A High School Student Speaks Out–I Love School, But It’s Killing Me

Today’s letter is from high school student, Sophia Warren, a 10th grader in Brooklyn, New York.

I Love School, But It’s Killing Me
by Sophia Warren

Dear Sara,

My name’s Sophia Warren (we’ve met before a few times now). I’m a sophomore currently at Packer in Brooklyn Heights, NY. Packer is a school that prides itself on the gifted children that attend it and the rigorous academics that they offer. For years I have spent hours on homework. Beginning in the second grade, I sat through standarized tests, I worked on handwriting, and filled out math work book after math work book.

When I was in the fourth grade, each student was assigned an “independent study project.” Most kids were told that they would be working on spelling, logic problems, etc. I was told that I would be writing a novel, working at least a half an hour on it every night plus completing my other homework. At first I was in love with the idea, happy to be exempt from spelling, but it soon took a turn and I found myself miserable and with writer’s block. I was just nine years old and I came home everyday, sat down, stared at my paper, and spent the next hour crying out of frustration. My mom had no idea what to do with me. She finally spoke to my teacher and said that although I had not been writing anything, I had in fact been thinking about the story. He said that my think was not work and that I would not be allowed to go outside the next day during recess and that I would have to work while everyone else had “free time” in the classroom. I spent four months of fourth grade sitting in the classroom at a desk and working while everyone else was permitted to have fun and run around. It did not seem fair to me and it still doesn’t. The finished product kept me up until almost five in the morning. The story was over 160 pages at completion.

I have always wanted to be a writer, but that assignment killed my love of writing for over a year. I figured that if it was that painful to write, I did not want to.

At the present, I spend over six hours on homework a night. It is only just

the beginning of the year and I have already realized that my social life will have to wait until the summer. Almost all of my friends are outside of my school and having six hours of homework a night gives me absolutely no time to see them whatsoever. I go out Saturday nights and work continuously all day on Sunday. I never get more than six hours of sleep a night. I have accepted already that this year I will have little fun, see my family rarely, never spend time with them, not see my friends as much as I would like, and not have nearly enough time to do the things I like. I love music. I’ve played the cello for years now and I’ve recently quit orchestra because I just didn’t have time for it. It was taking up free periods that I needed to complete assignments in. I also love to go the concerts, I love live music, I love booking shows, and I love being part of a community that revolves around excellent music. I find that internships I once had and loved now need to be discarded. I hate that things I enjoyed doing in the summer need to be shoved to the back of my closet until a year from now.

The saddest thing about all of this is that I truly love school. I really love it, but it’s killing me. I’m actually physically uncomfortable right now, my coloring is off, and I’ve already gotten the cold that I will have for the rest of the year. My immune system is already falling apart and I find myself drinking Emergen-C every morning just to keep me alive through the week.

Today I auditioned for the play. Rehearsals run for about four hours a day. I would get home at around seven-thirty every evening and then sit down to do all of my homework. Even the director doesn’t understand. She’s planned a tech rehearsal on Halloween! It’s a holiday! It’s a time to have fun! I put on my schedule that I cannot go to that and that I will not go to rehearsal on Fridays.

It’s healthy to have fun, is it not? It’s not fair that I don’t have time to read, draw, play the cello, see my friends, have dinner with my little brother, or go to the movies with my mom. I live in New York City. I want to submerge myself in its culture and learn from that and instead I spend everyday sitting in my room, slaving away.

A perfect example of the toll homework is taking on my life (and it’s only the second week of school!): Last night I sat down to do my French homework. French is one of my favorite subjects and I assumed the work would pass quickly. Turns out that I had to look up twenty-five vocabulary words, write sentences for each of them, and then write twelve sentences about the girl who sits next to me. I quickly realized that the work was going to take me a very long time. I begin to work and along comes my brother. He’s in the eighth grade, also at Packer. He’s also working on French homework. He’s struggling through his work as well and he keeps asking me questions. This is the saddest thing; we end up fighting! He gets upset because I tell him that I don’t have time to help him and to please stop talking to me and I get angry because he’s upset. I start to feel bad and five minutes later we’re both yelling at each other. My mom comes upstairs and we’re yelling and she starts yelling and my dad comes home from work and everyone’s upset. It puts him in a bad mood and the next thing you know, everyone is angry at one another all because of frustration about homework. I really wish this wasn’t the case.

I’m reading your book right now (there’s no telling how long it will take me though with this much work to do). I hope that I can just explain to my teachers. My teachers are always pretending that they’re conscious of the homework problems but they have the nerve to blame it on time management skills. They blame it on me! I am a fast worker and it takes me six hours. A boy told me just today that his history homework alone took him almost three hours last night.

I don’t want to hate school or learning, but everytime I say anything it is dismissed as irrational and an exaggeration. My teachers just don’t get it. I really wish they did because I find myself counting down the days until winter break already. I don’t have time to do anything I want to do. It makes me cringe to think about junior year and college pressure and the SATs. I have enough on my plate right now. My English teacher just gave us a list of TWO HUNDRED AND FIFTY vocabulary words. TWO HUNDRED AND FIFTY. That’s insane. We’ll be tested on it at the end of the year to help us for the SATs. High school has been a horror so far. I hear it gets worse. It makes me not want to go to college, which is really sad. I wish my mom would homeschool me, but not all parents have time for that or are qualified to do that. I wish there was somewhere that let me do things I love. I think I am a smart person- not to boast or anything, but I really do think that I’m smart and hardworking. I’m a straight A student and I pride myself in that, but the kids who don’t do homework always talk about what they did after school.

My A is costing me my social life.

Thanks for voicing your opinion on homework. I wish there were more people ready to stand up for both children and parents.

210 Comments on “A High School Student Speaks Out–I Love School, But It’s Killing Me”

  1. Diane says:

    If this isn’t a violation of some kind of child labor, or labor, laws, then we have to rewrite the laws. This sounds almost criminal to me. Sophia, my heart goes out to you. Do you think you would be able to give a copy of your letter to every teacher and manager of your school without retribution? It sounds like homework is seriously affecting your health.

    I am a mother of a 7-yr-old who gets 45 minutes of homework a night. I am fighting for no homework (or seriously less homework) now to try to influence the system and assuage the amount he will get in middle or high school. Here’s hoping!

    Harris Cooper’s studies showed that, after 2 1/2 hours of homework a night for High School students, returns diminished (ie scores got worse, not better). Maybe worth looking up that information up for your teachers (I’ll try to send you something).

    I wish you loads of luck. Keep checking this web site. It is full of great information, ideas and inspiration.

    In solidarity …

    Diane

    September 26th, 2008 at 7:16 pm
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  2. HomeworkBlues says:

    Diane wrote:

    If this isn’t a violation of some kind of child labor, or labor, laws, then we have to rewrite the laws. This sounds almost criminal to me. Sophia, my heart goes out to you. Do you think you would be able to give a copy of your letter to every teacher and manager of your school without retribution? It sounds like homework is seriously affecting your health.

    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    Diane, thank you. Because we are in the same boat. My daughter’s homework life mirrors this young woman’s. It is criminal. It is absolute child abuse.

    If you staff, they deny that students are very seriously sleep deprived, many depressed and tell you your child just has to time manage better, see a coach or counselor and not be such a perfectionist.

    LBJ

    September 26th, 2008 at 11:37 pm
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  3. Alexandra Keehan says:

    This is a painful reminder of my sophomore year! I had the same experiences and I promise you Junior year IS better! You are going to have to make the choice between sacrificing your advanced classes or your peaceful well-being. That choice was hard for me because I love to learn and have to take all the AP and Honors classes available.
    It took me awhile but I decided I would be happy with an A in regular classes or B in AP classes as long as I feel good mentally.
    I am so glad you found an outlet by posting this blog and you need to be vocal in your school too! Teachers do not get settle hints let alone smacks on the face. If need be get your parents to have a meeting with the teachers or principle.
    PLEASE check out my web site and email me if you want to talk about it. I would love to put this on my web site too if you don’t mind. It’s great that you found Sara Bennett. She has been working with me so well and will help you in anyway possible. It is people like you who I would LOVE to get involved with my web site. Stuntthestress.com
    I promise there is a way to make things better!

    September 27th, 2008 at 4:09 pm
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  4. Erin says:

    I agree with this
    when i began reading, assigned reading hours and the such made an activity i have after a few years come to love seem like tourture
    adults today, for the most part, complain that children do not exercise, play, etc.etc., yet i find that the real reason is that kids are too afraid to commit their time because of homework and projects which take up so much of their time
    i used to go to an inter-city school, before my town built it’s own (though i sometimes find this true even now), that some teachers, especially math teachers hardly taught at all; they would use homework to force students to teach themselves, spending class time going over the homework, maby giving some notes, and then giving more homework for the following day.
    also, when young children are given lots of homework in elementary and middle school, they burn out under the stress; i could see it happening to myself. This leads to risky behavior and underacheivement in high school and beyond. high school is supposed too be “the best par of your life”, but students are also pretty much told that the only way to have a sucessful future is to just work all through high school to get into collage. according to my tachers, the weekend is just extra time to get extra homework done.
    about this specific case; there is definitely somthing that at least borders on child abuse. This type of mental abuse should not exist, especially in schools that are supposed to nurture young children.
    also, homework wastes countless peices of paper daily
    thank you for reading

    September 28th, 2008 at 10:58 pm
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  5. Sophia says:

    i just wanted to thank everyone for leaving such thoughtful comments. right now i’m working on getting a group of other students together to approach the administration of the school. I have to remind myself that there is no promise of success in my conquest.

    I want to just print out some studies, do some research, and give it to a teacher. They won’t be able to deny that homework is not the answer.

    As Erin was saying, some teachers don’t do anything. My history teacher does nothing. She pretty much makes us summarize the twenty pages of reading we had for homework and then assigns more. We spend the majority of class doing nothing, but sitting and just doing mindless work. There is no point in this work. It is completely non-beneficial.

    I just go to one of those schools where homework is such a widespread idea. I mean they give A LOT of homework and I feel it would be very hard for them to stop. Nonetheless, I feel they need to at least re-adjust the homework load.

    Also Alexandra, I find your blog fascinating and interesting. I’d love to talk to you further.

    September 30th, 2008 at 12:42 am
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  6. fivekitten says:

    Wow. You just described the life of my 17 year old…(a senior in public school). Just keep telling yourself….only a couple more years, (taking college into consideration)…and then you’re learning will be in your hands for the rest of your life…I don’t know how my 17 year old does it.

    And the tension in our house increases by 100% (very calm during the day, just my homeschooled 8 year old and I) when my 15 and 17 year old come home.. I can’t believe the homework they have…and everyone gets crabby and yelling and it’s just horrible sometimes..I really wish they didn’t have that pressure…

    A nudge towards homeschooling my 8 year old came through her getting homework IN KINDERGARTEN! At six years old! Reading, writing words – what happened to the alphabet and playtime? And it was like an hour a day and she was sooo miserable. I’ve homeschooled her since. She’s a very happy child. (She was extremely happy before school – her personality did a complete turnaround the year she was in school – crying – nightmares – all kinds of stuf…). So glad I homeschool her. Best thing I ever did.

    Anyhow, my heart goes out to you. Just keep saying..only a couple more years..only a couple more years! Then you’ll be able to create your own life!

    October 5th, 2008 at 4:02 pm
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  7. fivekitten says:

    ugh..I didn’t proof before I posted..I’m really not a spelling idiot…(in fact I write for a living..well, kind of living..) I know you’re is supposed to be your and whatever else is in there! (I have a habit of being apostrophe happy when I’m typing what I’m thinking!) And I’m too lazy to capitalize my “I’s” all the time…hmm…maybe my writing is too “I” centric!

    October 5th, 2008 at 4:05 pm
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  8. HomeworkBlues says:

    fivekitten, you get five lashes for your grammar lapse. Just kidding! I LOVED your post.Don’t worry about your mistake, we all make them. Even me, an unrepentent “Eats, Shoots, and Leaves” person.

    I also homeschooled, for one year, and my biggest regret is that I didn’t start sooner. If there’s one positive light shining here, it is the legions of people now abandoning school for homeschooling. If you can do it, omeschooling is the best, the true answer because you call the shots and you tailor a program (be it school at home or unschooling or anything in between) uniquely suited to your child’s needs. If you can homeschool, put your energies into that rather than fighting with the school. The time it takes to write a letter or schedule a meeting, you could be researching curriculum and homeschool support groups. But do write that letter and schedule that meeting when you leave.

    Not a day goes by that I don’t wince over what I didn’t do. My best advice: don’t grimace and grin and bear it, espeically if your children are young. Don’t throw away their childhood. Consider homeschooling. If your child loves to learn, that’s the best prescription. Your child can read to her heart’s delight, you can go to museums all you want and your child gets maximum sleep. What on earth could be better?

    LBJ

    October 5th, 2008 at 4:46 pm
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  9. Zach says:

    As a 17 year-old Junior in High School I have quickly realized that I will not have a childhood to look back on with euphoria. I have hours of homework per night, multiple tests per week, and multiple projects and reading assignments per month. All of this work leaves me with no life. I love to read. I can enjoy the simple pleasure of reading the books I want to read, because I have too much school work. I cannot go have fun with my friends because I have too much school work. School has stripped me of my childhood, and the worst thing is that teachers don’t give a damn, because it’s just a job to them and the way they earn their money. I yearn for moments where I can just lay down and relax, and not have to stress about school. We spend approximately 10 years of re-callable childhood years. We spend the next 70 or so years being adults, never again to have the joy of being youthful. School is taking away that joy for me, and I no longer have a work ethic or an eagerness to learn. School has ruined my childhood.

    October 9th, 2008 at 12:06 am
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  10. Mom says:

    Please understand that, to some extent, the “homework complaint” is the complaint of the privileged few. Many parents are fighting for school materials, crime-free environments, and for teachers who will work to help their children to realize their potential. In some cases, parents are just hoping that their children will be able to read when they leave school and that when they leave, they will have a diploma in their hands rather than a baby.

    October 17th, 2008 at 5:33 pm
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  11. Mom says:

    I love you, Miss Bird.

    October 17th, 2008 at 5:42 pm
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  12. Mom says:

    Hi,

    I wanted to make sure that you did not perceive my comment as dismissive. I know how much homework sucks.

    I see how hard you work. I am very proud of you for all that you accomplish in school and out of school and, most of all, for your integrity and sense of decency, the respect that you show to others and for your honest and beautiful heart.

    I want you to know that I do not view this situation as ideal. I wrote a letter to Carol Britton two years ago and incrementally have fought the fight. I want you to know that I love you very much and I do believe that you will benefit from this. I have chosen this route because I want as many doors to be open to you as possible. This is the system that we have. We can fight to change it, and we should. But I do believe that we have to beat them at their own game.

    When I was young, teachers scarcely encouraged girls. We had courses in cooking and sewing in high school! I don’t mean to sound preachy but I will tell you that the real world and the injustices of the workplace make this look like child’s play.

    One day you will remember these years as the easy ones. I’m sure that is hard to believe.

    I recognize the sacrifices that you have made and continue to make and I admire your commitment to school. You have an incredible work ethic and have learned the value of education. Above all, hopefully, you have a love of learning as well.

    I am not blind to the pitfalls of the private school model. It is, in part, why you have the social life that you do. It is why you have so many mental health days, extended curfews and the freedom that you enjoy. The number of absences that I allow should offer a glimpse into my irreverence for “the system”. You know that I am not a homework zealot. You have my complete support in any effort to minimize your homework load, to the extent that it is possible.

    I know that it is flawed. I cannot change the system overnight. If I could, I would. This is, in my opinion, the best that I can offer you. You have been provided an educational opportunity that few kids in this country or world will ever receive. You and your friends will go on to do great things, to lead the world, to change the world.

    I hope that one day you will understand why this is the imperfect choice that I have made for you.

    I love you very much.

    Mommy

    October 17th, 2008 at 5:57 pm
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  13. Sarah says:

    Teachers are doing what they believe they need to do in order for us to learn.

    A lot of the problem is the students. I’m sure that if you were satisfied with B’s and occasional C’s, your homework load would be much less.

    I’m reading the slave narrative of Frederick Douglass right now. As a young child, he used to trade bread for reading lessons during his rare playtime hours.

    I am a junior, taking all advanced classes, and feeling the stress of a large workload. We are so lucky to live in a country and a time when we can receive such an incredible education. In many countries across the globe, the average education is fifth grade. After that, it becomes obsolete, because jobs aren’t available anyways.

    I’m sorry. I feel for you, I really do. It just infuriates me to hear so many privileged people complaining about their many opportunities.

    February 3rd, 2009 at 7:47 pm
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  14. Jess says:

    I hear ya. I’m also in grade 10 and I can truly say that homework is seriously affecting my health. Not just physically, but mentally as well. I have absolutely no social life after school and I pretty much never get to do the things I love anymore. Almost every night I’m stuck with hours upon hours of homework. Some nights I can have up to 10 hours of homework!! On more than one occasion I’ve been up to six o’clock in the morning doing homework. It takes me forever because I’m an extreme perfectionist, I have trouble concentrating, have a hard time with writer’s block and for the most part just want good grades. But really, is good grades really worth my sanity? Almost everyday now I find myself crying over my homework. I used to be a cheerful, happy, optimistic person who always laughed, but now it seems I have nothing to look forward to. I get up at six, go to school for six hours and then end up with seven hours or more of homework. It’s making me miserable and I’m finding myself more impatient with everyone around me because of it. I’ve been having severe nervous breakdowns and I even get physically sick. If I spend one moment doing something I love, I can’t even enjoy it because I know in the back of my mind that I’m procrastinating on my homework. I don’t even look forward to long weekends because they’re filled with projects and assignments. I feel so incredibly overwhelmed, I just want to cry all the time. My childhood is being wasted. I don’t even have the time to get a part time job. I’m also incredibly groggy all the time because I haven’t been getting much sleep. Too many times I’ve been stuck in front of a computer screen till four in the morning and I’ve had just about enough. Teachers have to seriously rethink the amount of homework they’re giving us. I don’t even want to go to college or university anymore. I’ve completely lost my motivation. I find myself more often not completing my homework because I’m too physically stressed out to concentrate on it. I’ve been going through serious depressions because of it. I hate it with a passion. Most of the homework teachers give us is completely pointless and sometimes even unreasonable. Most of it doesn’t increase my learning at all, it just makes me more frustrated. *sigh* I’m losing myself to homework, I’ve becoming a depressed and emotionally unstable person lol. I need help or atleast one day off, just one. I’m too young for this, I feel like and old person lol. I know I should feel privileged to have such a goo education, but it’s hard when you only have an hour a day to really do the things you love. I don’t mean to complain so much, but I’m miserable here. At least I know I’m not the only one going through it lol

    February 15th, 2009 at 12:35 am
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  15. Jess says:

    I hear ya. I’m also in grade 10 and I can truly say that homework is seriously affecting my health. Not just physically, but mentally as well. I have absolutely no social life after school and I pretty much never get to do the things I love anymore. Almost every night I’m stuck with hours upon hours of homework. Some nights I can have up to 10 hours of homework!! On more than one occasion I’ve been up to six o’clock in the morning doing homework. It takes me forever because I’m an extreme perfectionist, I have trouble concentrating, have a hard time with writer’s block and for the most part just want good grades. But really, is good grades really worth my sanity? Almost everyday now I find myself crying over my homework. I used to be a cheerful, happy, optimistic person who always laughed, but now it seems I have nothing to look forward to. I get up at six, go to school for six hours and then end up with seven hours or more of homework. It’s making me miserable and I’m finding myself more impatient with everyone around me because of it. I’ve been having severe nervous breakdowns and I even get physically sick. If I spend one moment doing something I love, I can’t even enjoy it because I know in the back of my mind that I’m procrastinating on my homework. I don’t even look forward to long weekends because they’re filled with projects and assignments. I feel so incredibly overwhelmed, I just want to cry all the time. My childhood is being wasted. I don’t even have the time to get a part time job. I’m also incredibly groggy all the time because I haven’t been getting much sleep. Too many times I’ve been stuck in front of a computer screen till four in the morning and I’ve had just about enough. Teachers have to seriously rethink the amount of homework they’re giving us. I don’t even want to go to college or university anymore. I’ve completely lost my motivation. I find myself more often not completing my homework because I’m too physically stressed out to concentrate on it. I’ve been going through serious depressions because of it. I hate it with a passion. Most of the homework teachers give us is completely pointless and sometimes even unreasonable. Most of it doesn’t increase my learning at all, it just makes me more frustrated. *sigh* I’m losing myself to homework, I’ve becoming a depressed and emotionally unstable person lol. I need help or atleast one day off, just one. I’m too young for this, I feel like and old person lol. I know I should feel privileged to have such a goo education, but it’s hard when you only have an hour a day to really do the things you love. I don’t mean to complain so much, but I’m miserable here. I’m not saying I hate school, just the homework part. I’m trying to be more positive about all this… I need to be unless I want to lose my sanity completely lol. Anyway… peace love joy and happiness…all you need is love and always look on the bright side of life 🙂 … sorry I’ve been ranting on for so long….

