Edward, a twelve-year-old seventh-grader from Las Vegas, has been writing to me with his thoughts about homework. He is a “wizard on the computer,” plays viola, and would be taking advanced classes except that he was reassigned to regular classes because he wasn’t completing all of his homework. The other day, Edward sent me an email outlining all of his assignments that evening:
20 Min. on reading a book for reading. (Required)
Plus 3 Chapters on a Wrinkle in Time novel work and read. About 50 Min.
Approximately 30 Min. on Math.
Approximately 15 Min. on English homework.
Approximately 20 Min. on Science homework.
Approximately 1 hour and 28 Min. on Regular reading.
Approximately 20 Min. on Orchestra. (Required)
About 3 and 1/2 on homework.
I will start on 4:00 P.M. because I need to eat and have little time to myself.
Sundown is 7:10 and will be dark. No time to go outside.
Edward has posted a petition to stop homework. He really wants other students to sign it so please spread the word.
The Problems with Homework
by Edward, seventh-grade student, Las Vegas, Nevada
I am a Middle School Student tired of homework. I know, school is very important. Its a gift. But, homework is changing it all. Right know, I’m still doing my homework. Its about 9:20 P.M. right now. I’m not finish yet! School is very important. But, if we don’t get enough sleep, we don’t pay attention in class because we need more sleep! Last night, I got only 6 hours of sleep. Less than an average adult. And we don’t even go to work yet!
I don’t finish my homework all the time. We have lunch period to try to finish all are homework. But what if people copy each other? It does not have any benefit! Hay, I sometimes do it to because I am so desperate to not get an 0 or F. I don’t like it. Right now, I have almost all C’s. I check my grades and most of the things that pull me down where homework! We don’t even have time to do extra curricular activities! Or, talk to are friends! We need time to are self. I am a bright student. But homework is pulling me down!
Stress is always a problem mostly for adults. But now, its a problem for us students! Homework is a “Health Problem.” Sleep. Exercise. Socialize. Stress. Anxiety. We are getting less Sleep and Exercise, but more Stress and Anxiety.
So, homework is a problem. Research everywhere is telling that. So, how do we stop it? Talk to your friends, teachers to sign this petition. And, don’t forget to tell your parents too. Spread the word. Your Myspace, forum, website, or something. Thank you using your time to read this. Here is the petition.