Editorial: Are Students too Stressed from Homework?

Do you ever feel like the amount of homework you get has you so stressed out? Well, recent studies are showing that you’re not the only one who feels like this.

A survey by the American Psychological Association shows that teen’s school-year stress levels are much higher than the average adult’s stress levels. On average, teens reported that their stress level was 5.8 on a 10 point scale, while adults showed theirs to be 5.1.

So why are these teens so stressed? Is it because of all of the homework they have to do? Is it because of the constant worry of failing the upcoming test? Since all of this may be true, does this mean that teachers need to cut back on the amount of homework students are given?

I did some research on this, and there is actually quite a lot of debate on this topic. There are many people who say that students should get less homework because of all of the classroom work the students receive. Others say that students need to get more homework because it helps kids build responsibility. I believe that there are a lot of reasons to support these claims.

If students receive more homework, it builds their responsibility and time management skills. It also helps them to remember and recall what they learned.

While there may be many reasons why homework is good, there are also some reasons why it’s bad, too. By giving less homework, students can have more time to be with their families and friends. And, the best part is, it reduces stress levels by a lot! Students can be happier and healthier this way.

So what do you think? Are students too stressed? Should teachers help lower their stress levels, Or should things stay the way they are?

By Katelyn Kolstad

Photo Credits: Health Enews


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