    February 15th, 2009 at 12:46 am
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  16. High School Sophomore says:

    Empathy! I get serious writer’s block too–the saddest part is I really like all the stuff we read in english, and all I end up remembering is how hard the essays were for me and how embarrassed/sad I was that most of the stuff I turned in was late. The whole educational system needs a serious overhaul.

    I do also want to comment on the post left by ‘Sarah,’ #13. I disagree with your assertion that the blame rests mostly on the students. It is true that some teachers are amazing and great–I’m taking classes from a few right now–and it’s true that some students are overachievers. However, there are also many teachers who may know about their subject but know nothing about how to teach, and I think lots of students think they NEED A’s and B’s because that’s what’s expected of them, from the community and from their parents. When one letter is used to sum up a semester’s worth of experience in a class, and kids are taught that college and good jobs and therefore happiness rides on those little letters, students feel like they have no choice. In my carpool once I had the opportunity to hear the other kid receive half and hour’s worth of a comprehensive, vituperative dressing-down from his mother for receiving a B on his quarter grade in history. Is it the kid’s fault because he didn’t ‘settle for a B or a C’ if he has a homework crunch next quarter?
    Yes, the teachers and schools and parents also get caught in this ‘grade trap’ too, the blame can’t be laid on any one party. But that means we have to work together to change this stuff, not sit around and say ‘its their fault, it’s their fault, I’m not a part of this.’
    Yes, we should absolutely be grateful for the opportunities we have–I have watched my friend who changed schools when her mom went back to law school slowly lose her love and excitement for learning and become cynical and hardened, and it kills me by inches because I know how much joy she used to get from school. But just because we don’t have one set of problems doesn’t mean our lives are perfect or there’s something wrong with us if they aren’t–neither money nor opportunities buy happiness, and if you’re worn down emotionally, psychologically and physically like some students are, you’re in no position to truly take advantage of those opportunities. The fact that some people have cancer is not a reason to refuse medication and disparage researching treatments for diabetes or hepatitis. There are serious problems with our education system for kids of all ‘levels of privilege,’ and I think that the fact that these problems occur across the whole spectrum should be a clear message that something has to change.

    May 19th, 2009 at 8:47 pm
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  17. Lidia says:

    I agree with you so much. Right now I am a sophomore at a magnet school. There’s only one AP class offered right now for sophomore year so I took it to see what AP is like, plus I took all the honors (Chemistry, Spanish III, English II, Algebra II), and of course, taking my program area classes. Plus, I have to stay after school on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for club meetings. When I get home, I feel really exhausted but I know I just have to do my homework. I spend between 4 and 7 hours a day on homework. Don’t get me wrong, I love school too, but this is just too much. I barely see my best friends, my friends and I miss out activities that I loved to do so much like swimming, working out at the gym and going to concerts. Plus, I have to babysit kids over the weekend. My mom keeps saying that it was my choice to attend this school and she’s right, I decided I wanted to go to this school, but I never expected that this school could ruin my health so much (not just physically, but mentally and socially). I also lost my motivation to go to college, cause I know it would also be hard.

    I also know we are kind of spoiled cause we have so much information to learn that other countries can’t get. We have this big advantage to use all this info. But sometimes, to me, it feels as if teachers are teaching me nothing and they just give you the textbook, then expect you to learn it all by yourself, even if you have trouble with it, and you can’t ask for help, cause the next day you have a test on it.
    Obviously if we didn’t have any homework, it would make everyone lazy and no one would learn anything. That is true, but teachers cramming us with so much homework just feels like torture, cause in the end you feel like you’re ready to die or to shoot yourself.

    I agree with you, 100%, and I do think that this needs to change.

    September 12th, 2009 at 12:53 am
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  18. HomeworkBlues says:

    Great post, Lidia:

    You write: “Obviously if we didn’t have any homework, it would make everyone lazy and no one would learn anything.”

    Not necessarily. Although it sure looks that way sometimes, doesn’t it? I introduced my daughter to three John Steinbeck books and some other classics this summer she’d never covered in class.

    The sad thing about your statement is that some educators actually think that. That if it’s not forced, the kids will never learn a single thing. That’s a misconception but nurturing a life long learner begins at an early age.

    That is why I have been outspoken about homework. Because it limited learning rather than enhanced it. If my daughter, after a long day at school, chooses to read Wuthering Heights in 5th grade and write a novel, let her. Don’t make her stop. If you do, you are sending the message it’s not okay to read high quality literature or write elegantly and well. Unless it’s assigned. Let’s stop and think. Is that the outcome we really want?

    My daughter attends a selective magnet high school too. When I see students who get top grades, check off every to do box on the way to success, load up on extra curriculars, but I don’t see a spark, I don’t see them reading for pleasure, I see them tired and burned out, I have the answer to my question. Yes, apparently that is the outcome we wanted.

    September 12th, 2009 at 1:56 pm
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  19. HomeworkBlues says:

    Lidia, take good care of yourself, and as hard as it is at these kinds of schools, do try to get as much sleep as possible.

    And no need to apologize, lest someone write you off as whiny. My daughter likes her school too. And that’s a testament to how serious and earnest you two are. You love your school. You don’t want to be worked to death. The two should not be mutually exclusive. You and my child should not have to pay such a steep price in order to attend a school you like that challenges your abilities.

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  20. HomeworkBlues says:

    I’m reading Jess and Lidia. I missed this earlier thread. We keep being told by educators that homework in the younger years prepares kids to do well in middle school. Then a sharp rise in homework amount is justified by telling us, it will help your children adjust to high school. And in high school the students are led to believe that if they don’t sleep and take a plethora of APs, they will be completely prepared for college.

    But we’re completely missing something here. I like to say, we are killing our children in order to save them. In order to prepare them for the rigors of college, we have stolen their childhood. In that marvelous film, an expert says that elementary school children are worrying about high school. Yet childhood wonder and imagination are two of the most seminal ingredients our children need for success in college and in life! We have completely narrowed the definition of success.

    Listen to these hardworking high achieving students on this thread. And one common theme that runs through their sentiments is a loss of desire to go to college. Yes, they will go. But if you burn out a child at sixteen, you are doing significant damage to their dreams and work ethic.

    I see this with my own child on college tours. She used to be so enthusiastic, she had so many lofty dreams, she is so talented and creative. She is also ADD so homework has had its share of challenges for her, not cognitive, but juggling that immense homework load.

    She wanted to be an engineer. She would be amazing at it. I’ve always known she’s had this talent. Now she’s shying away. So what?, you ask, she can pick another path. That’s not the point. At each college we visit, she asks me hesitantly, will it be too much work?

    She was so strong in math. I really question whether we should have halted the two year ahead math track because she doesn’t like math so much anymore. That was not the goal! And it wasn’t the cognitive aspect that turned her off, it was the fifty math problems a night. Had it been rigor and challenge without overload, she’d be in a very different place now. Yea, yea, I know college will be rigorous. But you don’t have to duplicate college in 9th grade! Allow kids to grow and mature on a natural timeline and they’ll knock our socks off with what they can do. Rush through the stages and your child will regress.

    So much for all that preparation. In contrast, homeschooled students we know enter college with zest and vigor. They are so excited to take on this new challenge. And you know what? They do remarkably well. We know a few girls who were unschooled for most of their lives and then entered community college in lieu of high school. They got into top universities and never experienced all that childhood burnout. They are tearing down the door to learn and college professors we know love students like these, who come to class wanting to learn and hungry to soak up as much as they can.

    One homeschool mom told me just the other day, my daughter has come out of her K-12 academic journey with an unbridled love of learning. How many schooled teens can lay claim to the same ethos?

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  21. Lidia says:

    Thanks for the advice, Homework Blues. I do try to get in bed by the latest 9:30 because I have to wake up at 5:30 the next morning, and catch my bus.

    I still can’t believe myself I had to cancel my date with my boyfriend cause of all the load of homework I have.

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  22. Anonymous says:

    To the people that are saying we should be happy with B’s and C’s-I am happy with those grades if I tried my best and learned something, but colleges aren’t.

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  23. HomeworkBlues says:

    Anonymous, I hear you. When I mention how many hours of homework it takes, some on this blog blame the student. Oh, you’re such a perfectionist! If you weren’t always gunning for that A, you’d have a life.

    For the record, no, my daughter is not shooting for all A’s, that would be impossible, she’d be up all night She tries to get as much done as possible, she is deliberate, thorough and creative so it takes a while and we have taught her to blow off lesser assignments. She has to. Same argument, she’d be up all night. She resists but she’s learned, better to hyper-focus on major assignments than to always be doing a little bit of a whole lot. An education that is a mile long and an inch deep so the student feels she’s working all the time but not learning very much in the bargain.

    But as you say, she takes a hit. Those lower grades do show up on her transcript. We’ve always promoted learning in this household anyway. An over-obsession with grades leads to the classic, can’t see the forest for the trees.

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  24. Disillusioned says:

    Anonymous- Yes colleges are not happy with B’s and C’s. However, if these grades are based upon incompletion of homework and not mastery of the subject, we need to rethink our grading policies in high school. One more thought….no one ever really masters a subject. I have re-read some of the classics I was assigned in college. In my twenties, these books didn’t resonate with me because I lacked the maturity and life experience to understand their grand themes. Today, colleges and universities are geared towards preparing students for “real life.” Ironic since only real life can prepare you for real life.

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  25. Teru says:

    I am 25 right now. I dropped out of my second year of high school, and actually home schooled myself due to the intense stress. It started in middle school, it’s true — We would have, no exaggeration, an easy 8 hours of homework every night. This only got worse as I proceeded towards high school. I went from a straight A student to a nearly straight F student, and all during those crucial years that really make your question your self worth, and self esteem.

    After dropping out, I earned a high school diploma on my own — In only two years, and with a 90% grade point average. Not bad, really. I’m happy I was able to prove all the teachers who called me “lazy” and “stupid” wrong.

    Was I able to go to a top university? No, of course not, I had to “settle” with community college. Was it worth it? Absolutely. I was near suicidal in “traditional” schooling.

    The bigger issue at hand, and maybe not everyone here will agree with me — But these intense high school requirements are not, at all, preparing you for college. Matter of fact, I very thoroughly believe that high school is a lot more difficult, and harder on a student compared to college. There are no hours of useless homework or studying, simply the student doing the work they feel is necessary to learn and succeed with. When I’m no longer interested in a certain topic, it’s an easy option to cease investigation. I haven’t had a failing grade in any subject since leaving high school. I don’t see college to be as demanding at all.

    Which, also, brings up another topic — A lot of these elitist colleges expect straight A’s, that part is true. The part that isn’t true is the fact that a college diploma ensures gainful employment. Many people assume it guarantees it. It doesn’t. I have many friends who either have, or went back to school for masters degrees, and they *still* cannot land a steady, good job. Many of them have opted for careers in retail, something they didn’t even need college for at all. At 25 I should know people who are starting real careers — I don’t. Many of these kids have bachelor’s degrees and yet they live at home with their parents scratching their head and wondering why they can’t get a “real” job even when they followed all the “rules” and completed college.

    A diploma isn’t always enough. Sometimes it’s who you know, or how well you really know your field outside of college work — However, more often, it’s neither of these. Competition has gotten so thick, and so many (essentially all) students achieve a bachelor’s degree that they begin looking for even higher education beyond that. When will it stop? Will you have to be in college until your mid-30’s, and as the standards raise, the more schooling is expected? Or will there be a reversal where employers will have to look BEYOND the certificate and find people who may not have had the best grades, but are really passionate about their work? Because, right now, a masters isn’t enough — At least not in NYC. A masters has just become a standard. It’s scary.

    All in all, it becomes frustrating. I am relieved to say that I feel I’m above the mentality that college is the biggest factor in landing a career. Determination and ability show through, at least, eventually. I definitely support college to learn whatever, well, you’re interested in learning! I’m quite happy to have my degree in journalism. It’s what I always wanted. I will never, however, mistake that for job security. I have seen way too many people raised on this belief only to later fall on their face after college and feel puzzled as to where they went wrong.

    Education is so important, but I think it’s more important that the student actually enjoys it, and realizes that it isn’t the end of world if they’re not perfect.

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  26. Knocked Down says:

    It’s 3:56am. I still have another history essay to write, and two summaries to write for English. Luckily I finished all my other subjects.

    I’m a high-achieving (Ranked in the Top 2% of Class) Junior in a public high school, and this is a normal night for me.

    The pressures are incredibly intense. Every period of my school day, aside from lunch and PE, are honors or AP, and I get plenty of homework from them. My main issue is undoubtedly homework. Originally, up through about freshman year, I maintained myself and had good study habits; I worked through all the homework, rigorous as it was. However, through sophomore year to now, school has just knocked me down. I score highly on tests, essays, and basically any other in class assignment. It’s not like I’m just a good test taker; I have very little trouble writing well or supporting my own opinions. My averages are deflated, however, in classes that give large amounts of homework. It’s ridiculous. History is by far the worst. Essay after essay and project after project that are completely irrelevant from the tests are given regularly. I’m forced to hand in projects and papers late, at the cost of several points. My homework average is lower than my test scores. In English, my essay average is about 8-10% higher than my homework average. I’ve been forced to cut corners, and even then, homework is my downfall.

    I’m far from inept or stupid; I’d be willing to go as far as to say that I feel I am among the gifted fraction of students. It’s just the stress and organization of the current school system that brings me down. It saps my motivation. Sometimes I find myself unwilling to do assignments or simply doing them poorly. I am positive I have the capacity to do each individual assignment very well, but when all are piled on at once in a never ending sequence with no time and no sleep, I suffer. The worst part is that at least half the classes I take I have no use for, and take solely for the fact honors weight classes look good on college applications. So not only am I wasting my time with homework, but I am also slaving away toward an effort that is essentially useless for me anyway. The culmination of all these factors is simple: reduced motivation, increased stress and damage to both physical and mental health. I’ve been getting sick very often lately, and even my doctor has told me to get more sleep and stop with the stress. The school system does not care, and teachers teach by telling kids to work themselves.

    Also, whoever mentions that it would be better to simply settle for a B or C does not understand the situation. For one, colleges are already competitive enough and while I would be healthier in every sense of the word if I stopped with the homework, my grades would plummet and I would not be able to get into my ideal schools. The main thing, is that it isn’t that I can’t get A’s. If the limit of my ability was a C+, I would accept it. The problem is that I can get A’s. Every one of my classes by itself is not extraordinarily difficult based on its tests, but by the homework given by each, and total volume of effort needed for every class together impedes me, which lowers my averages in them all. Teachers, especially those who teach honors and AP, notice students have the drive to do basically anything to get A’s – so they give them work and have them teach themselves. To add to that, they are ignorant of the fact that their class is not the only one in the building. They give workloads that are barely tolerable on their own, but are pure hell when added into everything else. I have no time for friends, family, or anything other than school. I’ve been forced to drop karate classes and basically anything else that shows sign of a childhood.

    So now, to be direct, I have to go back to homework at this late hour, and then get up at 6:30. I think that’s why I have not grown at all in 3 years, at the point in my life when I should be having spurts – no sleep from school. Oh, and the best part! I have homework to do this Thanksgiving weekend, while I deal with family matters and such; also, my close uncle is in the hospital, but I haven’t seen him yet and I probably won’t until Friday or Saturday – late Thursday is everything goes perfectly. Things never go perfectly.

    Still, if this is high school, what is college? A career? I’ll be dead by the time I’m 40 at this rate.

    Best part of my life? Just go. Get away from me. Don’t even think that.

    Sorry if I was too long; I know I rambled and probably repeated points, but I needed a rant.

    November 25th, 2009 at 4:10 am
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  27. PsychMom says:

    My child is in Grade 3 and I want to make certain that her story does not end like the last two commentors.

    When I read your story, Knocked Down, all I can think is …where are your parents? Why are they not shutting this down? I feel a parent has a responsibility to protect their child from unfair labour practices. If you had a job and were working these hours, wouldn’t they be concerned? Why is it different just because it’s schoolwork?

    November 25th, 2009 at 8:36 am
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  28. HomeworkBlues says:

    Knocked Down, I really want to read your entire comment. I’m sorry, I couldn’t today, I began and it made me so so sad. I fell asleep last night and woke up at 3am to find my daughter still up. I don’t allow her to stay up late so she prays I’ll fall asleep and then she sneaks in the rest of her work. And people would call this kid lazy.

    I hear you. My sympathies are with you. I’ll read your comment soon and offer some hope and suggestions.

    November 25th, 2009 at 10:33 am
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  29. HomeworkBlues says:

    PsychMom, I’m that parent. I DON’T allow her to stay up. I make her go to bed. Yes, it means reduced grades. Yes, it means she won’t get into her dream college. She takes less APs than other kids at her school. When the parents ask, I tell them we are all about depth, that it’s quality, not quantity. If you put it eloquently, people will listen.

    I sometimes fall asleep like last night. Usually I’m up and making her go to bed. I don’t care. Her health and well being are more important. Sadly, I’m in the minority on this at the school.

    November 25th, 2009 at 10:39 am
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  30. PsychMom says:

    I know you’re in the minority HWB, because from what I’m hearing and reading about many parents today, they see these slaving kids as successful and the model to which other kids should aspire.

    I’m wondering HomeworkBlues, if you could go back in your daughter’s life, do you think there was any way to have changed how she reacts to school work? Is there a way to instill the idea of self protection that says, “I don’t sacrifice sleep for this stuff”….

    Is there a middle ground parents can take that says “education is important” without giving the impression that they must do everything that’s told to them? I would agree that talking about schooling with our children as if it’s something to be ignored is probably not the way to go, but it’s hard to give SO much importance to it (and respect) if we think we’re setting them up for stress, anxiety and exhaustion.

    November 25th, 2009 at 11:18 am
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  31. Knocked Down says:

    PsychMom, you asked about my parents and their stance on the matter. They have always supported me, and have sometimes told me to settle for a lower grade. They hate it as much as I do. The work keeps me locked up in my room all day. Also, once or twice a month they allow me to cut school so I can catch up on missed work – it’s more of a necessity than a gift.

    Still, while they agree that homework does more harm they good, they also see it as a necessary evil, and I am made to do it. I won’t lie, I take many breaks while working, and if my Dad comes into my room and sees me talking with friends online, he will get angry. His opinion is primarily that if I came home, went right to work and did it non-stop, I would be able to get a closer to satisfactory amount of sleep each night.

    That’s almost true; I usually get home at about 4pm, and if I worked non-stop, including time for dinner and small household chores, I would probably be in bed at about 10-11pm each night. At the expense of the small fragment of a life I have left.

    There’s a saying/rhetorical question that goes around between honors students: “Of these three things, you may only choose two: Good Grades, Sleep and a Life. Which two do you want?”

    It’s almost the truth.. If I sacrificed my life completely, I’d still only get 7-8 of my recommended 9-10 hours of sleep a night.

    November 25th, 2009 at 10:27 pm
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  32. Teru says:

    I think being happy is more important than a dream college. College doesn’t guarantee a career, after all. I’d rather go to an average college close to home then to some fancy far-away dream college. In the end the job you obtain will boil down to your ability and determination, not what college you went to.

    November 26th, 2009 at 12:12 am
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  33. PsychMom says:

    That’s very true….for the most part, which school you went to makes no difference once you are in a job and have some experience. It’s what you know that becomes more important.

    November 26th, 2009 at 8:21 am
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  34. HomeworkBlues says:

    We started hearing that line as soon as my daughter got accepted. The staff thought it was funny too, It’s oft repeated, it’s a mantra.

    “Grades, Friends, Sleep. Pick two.”

    November 26th, 2009 at 9:54 am
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  35. John Laorits says:

    Wow. We really need to change homework in America…

    November 29th, 2009 at 1:43 am
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  36. Anonymous says:

    AGREED Thank you so much for putting this I agree with every blessed thing on here
    I am a sophomore too and have a social life for a whole 3 minutes inbetween classes and get sick from not sleeping and I study 24/7 its rediculous and my grades still are not A’s because during the tests we get SUPRISED!!!!

    I hate school and teachers who dont understand and we get like 7 tests a day sometimes and teachers say they talk…Definitely not about the truely important things instead there husbands/wives or what there eating for dinner….

    Thank You again and if we lived close I swear we would be BEST FRIENDS!!!!

    December 5th, 2009 at 8:30 pm
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  37. Anonymous says:

    I have had my galbladder out and have constant stomach pains and ulcers now because of how sick I made myself stressing about grades it ruined me please I wouldnt wish this on anyone

    Thank You for your Article

    December 5th, 2009 at 8:31 pm
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  38. Anonymous says:

    I guess I am glad I skipped high school…I am now in my final semester at USC, which, I guess isn’t that prestigious, but it’s not that bad of a school I’m told [I don’t really follow these things, USC just happened to be close to home].

