Approximately 80-90% of students stress over homework.
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According to recent studies, around 80-90% of students experience stress related to homework. This stress can lead to a variety of negative outcomes, including sleep deprivation, physical health problems, and even mental health issues like anxiety and depression.
In his book, “The Homework Myth,” education expert Alfie Kohn argues that homework can actually be counterproductive, leading students to feel like they have little control over their learning and contributing to a culture of competition and performance anxiety. Kohn suggests that instead of assigning homework, teachers should focus on building meaningful connections with their students and creating engaging classroom environments.
Despite these concerns, homework remains a ubiquitous part of the educational experience in many countries. In a survey of high school students in the United States, over 60% reported spending more than two hours on homework each night. Interestingly, there was little correlation between the amount of homework assigned and the quality of academic performance.
Here is a table summarizing some key statistics on homework stress:
|Percentage of students stressed by homework||80-90%|
|Average time spent on homework per night||>2 hours|
|Correlation between homework and academic performance||Low|
In conclusion, while homework may be a necessary part of the educational process, it is important for educators to be aware of the potential harms it can cause and to work to minimize student stress. As Kohn suggests, focusing on building relationships and creating engaging classroom experiences may be a more effective approach to helping students learn and grow.
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In his TEDxPascoCountySchoolsED talk, Mikel Garmendia discusses the negative impact that homework overload can have on students, including sleep deprivation, exhaustion, headaches, and stomach issues. He also mentions that homework can cause stress and reduce free time for play and physical activities. Garmendia suggests that the solution to homework overload is to reduce the amount of homework and provide in-school study sessions that allow students to practice and understand concepts in the classroom, freeing up their time outside of school.
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When it came to stress, more than 70 percent of students said they were “often or always stressed over schoolwork,” with 56 percent listing homework as a primary stressor.
According to the survey data, 56 percent of the students considered homework a primary source of stress. The remaining students viewed tests and the pressure to get good grades as the primary stressors. Notably, less than 1 percent of the students said homework was not a stressor.
• Greater stress: 56 percent of the students considered homework a primary source of stress, according to the survey data. Forty-three percent viewed tests as a primary stressor, while 33 percent put the pressure to get good grades in that category. Less than 1 percent of the students said homework was not a stressor.
From my personal experience I can say that homework might be very stressful. It happens when a student craves for good marks, but they have no clear idea how to get them.
I wanted to have at least B’s or 80%. I worked very hard to get them, but it was usually hit-or-miss.
Firstly, I did not have study skills necessary to work independently, and as a result very often I did not know what steps should I take to do my assigned tasks. I spent hours learning them through reading articles on the internet, and in the effect I became more confused sometimes, because of different learning traditions in various English-speaking countries: what was alright in the US, might not be proper in the UK. I had to try many methods until I was sure they would be accepted by my assessor.
Secondly, I did not have enough pre-existent knowledge. Some concepts, obvious for my British colleagues, were obscure to me. So I had to learn much more at the same time. I could not find everything on my own, I was un…
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