Are you a student who hates homework? Well, I am proud to say I am one, too! Imagine a world where young people like us can live stress-free lives. It’s like a dream, right? We all can achieve that by not overvaluing the power of homework. It might sound crazy and funny, but here are the reasons:
Some schools give homework as soon as kindergarten or 3rd grade. They just don’t give children a break. Think about it: children usually study at 2 schools (Khmer, and English/Chinese/French), which takes on average 6 hours per day. At home, they have to do the homework their teachers give them. Do you think 6 hours of class is not enough for them? Children should be carefree, not get stressed out until they start crying (I confess that’s me when I was young). Also, there is no scientific backup that shows the benefits of homework. Indeed, “there is no evidence that any amount of homework improves the academic performance of primary school students”, according to Professor Harris Cooper, one of the most respected homework researchers in the world. However, in class, teachers should cover up all the lessons needed to be learned and challenge the kids, in the activities, enough that they will develop.
On average, students spend on average approximately 2 hours on homework per day. Again, they are not professional adults. In 2013, research conducted at Stanford University found that students in high-achieving communities who spend too much time on homework experience more stress, physical health problems, a lack of balance in their lives, and alienation from society. So, do you still think students can understand lessons better when stressed with all the homework deadline?
In surveying the homework habits of 7,725 adolescents, the study suggests that for students who on average spend more than 100 minutes a day on homework, the test scores start to decline. The relationship between spending time on homework and scoring well on a test is not linear, but curved. This survey is built on research at Stanford University. Clearly, students learn more without the pressure to learn much more than their brain can take.
According to the OECD, Finnish students have the least amount of homework in the world. They average under half an hour of homework a night. Finnish students typically do not have outside tutors or lessons either. But when it comes to the international Pisa tests, Finland is in sixth place and the UK is 23rd in reading; and Finland is 12th and the UK is 26th in math. Another set of OECD global rankings last year put Finland in sixth place for math and science. Finland shows us that “less is more.”
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