    Sounds like high school entails far more work then college. Not that there is all that much learning going on here, but I think the freedom will increase exponentially. If this is the norm in high school, it is a wonder the normal course load isn’t 32 units instead of 16 in college…

    You are probably better off dropping out of such a system and going to a community college for a year or two, and then transferring into a big school [2/3 of your education is bull**** GE coursework no matter where you go].

    High school, as an educational institution is completely worthless from an educational viewpoint I believe. I gave a speech on the matter a few years ago in a public speaking [honors level] course, and convinced my professor to have her daughter skip high school. It is, from what I can tell, only a detriment to students, never a benefit. All of the most talented, most intelligent people I’ve met in my life [who are under 30]. seem to have skipped or dropped out of high school. I think that alone speaks volumes.

    Good luck to anyone who chooses to stick with it. I think I understand all the partying that goes on at college now [I myself dislike them, but most students here spend more time partying than studying]. Don’t hate college though, it gets far, far easier.

    If you REALLY want to get ahead, drop out of high school, and start doing internships. You’ll be making several times what your college-bound cohorts are at the same age. A good company will get you into, and pay for high education if you prove yourself a valuable asset.

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  39. PsychMom says:

    Anonymous I appreciate your message but wonder, Do people who are 15 and 16 years old get internships? I can understand homeschooling and taking college courses but I would think you have to be a pretty ambitious go-getter to get into the world of work at 15…

    February 9th, 2010 at 8:07 am
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  40. Sara Bennett says:

    PsychMom: Yes, teens can and do get internships. Some schools help kids get them and some get them on their own.

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  41. annoyed says:

    i don’t understand why you are forced to go to school

    i mean, primary school is fine, you may hate it but it is easy and gives you a basic education

    but in high school, when you start to form your own views on life, you are still forced to go to school no matter what. its like our opinions don’t matter or something just because we aren’t legally ‘adults’

    most of the stuff i’ve learnt i learned was from home or elsewhere and i rarely do any of my homework or assignments so really, to me, school has no significance apart from the fact that i go there everyday.

    shouldn’t there be some kind of consent form that asks your permission to be ordered around by uptight pricks (teachers) all day long. most kids just accept that they are being ordered around by complete strangers all day. i mean seriously, COMPLETE STRANGERS, people we’ve never met before and don’t even know telling us what to do and what to say and where to go. ITS CRAZY!!!! Think about it! it really is CRAZY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 31st, 2010 at 5:15 am
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  42. annoyed says:

    sorry, not all teachers are uptight pricks
    some are awesome

    March 31st, 2010 at 5:19 am
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  43. annoyed says:

    but they are complete strangers
    STRANGERS!

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  44. HomeworkBlues says:

    I’m traveling so just quickly checking in. On the post regarding skipping high school for college, this actually makes a lot of sense. I’ll elaborate on this further when I return.

    This approach has been really picking up steam for 2e kids, in particular. Skipping high school is a an amazing option particularly for students who are very academically advanced but don’t want to put up with the crushing often useless homework of high school. It’s a wonderful option. It doesn’t mean you send your 13 year old off to college. You can also choose to do this as part of a homeschool package and then send your kid off, if she wants, at age 15. The reason it works for 2kids is, school presents two options: worked to death or bored to death. If you skip high school in lieu of college, you can take your time. Keep the challenge but take fewer courses. It’s the workload that’s crushing, not the content. After four years of this, you’re still ahead of your high school peers because you’ve already done college. It eliminates the pressure of high school where kids juggle seven courses, are dangerously sleep deprived and can really burn out by graduation.,

    This makes so much sense, I am surprised more parents don’t think of it. I believe it’s because institutional schooling is so ingrained, that people are still frightened to choose an alternate path.

    My friend who did this was asked, but what about the high school prom? She laughed. She wasn’t about to trade a magical lifestyle where her son got all the sleep his body needed but still managed to be a good four years ahead in math, for a….PROM!

    March 31st, 2010 at 9:56 am
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  45. erica says:

    Albert Einstein said that the one thing left to do after public education is educate yourself. This is completely true. Institutionalized education is brainwashing our children. I attend a public religious school in Europe and the amount of homework we have every night is phenomenal. School starts at 9.00 and finishes at six, afterwards, I could have up to six hours homework (including study). This is absolutely ridiculous, I am 16 years old. Nobody, anywhere, should have to do this amount of work a day. Children today are so over-scheduled that they do not know how to think properly anymore.

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  46. Jasmin says:

    If you don’t like it then stop. If you don’t want to stop, then stop complaining. It’s life, it’s not fair, but I think you must have a lot of free time writing that big story out. 6 hours of homework? You must be joking, so stop with the exaggerations. Nobody gets that much homework, honestly. If you do, switch schools.

    April 26th, 2010 at 8:15 pm
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  47. HomeworkBlues says:

    Jasmin, lots and lots of teens actually do get that much homework. It’s unhealthy, it’s unkind, it’s ridiculous, it’s insane. If you or your child does not, great. Fine. Enjoy.

    No, I would not advise people to stop complaining. Complaining is the first step towards recognizing there’s a problem. Complacency doesn’t move a thing. But don’t stop at complaining. ACT!

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  48. sara says:

    hhhg

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  49. Emma says:

    I went to a college prep school in high school. My parents got me a scolarship because we were middle class and that was the only way we could afford it. I had to keep my grades up to keep the scolarship, so I was up until early in the morning (2 or 3 am) every night doing my schoolwork. I made all A’s and B’s in high school. I was an all A’s student before that, but I was up so late that I couldn’t pay attention in class. I used to love school and learning. Excessive homework changed that; by the end of 9th grade, school was just something to be endured. I’m a Freshman in college now, but I seriously considered not going to college because I was so burned out and it was all just so hard and I didn’t want to do it any more. I like college better than high school. At least the assignments have a purpose and aren’t just busy work assigned by incompetent teachers.

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  50. Eddy says:

    Somehow 6 hours seems a bit exaggerated, however it is possible. When I asked one of my classmates how much it took her to complete a project, she told me that it was about 40 minutes for her. I did it in 3 hours… and mine wasn’t even half as good. I literally gave up on homework. I didn’t do any of them. Well I did some but very rarely and only the important ones. I’m in high-school right now and the next year will be my last. My grades in this year were… pathetic. But I don’t care and I think neither should you. I’m going to force myself to learn at-least something next year. To be honest I didn’t learn anything in high-school yet, anything. I only used my knowledge that I got before. I really believe that school doesn’t teach us anything. Honestly the only place I used my knowledge gained from school is school itself during tests and that’s it. I’m not dumb, I know a lot maybe not those usual useless facts that are being though but still. I am afraid of my future however as I don’t see myself anywhere in this society of ours. I’m start to shake just thinking about University but its the only possible way. I’m afraid I won’t be able to learn anymore. Just a example I want to name. Books- they are created for our enjoyment, much like PC’s and TV’s right? Then why oh why do I hate reading so much? The answer is school. It just forces us to read and since I’m stubborn I resist it. I hated reading. Then after reading about 4 books chosen by myself I actually found out I enjoy reading. But every-time I pick up a book which is in the school program I literally die of boredom.

    Self education is the way to go. I learned English through PC and German through TV. My first language is Russian which I know fine and Ukrainian that I practice every Summer vacation. And you know whats funny? The first language I am being taught at school I already started to forget. I can barely speak Latvian anymore. I’m probably weird but I surely know I’m not the only one like this.

    Sorry for the negativity. And sorry if my English isn’t very fluid I am quite far from any English speaking country.

    June 17th, 2010 at 5:35 pm
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  51. Tyler says:

    i completely agree im a sophomore in hs and i am constantly stressed over homework even when i am not assigned any i frequently get scared that i do and have a panic attack that i dont know what it is or i left it in my locker

    September 12th, 2010 at 11:29 pm
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  52. amanda says:

    i dont what to do!!!! MY SCHOOL ITS KILLING ME!!! WE ARE STARTING IGCSE AND OUR COURSEWORKS !!!! im learning french and doing 6-7 hours of coursework everyday. I HAVENT SLEEP SINCE SCHOOL STARTED AND IS AFFECTING ME A LOT!!!! I HAVE PANICK ATTACKS EVERYDAY BECAUSE SOMETIMES I DONT UNDESRTAND A DAMN TNING, AND OUR TEACHERS ALWAYS SCARES US THAT IF WE DONT GET A MINIMUN OF 5 C on our IGCSE EXAMS they will kick us out from the school!

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  53. Emily says:

    Thank you so much for posting this! I’m a freshman in high school, and it’s a relief to read that my school isn’t the only homework-crazed institution in America.

    In middle school, I was a top-scoring student. National Junior Honor Society, Model UN, Mock Trial, Future Problem Solvers, lots of homework, essays, math, science, music department, etc. Over the years, I had formed strong relationships with my peers and my teachers. School was perfect: I knew that I wanted to succeed, and I honestly believed that I could.

    Now, however, high school has begun. It’s been less than a month, and I’m suffocating under a mountain of honors homework. Each teacher has promised us that this is only the beginning — that we can expect his or her class to become increasingly time-consuming within the oncoming weeks. That would be okay, except that everyone has said it: Math, English, Science, History, Spanish, Latin…

    I was awake doing homework until at least one (usually later) every night last week, then awake at 5:00 a.m. to get ready and catch the bus (and I often needed to study on the bus, too). That’s less than four hours of sleep each night. I need to sleep at some point, so I can’t possibly survive if all of my classes really do become even more tedious.

    I loved middle school; I was so involved, so sure of myself. I worked hard – I frequently spent late nights doing homework – but I never felt so overwhelmed that I wanted to give up entirely. And I always subconsciously knew that if I did become overwhelmed, I could explain the situation to a teacher, and he or she would understand. But now the response would be the same from everyone: “This class is too much for you? Then you’re welcome to move to a lower level.”

    The teachers in my high school (it’s a public school) take pride in giving as much homework as possible. They accuse us of wasting hours of the night on Facebook or watching television, yet they fail to realize that it is often the stress and pressure that so much homework exerts on us that compels us to take breaks. And we should be able to take breaks, shouldn’t we?

    I spent the summer writing a history essay, an English essay, and working on Spanish projects. I was already fed up with homework by the time I entered school in September. My father spent the last seven months running for a local political office, so I’ve barely seen him. On September 14, he lost the primary. That night, my entire family gathered at a restaurant to watch the polls. Everyone was there: my uncle from Maine, my aunt from South Carolina, my cousins from Boston, relatives from Pennsylvania. I wanted desperately to go, to see my family and to support my dad, yet I had too much homework. The following morning, the local newspaper showed a picture of my dad, my mom, and my two sisters together as the results came in. I was the only one who wasn’t there, and I still was up until 2 a.m. that night doing homework.

    Like Sophia, I love school. I love to learn and to succeed, and I know that I can be successful. But, honestly, I’m tired. I’m a freshman and I haven’t “played outside” in years. Most of all, I miss reading. An English teacher in middle school was extremely inspirational: she taught me to love literature and writing. I, too, was hoping to teach English someday, yet my current English teacher, as well as the other teachers in my school, assign such an enormous amount of homework that I don’t have any time now to pleasure read or to write. I feel guilty that I’m even writing this — I’m sure there’s something I should be studying for right now.

    The truth is, I’m a bit of a perfectionist. I spend an three hours on assignments that could probably be completed in two-and-a-half hours. But, considering the way that my teachers grade, I have no other option.

    School has sparked competitions and resentment between my friends, stress in my family, and exhaustion. I want to spend time with my family, to practice violin, to read classic novels of my choice, and to simultaneously succeed in school. Some teachers are wonderful and intelligent, but others aren’t about to change their ways. I don’t want to drop any honors courses — it simply doesn’t seem like me. I know that sounds insane to some people, but many students in my school know exactly what I am talking about. And yet, as I think about the essay I have to finish before Monday, the science test, the English test, and the week ahead, I feel defeated.

    October 3rd, 2010 at 7:41 pm
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  54. Emily says:

    Sorry, I meant:

    “…my current English teacher, as well as the other teachers in my school, assigns such an enormous amount of homework that I don’t have any time now to pleasure read or to write.”

    October 6th, 2010 at 11:12 pm
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  55. Lauren says:

    Wow-

    Reading all these has really given me strength, actually. I am only in 8th grade, but as all of my classes are AP, it doesn’t feel like I am only 13. Honestly, it seems like I have the responsibility of a 25 year old! After an average of 4-7 hours of homework every night, I am expected to help around the house, make my own meal (because I am a vegetarian and the rest of my family is not), and get into bed by 9:00. I used to love to read for hours in bed- now I sneak a flashlight under the covers and finish my Physics homework. You would think my parents would understand because my mom went to Georgetown and became an attorney right away. Neither of them seem to understand the weight load of my homework nowadays, and my relationship with them is sickening due to my anger and irritation. I have become very sensitive and depressed, and I often nearly cry in the middle of my Algebra class when I see how much homework we have. I have had a cold/cough for almost a month now, and I rarely get 8 hrs of sleep. Reading the above comments, it seems like many of you are feelig the exact same. It is not so much that I have my parents or teachers expecting me to get perfect grades- I pressure myself. It has come to the point that If I get a B on an assignment, it is a failire. I don’t think this counts as childhood, but since when has anything been fair?

    I am very sorry for the rant, and I probably seem really whiny, but I needed to get it out. It seems like nobody else understands that school is so important to me. I have almost no true friends because I don’t have enough time or energy to give them- and I wouldn’t to be my friend either. I have noticed such a personality and behavior change ever since junior high, and it makes me really sad sometimes. Thanks for reading!

    October 13th, 2010 at 11:31 pm
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  56. Zoee.K. says:

    After reading this article, i nearly fell to my knees. It’s unbelievably brutal.
    Unfortunatly, im in the same situation.

    I just started year 9 (grade 8) and so far, its not going so well. I get atleast 6 hours of homework a day, along with netball practice and scuba diving for nearly 2 hours each. Our school has provided us with a homework timetable, but it seems that the teachers arent paying much attention to it. We end up getting homework from every subject when we are SUPPOSED to get homework for 3 subjects maximum a day. Our science teacher is unbearable (sorry to say):P. Science is the most terrifying topic when it comes to homework. We get at least 3 hours of science homework, everyday. We even have double lessons, and thats when we get double the homework, and its usually due the next day. Last week, i had 2 reports due, 10 double-paged sheets, and 4 pages of textbook questions due on the same day! This week, he even gave us homework when we were supposed to study for the science exam=S Nearly all of my classmates ended up finishing the homework, rather than studying- they didnt feel so good after the exam =S. I do allocate my time correctly- and i dont slack off.
    I usually come home after school at 3:00. I barely have time to eat my lunch. I go upstairs, open up my laptop, and start the homework. I stay awake up till 2 o’clock in the morning, doing either history or science. All the students in my class decided to complain about the homework- especially science, but we were afraid. On wednesday, we told our science teacher that we have a homework timetable you have to follow. he started laughing and said that he couldnt read (or some lame joke like that). We told him that we can read it for him and it clearly says that your not supposed to give us homework today. He said that if u have time to complain, you have time to do your homework. And that was pretty much the end of it.
    In math, my fellow classmate ripped out a paper from his maths book , and passed it around the class. He said that if we wanted our science teacher to follow the homework timetable, we had to sign it. I refused, because i thought that it might be a bit too much.
    On saturday, the first thing im going to do is sign my name on to that piece of paper.

    Homework is like the new child labour. =(

    October 14th, 2010 at 11:40 pm
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  57. Emily says:

    I’m doing a petition assignment for my Social Studies class on the bad effects of homework. This has been helpful in my research, and i completely agree. I have a sister in high school and at several points all her homework and lack of sleep led to some fights that would be worthy of the title “World War 3”. I’ve heard that some schools lengthen their school days by a few hours and in return the students never receive homework,I wish all schools did that especially since I go to high school next year and am definitely not anticipating the work. You have been very helpful Sophia, keep up the good work!

    January 24th, 2011 at 7:37 pm
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  58. Anonymous says:

    Thank you, everyone! As a high school student battling a consistent stream of “all-nighters”, I truly appreciate reading what people have to say. My parents have begun to acknowledge that I am overburdened by A.P. classes and homework, but there’s little they can do. Most teachers (not all, of course) tend to blame late nights on poor time management and procrastination, but, truthfully, most A students procrastinate little. If they do, the procrastination is a result of dread: not dread of working, but a fear of the foreboding hours that will be consumed by either impossible tasks or the other extreme: busywork.
    I think the real issue is the every teacher feels obligated to assign a hefty chunk of homework every night. Assignments are proof that the teacher is doing his/her work. To neglect to assign homework is like slacking off, so, teachers dish out assignments whether or not they are necessary. Many teachers, however, fail to realize that most students take 5-7 classes each day, and that each teacher feels a similar obligation. The result is an afternoon, evening, and night consumed by work following an entire school day. The work isn’t always unnecessary, but much of it could be accomplished in the classroom.
    Students need to be taught in class. My math teacher spends entire periods review the previous night’s homework and then quizzing us on it. Instead of expecting us to learn the information at home, she could be teaching us the concepts. My history and science teacher do the same: review homework during class rather than teaching.

    We all need time for ourselves: not necessarily to fall asleep in front of the television, but to read, learn, and enjoy ourselves. I’ve had wonderful teachers in the past, some of whom have had a lasting effect on me. But right now, I feel as if high school has taken a part of me, as if I have to put life on pause for four years in order to succeed. I’m hoping that maybe, in college, life will officially begin. That probably sounds crazy, but it’s what motivates me to keep going, day after day after day…

    February 7th, 2011 at 9:06 pm
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  59. Sarah (High School Student) says:

    I would hate to be in your situation. I live in Arkansas and go to CCHS. I thought we had allot of homework but after reading this i notice that I have it easy. I’m a freshman and we have many multi-grade classes. We also have laptops and have a presentation a week in speech, Constantly work in economics, have an Algebra assignment a night, are constantly working on stuff in English, and rarely have projects in Physical Science and agri. With this I have plenty of time to spend in Band and Color Guard. If you really get sick of it transfer to another school.

    February 23rd, 2011 at 11:35 am
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  60. Anonymous says:

    i fucking hate school

    April 5th, 2011 at 2:11 pm
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  61. Anonymous says:

    Too much homework kills. I believe that the reason I was a bit stressed some times during Jr High was because of procrastination, but as I go into my freshman year, I’m taking all honors classes, so I expect a metric ton of homework every night. I can only hope that it only takes me about 3-4 hours to complete and not 6. I really hope you get your life back. I can only hope that mine won’t fall apart.

    July 8th, 2011 at 3:06 pm
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  62. What Homework can Do says:

    Homework almost killed me. Literally. If there was no summer, I would have become suicidal. Reasons for this?

    1. My grandma was DYING and all they cared about at that school was that I had a D in history.

    2. I was skipping lunches to get some of my work done so I could have a single hour of free time.

    3. I lived in my office. I ate there and hardly had time for a shower.

    4. I nearly had to QUIT creative writing, art and horses, all of the hobbies I had, to do my homework.

    5. It ruined my relationship with my family. The closest thing to a CONVERSATION I had with them was about homework, either fighting over it, or being interrogated of what was due.

    Results: A skinny, pale, depressed, anxiety ridden me.

    And yet everyone was mad at me for not turning in my homework on time and not thoroughly enough.

    October 11th, 2011 at 11:48 pm
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  63. HomeworkBlues says:

    You described my daughter’s experience. As her parents, we monitored carefully, adjusted accordingly (read. Go to sleep. I do not care if it’s not done. Your health is the most important thing here) and were always on the lookout for the fallout.

    October 12th, 2011 at 3:22 pm
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  64. Ella says:

    I guess my situation isn’t as bad as yours… I’m in year 8. Not many of my teachers give me too much homework. It’s really just maths that’s the problem. Last weekend, I got 14 pages of Maths homework. I’m a perfectionist with homework and I like to make it all neat and tidy. I spent 4 hours on Saturday in the library, and 3 hours on Sunday, at home. That’s 7 hours of Maths homework. By the end of it I was almost in tears of happiness that I had finished it!! When I handed it in to my teacher she said, “You could of done better” Done better on what??

    October 20th, 2011 at 5:19 am
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  65. Anonymous says:

    I have had similar experiences to many of the people who have left comments on this site before me. I am a junior in high school, and I feel like I can’t wait a second longer to be finished with it all. Not just junior year, but all of high school. Summer vacations are my saving grace. I don’t know what I would do without them.

    I typically have 5-6 hrs of homework a night. I start working when I get home from school, and don’t stop until dinner time, and then continue after. I often find myself abandoning my family at meal times, instead scarfing down my food quickly, standing alone in the kitchen.

    I often don’t get to bed until midnight or later, and on bad days (which are becoming more frequent than not), I get up at 4 AM to continue working.

    I put all of my energy into maintaining A grades, but this is taking it’s toll physically and emotionally. I feel tired all the time, and I get sick easily. I am depressed, anxious, and extremely stressed, and I feel that the excessive amounts of homework I am assigned every day can take the blame.

