Six hours in school. Four hours spent on homework. Ten hours of sleep. Just like that, 83% of a child's life disappears, leaving only four hours to achieve other ambitions. Most students live their life, following the contrary belief that homework is helpful. However, homework is harmful because it is very time consuming, gives an unfair effect on grades, and is invaluable.
Some people believe that homework is the key to success in academics, and that work helps students process materials learned in school. However, there are many reasons that prove homework more harmful than helpful.
Time is precious; once it is lost, it can't be retrieved again. Each day has only twenty-four hours. With breakfast, lunch, dinner, homework, and other classes, students won't be able to work toward goals other than getting a perfect grade. This is especially unfortunate for those who are aiming toward a music, art, or sports career, who need plenty of time for practice and training. In addition, homework also causes buildup of stress, causing students to cut back on sleep, which will cause health problems during their crucial years of growth and development.
Many schools use homework as a measure of progress and improvement. However, homework is a very inaccurate scale of a child's effort and intelligence. With the easy-to-access internet and various tutors, some students will easily be able to access correct answers, while students without tutors or computers will get an unfair advantage.
Another increasing debate is the value of homework. Nowadays, many schools have teachers who assign "filler" homework, work that is used only used so that teachers can put some form of a grade into the grade book and meet the teaching standards. This type of homework has no value whatsoever. Why should students put effort into something that does not give any positive effect, on their grades or their minds?
Homework is another definition for "more school, after school." Hardworking students already sacrifice 6 hours of their lives for school; only to come home with a load of even more papers? Homework is time consuming, unfair, and invaluable. After all, humans only live once. The people of our world are not measured by the grades they get or the work they complete; we're known for the characters we are and what contributions we give to this world. Homework may be the key to success; but once children become older and look back at the hundreds of hours cutting, gluing, pasting, and coloring, all that is left will be regret.