health day in order to catch up on all of my work. None of my classmates care as much about school as I do and yet, even with all of my ectra effort and time, I still have the worst grades I have made in my entire life. I am crying almost every night and if I ever get to watch an episode of my TV shows that I recorded 3 months ago or get to sleepover during the weekend, I am lucky. The only thing keeping me going is holiday breaks and summer. I always feel stressed and under too much pressure. My eye has been twitching for months straight and on top of that, I recently broke my tailbone and have been taken out of a lot of school for doctors appointments. I am behind by so little, and yet, it makes me feel as if life after high school isn’t worth everything I am doing.

    December 8th, 2016 at 1:00 am
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  433. John says:

    Ok, I hate homework, and I bet most students do. But what I hate most of all is “busy work.” I can maybe understand the homework if it is relevant to the lesson and actually helps you understand it. But half the homework I get from teachers (and I’m in middle school honors classes) is NOT EVEN HELPING ME UNDERSTAND ANYTHING AT ALL. Sure assign us and hour of homework, maybe two if I’m in a good mood (lol) but only if it helps me understand something and isn’t just work you assign for us just for the heck of it.

    December 8th, 2016 at 10:07 pm
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  434. Anon says:

    I agree with all the comments here. I’m a high school student and we get way too much homework. I spend around 3-4 hours a night and by the time I’m finished I’m exhausted and just want to go to bed. I hardly have time for my hobbies during the school year. Most adult will just say thats because you’re taking advanced classes (if thats the case) but now thats kind of an expectation to take AP and Honors courses if you want to get into a good college. I’m always stressed about tests and homework and honestly it’s probably unhealthy. I understand the concept of homework and reinforcing what you learned but after having 7 hours of classes do I really need an additional 4 hours when I get home? It’s really frustrating.

    January 9th, 2017 at 3:42 pm
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  435. a nobody says:

    I thought I was one of the only people with this problem. I get home at 3:30 then go straight to mixed martial arts until 9:30! then I am up until 2-4 or I don’t sleep at all that night finishing homework, and usually I fall asleep around 2:30 at my desk in my room then don’t finish the homework. Then, that bring my grades down because I often have to skip some of the other assignments I think I can’t finish. 🙁

    January 25th, 2017 at 9:08 pm
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  436. a nobody says:

    my schedule also makes me very depressed and stressed and I think about suicide on a daily basis and I’m only in 8th grade, and to top it all of nobody likes me at school and nobody views me as a friend all because of the stupid m***** F****** HOMEWORK. ;(

    January 25th, 2017 at 9:18 pm
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  437. Billy Wilson says:

    I am 14 years old and i feel like there is way to much homework i am barley passing my classes and am failing two i am getting tired of this i need a break homework isn’t good its bad and the school i go to dosnt help

    February 16th, 2017 at 2:59 pm
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  438. Mercades says:

    Homework is going to be the absolute death of me. Im a seventh grader and almost each night, I get sent home with essays from my english and history classes, plus pages upon pages to do from my math a textbook, and research to do for science. Not to mention the our extra cycle classes that give us useless busywork to do just because they can. Teachers are being paid to teach us AT SCHOOL. Yet they still take our family time, our friends, our alone time just to relax. Not just that, but a lot of students including me have sports and/or after school activities to do. Missing just a day of school would leave you so far behind, so having the flu for a WEEK wont do any good when I go back to school, get miles of homework I needed to do plus classwork, and have my grade drop dramatically due to this. Having homework is putting more stress onto a teen than any ADULT should ever endure.

    March 9th, 2017 at 10:14 am
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  439. David says:

    I agree, there are freshman in high school that I’ve met, and they have told me how stressful homework can be. I don’t think that the teachers understand that the one homework assignment is not the only one, it is added to a substantial plate. It may help but it’s keeping teenagers up later than midnight, and the tests need to be studied for on one’s own time. And how about time consuming? A high school teen needs 9 hours of sleep. That teen is at school for 7. It typically takes an hour for a student to get ready and drive to school from the moment they wake up. Also an hour must be sat aside for the time it takes to eat breakfast/dinner at home. Then a two hour sports practice after that (sports are important for making friends and living a healthy life). Plus another hour to get changed, showed and drive back home. Then the average 3.5 hours of homework a night. That adds up to 24.5 hours! And they have to do this 5 days a week. Notice how there was no time for family, entertainment, or any free time at all. How can a high school student have a job? How can they pay for gas? We are killing high school students with homework. I believe homework has its advantages like helping kids remember what they learned and giving them practice, but I feel it should be optional. Why assign me 20 problems for something I only need 4-5 to get? If schools care any about a student getting sleep, they would start by fixing this homework problem. This is the reason that so many teens drop out of school, they feel overwhelmed, stressed, empty. There is nothing they can do about it though, because without good grades in high school, they know they will be ruining their own future. By not doing homework they are digging themselves into a hole, a hole that is so difficult to climb out of, that they just give up, and drop out of school and give up on life. It needs to stop, soon.

    March 24th, 2017 at 10:12 am
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  440. Anonymous says:

    I’m just a sixth grader, so I might not have as much experience with this… but the amount of homework this says high schoolers have is the same amount as me. About 3-4 hours at night. Also, in elementary school, every day after school, the entire class was told to do about 30 math problems for homework, and sometimes even more in other classes. And right now I’m in the middle of doing homework that will definitely take until at least midnight tonight… and I started about an hour ago.
    This seriously needs to stop.

    April 17th, 2017 at 7:59 pm
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  441. Furious george says:

    Im in grade 8 and homework hasn’t gotten bad yet (2-4 hours a night) but as Im reading all of your comments I cant help but notice my dreams of becoming a good student at a world famous university going down the drain. I already feel overworked and its the second week of school. All my teachers say that they only give 20 minutes of HW per night +any stuff you dont finish in class, and then they assign a huge project due in 2 days and talk FOR THE WHOLE CLASS, leaving us to do it at home. I want them to know what it feels like, or at very least realize that hw for all the classes really piles up. I’m a human, but im starting to feel like a robot. I hope that someone of authority reads these comments and does something about it because WE ARE PEOPLE TOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 16th, 2017 at 7:06 pm
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  442. Depressed says:

    Each of my teachers says that they “only” give an hour a night, but they don’t realize that with 6 teachers, it piles up so quickly… And some say that the only hw they assign is what you don’t finish in class. They assign a 3 page essay DUE TOMORROW only to talk for the whole class, leaving me to do it at home. Throw in a learning disability, a club or sport that lasts until at least 6 every night, and you have my life. In every single class, our teachers tell us that there are 3 steps to success. Do all your homework, join as many clubs and teams as you can, and get at least 9 hours of sleep, but they don’t tell you how to do all 3.

    October 10th, 2017 at 6:11 pm
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  443. Annoyed Student says:

    I strongly agree with this. I have only 6 hours of non-school time and not-sleeping time (which isn’t up to par, by the way.), and about 1-3 of those hours are taken up by Homework, 1 is taken up by fulfilling my not-rest-related needs (eating, drinking, etc.), and 0-2 are taken up by appointments that pertain to me being able to live as a functional person. (2 therapies and 1 eye-treatment appt.) Oh, and my Mum considers me “lazy” because I spend my 4-0 hours on relaxing/studying subjects that aren’t in the curriculum/gaming and yet still complain about not having enough freetime. What kind of world do the students of today live in?
    Unfortunately, starting a committee would require multiple students’ freetime lining up and the same students also wanting to participate in a committee in their freetime, and that isn’t really reasonable.
    I second what Furious george said, I do hope someone in authority is reading these.

    April 8th, 2018 at 12:55 am
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