    I often come home, riled up, frustrated, and upset about the amount of work I have to do. My days almost always end in tears, and this in turn creates a lot of tension elsewhere. I am exhausted, and about ready to give up.

    At my school, we have a student handbook. In the handbook, it clearly states that students should have no more than 2 hrs of homework in total every night. Most teachers understand this as each one of them gets to assign 2hrs of homework every night.

    Teachers also have no clue about how much time work takes, especially for people who care about their grades. For example, my Pre-Calculus teacher assigned us 25 questions for homework. This sounds reasonable until you realize that each question has parts a-f in it. This adds up to 150 questions. When I asked her about it, she said quite submissively “Oh, it should only take you 10 minutes maximum.” 10 minutes?!? Maybe it would take her 10 minutes to answer 150 questions, but it didn’t for me. One hour in and I still had 40 more to go.

    My mom is a teacher, but she is on my side. If and when she assigns homework, it isn’t a lot, and she makes sure that her students understand that after they have worked solidly on it for 30 minutes, they can stop, no matter how much they have done, without a huge detriment to their grade, so long as their parents have confirmed it.

    High school has been a disaster for me so far. I envy those people who seem to take the copious amounts of work in their stride. I don’t have time for my family, for friends, for reading (which I love), and for art, one of my most favorite things in the world. I have had to give up all of my free time and it is driving me crazy.

    I can’t wait to get out of this mess.

    November 7th, 2011 at 8:48 am
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  66. HomeworkBlues says:

    Student above, thank you for taking the time to spell it out for us.Readers here, please take this student’s essay to heart. It is extremely typical of A Day in the Life of my daughter’s high school. Add to that mix the student who works that hard and does NOT get straight A’s. Not because they aren’t smart, to wit, they are in fact, highly gifted. But they are twice exceptional and the school does not offer accommodations. The best she could get, after many meetings and a pricey consultant, is an extra day to turn things in. Doesn’t help the matter, just exacerbates the anxiety and stress.

    The student above is not exaggerating. I urge every teacher to read carefully what this student wrote. And this goes for parents as well who believe that working kids to death prepares them for life. It only prepares them for exhaustion, burnout and depression.

    If we made adults work this hard, there would be a riot. There is NO adult reading this site who works as hard as the student above. She is not exaggerating. My daughter attended a high achieving high school. If I needed to meet with my daughter (bring her something, talk to her about something time sensitive), I dropped by at lunch. I’d watch these teenagers stagger down the hallway. They were bleary eyed from serious sleep deprivation and weighted down with overstuffed backpacks. My heart just broke, watching them.

    It’s not that these kids didn’t like their school. They were hardworking, smart, earnest, aimed to please. They wanted to be in an environment with other like minded serious learners. Rather than celebrate this unique vibrant place of learning, adults in their midst merely took advantage of their commitment.

    I’m still puzzled why, to administrators and so-called educators, gifted education means, let’s occupy every second of their time and encroach seriously on their sleep. Not a single gifted organization supports this misguided and extremely dangerous approach.

    November 7th, 2011 at 9:51 am
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  67. Taoism says:

    In Middle School, I was a perfectionist. I got straight As and enough sleep, but I had lost my yearning to learn. I had no social life, was always anxious, and developed a sleeping problem. Instead of learning, I memorized. I got awards for being such a good student, and that pushed me to be even harder on myself. When summers came, I didn’t know what to do with myself. I was afraid to let myself go and be happy because I felt that that would somehow make me not serious about school. The summer going into Freshman year of high school, it dawned on me that if I keep my perfectionism up, I will end up going to an amazing college and being miserable. I learned how to be happy, relax, and act like the kid I was. As soon as high school started I stopped trying to be perfect. I joined clubs, sports teams, made great friends, and got good grades. Although my grades weren’t as good as before, I was happy and healthy. I have stopped trying to fit into what colleges want, but rather be myself and explore the colleges that fit me. Today I am a happy sophomore. I learn, relax, sleep, eat, excersize, and laugh everyday. I am the Vice President of my class, almost always make honor roll, and an avid skiier. I do this because I want to, and not because I think it will look good on my college transcripts. It’s good to be high-achieving, but not when you make it your life. The point in life is to balance and combine success and happiness. Never focus too much on one thing. Balancing school, extra activities, social life, and family is key. Most of my understanding of how to be a strong, happy, smart teenager goes to a book I HIGHLY recommend, “The 6 Most Important Decisions You’ll Make.” It saved my life.

    December 1st, 2011 at 10:32 pm
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  68. Alexis says:

    Man. Junior year in high school is crappy. I found ways to survive my last two years by simply doing my assignments. Now, I am required to complete assignments and study like a crazy person. It sucks. I feel so lost in school. Worrying about getting into college scares me to death. I’m really freaked out. Teachers assign too much homework and it is not interesting whatsoever. Fudge. I am so frustrated, I don’t even know what to do.

    December 5th, 2011 at 12:10 am
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  69. IBStudent says:

    Have you ever heard of the IB program? You might want to include it in your research! I’m in IB and it sounds exactly as you describe. My history teacher does the same as yours except his class is all about group work. He doesn’t really teach us anything. Anyways, the workload is ridiculous and I often don’t go to bed until 10 at the earliest 12 at the latest, and that’s really good. A lot of my friends don’t sleep until 1 or 2 and we all wake up around 5/6am. So that really takes a toll on your health and memory. I always feel like, no matter if i finish the homework for that day, there is more and more I can do, like an endless supply. I hope everything goes well with you and wish you luck!

    January 3rd, 2012 at 3:03 am
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  70. HomeworkBlues says:

    My daughter was thinking of a full IB degree when she was in 8th grade, the lone year we homeschooled. She got into a selective magnet for high school and the school’s college level offerings were AP, not IB. I am so glad she didn’t do IB, in the end. After researching the program and talking to kids (not the parents, the children), I came away with a distinct dislike of the curriculum.

    I’m all for inquiry, analysis, creativity, stretching the mind. I’m a strong advocate on meeting children where they are, and if they are gifted, they should be given room to grow and expand. But the IB strikes me as just one long grind. Very industrious but how much is truly gained in the end?

    We now know a great deal about severe sleep deprivation’s toll on learning but it’s memory and retention we should be really worried about. If you don’t commit all that cramming to memory, in the end, you’ve barely learned a thing.

    January 3rd, 2012 at 4:19 pm
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  71. IBStudent says:

    I completely agree with you homeworkblues. I mean, I not even in the IB program yet. Only juniors and seniors can be in the IB program, sophomores and under get put into the MYP program and must complete that before moving onto IB. I’m a freshman, and I honestly agree that, with all of the tests the IB teachers are conducting on a wide variety of subjects, we will have to cram at one point or learn to cram every time. A lot of people say IB just teaches you how to “BS” your work, which is ludacris.

    In addition, I’ve heard that IB really only looks good on a college application if you apply to a college in the west coast, since the east is more familiar with AP.

    I don’t know. I’m pretty sure I am not going to do full IB. I will probably do associates, which is only testing in 4 IB subjects. it’s still a lot though.

    The only teacher I absolutely love is my English teacher. He is without a doubt one of the most relatable and fun teachers I’ve ever had, and due to the style of his teaching, I’ve gained so much knowledge. We need more teachers like him, who honestly care for their students.

    January 5th, 2012 at 10:35 pm
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  72. Emma says:

    i’m a middle school student and I have about 3-4 hours of homework a night.
    I get up early to go to band and chours and stay at school two hours after for drama. I also have CCD on wednesday, this year I am making my confermation which means essays wich I have no time for.
    Appartently in my district 8th grade has more hw then 9th.
    My social life is quickly deteriorating.
    I’m lucky and somehow manage to do something on weekends.
    The real problum is that all teachers think of themselves, “it’ll take you twenty minutes” they say. It take me about 30, but 30 minutes from seven teachers adds up.
    it says that we Americans have the writes to life, liberty, and the prasute of happyness. I’m not happy, my freedom is gone the teachers control that (not even my own parents!), and there is more to life than just surviving, I want to live not just hang on.
    a 13 year old should not feel stressed the way I do. i’m a kid, and I want to have my childhood back. Thats why i’m making a petition with my friend, and using hw as my topic for writing.

    January 23rd, 2012 at 9:53 am
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  73. Sara Bennett says:

    Hi Emma,
    I’m so glad to hear that you and your friend are making a petition and also writing about homework. When my son was in 8th grade, he also circulated a petition among his classmates and, as a result, the school met with the students and they had a chance to talk about the impact homework had on their lives. They even got some reduction in the homework load.

    I hope you have the same success.

    And, in the meantime, have you asked your parents to talk to your teachers or the school? You should not have to be in this alone.

    Good luck and thanks for writing here. Come back again and let us know how everything is working out.

    January 23rd, 2012 at 12:15 pm
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  74. G says:

    It’s midnight. I’m not about to write a sob-story. I seriously do not have the time to vouch for sympathy. But this was a great article, really. Now I’ll get back to my homework.

    February 29th, 2012 at 12:06 am
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  75. HomeworkBlues says:

    G, how sad. I remember many many many nights where midnight came and went, and homework completion did not. I hope you were able to get some sleep last night.

    February 29th, 2012 at 6:24 pm
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  76. HomeworkBlues says:

    G, how sad. I remember many many many nights where midnight came and went and homework completion did not. How sad our youth stay up way too late to finish homework, only to be tired and ineffective the following day.

    I hope you got some sleep last night.

    February 29th, 2012 at 6:25 pm
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  77. HomeworkBlues says:

    I posted twice because my comment appeared not to appear the first time. Blog owner, please delete #75 since I added for #76.

    March 1st, 2012 at 9:43 am
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    April 6th, 2012 at 6:42 pm
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  79. Daniel Ying says:

    I know how you feel. I’m in seventh grade, and I’m in a ninth grade math and reading class. I feel proud to be in these classes, but it pisses me off how much work we are assigned daily. Although, unlike you, I truly hate school. I find it as slavery. I also don’t have many friends, as I’m extremely shy, and I have a stuttering impediment. I walk around in school with a straight “military” back, and a serious face, and I feel even more miserable. In reality, I am actually very hyper, and my friends tell me that I am extremely funny. I only act this way around my close friends, though, while everybody else either thinks that I’m extremely quiet. Back to school work, I push myself so hard, as I hope to get to this very prestigious catholic high school. Then, I hope to get into West Point, lead a US Army unit, then transfer into the Special Forces. Anyway, the reason I mentioned all of that is because I have all of this pressure on me. This year is my worst academic year. I was in a 1-year advanced math class, but I fell like the dumbest student in my Algebra class. My whole life, I was the person that would raise their hand constantly, and would respond to a teacher’s question with huge words. Last marking period, I got a C for Algebra. Never would I have imagined getting a C on my report card. A C+ on a quiz was already devastating to me. To sum it all up, I believe that the most significant factor to my struggle is the excessive amount of homework assigned. It’s ridiculous. I don’t have a life anymore. I’m already depressed at school, but I can’t even have one hour of leisure time at home anymore. I shouldn’t complain, though. You have even harder work, and you have more to lose. I’m assuming you made it out of school by now, but if you are in college, good luck, and may your professors realize how much effort you put into your work.

    May 9th, 2012 at 5:16 pm
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  80. Daniel Ying says:

    feel, not fell XD

    May 9th, 2012 at 5:19 pm
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  81. areeb says:

    i grow up in a strict indian household and the only important aspect of life to my parents is my education, im not saying its bad or anything, i make straight a’s too. but when i or my sister get one grade below a 91 my parents yell at me and the whole family starts fighting. i only think to myself that all these hours i put into my education will pay of later after these last 3 years of high school and 4years of college.

    September 16th, 2012 at 10:16 pm
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  82. Anonymous says:

    I feel you, I’ts my freshman year and I was unwillingly forced to take A.P. U.S. History, PSI physics and 6 other honors classes. I usually go to sleep at about 2:30 a.m and have to wake up at 6:00 to get ready, and walk two miles to get to school. After School I walk 1.8 miles to my little brother’s school, pick him up and arrive home at 4:30. At that point I immediately start on homework and the cycle repeats. I have not watched TV in days? weeks? months? and my friends are seen exclusively at school.

    November 16th, 2012 at 2:16 am
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  83. Anonymous says:

    My child goes through this and is only in 8th grade. She has no time to do fun things anymore because all her time is spent on doing homework. It’s gotten to the point where she is losing a lot of sleep. She’s in all of the advanced classes which give more homework. It seems like the smarter the child is, they get punished with more homework.

    April 6th, 2013 at 11:17 pm
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  84. Analise says:

    Ugh. Big moronic fat American school system is messing us kids up. We deserve to be free and this is so totally not fair and unfair. Ugh so much hw to catch up on for being SICK cause I am skipping school to be sick. So yeah.

    April 10th, 2013 at 4:35 pm
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  85. Natasha says:

    Homework always made me feel depressed,parents like to see their kids happy and achieving,not stressed and unhappy!

    April 22nd, 2013 at 11:21 am
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  86. Anonymous says:

    My daughter is in 5th grade… she is highly academically gifted. Every night she recives 3 to 4 hours of homework. She is loosing time with her sister and family. She has three teachers. I support homework… but this is too much! Please tell me what you think. The recommendations for her scholl is 10 minutes per grade. This is insane!!!!

    April 22nd, 2013 at 7:00 pm
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  87. Anonymous says:

    I feel your pain. I’m an A student but homework has taken its toll on me. Rarely do I ever get more than six hours of sleep a night (most of the time its five) and my social life has dwindled down to zilch. I really do like to learn, but the sheer amount of assignments has discouraged me from wanting to go to school and completely eliminated any free time to do the things that I love. Every other Saturday, for the past several months, my dad has taken my siblings to the movies while I stay home, too afraid that if I go I won’t finish my homework. You could blame the excessive amount of time spent doing homework on my compulsion to over achieve, but I’ve been taught to do things to the best of my ability and if I don’t give it my all, then it isn’t my best. Just a few weeks ago one of my teachers said that since we still have a lot of work to do and only a few left, us students don’t have time to “dink around” anymore. That comment enraged me. Maybe if the teachers hadn’t been “dinking around” for the entire year our homework load would be a little more even so as it wouldn’t all have to be piled on at the end of the year! I don’t want to say anything to the teachers because it makes me feel like I’m whining, but they really are overloading us, so what am I supposed to do about it? My only consolation is that summer has to come, and by taking it one day at a time I manage but what happens next year when I hit high school?

    May 18th, 2013 at 5:20 pm
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  88. Stressed says:

    I too go to packer, but I am in the middle school. I cant say I have as much homework as you, or anyone else writing in the comments. If I could work on my homework without procrastination, it would take me an hour, maybe two. However, I find that very difficult to do. Usually, my “homework” takes me 3-4 hours to complete. That still isn’t a lot, but I do extracurricular activities until around 6:00 three times a week.

    Currently, I am not happy. I have very little free time, and I would like more. I want to have fun and enjoy myself. I want to read. I want to watch TV. I want to play video games. I want to hang out with my friends.

    But I can’t, because of my homework.

    I sincerely do not apologize to anyone who thinks I am complaining about only 1-2 hours of homework. This is my life and I want to have fun with it.

    May 18th, 2013 at 7:41 pm
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  89. Stressed says:

    Sorry, in the last section of my comment, there the “not” is not suppose to be there.

    I sincerely do apologize to anyone who thinks I am complaining about only 1-2 hours of homework. This is my life and I want to have fun with it.

    May 18th, 2013 at 7:44 pm
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    June 6th, 2013 at 11:46 am
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  91. no name. says:

    Homework makes me feel like my life is falling apart I find my self crying almost every night over homework and I get bad grades, which causes my parents to yell at me. I’m not dumb either. I Love science and history in fact I do ok in those classes. I know everything in the class and the teachers even say i’m smart. It’s just the homework that gets me every time. I’m terrible at learning stuff alone. Homework makes me feel helpless.

    January 9th, 2014 at 5:30 pm
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  92. no name. says:

    sorry left this out and couldn’t help adding this. I like science so much I find myself watching science documentaries on TV and could listen to science theories for hours. I have always wanted to be a scientist, but because of my grades, I probaly never will.

    January 9th, 2014 at 5:34 pm
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  93. Anonymous says:

    You said: the people around you talk about the things they did after school because they DID NOT DO THEIR HOMEWORK.

    Feel free to be one of them.

    Feel free not to study: feel free to play ten different instruments and act for four hours a day – you clearly know what your priorities are. Maybe you’ll be a concert pianist or lead on Broadway. Who needs exams then?

    Feel free to read and draw. Maybe you’ll be a professional artist. Maybe you’ll earn money by reading books.

    Yeah. Right. There’s a reason these are leisure activities.

    The world doesn’t care about the size of your heart or how much time you spent or whether or not you play the cello (unless you’re in a professional orchestra) how long you spend reading, what movies you’ve been watching, it cares what it can get from you, and for every one of you who throws their hands in the air “I can’t do this shit, it’s bad for my health, there’s too much” there are three other people to take your fucking place, there are people who would kill for the opportunity to be in your position – living in a country with the right to education.

    Here’s an idea, give up school and trade places with somebody who doesn’t have it. Just don’t work. Just drift along. And watch the countries where kids who know what poverty is power past you in the next few decades. It’ll happen.

    February 28th, 2014 at 11:14 am
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  94. Anonymous says:

    I read this and can’t help but feel for these people. In a horrid attempt to procrastinate (and for what reason), I have taken the liberty to see if anyone is sharing my pain. If you all want to hear some things that aren’t right, take a gander.

    It is currently 1:10am, i still have 11 assigments including one project due tomorrow.

    To start this off, I go to a tier-1 school in Massachusetts and take 5 AP Courses.

    Try saying I procrastinate. I spend my entire Sunday and at least 2-4 hours of my Saturday doing homework. Sunday night I realized that I had overlooked a project and went to sleep at 5:45am. I woke up at 6:30, went to school, got home at 3:00, did homework until 3:30am. Miraculously got 3 whole hours of sleep, again went to school, got back at 3:00, here I am now, expecting to get to bed hopefully by 6:00am.

    This may seem bad, but it was heaven compared to my week the week before midyear exams. Our teachers assigned so many projects that I ended up working nonstop for four days straight, without any sleep. My mom found me staring at my computer at 6:30 in the morning on thursday, literally hallucinating from severe sleep deprivation, and she decided that I couldn’t go to school. Because I missed school that day, I had to stay after on Friday for an hour, and I was assigned an extraordinary amount of weekend homework. As for the maximum homework i’ve had in one class for one night, we once got assigned 30 pages of worksheets for AP Chem, just 8 packets that the teacher had managed to find online and decided to distribute to us because a kid was talking while she was playing a video and reading a magazine.

    I consistently ask my mom “is this what school was like when you were a kid?” because I cannot bring myself believe anything could be this bad. My mom always says “I had to deal with it just like you”, but I find that very hard to believe. This woman went to an average difficulty school in North Carolina and graduated with a 4.0gpa, and she wonders why I can’t pull A+ on my AP Bio exams, where a 20 page answer could be worth zero points if you don’t say exactly what they want you to say. Many of my friends have SAT scores in the range of 2300-2400 and they are so addicted to pills like Adderall, Ritalin, and Focalin that they have developed physical and psychological dependencies. I just genuinely wonder, is there any way that school can be as hard as it is today? I don’t believe that’s humanly possible, at least in my case, or any case for anyone in a school that is top 50 in the nation.

    I feel for all of you, I truly do, but school has gotten way too far out of hand.

    If you’ll excuse me, I have to do homework until 6:00am now.

    April 2nd, 2014 at 12:24 am
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  95. icequeenforever says:

    I’m sorry, but you chose all those AP classes, right? Then homework is of course to be expected. I’m juggling 6 AP classes, Debate Team, and Beta Club in junior year, so my regular bedtime is 1 AM, and I’ve learned to accept it. I actually wish I got more homework in AP Biology, so I wouldn’t have failed the exam with a 2. Don’t think about your social life, think about your competition. Think about your future. And if you don’t, well, no one’s stopping you. Party away. I, for one, will try my absolute hardest to achieve my dreams, even if it means selling my soul. (Just kidding!) But seriously, it’s only going to get worse from here, so be prepared.

    September 14th, 2014 at 10:40 pm
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  96. codyisawesome3 says:

    I wish to that homework was oultawed but it is there to help us do better in school

    October 15th, 2014 at 11:17 pm
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  97. Anonymous says:

    I completely understand what you’re going through! I don’t have much advice except talk to your teachers or principle with at least one or two other students about this problem. They are obviously trying to prepare you for testing and “the real world,” but they aren’t doing a very good job. Sure, sometimes you will have 6 hours of work and 6 hours of sleep once you get a job, but it is so irrational that you go to school for at least 6 (that’s just a minimal assumption with lunch taken away) hours and get 6 hours of homework! 12 hours of work times 5 days (or more) a week equals OVER 60 HOURS OF WORK PER WEEK! The average working hours of an adult is 40-44 hours per week! How do they expect a teenager to work over 30% more than the average adult?!?! Plus, you should be allowed to have free time and enjoy yourself, like any teen! This issue is ridiculous and needs to be resolved. (I am an eighth grader, so I can kind of relate.)

