School – is it too much?

Don’t you just want to sit down and relax after a long day of school?  Yeah, me too. But then you remember this annoying text you have to write for your French class or those stupid graphs you have to draw for Math and, not to forget, the Biology test you have to study for! I am sure every student knows what I am talking about.

Why is it necessary to give homework, when the exact same topic has been discussed in class? Sure, there are some students who need the extra work to catch up or to improve their grades, but for most students it is just exhausting. Homework is really a pain in the neck when you have no time, for example due to a doctor’s appointment, sports class or any other after-school activity. Sometimes I feel like teachers don’t know that students have a life outside of the school building. Or they just don’t care.

But to give the teachers some credit, it’s not like they can go home and relax either. They have to prepare the upcoming lessons, create tests and in addition to that, they have to correct homework. But whose fault is that? Definitely not the student’s fault, since I know not one who enjoys doing their homework. How about this: If the teachers gave students less homework to do, they would have less homework to correct.

Another point which is not very pleasant for students is, no matter how many tests we have, there are still those teachers who give loads of homework nonetheless. Not even the students asking nicely makes a different (no surprise there but it was worth a try).

Not to forget the teachers who give homework over the holidays or long weekends. I mean, most teachers understand that students just need a break but there is still one or another teacher being like, “Just write a small text describing the exact functions and chemical processes of the small intestine, four-hundred words! Oh come on, it only sounds lIke a lot, I could do that in fifteen minutes!” It’s just no fun, having our weekend destroyed like that. And I’ve got to say, the most popular teachers are still those who give homework only once in a while (hint-hint).

But enough about that, homework surely does have some positive aspets…which I haven’t encountered yet except for my new found skill of being able to write a 150 words text in the ten minute break!

Share your opinion on homework. How much do your teachers give you? Write it in the comment section!

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5 thoughts on “School – is it too much?”

  1. Laura, I think you wrote a very entertaining blog and I think excactly the same! You brought up good arguments and true facts, which I think made your blog interesting to read. I’m sure there are many students who have the same opinion as you have.
    Keep on writing blogs like this! Well done!

  2. Dear Laura,
    You did a great job writing this blog post and I have the same opinion on this topic as you do. You included really good arguments, which made your blog even more interesting. I think that this is a topic, in which many people, especially students are interested in.
    I really liked this entry!
    Kola

  3. Dear Laura,

    That is a really good text and I definitely enjoyed reading it! However, as a future teacher I feel like explaining a teacher’s- or maybe only my own- objectives a bit.
    As a young teacher you have a reason for studying five years at university, taking over 40 exams and going through a lot of organisational work just to be standing in front of the class one day. My reason is probably very naive and ambitious- I want to change the world a bit. I think as a teacher I can reach out to so many young people- broaden their horizons, showing them a different way to do or see things, teach them so they might get interested in something they wouldn’t have bothered to deal with otherwise. In addition, we actually want you to improve and improvement only comes with practice. However, it is a fact that, as a teacher, you have very limited time in class. So when there is homework, it’s not that your teachers don’t care about your free time. It’s not like they do it on purpose to “destroy your weekend”. For me, homework is just a way to get faster progress, to get my students to practice and to have more time in class to work together. I am only 22, so it’s not like I can’t remember sitting over my homework on Sunday evening because there are five things to do until Monday. It’s just that I have another perspective now and I wanted to share it

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