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A Message to All Teachers

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A Message to All Teachers

Due to extreme exhaustion from staying up late to finish her homework, Anna Jernigan naps in the front commons while trying to finish the rest of her tremendous amount of work (Photo credits to Kamryn Mattison).

Due to extreme exhaustion from staying up late to finish her homework, Anna Jernigan naps in the front commons while trying to finish the rest of her tremendous amount of work (Photo credits to Kamryn Mattison).

Kamryn Mattison

Due to extreme exhaustion from staying up late to finish her homework, Anna Jernigan naps in the front commons while trying to finish the rest of her tremendous amount of work (Photo credits to Kamryn Mattison).

Kamryn Mattison

Kamryn Mattison

Due to extreme exhaustion from staying up late to finish her homework, Anna Jernigan naps in the front commons while trying to finish the rest of her tremendous amount of work (Photo credits to Kamryn Mattison).

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Dear Teachers,

Homework is not always helpful or necessary. In fact, homework can lead to students doing worse in class because it reduces the amount of sleep we are able to get. If we understand what is going on in class and we are having no problem answering questions about the topic, then homework is quite unnecessary. It is understood that homework is helpful to reinforce the information in our brains, but by going back to class everyday (or every other day), we get enough practice and learn the information then. I know what you are thinking, “Well then why do some students fail every single test that I give them?” There is a simple answer!

No one can function properly when having to work off of a few hours of sleep. Furthermore, it has been proven that teens, along with babies, need more sleep than any other age group. Consolidation, or the transition of information from the short-term memory to the long-term memory, happens the most during sleep, so in order for teens to actually take in knowledge, we need, on average, nine hours of sleep time. The point is, failing tests is not necessarily because we lack the knowledge to answer the questions. It can be caused by the lack of sleep due to all of the homework we are given. Lack of sleep leads to no consolidation, which leads to information not moving to long-term memory, and as a result the information does not stay in the short-term memory either. This explains why we cannot always remember what we learned previously when we return to class or try to take a test.

However, we must see where all of you teachers are coming from. It is our education that you are trying to make better. We do believe that some homework is necessary because we all need a little extra practice, but we get to practice in class. We have eight classes worth of written homework to think about, plus all of the studying and major projects to do. If you would decrease the amount of homework you give us, we would do much better in your classes; we could get the right amount of sleep, the practice we need in class, and a little extra practice to do outside of school.

Even if the amount of homework is decreased, however, we should still have somewhat of an option to do it. If a student has no problem with the content being learned, there is no reason that he or she should really have to do homework; but if there is an obvious struggle going on that you notice, then that particular student should be given extra required practice.

At the end of the day, homework is not completely bad, but for some people it is not necessary because it does not help them. If a student learns by doing practice problems and using homework to study, then they should be doing their homework. However, some students learn by doing projects and activities in class. It all depends on the type of learner each student is. We thank you for trying to help us learn, but we don’t all need homework to help us.

Sincerely,

Every Student Ever

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