    October 18th, 2014 at 2:15 pm
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  98. Anonymous says:

    Well i just wanted to give a short note i will say take your education and do your homework you will benefit atlast listen to your parents or elders when their are speaking don’t stew your teeth or turn up your nose listen to them because if you do not you will reget it later in life you will have to depen on people don’t you want to drive a car or even work to earn money and support your family as for me , my self an i i have study in universe of Guyana and now moved to new york i am even the owner of a big company take my advise ok i will stop here now hope you guys out there agree

    October 25th, 2014 at 8:42 pm
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  99. No name says:

    I agree with the last comment you right even i am a owner of a company too and my family are really proud for me.

    October 25th, 2014 at 8:45 pm
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  100. Ravi says:

    they gives students to much homeworks in diwali

    October 31st, 2014 at 7:40 am
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  101. keyur says:

    in P.T period they don’t take in playground.

    October 31st, 2014 at 7:44 am
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  102. Dalia says:

    Im only a freshman, but I have to agree with all this. My school is one of the more lucky ones- School ends at 2:30, I have one hour of clubs, and I have extra help. That makes it so I’m done with my school day at 4 pm. But, all my classes are Honors-I get at least 45-1 hour of homework a night for almost every class. Now, I have an A/B/C day schedule, so I get up to SEVEN hours of homework on a Friday, and up to FIVE on any other day. So, if I get home at 4, Im done with my homework at nine (this does not include dinner, social activities, chores, etc.). On the weekend, it’s a different story. I am very religious, so I cannot do my homework on Friday nights or Saturdays. Then, on Sunday, I have religious school, so I have to be up until ten to finish my homework for the next day.

    My parents have screamed at me until I was sobbing with my hands over my ears because I still fail the quizzes and tests-I still do horribly in school because I cant think, Im so tired all the time I just cant handle this.

    School really needs to be changed

    December 1st, 2014 at 7:38 am
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  103. Hansel says:

    I sympathize. When I found this website I googled ” I stress to much about school and I am depressed”. I have not done anything with my friends since september. I am a senior, and it takes 8 hrs to do my homework. I’ll be honest, if it were not for the SAT my workload would be like 2 hrs. The test is consuming my life. I am also filling out college applications and will be taking 12 AP tests. I HATE MY LIFE. Four months of this and I am going insane. Im do not have any solution to this problem. We all do this to ourselves taking AP classes. Im not here to whine, Im here to share how I feel because no one else wants to listen.

    December 3rd, 2014 at 12:47 am
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  104. Nick says:

    Who knew school would be the death of me?

    I’m a seventeen year old high school senior and let me tell you – it gets worse.

    I take three online college classes in addition to my high school courses. I do this because I don’t have a lot of money for college. If I take college in high school, I can get those classes incredibly cheap, or even free.

    I wake up at 6AM, and I don’t get home until 6:45 PM. I’m a star student, and pour my life into school, but recently the homework load has been simply overwhelming (this is coming from a person who adores learning, school, and being busy). I am sometimes up until midnight trying to turn in homework before it’s stupid due date.

    I don’t come from a wealthy household, so I have to work to pay for my own car, my own college, and so on and so forth. So I work Saturdays and Sundays. When I get home, guess what I’m doing? Tests, essays, discussion boards, research, peer reviews.

    This means I’m doing something every single day of the week. I’m never at home for a full day at a time.

    School has absolutely drained my life of all the things that make it worthwhile. It has obliterated all my friendships and relationships–and forget my dreams of writing a book. I even had to put my art to the side. I airbrush t-shirts as a way to make money and allow my art to flourish, but I haven’t been able to airbrush a single shirt since the beginning of the school year.

    I don’t have any time to spend with my family, have horror movie marathons with my friends (which is something I used to love to do), skype my long-distance boyfriend, write, draw, or even freaking sleep. I’ve even gone a night or two without having a shower because I legitimately don’t have the time! Sometimes I forget to eat several days in a row because stress is eating me from the inside out. Seriously–how is that fair?

    And – what’s even more sad and terribly unfair? – I still have trouble even finishing my homework on time and passing. I was afraid I wasn’t going to graduate high school this year because I was only barely passing my COLLEGE classes–one slip up and I would fail. (Yes, if you fail certain college classes in high school, guess what? You don’t get those credits–which means you don’t graduate). So while the people taking BS classes and not trying are graduating, I’m over here watching my life drain into school and still not graduating because homework has consumed my life. Tell me that’s not messed up?

    Depression, anxiety, cutting–school was a major contribution. It took away all my friends and the healthy aura within my household. I’m trying to pull myself out of this hole, but it’s hard when I don’t have a choice if I want to graduate. I’m backed against a wall. Thanks, school.

    So, I’ll graduate high school with 36 hours of college–I’ll be a college freshman. An outstanding achievement, sure. But what will it cost me? My social life, my sleep, my freedom, the remainder of my childhood, my relationships, my happiness–hell! It’s not over yet, might very well end up costing me my life.

    I understand why we need homework. But do we really need 10 page essays and 200 page chapters to read–in every single class?

    Doing that doesn’t teach us anything besides how to BS our ways through an assignment to get finished as quickly as possible and not care about the material itself. We’re not learning anything this way.

    Every day I tell myself, “Only one more semester. Just one more semester. Think about your mom. Think how she’ll react if you have to explain why her star student isn’t graduating with the rest of them. Think about your friends. Think about them graduating and going to college without you. Think about what colleges will think when you don’t graduate. They’ll never accept you. You’ll never get any scholarships. Think about your dreams. How are you going to fulfill your dreams if you don’t go to a good college? Just one more semester. Survive one more semester. Pass one more semester.”

    It’s utterly overwhelming.

    I am utterly overwhelmed.

    This can’t be right.

    Something needs to change.

    Nick

    December 7th, 2014 at 7:40 pm
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  105. Ani says:

    I think I’m dying. Slowly, but dying nonetheless.

    I am hallucinating from lack of sleep.
    I see bubbles. I started getting nightmares every. Single. Night. Two months into junior year. I’ve had a cough for the past 1 1/2 years. I have a headache that won’t go away.
    My grades are dropping ad I’ve ceased paying attention in class. I get a migraine, nausea, and dizzy spells from trying to do everything.

    I don’t even go to private school.

    My EC’s are chorus, theatre, and dance- how am I supposed to get into college without any EC’s?

    My best friend died a couple weeks ago, and my teacher won’t even give me an extension for my homework! They don’t seem to understand that even if I was mentally stable, I still could not get all 4 assignments you’ve given me done!

    What do you mean, balance between social life and homework, or time management skills?

    I’m not supposed to procrastinate? Well, I’m not doing it on purpose… when I can’t get the assignment that are due the next day done, how am I supposed to work ahead?

    I get maybe four hours of sleep on a good day.

    I’m so tired of being sick.

    Something has to change. I can’t work 30 hours a day (yes, I said that, because I feel like that’s what teachers expect)

    December 10th, 2014 at 2:12 am
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  106. Rosalinda says:

    I think it’s horrendous how so many kids are suffering…

    BUT, unless I misunderstood, the only reason y’all are suffering so much, is because you’re trying to get A’s and B’s? I agree with Sarah #13; it’s NOT terrible to be a B or C student at all!! That’s my average, and I’ve never heard of spending hours and hours on homework before in my life. Look, my opinion might be biased, but the fact of the matter is that as long as you graduate with a diploma, you’ll still get into college!!! It’s not the end of the world if you’re only an average student. I feel awestruck people take this so seriously!

    January 8th, 2015 at 4:46 pm
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  107. caleb pool says:

    i wish tere was no homework

    January 20th, 2015 at 3:45 pm
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  108. caleb pool says:

    i love sex

    January 20th, 2015 at 3:46 pm
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  109. Eva says:

    I feel the same. I am an overachiever. My parents pressure me to be the best, and though my rank is #3 out of 1000, I can’t help but cry about not being #1. I can’t start my homework and I have so much. I don’t know what to do… I think I may be bipolar but I’m scared of asking for help.

    January 25th, 2015 at 6:08 pm
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  110. Chloe S. says:

    So my only question is… Where is this girl now? How did you get through it all? This post was made in 2008 so it’s been 7 years almost since she felt this way. How did you achieve your social life and school and work schedule without sacrificing one of the three?

    January 28th, 2015 at 4:10 am
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  111. Anonymous says:

    This is true! I have a lot of homework 2 I’m just in 8th grade. In all adanved classes. I spend 7 hours and 20 min doing my HW each day and studying . I never have time for my self. Sometimes I’m so tired I go to sleep and wake up again at 3:00 am to study. The worst thing is my mom doesn’t appreciate my hard work. She says I do nothing all day. She wants me to take all honors in high school.
    I’m tired, of school.
    I’ve lost my appetite.
    I’ve developed insomnia .

    I hope this is worth it for the future.

    January 30th, 2015 at 4:53 pm
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  112. Anonymous says:

    How do you guys even stay up late to do your hw while not falling a sleep

    January 31st, 2015 at 12:53 am
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  113. High school Student says:

    Hello

    I really liked this discussion and thought i would like to add to it. Throughout my life I have always been competitive in my school work, like other hard-working students. When I first went into middle school I remember feeling so enthralled in the idea of learning because I would be able to learn separate, specific studies (like Pre Algebra, Language Arts, ect.) Towards the middle of the year I felt overloaded with work and I realized that I would have to work even harder and put in more effort. Long story short, I am now in ninth grade and have recognized now how middle school was so EASY. This brings me to the conclusion that as the years go by the actual work being done is absorbed and the level is just becoming more advanced.
    Some days I feel like school is a piece of cake but other times I become so depressed in my studies; it all depends on my perspective.
    I have come to terms with my homework. The main change was setting priorities to what I actually wanted to do and then do my best in those areas. I absolutely adore my Biology class and I work even harder to understand concepts because I know that it is something I would like to major in. I still have a schedule of other classes which I love to pieces; knowledge has become my obsession. I still have nights where I stay up late but I don’t mind because I’ve learned to enjoy every bit of it. Now, homework doesn’t always feel so abstract from my life because I’ve incorporated it INTO how I live.
    Anyways, I’ll conclude this saying to always find the good in your assignments and try to never complain; look optimistically,(kind of funny because I’m actually very pessimistic) school is a mind encompassing learning experience.
    School life will always be an endless cycle of ups and moments where you want to throw your work against a wall and go to sleep hah, enjoy it. Everyone’s school life is different; it’s up to you to decide what kind of life you want.
    TIP: I find having inquisitive conversations about topics relating to the subject with my teachers helps to understand something more thoroughly and also have a connection with your teacher. Overall, it makes school life nicer.

    Good luck fellow students and sorry for the spelling errors in advanced 🙂

    I am still wondering if the writer of this letter could respond and tell us where she is now, and how work has effected her. That would be interesting…

    February 4th, 2015 at 8:22 pm
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  114. Anonymous says:

    I hope she tells us how she is now as well, I am an actress, rehearsals kill me I get home from school I go to get my brother I change out of my uniform then I go to rehearsal which lasts from 6-9:30 most nights sometimes they start at 5. I live 30 min away from my theatre getting home at 10 taking a shower and doing homework from around 10:15-4:30 if I am lucky, this is ridiculious I find myself depressed I can not take the stress

    February 8th, 2015 at 10:38 pm
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  115. Rosalinda says:

    I was curious to see if there were any new comments, and both the 8th grade Anon and the actress Anon replies made my jaw hit the floor. Do you people truly stay up past midnight, and then wakeup throughout the night to do HOMEWORK?

    Seriously, please please tell your parents to take you out of advanced classes. Your replies almost made me want to cry. What ADULT works those kinds of hours?!

    February 9th, 2015 at 3:25 pm
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  116. Rosalinda says:

    Or tell them to read all of the horror stories on this page!!! It’s so cruel that anyone would force kids to do this.

    February 9th, 2015 at 3:27 pm
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  117. TheModernAnarchist says:

    CARRY ON THE FIGHT IN 2015 AND ONWARD!!!

    February 15th, 2015 at 2:22 pm
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  118. eraela says:

    Katti saru chola mar mate khawa

    February 16th, 2015 at 10:33 am
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  119. Gabriel says:

    Hi im a 14 year old boy and i have a problem. Apparently being too smart for the school is a punishment. I get 4x more hw then anyone else. And its just stressing me out. And im only in the 8th grade
    . It sucks and i can deal with it anymore

    February 20th, 2015 at 1:49 pm
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  120. Annie says:

    This honestly shows me that the homework problem is nationwide. I am a senior in high school. All honors and AP classes, Clubs, all the good stuff so you’d say. I get homework from all 7 of my classes. Sure, it wasn’t too bad at the beginning of the school year, but as we inch closer to AP tests and such the homework gets more intense. Teachers don’t understand that the students who have the upper level classes have so much homework we dont have time for anything else. I also participate in the Red cross club, where i have volunteering hours to complete, and another club where i have to prepare for regional, state, and national competitions for my architectural class. Teachers also don’t understand that the students planning on going to college who are financially unable so to say, are applying for scholarship after scholarship. I am physically and mentally stressed out because of it and it is taking a long term physical tole on me. I know this fight won’t do any good my me this year, but continue the fight for less homework for future generations!

    February 24th, 2015 at 5:40 pm
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  121. TheModernAnarchist says:

    Gabriel I may not be able to help, but you can find a group of students and write a petition. I have the same situation in Honors Spanish 1 and the teachers are really unfair to us. Good Luck everyone!!!

    February 26th, 2015 at 5:35 pm
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  122. Joe says:

    This doesn’t describe what I currently go through and I am glad for that. That sounded terrible and I have a buddy that is the exact same way, stressing over his homework and classes, taking all AP course. My brother is a little better, but he despises the AP courses with a passion.
    I’m a failure at school, no if ands or buts about it. After going through something like this during Sophomore year of High school (Senior now) I basically quit trying. Two hours of homework a night, one hour of reading a dry text book and another hour of more homework. Well… I burnt out right quick and just accepted Ds in my AP or honors.
    I want to say its nice to see you kept to it, doign all your work, but the cost doesn’t really equal to the benefit for what you got in return.
    I am in the “dumb” people classes now. You know, standard classes that teaches a skill like mechanics, strength training, or cooking, instead of a core class. Sure I get straight As in all of them, but well… not too hard to cook, lift weights, or build an engine so they don’t count. Only challenging class, if it can be called that, is German 2 and I do the half hour of homework in class while the teacher’s talking.
    Though, i can’t say I’m not happy even though I have no idea what the hell I’m going to do in the future. Sure there is an underlying hatred for school now that consumes me every time I get up at five in the morning with the constant reminder I’m a failure every time I enter the classroom and probably will never amount to anything past labor because I don’t have the ability to succeeded in college. But now that I’ve accepted I’m an idiot and not going to get any better, I have so much time to just write or be creative. I feel that it was the right choice for me, but on the other hand was not the right choice for me.
    I wish you luck in whatever field you decided to go into, I’m sure with your work habit, you will be among the top in your class. if you didn’t go to college, I also wish you luck in climbing the job ladder to the top or finding something you love.

    March 1st, 2015 at 10:24 pm
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  123. Rosalinda says:

    @Joe Do you realize that you could still go to a state college or even a CC first with those grades?

    March 3rd, 2015 at 12:47 am
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  124. Anonymous says:

    Will ‘y’all quit being such whiny little brats!?
    Everyone has to do this whether they like it or not.
    People in the past have been able to make it without peoples help and no one cares about your education eccept for you so you should just step up and do your freaking homework. Your parents probably did and they survived so…. What does that tell you!???

    March 24th, 2015 at 5:33 pm
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  125. #Sick&Tired says:

    This is a new age, everything changes over time. Our parents didn’t have to do the work we had to. In fact, back then, almost anybody could teach. Some “teachers” never taught, just told the students not to disturb them. The work has become harder and it seems as if the teachers are competing for who can give the most homework. Add the fact that they don’t teach (if you want to learn anything, you must look it up yourself) and hand out work instead.

    Ever since I’ve started to go to PJA, my grades have gone downhill. At public school, I’m an A student and even considered many times for the gifted program. Now, I have gotten my first C’s on my report card and needless to say my mother was not impressed. She blames me saying I’m not focusing. I spend every minute I have on homework aside from chores and the necessities. My social life used to burst but is now nonexistent due to the fact I have no time. My hobbies like reading have been neglected so I can try to keep up with my homework.

    I love school, (not so much now) but now I’m starting to count down every minute until I’m out. Then I have to prepare for school over the summer, and hopefully a job so I can buy a car. Which is discouraging to me since I’m only in 8th grade (13 yrs old) and have years until I’m out of high school; plus college. I’ve never really written anything until I came to Pensacola Junior Academy (PJA) and now I’m expected to write a story (30,000 words for an A) in less than a month with a few days notice to plan it out. I want to be a writer but I’m not so sure now, all I can do is stare at the page stuck. !4 days are down with 17 left to go, and all I’ve got is 10, 791. All I seem to achieve is a major headache from stress. Don’t even get me started on math. I’m on chapter 5 but don’t get the questions on tests. The math book doesn’t help at all because those type of questions aren’t on there.

    Yes, we do need to deal with our problems but sometimes it’s turns out better when you get advice and encouragement. So, yeah, I’m in a roadblock and needed to vent my frustration somewhere resourceful. Thanks and good luck!

    April 15th, 2015 at 12:10 am
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  126. ACollegeStudent says:

    Good luck in college if you can’t handle high school work. College professors couldn’t care less about your work load, they just want you to complete their class with a decent grade.The real world doesn’t care about your health or happiness. You can’t go through life thinking that everything is going to be easy. That’s sad but its how life works. You’ll soon learn that. I wish my very best of luck to you throughout the rest of your high school career.

    April 16th, 2015 at 12:11 am
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  127. ACollegeStudent says:

    And keep in mind that most adults don’t get three months of summer or a long Christmas/ spring break to enjoy themselves. When you’re complaining about not having a childhood, remind yourself of what you spend your summers, breaks, and weekends doing. Your whole life isn’t a vacation.

    April 16th, 2015 at 12:16 am
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  128. arshan says:

    I am sick of homework I spend like 8 hrs at school and 4 hrs at home doing home and now i had to quit my favorite sport doing it. There is already school we dont need more at home. The most hrs of sleep through out the school year on weekdays was 9 hrs the average is 6. I barely see my family or friends any more. All i do is work my ass off get C’s and they dont apperciate how hard i work and tell me i do bad. And teachers are not teaching us when wear at home. WE SHALL START A REVOLUTION ON THIS FOR WORKING OUR ASSES OFF AND DESERVING NOTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 27th, 2015 at 10:22 pm
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  129. Amy says:

    I’m in 8th grade, and I personally believe that it’s sad that all of us students have to suffer through this workload. Right now, it’s close to the end of the year, and I have 2 projects, an exam review packet, and pages of Algebra I homework all at once. I can empathize with the orchestra part– though I won’t be quitting orchestra any time soon, I don’t exactly have much time to practice, which is taken as a grade. I think we would all be more inclined to learn and at least a smidgen happier about coming to school. Onto the subject of teachers, there’s definitely the teachers no one likes who give a ton of homework– if we’re talking specifics, an ELA teacher. She gave us multiple projects on the same day, all due around a month later. You’re likely thinking, well, that’s plenty of time! No, it wasn’t. A few other students as well as I were waiting to finish the book (it was ‘Night’ by Elie Wiesel), as there were many questions that simply could not be answered without finishing the book. She wouldn’t let us take the books home, so it was impossible to do while at home. We are now studying Shakespeare, and she gave us one day to finish 5 pages of research on the Roman Empire//Julius Caesar. Most people hadn’t even started. Onto Algebra I; many people are failing the class and retaking it. My parents are making me retake it, though I have a B in that class (currently). It is extremely stressful to remember all of the equations needed (ex. Quadratic formula), and to get all of the homework done on time. Little to no extra credit is offered, but the EoC is worth 20% of our final grade. This is pressuring to everyone, because we all want to pass the class (minus a select few), but there’s 9 chapters we have to review with at least 6 lessons per chapter. That’s 54 things we have to make sure we know before May 19th. That’s another thing– the Algebra teacher has made our EoC date earlier than everyone else’s, so we have less time to review.

    May 11th, 2015 at 8:31 pm
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  130. Rosalinda says:

    @ACollegeStudent Many of the kids commenting here say that they DO work over summer and the holidays and weekends!!! These kids have like 80 hour work weeks. In my opinion the real problem isn’t HW, but the fact that everyone’s taking advanced classes! What really extremely annoys me about all of this is that the parents seem like they could care less about their own kids. How could you watch your kid doing hours and hours of work and not do anything or care?

    All of you have convinced that when I have kids they’ll be going to an ordinary public school, and if they’re C students I’ll be totally fine with that.

    @SickandTired, you must be like a kid genius if you can write that well and you’re only 13!!!! I think it’s terrible you have to spend so much time on schoolwork when you could be doing something that would actually really engage you instead.

    May 21st, 2015 at 3:37 pm
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  131. student says:

    Let’s start a revolution. homework is ok but to much homework is a crime. Screw teachers that give to much homework as it is unnecessary, I have not been finishing my math homework for a year and I’ve been getting an average of 70%. Tell your friends that the revolution starts now, if we do t end this child abuse then who will. Not everyone was made to do well in school so why force them.

    May 25th, 2015 at 3:19 pm
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  132. Anonomous says:

    I am in an excellerated school program called LEAP even though i have no clue what it stands for, anyways i am doing homework right noe and i have to do 20 questions about Chile 4-5 sentences each, an essay abou the weather in Helsinki, Finland, three book reports 7-8 sentences each. ALL DO TOMARROW!!! And i am only 12 years old. is it just me or does seem like a bit too much?

    May 31st, 2015 at 3:34 pm
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  133. Anonomous says:

    I am in an excellerated school program called LEAP even though I have no clue what it stands for, anyways I am doing homework right now and I have to do 20 questions about Chile 4-5 sentences each, an essay abou the weather in Helsinki, Finland, three book reports 7-8 sentences each. ALL DO TOMARROW!!! And I am only 12 years old. is it just me or does seem like a bit too much?

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  134. IGL says:

    Hello I am 12 years old. I’m in 6th grade and I had a project that we had to do sometimes for homework and it was a group project. No one except one other person in my group was cooperating so I had to do the work of 3 people. I had to pull off an all nighter and gather ALL THE INFORMATION cause the other person that was cooperating was formatting and making the presentation. And at the day of presenting, I had to explain everything. And this took away points! So my grade dropped from a 99 to a 92.8! I did everything I could to help us and my teacher was absent for almost the whole time! But I’m used to waking up early and having a little sleep, but no one in my group even appreciated it! They just said oh it’s finished. And the people that were not cooperating just went on snapchat all day while listening to music while my other group partner and I worked our butts off on the project! And you know what happened after that? Our teacher made us do another project WITH THE SAME PEOPLE! And I almost cried on the spot. I always came home to my mom crying because of this. I worked so hard this year. I had perfect grades but this project is killing me. Right now I have an A but because of this next project, my grade will probably go down to a B. I really hate this group project and I don’t want to go through it again. Does someone have any tips? Cause this group project was horrible. I had to wake up at 4:30 every morning trying to finish all the research for the project that my group mates were supposed to do. And when a substitute teacher saw them not doing their work and he politely asked them to do their work. Then when he turned his back, they stuck the middle finger at him! There are four more days of school but I’m still worried about this project cause it’s the same thing. Every group project is horrible for me because I end up doing most of the work. Please help is it going to get better because 6th grade is killing me! My brother basically gave up on eighth grade because he got into a good highschool but for one assignment, my brother needed my help for this painting because I am an art student, but it took up my birthday. I didn’t really care, but school shouldn’t take up valuable home time. Because of some of these projects, I get mental breakdowns. Also, these homework projects really affect my grades. My mom always says you tried your best and that’s okay but I rarely get to see my dad and what if I told him, sorry dad I couldn’t make it to the highest honor roll because of a stupid group project I did all the work in, he would probably say it’s okay but I will know that he will be disappointed. My family members think very highly of me and that’s sometimes a really bad thing. Especially for me and my brother because he thinks the highest of me than anybody. So I don’t want to let anyone down. These past few days, I have been thinking of this project. I’ve had nightmares and I would wake up at three in the morning and I would have an breakdown. I actually do love school, BUT THIS IS NONSENSE. all the other groups work together, they go over to each others houses and plan, they do everything together! But my group doesn’t work together! I just give my info that I did for everybody and give it to the one other person that’s working!!!!! EVEN IF THERE ARE FOUR DAYS LEFT I AM STILL WORRYING! HELP ME! Why does homework do this? ( this project was part of homework)

    June 20th, 2015 at 10:45 pm
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  135. Sakina Khuzaima says:

    i helpyou

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  136. Cama Durbin says:

    So, while I can empathize with the situation this 10th grader found herself in, I have to wonder if this sort of workload should be reduced? Honestly the work isn’t any less than what we’ll experience in the workplace as adults. There are deadlines, and high stress environments that we all suffer through and accomplish. So, my question for all of you is, should we send our kids into the fiercest competition for employment in history without some knowledge as to the extent of which their endurance will be tested? It is all compounded. You begin kindergarten with very little experience, if any. After that point, everything changes. You are given more work and are expected to accomplish said work in an allotted amount of time, all in preparation for the future. So why would we take away this valuable preparation? It is what gives us an advantage in the future. Can you imagine going into the workplace with no precedent? No experience. And no idea what to do? There is a reason why it is important for children to grasp these concepts prior to being thrown into the workplace. There is a sense of nobility in trying to improve the standard by which children lead their lives, but undeniably also a sense of detriment to their future well-being in leading them astray and denying them preparation. I would advise that the fight for less homework or no homework be limited only to the most prudent extent. How else are we to maintain the standard of progression that Western civilization has become accustomed to? And how else are we to ensure their financial and secular security in the future? While I know my opinion differs from that of the majority who have commented, I believe these points to be valid and it stands to reason that if prior to modern education that the limits of human comfort had to be pushed in order to achieve what we have that to lessen the work load now would put society in a stagnant state.

    August 25th, 2015 at 6:52 pm
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  137. Susana says:

    A school like that would fit for any sntteuds who determine to follow their dream, such as drama, soccer player, or a mathmetician. But it would not fit for sntteuds who try to get good grades, and want to be good in anything. In my opinion, I think that I would definitely join in that school, where you can learn anything you wish, which gives many opportunities, and that you can have a choice between practicing your skills, or Not to practice it.It is more likely that many sntteuds wish that there would be an existing school like that.

    August 26th, 2015 at 3:59 am
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  138. Bogdan says:

    Yep, this reminded me of the fact that I have to read tens of books, even though I just can’t do it. Everyone thinks it’s because of video games, but it’s not. I just can’t read.
    I tried reading 40 pages from a book and it turned out that I understood the story completely different (I needed to write the story on my notebook to get evidence that I did in fact read). So I gave up on reading and now I’m getting the movie of the book.
    I would have actually read it if it didn’t require me to write the story down on a notebook.

    -Bogdan

    September 9th, 2015 at 3:36 pm
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  139. Brooke says:

    Hi, I’ve just entered Grade 11. My school is in a smaller town(2 hours to the nearest small city) and we get stuck with a lot of crummy teachers, like those that use mottos like “Teaching yourself is what learning is”. My school was low on teachers so they were hiring anyone that they could, no matter who the character. Anyways one teacher sucked and ended up getting fired, so my Grade 10 Science was just given to me… I feel that I have so much more to learn, I just haven’t been give the chance and it sucks. Most teachers only worry about getting a paycheck and they just give you self-study so they don’t have to do anything. I don’t know if my handmade notes will get me through a test because I’m not sure if my research is correct. They make it due the next day but they don’t understand the time it takes to do the assignment or the difficulty of the assignment because they just get it from the Internet or from the previous teacher that had taught that subject They also have not tried the material out themselves or looked over it. I try my best and talk with the teachers and principal but that is all I can do for now and I am hoping things will get better.

    September 14th, 2015 at 10:49 pm
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  140. Brooke says:

    On Friday we started an assignment (self-made notes on specific herbs) and it was due on Monday. We had no previous knowledge on herbs except for what we already knew before the class. I worked my butt off to get it done in class but the one hour wasn’t enough. So I brought it home for homework, it took me an extra hour and a half uninterupted to complete it.

    On Monday our teacher made us fill out a sheet (match the herbs to the medical problem it fixes) which was difficult because we were not allowed to look at our self-made notes and my notes didn’t match up with this assignment. I noticed that turmeric was spelt wrong on both sheets, it was spelt tumeric. I quietly told my teacher the problem (so she could fix it) and she told me “Is it? It’s not my fault, I didn’t make these. I got this from another teacher.”

    It annoys me that assigned homework wasn’t even made, tested, or reviewed by the teacher before it was assigned.

    September 14th, 2015 at 11:02 pm
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  141. Keaun Brown says:

    OK. here’s what i’ve got to say on the matter. Im only in the 8th grade,honors. at my old school IT WAS MORE ADVANCED than this one im at now. I used to get homework maybe 1-2 times a week AT WORST from a teacher.maybe 3. but know ive got 3-4 ASSIGNMENTS A DAY. from 1 teacher. if not that’s ridiculous than i don’t know the meaning of the word. than when i try to tell her i get a “oh well.” or a “not my problem” AS IM WIRITING THIS COMMENT ive got 4 more assignments. WHAT happens when you’ve got suff to do in life. i had to go run some errons with mom come back at like 7:00 and ive got homework and chores to do. I NEVER have time to do anything. my math teacher ALONE sends out HUGE worksheets everyday. in fact right now i’ve got 48 QUESTION ONE. not to mention the 100 QUESTION WEEKLY WORKSHEET. with other homework on top of it. and the problem is teachers act like its not their fault. WTF,excuse my language but WTF, Its utterly ridiculous. i just cant even…… SO MUCH WORK TO DO. every night i’ve got to stay up extra late. every morning ive got to get up at 6. THIS IS’NT WORKING. i need help. mom doesn’t care. i think im gonna snap. not even kidding. I just cant take it. I HAVE TIME FOR NOTHING. I just………. cant. this is to much for me and the other kids.its just too much.right now im in that same problem Its just way to much work to do i need some serious help. im starting to see why people drop out of school. BUT I LOVE SCHOOL im a poet and an author i WANT to go to college but this is crazy.

    September 15th, 2015 at 7:55 pm
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  142. Keaun Brown says:

    OK. here’s what i’ve got to say on the matter. Im only in the 8th grade,honors. at my old school IT WAS MORE ADVANCED than this one im at now. I used to get homework maybe 1-2 times a week AT WORST from a teacher.maybe 3. but know ive got 3-4 ASSIGNMENTS A DAY. from 1 teacher. if not that’s ridiculous than i don’t know the meaning of the word. than when i try to tell her i get a “oh well.” or a “not my problem” AS IM WIRITING THIS COMMENT ive got 4 more assignments. WHAT happens when you’ve got suff to do in life. i had to go run some errons with mom come back at like 7:00 and ive got homework and chores to do. I NEVER have time to do anything. my math teacher ALONE sends out HUGE worksheets everyday. in fact right now i’ve got 48 QUESTION ONE. not to mention the 100 QUESTION WEEKLY WORKSHEET. with other homework on top of it. and the problem is teachers act like its not their fault. WTF,excuse my language but WTF, Its utterly ridiculous. i just cant even…… SO MUCH WORK TO DO. every night i’ve got to stay up extra late. every morning ive got to get up at 6. THIS IS’NT WORKING. i need help. mom doesn’t care. i think im gonna snap. not even kidding. I just cant take it. I HAVE TIME FOR NOTHING. I just………. cant. this is to much for me and the other kids.its just too much.right now im in that same problem Its just way to much work to do i need some serious help. im starting to see why people drop out of school. BUT I LOVE SCHOOL im a poet and an author i WANT to go to college but this is crazy.im freaking out man.

    September 15th, 2015 at 7:55 pm
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  143. Keaun Brown says:

    i even had to spend my whole B-DAY to homework

    September 15th, 2015 at 7:56 pm
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  144. Anonymous says:

    I believe homework should be a minimum of 20 minutes per class, considering there are 6-7 classes on a regular middle school or high school. My child started having problems with homework when she turned 8 years old. She had to stay up late to complete her assignments, staying up late cause her to have seizures (convulsions). I didn’t comprehend why she was having sudden movements. It was 12 midnight and she still was doing her homework. I love school so I was there helping her at the point to giving her the answers when I saw how tired she was. She started telling me, “mommy, I don’t feel well.” and shaking all over. I would lay her down. I spoke in several occasions with her teacher and her principal and they both only agreed that my daughter should managed her time wisely. I even was there with my daughter helping her on each step so she could complete her homework. It was just way too much homework and reading for a child her age. My daughter would tell me that her teacher started to hate her because I kept on going back to speak to the principal in regards to my concerns of her teacher giving her a hard time in class and giving her way too much homework at home. Her teacher would not let my daughter have recess time and kept her in class so she could finish her assignments from the class as well. My daughter was going through to much stress. The seizures lasted for two years. I asked her principal to change my daughter to another classroom and she said it would take time. I believe principals don’t care for what students have to say or for what parents have to say. They will always take the instructors side. My daughter loves school, she is always on top of ever assignment and or homework, now she enjoys school again but starting middle school. Homework isn’t a problem for her at the moment as she is only getting homework from Math, English and once in a while from science and History.

    September 21st, 2015 at 1:37 pm
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  145. Anonymous says:

    I forgot to mentioned earlier that in an occasion when I met with the instructor to go over my daughter’s grades, as she was showing me that my daughter wasn’t completing her class assignments–I saw that half of the class wasn’t able to complete their assignments. When I pointed it out to her teacher, she was upset and said, “the point here is that your daughter isn’t managing her time wisely in class.” I believe instructors should first sit down and see how long it will take them to complete an assignment and not just assign homework or tasks in class knowing that the students won’t have enough time to complete them and then blame the student for not managing their time wisely affecting the students grades. I was going to take my daughters case further up to the District because the stress she was going through and the lack of sleep cause her to have seizures.

    September 21st, 2015 at 2:17 pm
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  146. Kalel says:

    Where I live, homework in primary school alone kept me up until 11 and I had to wake up at 6 every day. In secondary school I had crazy amounts of work but fortunately my school had this culture of not doing homework; people would just refuse to do and hand in homework unless we had a strict teacher. However we had tons of studying to do and my grades were falling behind because I couldn’t understand things and lessons were going way too fast. Throughout grades 9 and 10 I failed chemistry all the way but managed to get a B in O levels thanks to last minute tuition lessons.

    After O levels we proceed to new schools and let me just say – it was a hellhole, and my school was already not that great. Homework wasn’t even possible to finish, and if anyone says “why do your parents allow this why don’t people complain??” – well, all I have to say is this is how it is. All students in the country go through immense amounts of stress. Don’t even ask me why I can’t be content with just a B or C, because we are literally struggling to pass. Yes, that’s right. We can’t even pass. On top of that we had COMPULSORY co-curricular activities and I was in the school band which I had to attend every monday and friday, and it would end at 8. By the time I reached home it would be 9, and it was even worse for people who lived further from the school. We also have to go for a inter-school competition that takes place every other year. In secondary school, people would cry over this competition. It’s a whole lot of stress and extra work in addition to our already stressful school work.

    I’m a very average student there, but when I go to other countries I’m considered as very smart (academically). Guess what country I’m talking about 😉

    September 28th, 2015 at 1:55 am
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  147. Kalel says:

    Here, you can work your ass off and still fail. Spending 12 hours at school is the norm, last year I usually spent 10-14 hours at school. I study all day and fail, and I’m not even in the best schools or classes. I’m a very average student taking average classes (they’ll probably be considered very advanced elsewhere but where I live, average). The smarter students have extra programs and commitments; I have no idea how some people are able to do well and manage their commitments at the same time.

    September 28th, 2015 at 2:01 am
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  148. Kalel says:

    Also (sorry last comment) @ACollegeStudent probably that’s how it is in America, and you guys are sure lucky, but here our holidays aren’t really holidays. We have lots of holiday homework, and we still have to go back to school for our co-curricular activity (CCA) which can be every single day during competition season. We have a lot of pressure to do well both academically and in the competition where apparently “silver isn’t enough”, and even in choir (which I was in during my secondary school years) we had to push ups, run, had tons of scoldings and punishment – it was as though we were in a sport CCA rather than performing arts. College looks a lot better than high school here.

    September 28th, 2015 at 2:09 am
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  149. Colleen says:

    yea I experience that every day and im just in 8 grade

    September 28th, 2015 at 3:30 pm
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  150. Anonymous says:

    I’m only in 9th grade and I just got my appendix out last Monday. I’ve been out of school since then, but I have spent entire days doing makeup work. It’s about 9:50 now, meaning I have spent 12 hours today doing homework, plus about 10 hours yesterday and 6 hours on Saturday and a few hours on Friday.
    I am a straight A student and a fast worker: why, when I feel so miserable after my surgery, do I have to do this much work? I love school, but I don’t want to go back because I know a huge amount of work is going to be dumped on me.

    October 5th, 2015 at 8:51 pm
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  151. Anonymous says:

    I live in the UK and I know that some of our school laws are different but the homework sure ain’t, I was told I have to do 22 hours of homework a week, of course I don’t do all of it, and any reason I throw at my teachers ends up back in my face, “That’s not acceptable.” Yeah? well neither is 22 hours of homework a week you stupid biatch! anyways, it does make me sad when I do homework, I’m have 2 years left at school and I’m currently serving my first term and I just want it to end! Every time I do homework I end up using the computer to look for private tutors or people that can make this crap disappear, but of course they can’t, at this point my school books are just self written revision guides, what’s the point of me doing a piece of work at home? Then the teachers have the audacity to say something like, “I have to mark it.” No one cares, if you hate marking work so much then don’t set any homework! I’ve only got 1 teacher who doesn’t really give a damn about homework or not, just as long as I have the information in my book that I can use when I take my tests next year.

    October 8th, 2015 at 4:20 pm
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  152. High School Junior says:

    Same has been happening for me. I am a junior in high school and usually have 5 to 8 hours of homework everyday after school. It’s even worse on the weekends, when I have about 8 to 12 hours of homework (no exaggeration, I promise). I get home from practice at 7, so at most I get 6 hours of sleep at night. School has been like this for me since 6th grade. When I was 12, I was overwhelmed by the homework and got very depressed. I tried to kill myself, so if that doesn’t show that there is something wrong with the educational system, I do not know what else will. Keep in mind I had no symptoms of depression in the past, it was due to the excessive work load.

    October 11th, 2015 at 4:23 pm
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  153. Abigail says:

    I’m a middle schooler.. and i have homework everyday. I’m an honers straight A student. I have an obsession with grades and keeping them up. I couldn’t get to study so I flipped out and got a knife and tried to kill myself. I am trying to do my homework now and i am flipping out and i want to die. This is really just too stressful.. like I swear to god I can’t live anymore. I literally prayed to god to please let me pass. I want to die. Like I have 3 essays due today and we just got them yesterday. I have to read a 100 paged book. And a math test like OMG this is too too much I’m gonna die it’s not even funny I swear to jesus. Please this is really just tooo stressful

    October 12th, 2015 at 9:28 pm
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  154. Nani says:

    To all the people who took the time to share their emotional turmoil at a quite pivotal point in their lives: thank you. You have allowed me to reflect on and have a greater grasp of the beast that is the education system. I would have considered myself a casualty of both the system and my own indifference. However, I now consider myself a survivor. Of my own blindness. Ignorance. Complacence. We are sold a bill of goods called education, but I think being young, we lack perspective on life itself. And the utility of an education in living life. My question to you is what constitutes the good life? Who are we kidding when we say that we deserve the best in all circumstances. The problem is not so much with the education we are receiving -but that we don’t perceive the kind of people we are to be in a free society. We don’t perceive how we could become the means by which people can be helped. We are incredibly selfish! And why? Because we’ve been told and believe that we ourselves are helpless. We learn about the fight for freedom and justice, and yet don’t exercise our minds in seeking the same. In everything we do, we do it for OURSELVES and for our own benefit. And that in kind, is why YOU fail to be truly human. You believe in lies and think it’s unfair when life doesn’t work out the way you want. You don’t ever question the source of the Universe, and are pleased enough to be told that man is an evolved animal. You live entirely for your own desires, and are surprised to find that your life is hell on earth! Well that’s a revelation. We want to make something of ourselves with the few days we have on this earth…in fact we want it more than anything else. We’ve lost our minds and our souls to an idol, and bow down to it, and wonder why there is no happiness to be found. Look around you and realize that while in a more innocent era, you may have lived a simpler life. But this is 2015. We have computers, smartphones, GPS, airplanes, coffee machines, etc. Some believe in God, some in science and technology, some in philosophies. Just realize that this planet we live on won’t be here forever. You won’t live here forever. So I wouldn’t worry about the fact that you are stressing over something just because you have the luxury to stress about it. At least it’s not where you’re going to get your next meal.

    October 13th, 2015 at 9:33 pm
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  155. Eva says:

    Most of this really IS about time management and prioritizing though. I’m in a competitive high school, 5 AP classes and 2 honors classes, and have an SAT score of 2340. I’m competitive. I do homework in my classes whenever the teacher isn’t looking, at lunch while I eat, on the bus ride to school, etc. The people complaining about sleeping little due to homework are the ones that start late or, sadly, put too much work into it. Work smart, not hard. Don’t do all your homework everyday, do the subjects you have a 90 on, not the one you have a 96 on. Homework counts for 10% at my school, so I can easily skip half of my homework in most of my classes and STILL get an A.
    Take my advice, a 90 is the same as a 100 for GPA (at least in my school).
    I shall be graduating this year as valedictorian out of a class of 1049 people.

    October 23rd, 2015 at 4:22 pm
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  156. Ben says:

    Hi, I am currently enrolled in a pretty good high school. I am a freshman, and currently get three to six hours of homework. This may not seem a lot, but it drags on. I was not a procrastinator in middle school, but now it seems like I am. As I’m writing this, I am avoiding my Algebra II homework. Does anyone have any tips on to stop procrastinating? When I procrastinate, I often visit youtube, stare into blank space, and think “I can do that tomorrow” when it is 11:45 at night. Does anyone have any tips?

    In addition, our school has iPads for each student, and it is so stressful using them. I thought I was good at technology, but apps like Google Docs, Notability, and Haiku Learning are not doing what I want them to be doing. Sometimes, I just want to break the iPad and use pen and paper, the easy way.

    All-In-All, school has an impact on my life, but I still have time to enjoy breaks along the day. I consider myself on of the lucky ones. Good Luck to all who have completed high school, and Good luck to all the people currently in high school reading this.

    Try your hardest no matter what happens, there is hope.

    October 26th, 2015 at 10:41 pm
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  157. Ari says:

    Currently I’m in highschool where I live, almost into my last year. While the workload isn’t anywhere as bad as the USA or many other places around the world and I consider myself lucky, I still see many people here stressing out just as much over homework, assignments, due dates and other things. They pressure us into the mindset that if you don’t get good grades, then you’re a failiure; in reality, the way it works is all that matters is who you know, what job experience you have and how much money you’ve got. I got the pleasure of doing some part-time work earlier this year and I can say that school doesn’t prepare you at all for what most jobs have you do. I don’t see schools teaching me how to restock shelves properly, how to work a cash register or how to pay bills, but yet I’m being forced to do a test on mathematical equations I can easily solve just by googling, or writing an essay on some irrelevant novel.
    If anything, I’d like to see a curriculum that’s more focused around what you actually need for what you want to do. My school does this to a degree by letting you choose what you want to do out of a standard list of everything ranging from Cooking to Computer Technology, but the main problem is that not everyone needs or wants that. A lot of people say that school is easy because you get holidays, and you get to talk to your friends. But the problem is that a lot of adults now don’t realize that it’s not like that at all. Where many kids in school have 13 hour working days for 5 days each week (don’t even get me started on weekends), you also have to consider that there are plenty of teens who have to juggle this, their personal life, AND a job. When you consider all of this the holidays are the only thing keeping many people sane; you can’t say that working for money is worse than that, at least you get paid for it and get to have a short working day sometimes, and in the average person’s schedule, even get more time to relax at a steady rate.

    Sorry for this rant, it just really frustrates me to see people argue that school is so easy when it really isn’t. I know a lot of people who already have jobs and would prefer just working over going to school because of the workload stressing them out too much, it’s a hazard to mental health. Even the teachers get stressed out after they’re forced to mark hundreds of assignments with a strict due date, the current system just isn’t healthy for anyone really.

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  158. Daniel says:

    @ Nani
    Oh my! I was thinking of saying something, but I just didn’t know what. The words were in my heart but not in my mind.
    I cannot describe how uncanny your post is.
    You took all my feelings about school and everything else—all things that make up the the salad of life—and you beautifully mirrored them in your post.
    How amazingly you read my mind that all this homework and trying to earn a name on earth is so short and futile and pointless.
    As a christian I see people wanting to become something important in life ( I am a high school Junior) but all I think in my head is “okay, ten years after high school and your legs start cramping up and the beauty you so aggressively tried to keep up by making others feel bad by always trying to look better and cooler in high school will slowly fade and you start dying.”
    All I think when I do my 3hours of history homework a night is does God care? Do I care? What is the point in all this if I won’t live forever?
    Will it really benefit me for eternity that I know the literature and art during the Jacksonian era? Of course not!
    So of course keeping in topic of this post, all this homework is so ludicrous but thinking that life will become a sea of roses if you get to do anything you want is a lie as well.
    I’d just like to end this by quoting a proverb from ecclesiates “God has set eternity in the heart of man.” No matter how much comfort or relief you receive on planet earth, your heart will always be looking for something more. Removing homework isn’t the secret cure that makes everything feel right.

    October 31st, 2015 at 9:59 pm
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  159. Anonymous says:

    I hate homework

    November 2nd, 2015 at 9:39 pm
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  160. George whitaker says:

    It takes me 5 to 9 hours just to do some of it

    November 3rd, 2015 at 5:39 pm
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  161. Anonymous says:

    I have zero sympathy for you crying over homework. The fact that so many cry about tells me this is one of the reasons we have so many illeritate, ignorant adults. I was in advanced classes from 6th grade on and I have homework every night, weekends and holidays. Not only did I complete my homework, I managed to have plenty of fun reading, writing, hanging out with friends or whatever I felt like doing. Of course I hated homework, everyone does, but I, like everyone else for decades got through it and managed to be a happy kid. If course that was back in the day before kids were coddled and taught everyone’s a winner.

    November 3rd, 2015 at 10:39 pm
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  162. IAMTHYGEEK says:

    Hi, the only reason i an writing this is because I too googled school is killing me. I have read most of your comments and I fell very sorry for every one of you but I deal with 1/4 of it since I am in 7th Grade but still it is hard for me too. It’s not just the homework i’m stuck with, but the TESTS as well. There was one week where me and my class had 8 tests. And we had to study them ON TOP of the homework we get plus I do the Pre – Algebra class since I want to maintain my good grades. In my opinion, I am sick and tired of us kids having to study for tests, do truckloads of homework, study for these large tests, and then parents have the audacity to yell and get mad at us just because we don’t meet their standards or we don’t get in the the top honor roll. CAN’T THESE PEOPLE SEE HOW HARD WE ARE WORKING. They can’t because all they care about is us getting good grades and be the perfect role models kids so that they can get bragging right. And my mom is constantly telling us about other parents and their 4.0 GPA kids, while I AM WORKING MY BUTT OFF SO THAT I CAN IMPRESS MY TEACHERS (even though there nice teachers). At my last year, I still got good grades but I was driven to the point where I hated school altogether (even though I still like it now). Last year at the first school I went to, most of the kids were rowdy (once I left one was expelled), they allowed the kids to play on their phones, ipads, etc while they were eating lunch, I couldn’t bring any so I just watched the kids play. At one point I thought that the kids shouldn’t do that so I talked to the principal. Later that year, we went to a field trip to a tolerance center teaching about WWII (please excuse my spelling) to see a movie. When I entered the theater everyone was tapping their electronics. I sat down and everyone got up and moved. I felt so bad I went into the bathroom and cried. all electronics were banned because of some delinquent filming a teacher and editing so that guns were shooting at her, they all assumed it was me since I talked about it. Then I go to another school, it started off well, then quickly went quickly downfall. The kids started excluding me from games and sometimes I would be able to play a game, but then I couldn’t, then they came up with these crazy initiations just so I could be in theire groups.f

    Then on top of that, I have to go two hours away from where I live all the way to Irvine, for 3 long extra – curricular classes. The only time I have to play with my friends is at these recesses (and some of them I have to sacrifice to study for tests). I have rarely socialised with my friends out side the schools where I go to.

    November 6th, 2015 at 1:30 pm
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  163. Drey says:

    I agree with a lot of what was said above. I’m a sophomore in a magnet school with an AP program that we are all required to take(I get all As). I also see in the comments above that many people are shaming us for complaining about home work and how these are just “simple problems that are nothing compared to the real world.” To me, the issue is that we are SACRIFICING our mental happiness for the hope that this high school death will be worth it when we get our much wanted careers in the future. I understand that in the past, past students didn’t have the technology that we have, had no wi-fi, and didn’t have the vast array of information we have at our fingertips, but because of the resources teachers have, it gives them ability to give so SOO much homework and requiring a lot of thinking. and time And yea, these critical thinking questions benefit us, but having 15-20 question EVERY night takes up a lot of time and we still have other homework to do(like 3hr notes and 40 algebra equations and let’s not forget about daily tests that classes just tend to assign in order). My dad was valedictorian and he told me that when he was younger, he was still able to ride his bike in the afternoons and sleep at a considerable time, but I get 5 hours of sleep a night and most times less and it makes me really sad. I keep doing it because I have to and because it gives me really bad anxiety and sadness if I don’t. Our society, beginning with elementary with standardized test(what 3rd grader needs a standarized test that takes up so long), has implanted in our minds that education is our ONLY job and that it’s so important and blah blah blah, What happened to fun? What happened to having peace at mind? I get it that education is important but why do we have to make it like that, Oh I know, because that’s just the way it is and unless the world implants a universal law, its not going to change and top notch students that may have average minds with extravagant work ethic , won’t be happy, and won’t be able to look back on their school life and smile. I said average minds because some students are just plain genius and don’t need to put much effort into school, but if we want grades like these geniuses we need to put in so much effort. The studying we’re doing now will get us the job we need, but we’re just not going to be happy for a while and I chose to just live with it. On another note, many people said that real world problems are harder than this, and they are but it depends on who you’re exposed to and who runs their jobs and houses. A vast majority of the adults I know, have jobs and still have the stress of paying bills and taking care of kids, but they get the sleep they need and they have the money to buy what they want (let me repeat, this is just the vast majority and I know there are adults that have it worse than this) but as high schoolers, we don’t have this as all we can do is study and be sad and do nothing but study and it’s unfair and I’m tired and teachers aren’t letting me sleep without me getting a b or c on my report card which I don’t like and if i was okay with getting b and c s i guess that I would be okay but Im not, i like getting all A’s and I’m not a loser, i have friends, but I’m studying so much that Idk what everyone’s talking about any more and idk the songs that they will be playing at the dances that i may or may not go to and it makes me and a lot of other children sad and its not fair and I really want to start a revolution in the future but idk if its just me being lazy or if there’s an actual flaw in the system and im sad and i wanna go out and see the world but i cant, i wanna walk my dog and cuddle my cat, but i cant, soo much work to get all A’s and the 4.0 that the good colleges want and its just gunna get worse from here and when college ends, am i gunna be married? i don think so because i don’t have time to talk to boys, i barely have time to talk to my parents in highschol!! what about in the future where the work load just increases, whats gunna happen then? NOTHING work is work and students now just have to do it and live with it and thats it.

    November 15th, 2015 at 8:29 pm
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  164. Drey says:

    i like school btw i like learning but im sad bc of it and its gunna burn me out and im barely able to function anymore. (i know my grammar is terrible but this rant just made me alot more sad)

    November 15th, 2015 at 8:35 pm
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  165. Jess says:

    I agree. I love school but it gets the better of me. I study a lot and people have told me I have a learning fetish. I hate everyone I know and all I want to do is go to school. It’s driving me insane I swear.

    November 15th, 2015 at 10:30 pm
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  166. Kate White says:

    I’m in 7th grade and I hate homework. I have a GT project to work on as well as tons more homework every night. My teacher wants me to work on the project over the break but I hate it all.

    November 18th, 2015 at 9:42 pm
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  167. Claire P. says:

    I read Eva’s comment, and I feel so happy that someone else mentioned that taking school too seriously might be a huge issue here. I graduated at the top of my class with the highest honors just this summer. I did do my best on everything, but I also did the most minimal amount of work I could get away with too. I even got a few bs and cs once in a while…I think kids should focus on only putting in max effort when it’s really needed. But not for essays and projects that don’t count towards much.

    People will say that kids need to learn to how to study for harder college classes, so why not let the kids dual enroll? Or even allow them to try some online college courses? From personal experience, I can say that online coursework can be really challenging because you’re totally responsible for your own schedule…so I think it can be great practice for kids and it definitely was for me. I did all of my work in advance once it really hit me that I’d fail if I ever fell behind too much lol

    But I think the online courses really helped me to be more mature about scheduling, so I think kids can learn in better ways than how they are in all the terrible stories on here.

    I realize that schools all have different policies for everything. ..but if they can, I think that instead of taking homework so seriously, the kids should just focus on what will directly impact their futures.

    November 19th, 2015 at 7:39 am
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  168. M says:

    I haven’t even reached high school yet, and my issues are the exact same! Homework takes me the whole entire night and I don’t even have the time to read 2 CHAPTERS IN A BOOK! I don’t get a break, and it is damaging me emotionally, giving me anxieties. Teachers need to stop and realize that it isn’t elementary school, and they are not the only ones assigning that child work. Last week, even, I had 3 tests and 1 final! That may not seem a lot, but in a two day window, it sure is. It is becoming increasingly unbearable. I hope there is someway teachers might be able to be reached- and stopped.

    November 30th, 2015 at 11:25 am
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  169. Redlover says:

    my problem is my schools drop restrictions. So i am a sophomore taking 2/4 junior classes which are Chemistry honors World History 2 honors English 10 honors and Algebra 2 honors. Well the school has t to where you can drop only drop classes from sept 22-november 1 and i thought i understood all my classes but of course after the dead line everything in my algebra class got hard, i used to have a b in there and after one bad grade it is now down to an f and i dont know what to do i cant get tutored because they dont offer an activity bus after school and my parents are working so of course i cant do anything and he doesnt offer extra credit because he offers it on his tests whic is ONE PROBLEM that nobody knows how to do unless you like read everything about algebra 2 before hand. i cant study because he gives us horrible notes and i have no time because my mom makes me do so much at home and i have homework from my other 7 classes. Today he was talking about how he teaches and its our fault if we dont get it and get help, as long as he still gets his paycheck! SERIOUSLY why do teachers suck???

    December 2nd, 2015 at 4:10 pm
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  170. Lizzy. says:

    I think it depends how much homework you get. I get about half an hour every 2 days. But, If you get 2 hours plus a day, then that isn’t good because you need to have a break from work, as well as revising. Maybe schools could give out 1 -3 pieces of homework a week, then encourage more revision on any subject that needs going over?

    December 5th, 2015 at 10:51 am
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  171. Keira says:

    When I was in 6th grade (which i left only oh-so recently) I had THE WORST TEACHERS EVER!

    Now, I know this seems normal, but I go to school in Maryland, a state famed for many of the best schools in the country.

    And I am not saying my teachers were mean– which, besides the point, they were– but they were just BAD TEACHERS.

    My media classes teacher would always make me redo work 3 or 4 times if he lost it, which was constantly,

    My world studies teacher gave us, like, 2 days to do a project that counted for near 1/2 our grade– NO EXCEPTIONS,

    My english teacher would give us books meant for college students, and expected us to figure out what words meant ourselves. Also, she would expect us to know what she wanted us to research. She would say that she told us what we were to research individually, although that was untrue because we would get something like, “Your projects as a whole are about something Russian” And it’s like :|. Also, she wouldn’t tell us what we needed to improve on. She expected us to know.

    My science teacher in the beginning of the year was awesome, but after three months, she left, leaving us with the meanest teacher in existence who just expected us to know everything in physics (I was in 6th grade!).

    My math teacher /didn’t teach us anything/. She gave us homework and I would often have to stay up until 1:00 am (and that was just for math) to finally understand this utter crap that I would never actually use. (I still don’t understand the purpose of the quadratic equation). Then, getting 5hours of sleep IF I was lucky, I would have to zombie myself through another day of Hell.

    My literature teacher always would get off track in class and never explain the homework. So, I would get home to jibberish sitting in front of me. Would my parents help me? No. “Figure it out. You should know this.”

    My P.E. teacher would make you run 5 laps which would add up to a mile, regardless of injury. If you complained, you would run around another 3, and if you stopped, another 2.

    My dad says, “You used to love school, and now you don’t care for it, which is sad.” He doesn’t say it in an empathetic tone, he says it as if he’s mad at me.

    I hate school. I don’t hate education, I hate being stressed out to the point where everyday I come home to an emotional breakdown, anxiety attacks, and suicidal thoughts. So before you say I’m whiny, consider that I didn’t have the same experience as you.

    December 8th, 2015 at 8:39 pm
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  172. Keira says:

    Also, I feel as if people do not think that students are *naturally curious*. We are, it’s just that we get pushed off it once we are forced into it. Subjects in school should become selective earlier on, as many things, math teachers for example, say are going to be used many times in my later life, I have never ONCE seen anyone in my family use. Now, there is the basic addition and subtraction, but many times teachers lessons are useless.

    December 8th, 2015 at 10:25 pm
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  173. Anonymous says:

    I honestly don’t understand most of our homework. When are we ever going to need all of this stuff that is most likely going to be unused?

    December 9th, 2015 at 9:45 am
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  174. Liz says:

    Hi everyone,

    I am not sure, if anyone is still posting and reading about this, but I could not help to give my opinion about this. I am a teacher, also the mother of a third grader and I was once, not too long ago, a student.
    To compare homework with child labor abuse is insane to me, unrealistic and exaggerated.
    NOT every student spends hours and hours doing homework,but obviously in order to be an Straight A student a price needs to be paid. When, I was in college, I decided to complete my masters degree in one year instead of two. I was working part time as well, as an adjunct teacher as well, so I needed to prepare my classes, attend meeting, correct tests, offer tutorials etc. So you can imagine that there was a point when I felt I could not do it anymore. The work was just too much, and I remember feeling this way as well. My friends would have parties on the weekends and I was not able to go, they would plan trips here and there and I was at home reading 5 chapters and writing a 30 page analysis paper. I remember, breaking down and crying once, BUT it had been my decision to complete my master in that time, because I needed to get a job ASAP and could not afford life anymore. SO, with that said, I believe students in this country need to establish priorities and not want to cover all. As a teacher, I see it ALL the time, students play a sport and they are also in choir or band and they are also in some extra curricular activities outside the school. This is not only too much,but due to this, students are often absent too much. I have students who are absent every Friday playing Golf and in my class tests are Friday. Sometimes more than one day a week. This means a lot of make up work next week, plus the work they have too do. Students should be limited to one extra curricular activity, that’s more than enough and parents should also understand that. Moreover, if a student is NOT doing that well academically that means, this students should concentrate more on that. I am NOT saying extracurricular activities are not important, because they are, BUT let’s establish priorities people!
    Because of people like you, schools are limiting the teachers in the amount of homework they give students and I don’t agree with that.
    My daughter is in third grade, first and second grade was not an issue, all A’s. However, not in third grade, her grades have dropped. HOWEVER, I never see her doing homework or studying. Except for the 20 minutes of reading which teachers recommend every day and math homework. When I went and talk to her teachers and mentioned this, they cannot give more than 20 minutes of homework, so they decide to give homework only for Math and sometimes spelling. Well, what about social studies and science and writing? I don’t even have idea what she is covering in those classes, so for me that is NOT good. My daughter needs to practice at home what she is learning in ALL of her subjects.I agree that the length of the homework, should be age appropriate even for a gifted kid. Yes, kids need to have fun, not just to be in books. But is the situation described in the article, what every student faces in every school? NO it is NOT. Now a days we cannot even give homework for religious holidays (specially Jewish holidays) and the funny thing is that this occurs in schools were there is only a handful of Jewish students. Still, the rule applies to ALL, no homework.
    So, overall, I DO NOT agree with this. Establish priorities and if you want your kids to become a star since early age and shine because that makes YOU feel good, then don’t complain. And if you are a high school student and also HAVE DECIDED to be in who knows how many extra curricular activities and take ALL AP classes,and make it a point to be an straight A student, then don’t complain either and do what needs to be done! it was your decision a teacher’s decision.

    December 9th, 2015 at 11:30 am
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  175. Ashlyn says:

    I have been reading through all of these comments, and it makes me really happy that people are fighting for this and that other students have the same problem. I am a freshman in high school, and I have barely finished the first semester of high school. I spend 4-8 hours a night on homework and am taking all of the honors and AP classes I can. I don’t have much motivation left to continue to get A’s because it is just so much work every night. I don’t have any time for the things I want to do anymore, and if I do try to do those things, I feel guilty for procrastinating. Plus, my physical well being has dramatically decreased. I am always tired (I never get more than 5 hours of sleep per night), I am sick all of the time, and I am way paler now than I was at the beginning of the year. Oh, and if I do have any free time on weekends, I spend it playing in competitive softball tournaments or practicing for softball. But now, softball isn’t what it used to be for me. It used to be fun and it would be my outlet for my competitiveness- now it’s just another source of stress because I’m expected to get into a good college with high level academics and sports. It really is sad, though, because now whenever I’m at softball and I remember all of the homework I should be doing I get really stressed out. So, now I can’t even enjoy the sport I love because of the crazy amount of homework given out. And I know that we’re priveleged to get this high level education and I shouldn’t be complaining, but I am really struggling right now with stress and my “time management issues” that were discussed before. Because of the huge load of homework, I am gradually losing my childhood and what I wish I could be experiencing- going out with friends, sports, getting a boyfriend (okay, I’m lame, but I can’t have one because I don’t have the time to go out and do stuff or even text them since I have to use that time doing homework), and even relaxing once in a while. I honestly feel like I’m about to lose my mind because of all this homework and stress. Well, I have to get back to this essay I’ve been putting off because I’ve had writer’s block. I have finals next week too, so wish me luck! And, I wish everyone else luck going through the same thing.

    December 11th, 2015 at 9:15 pm
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  176. Sarah says:

    Sophia, I am so sorry you feel that way already in your sophomore year.
    I’m a lot like you. Straight A, junior, musician, and a kid with not enough time for ANYTHING.
    My entire schooling career has been a long line of not having to do too much and still getting into the top 15% of my class, but this year has absolutely KILLED me. I used to be a really happy person, always writing or drawing or singing randomly, now I am quiet, tired, and I don’t have time for my own homework, not to mention things that make me happy (drawing/writing/singing/reading/playing piano). It is awful.
    My heart honestly goes out to you.

    Good luck with the rest of high school, my dear.
    We can get through this shite. 🙂

    December 27th, 2015 at 2:29 am
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  177. Emily says:

    I feel terrible for all who are experiencing this including me. I heard people only have a few hours or maybe just half an hour of their day on homework. But that doesn’t reach out for everyone. I am a honor student only in middle school and everyday I just have at least two or three hours of sleep. Everyone thinks that I leave everything for the last minute, but I don’t. Also, I feel even badder for you because I love music too. I signed up for band class AND my middle school band club which is really fun, but you had to quit. I am on the verge of quitting too. Hopefully both of us have a happy ending. I mean hard work has to pay off t some point right?

    January 18th, 2016 at 11:48 pm
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  178. Emily says:

    I feel terrible for all who are experiencing this including me. I heard people only have a few hours or maybe just half an hour of their day on homework. But that doesn’t reach out for everyone. I am a honor student only in middle school and everyday I just have at least two or three hours of sleep. Everyone thinks that I leave everything for the last minute, but I don’t. Also, I feel even badder for you because I love music too. I signed up for band class AND my middle school band club which is really fun, but you had to quit. I am on the verge of quitting too. Hopefully both of us have a happy ending. I mean hard work has to pay off t some point right? And believe me, I loooove books, but not like I wanna marry one.

    January 19th, 2016 at 12:05 am
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  179. Sarah Cruz says:

    I know you might just want people to respond saying that you are completely right and that your teachers are to blame, but I have a question for you. Are you working too hard on every assignment? I used to spend hours upon hours on homework and not get that many assignments done. If you are getting perfect scores on every homework assignment, I suggest trying to put a little less effort in. This can be extremely difficult, especially if you are a perfectionist like I am. If you have a writing assignment, try to just do enough to fulfill the requirements. If you try this, it might end up cutting your homework time down significantly. Also, I know this isn’t what you want to hear, but you should not do the play. It makes no sense. I know it probably seems like you would really enjoy it, but adding another four hours of work to a day that is already too full is impossible. Do not take on more than you can handle!

    I hope this helps.

    January 29th, 2016 at 5:50 pm
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  180. Cathy Linton says:

    “It is a miracle curiosity survives formal education”
    -Albert Einstein

    February 1st, 2016 at 8:11 pm
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  181. Anonymous says:

    This is just…. sad. Someone really needs to fix this

    February 4th, 2016 at 12:23 pm
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  182. Yung Gaben says:

    I’m in eleventh grade in the IB program taking college classes, I just read your struggle and to be honest none of that seemed hard at all, other than the novel that you wrote in the 4th grade I believe? But anyways the solution is to completely kill your social life and never leave your room, I’ve done that and it works beautifully. Also I’ve recently taken to smoking marijuana, why don’t you try that?

    February 6th, 2016 at 8:49 pm
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  183. Yung Gaben says:

    literally came to this website looking up lyrics to a song

    February 6th, 2016 at 8:50 pm
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  184. Kylie says:

    I came across this website looking for other opinions on why “homework should be banned” for my required school paper. I had no idea this many people feel the same way. I agree with you, homework is criminal. I know that there are many people out there including me who envy the very few people who get their homework done at a reasonable hour, hang out with friends, watch some TV, and get 10 hours of sleep. However, teachers do not understand the concept that all students don’t have that life, students are loosing their inner fire that makes them get up every morning. Students like me and like you are tired of the late nights, lack of social life, no time, and teachers who cannot understand them. Society is punishing children for a crime they did not commit. Society is making students loose their will to live for no particular reason at all. Society is shaping students with a cookie cutter, they are taking away what had once made school bearable, they are turning students into machines that follow orders on command. You are 100% correct, this is child abuse.

    February 8th, 2016 at 11:40 am
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  185. Mike Ca... says:

    hey, I’m a freshman in high school and i guess i’m lucky enough to not do home work and still get A-B’s and put no effort into my classes,and my teachers get angry at me for it here’s an example my math teachers refuse to take work from me unless i show the work and i spent 10 minutes on a worksheet with 20 or so questions and showing works add like 10 minutes alone and i sit right next to the teacher and they even say that i dont cheat so that makes no sense to me why they dont take it. and the class just go to slow, so i find myself getting yelled at for staring into space when we’re doing work when i’m done 15 minutes before everyone else.And I’ve completely given up on homework and get yelled at for not turning that in. So I’ve learned to say “what its my fault for being smarter and quicker then others”

    February 12th, 2016 at 4:54 pm
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  186. Anisha says:

    This post describes exactly what my life was like as an honors student at my public high school, nearly 10 years ago. The amount of homework teachers give students is insane! Sophia, hang in there, the rest of life is not like high school. College affords students way more free time than high school does. This is partially because scheduled class time is much shorter in college than in high school (15-20 hours a week in lecture, instead of 30-40). This frees up inordinate amounts of time to fit in homework and other activities into your schedule. Plus, the actual assignments you get are much less likely to be busywork; they are demanding, they are rigorous and stimulate critical thinking, but they do not approach the insanity of your high school’s workload. I was able to get straight A’s in college as a biomedical engineering major, and I STILL had more time to myself than I did in high school! And from what I have seen as a medical student and as an engineering PhD student, the amount of time you are given to spend on pursuits outside of school tends to increase the farther you advance in your education. At least, this has been my experience so far. (Note that I haven’t yet completed the dreaded third year of medical school rotations, so my current perception could be skewed – but at the very least, the rest of your life will not be as ridiculous as high school.)

    Some of the other posters have recommended striking an acceptable balance between your own mental health and your grades — that is, being willing to accept B’s in AP classes or A’s in regular classes. This is actually great advice. In high school, I was a straight-A student like you, but if I had opted for a B per semester (or even per year), perhaps I wouldn’t have driven myself to burnout, self-harm, or illness. In my senior year of high school, I opted to take regular English Composition instead of the AP version, and my life became immeasurably better. It’s not fair that students have to choose between perfect grades and their personal wellbeing nowadays – but until the status quo changes, you will probably be happier (and equally successful) if you heed the advice of the posters. And if you are worrying about college acceptances, don’t. From what you have written, it sounds like you have a strong, healthy interest in outside pursuits such as music and theater. Spending time on the things that you love will make you a happy, well-rounded, passionate human being – and that’s really all most colleges are looking for anyways.

    That being said, homework inflation is a real problem for many top-level students. Here are some reasons why I believe the problem exists:

    1. Some teachers assign homework as if their class is the only thing that exists in a student’s life. They forget that students are also receiving homework from several other instructors — and if you happen to have two or three instructors who think this way, you end up with a mountain of homework every night. They also forget that students have commitments outside of the classroom, such as extracurricular activities, work, and family obligations. Some teachers even assign homework to be completed over holidays, when students are meant to be with their families.

    2. Some teachers don’t have realistic expectations for how long it takes for a student to complete their assignments. I once had a teacher who made us put on theatrical productions of the books we were reading in class. Another teacher asked her students to convert their literature into comic books, complete with illustrations. If teachers personally attempted their own assignments before giving them to students, this would not be nearly as huge of an issue as it is.

    3. Some teachers conflate academic rigor with quantity of work assigned. For example, summarizing a 40-page history chapter onto a double-sided sheet of paper every night could be considered rigorous (this is what I had to do while in AP history) — but in reality, it is busywork that panders to rote memorization. I would have learned just as effectively if my teacher had presented the summary in class, and then given us a shorter follow-up assignment to help us synthesize the material or expand upon what was presented in lecture.

    4. Some teachers hide behind assignments to do the teaching for them. The AP history assignment from point 3 is a perfect example of this – rather than presenting the salient points in class, the teacher chose to spend class doing who-knows-what, and then used the worksheet summary assignment to make us learn the material ourselves.

    I realize that I’ve so far put all of the blame on teachers. This is because this is the side of it that I have personally experienced. I can’t even imagine the stress that teachers themselves experience when they put together their lesson plans, generate assignments, grade them, and attempt to squeeze in the material they really want to convey within the confines of limited budgets and state-mandated regulations. I also realize that there are students out there who are perfectionists, or lack time management skills, or otherwise do spend too much time on their homework (I was one of these students). But if a class poll reveals that all of the top students in class are taking at least 6 hours to complete their homework, then a real problem exists, and it should be duly addressed. It is sad that top students still receive so much homework. Its beats the passion out of them. It turns them into little robots that are trained to spit out what the world wants from them, rather than what they want for the world. It gives them cause to stop caring about life. Why hasn’t the status quo changed?

    February 15th, 2016 at 6:44 pm
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  187. Jordan says:

    I already lost a lot of interest in learning since i came to middle school.I used to be a honor student in elementary school but i also did well in 6th grade but when i entered 7th grade it all went downhill.I started not doing homework because of the overload.I got so bad i thought about running away from home to escape the homework.I am failing 3 three classes but i am turing that around.

    March 3rd, 2016 at 10:22 pm
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  188. Joseph Brickey says:

    All I read was the title, but I totally agree, schools are killing us kids with their stuff and I don’t know how much longer I can take it, I mean for Pete’s sake, just type into google “school makes me want to” and the auto fill forms should speak for themselves

    April 15th, 2016 at 11:48 am
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  189. Keesha says:

    I hate school

    April 20th, 2016 at 6:55 am
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  190. Anonymous says:

    Homework is undoubtedly one of the most stressful things in highschool. But what is more burdening nowadays is that more is expected from us. High expectation is whats killing me. Adults need to understand that competition is not always good.

    April 20th, 2016 at 8:44 am
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  191. And So I Slowly Slip Into The Abyss Of Nothingness says:

    I used to be happy when I went to school but now as a high schooler I dread it. I have all A’s and honors classes as well as a foreign language and come to school with at least a small amount of depression each day which only makes it harder to get through the day. I have thought about how all I can really do is do my best to keep good grades but besides that I dont’t really have a life, and maybe even a future. I have no ability to play sports, am shy and am nervous to do choir, and if I wanted to even do track I am pretty sure my lungs would collapse. I have a few good friends but I am so unsocial that I can’t even have a conversation so once a peer and I begin to like different things about each other I just don’t really know what to do. I don’t get much sleep due to homework either and judging by the above I don’t see how I would be able to get into a 4 year college. I just really see myself going no where in life, I tell myself oh I will be a Wildlife Biologist or a vet but then I think about how there are some things I would not be able to do in those jobs and I am just kind of… no I have given up on life, and it also has to deal with things out side of school but that doesn’t mean I’m just going to jump of a bridge, slit me wrists, or anything like that,s even if the thoughts have come to mind. I am would be too afraid to even end all the frustration, anger, sadness, and emptiness. Most people that even read this are most likely thinking how does homework, school, and a sucky social life make you feel this way, well that’s because these feelings are due to other things as well ajd this all just makes life look like its only going to get worse and worse and worse until every day is nothing but a blur of meaningless breaths, after all I do already fake the smiles, hold back the tears, hold back my real thoughts, all so no one ever know the truth behind my mask…
    I’m sorry if my comment was a waste of anyone’s time or didn’t really belong here…

    April 21st, 2016 at 1:46 am
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  192. Anonymous says:

    I break down regularly due to homework. For example, I’m supposed to get 10 pieces a week, however we are getting 15+. I have dance on Tuesday, Wednesday, Sarurday and Sunday which leaves me only Monday, Thursday and Friday to do it. I get up at 6:30 everyday. I go to school at 7:45 everyday. I get in at 4:30 everyday. I go to bed at 9:00. I already spend 9 hours at school, I don’t need an extra 20 hours of work.

    May 8th, 2016 at 12:10 pm
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  193. Ah! Help! says:

    I am a 7th grader living in Menlo Park, California. On my school website, it says the average hours for homework per night for 7th graders is 2.3 hours. However, I timed myself for 3 weeks, and came up with an average: an astounding 6 HOURS OF HOMEWORK A DAY! Now, it may just be me. However, I emailed some of my friends and they agree: 6 HOURS. Every NIGHT. What on EARTH is wrong with the education system?!

    May 26th, 2016 at 1:31 am
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  194. Anonymous says:

    You are so right, homework and school kills everyone! ;(

    May 26th, 2016 at 5:05 pm
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  195. a says:

    I am an Australian student in grade 9 of high school. After reading this and all the comments, I now realise I have it easy. I thought my life was so hard: I have rowing training at 5am four mornings a week and one afternoon, I have 1 and a half hours of piano practice a night, and I have 2-3 hours of homework a night during the assessment time. On the weekends I have about 12 hours of homework altogether. Thank you for this, and everyone who commented, because I know that I shouldn’t be so stressed out all the time. I’m getting A+ for every subject and I’ve never gotten worse than a b+ for a test or assignment ever. I’m alright now, thanks everyone

    May 29th, 2016 at 6:33 am
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  196. Anonymous says:

    Homework kills everyone cause of the time to do it

    May 30th, 2016 at 8:10 pm
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  197. Anonymous says:

    I feel like I cannot take another day of school or I will kill myself. If you tell me to suck it up I will kill you too.

    June 1st, 2016 at 1:01 am
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  198. Anonymous says:

    Number 11: Yeah, so you had homework every day? That’s cute. Try 6 hours of it every day. See? Shut the fuck up and get a life.

    June 1st, 2016 at 1:04 am
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  199. :( says:

    i totally get what your saying. we get essays some days which take me over 8 hours to do in for the next day. recently i went on holiday and i came back yesterday and now im doing an essay ive also tried to kill myself many times due to homework and related stuff

    June 5th, 2016 at 1:46 pm
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  200. bob says:

    I had several HOURS of homework in fifth grade. Even my mom agreed that it was too much homework, so she sent a note regarding all the homework and she friggin YELLED at me. My mom met her (there was a school concert) and she agreed to everything she said. My teacher blamed it on my time management skills and that I should start my homework earlier. On top of all that she hasn’t learned from that and gave us hours of homework and ended up being completely unfair to us. She told us to put our model bridges on the floor, she trips over one and lowers their mark because of herself!

    June 15th, 2016 at 8:22 pm
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  201. Kathiravan says:

    Hello everyone! I’ve heard everybody’s stories and I presume that most of you are from The US and the UK. You tell that you have 6 hours of home work everyday! All these days, I thought I was very unlucky. First, it tell you that I’m from India. We have a huge economy and a huge spectrum of economic classes. There are close to 450 schools in Chennai, my city itself. Chennai is India’s 2nd largest city. We have schools that cater to these different classes. But unlike most countries, the majority of our students study in private schools, including me because the public schools cater to most downward people. No offence Indian government! But noe coming to the topic, I study in The PSBB Millennium School, our school was ranked #3 in the nation last year by forbes magazine. So, studying in the best day school, we students have to maintain our ranks but the pressure on us is so frantically low! And particularly, I study well and I was the school topper last year too. But until I read this post, I thought I was very unlucky compared to downward Indian and American school, but after reading, I consider myself the most lucky person! And now, dont be angry at what im saying. Our school begins at 8 and ends at 3, I come home at 3:30 and you have homework only upto 7th grade! After which there is none. Amd even upto that we get no more than 30 minutes of homework! I know that other school have substantially higher amount of home work in our city but i have heard of none that spurts out 6 hours of Homework. And there is virtually no HOMEWORK for weekends and holidays for anybody and the faculty are happy if you could score good grades! And we only have 6 subjects! And foreign languages are an option for your preference. All this may seem so enjoyable for you but dont curse me for telling that I feel cramped when compared to primary school. I’m currently at 8th grade and have about 6 hours of free time apart from everything school and 9 hours of sleep. (Break times in school not included)?. So I feel so happy to be like this and I really pity you guys who are under so much pressure but in our school, we enjoy school and get good grades studying minimally! And we also have the pen and paper system primarily and bringing your PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, Android Tablet is an option and that makes our work even easier. But time managemant is key guys. I do some Homework at school if any is even given. So sorry guys, but be happy guys.

    June 17th, 2016 at 9:37 am
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  202. Chandler Newman (from young junior high school) says:

    This year, I though school was going to be much easier for me.. but it isn’t!

    Maybe I just signed up for too many PAP classes & I just can’t handle it, but right now homework is getting to be such a burden for me!
    Last year, the homework was NOTHING compared to this year, This year is brutal. First of all, I have to look at a 23 page slideshow on the history of the Jamestown colony which took me 2 hours alone. Then I have to do this “scientific notation” calculator thing, and guess what? I HAVE NO CALCULATOR? So then, I have to use an online calculator and I have yet to find a good one and complete my work….
    On top of all of that, I still have to fix my lunch, lay my clothes out for tomorrow, and take a shower! I probably won’t even get to bed until 10:00 which is EVEN WORSE!!! I have TENNIS in the morning. Tennis starts at 7:20, which means I have to go to bed at 6:00 and wake up really early. So if I go to bed at 10:00, imagine how sluggish I’ll be in the morning!

    August 30th, 2016 at 8:27 pm
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  203. Davio says:

    I hate school, I’m killing myself Tommorow. I can’t stand the homework. I’m blame school for my life has gone to hell. Goodbye life.

    September 17th, 2016 at 9:40 pm
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  204. Anonymous says:

    I hate school, I’m killing myself Tommorow. I can’t stand the homework. I’m blame school for my life has gone to hell. Goodbye life.

    September 17th, 2016 at 9:42 pm
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  205. kayona says:

    love I read.

    October 5th, 2016 at 3:16 pm
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    October 8th, 2016 at 9:14 pm
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  207. Logan says:

    I hate school. I used to love it. I would look forward to it, and I enjoyed it, until about 5th grade. That was when it started taking a slight decline. Being bullied, having a bad teacher, and the work was a lot for a 10 year old to handle. As the years progress, it just gets worse, with the decline getting sharper and sharper every year. I now hate school more than anything. I now hate learning, something I used to love, and have learned that the kids in Africa who don’t get to go to school, are actually the lucky ones. I want to move to Finland so bad! UGH! I hate America, I hate school, I hate learning, I hate reading, and I hate life. Why? Homework. Teachers are not aware of your homework. If they are, why do they keep piling it on top of us? If you genuinely cared about our success, why do you keep hindering it? It makes me so upset that I am related to a teacher. Sure she teaches first grade but still, all teachers are bad and I hate them all.

    October 9th, 2016 at 4:10 pm
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  208. Yokabiashi Tildock (male) says:

    I have always hated school, but the work we do in Baku Azerbaijan is not that bad, i mean we do have to do twice as much essays and assessments, then we did when I lived in the USA. I am in my first year of collage now, we still have a lot of homework, but I am learning about what I want to learn about so it really is not that bad, apart from the homework which is so much still. I think i am starting to like school again, but guys please kill yourself just because you hate school and is putting to much stress on you, I think you can make it though.

    TRUST ME, I KNOW YOU CAN MAKE IT >.< O.O @.@ *-*

    November 1st, 2016 at 8:40 am
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  209. anna says:

    I feel you, my teachers give out homework for us to do during break. Aren’t we supposed to be with our family’s on holidays and such. I am in my sophomore year as well, and all of my classes are killing me. Older kids I know just say it gets worse I don’t know how I can handle this much homework. My week starts with homework on the weekends then school on Tuesday-Thursday I have three days to get my homework done plus I have other things besides school to do. My teachers expect that we have all the time in the world and just sit around in my opinion, but I don’t most of my time is spent doing homework.

    December 5th, 2016 at 2:58 pm
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  210. chase says:

    well im chase no ones probably gonna see this but im the stupid one of my school i can study for hours but i get no where but when im in a class thats hands on i get it right away but my teachers dont get that in me so i get called stupid always fight with parents telling them i dont understand and they tell me to study i tell them i do but its just been pissing me off to the point i wanna beat people up but i hold it back because i love everyone in my school. but its getting to the point have more then one f so far because i gave up i cant do this its to hard and the teachers dont care everyone doesn’t care but why i commented this is just to get some weight off my chest thanks for time if anyone read this

    December 8th, 2016 at 3:25 pm
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