Top Ten Reasons Kids Hate Homework

Homework is awful, isn't it! I mean, its like slavery, and we don't get our say! We lose sleep, have arguments, it hinders our learning... I could go on forever! Its like the schools don't care about the fact that it is so so SO damaging to our mental and physical health!

The Top Ten

1 Totally boring and pointless

So we have five days of school for 36 weeks, which makes a good 180 days. Take 13 years of education, including Kindergarten, which is a good 2340 days of hell (Well, that seems less than I thought). For me, Second Grade was the worst. I went to school, had a large pack of homework, while my siblings and their friends had NO HOMEWORK AT ALL! If that wasn't bad enough, I had to go to THERAPY because I had problems pronouncing certain letter sounds. I didn't get home until 5, and while my siblings and friends spent all evening having fun, I had to do crap all night, and not have ANY FUN, because by the time I was done, they were getting ready to go to bed.

I still get a load of homework from some teachers, especially in English, where I have to do like 150 pages a DAY! and it was all due the next day, I had to spend a long time on that. Then if you didn't go on a field trip, they would give you 250 pages, and make you write stuff 500 times, then do 50 crosswords. I think 7 hours ...more

Wow, we both have something in common:
Second grade being our worst school year.

I mean, we work at school, that's enough! In England, this is how we go:
Day Care (1 year) 2-3 yr olds
Nursery (1 year) 3-4 yr olds
Reception (1 year) 4-5 yr olds
Year 1 (1 year) 5-6 yr olds
Year 2 (1 year) 6-7 yr olds
Year 3 (1 year) 7-8 yr olds
Year 4 (1 year) 8-9 yr olds
Year 5 (1 year) 9-10 yr olds
Year 6 (1 year) 10-11 yr olds
Year 7 (1 year) 11-12 yr olds
Year 8 (1 year) 12-13 yr olds
Year 9 (1 year) 13-14 yr olds
Year 10 (1 year) 14-15 yr olds
Year 11 (1 year) 15-16 yr olds
Year 12 (1 year) 16-17 yr olds
Year 13 (1 year) 17-18 yr olds
Uni/College (3 years usually) 18-19+

So we pretty much get like how many years? 18 years or something? Plus, we also do exams, and tests in school.
'Ok, go to school now dear.'
'K, see ya later.'
'Have you remembered your homework for today? '
'Er...well...we had homework? '
'That's 5 times in a row! '
'Bye mum.'
Later in school
'Ok, now time to see who has brought ...more

Uhh... Zz...Z... Zzz... WAKE UP! HAVE YOU FINISHED YOUR HOMEWORK!? That's me and homework. the same is with many other kids. it's so boring! There is no creativity, which makes it so dull, it is so easy that it is tedious, or so hard that it is... Um... well, also tedious. and it doesn't do ANYONE any good. like, all it does is stresses kids, parents and teachers out, couldn't the homework be " Get enough sleep and be relaxed so you can have a happy childhood and no arguments with your parents"?! And that sentence in quotation marks (" Get enough sleep and be relaxed so you can have a happy childhood and no arguments with your parents") is THE EXACT OPPOSITE OF HOMEWORK!

Sometimes I can understand if this is something that is work that is not done, being made up, and/or there is bad grade(s) in the class. But no reason to cut into someones home life if they have good grades. Unless they want to or you send optional work home that is for fun or extra credit then that is fine too. But don't be making kids do work they really do not need to be doing. In higher grades their usually studying the way it is.

2 It causes dangerous stress levels

The amount of stress that homework is causing on us kids is ridiculous! We get sick and miserable because we are so stressed out! The stress damages the amount of sleep we get. I am sure that, though it may seem unpleasant and harsh, that the amount of stress caused by homework will lead to suicide

The teachers just pile it on top of us, not realizing that we have lives outside of school and need time to relax!

I'm always worried about big homework assignments that I didn't complete it I forget a assignment because my parents give me so much about it and then on top of that the teachers embarrass you about how your homework is not complete and the reason for why its not complete and my ANSWER IS I HAVE BETTER THINGS TO DO THEN DO MOTE SCHOOL AFTER SCHOOL!

One time I was so stressed about homework that I had a panic attack

3 It steals our sleep

I am sooo tired from all the homework. I am so sleep deprived that I literally doze off during class! I really want to get good grades so I study a lot and of course... Less sleep. Does good grades mean walking zombie? Think about it, we go to school for 7 hours. Come home do 4-5 hours of homework and to top is off (for me and probably many others) extra-curricular activities 4 times a week. I haven't been to the cafeteria for lunch AT ALL this year because I stay with a teacher and you know it! Do homework due the next day! I also stay after school to do homework with teachers and I fell this. WAKE UP, SCHOOL, GO HOME, HOMEWORK, EAT, SLEEP, REPEAT. I'm lucky if I sleep 6 hours a night so technically I'm working 18 hours in the day STRAIGHT. How many grown ups do that? And, the teachers have it so much easier, they're not the ones staying up all night doing homework, they carelessly assigned. I mean seriously most of the homework I do can be done DURING CLASS. So much for doctor's ...more

Is 5-2 hours sleep healthy for the average kid? I don't think so. kids around primary school age should get at least 10 hours sleep, maximum 12. older kids should get at least 8 hours sleep. my average amount of sleep? 5. this is exactly half my minimum amount. and some kids only get 2 hours sleep. that's half of Margaret Thatcher's average amount of sleep! And I wonder why all of this lack of sleep is occurring? Well, drumroll please... SURPRISE! IT'S MORE RIDICULOUS HOMEWORK! Most of us end up staying up at 10pm-1am finishing up homework. and i, I finish my homework at 11pm, but I only fall asleep at 2am because I am so stressed out thinking about homework I still haven't finished, future amounts of homework and the many arguments I have had because of it!

Some kids with teachers like this stay up late into the night or have to get up early in the morning to do their homework. Some kids live on a farm or work jobs to were they can't just do work right when they get into the door.

I basically don't have time to sleep anymore. I get anywhere from 2-6 hours of sleep a night. I try really hard in school and it helps me to get anxiety. I spend so much time working on homework and studying for tests that it's so hard for me to pay attention in class because I might just be half asleep. And yet somehow I still sometimes just can't finish my homework. One of my teachers (she's really good about assigning homework and barely assigns any) asked us the other day how much time do we actually spend on homework. Everyone said that on an easy day they spend about 2 hours on homework. 2 HOURS. ON AN EASY DAY. With the amount of our day that we spend at school this is just ridiculous. I know so many kids who go home crying because they can't take the stress anymore. Sometimes I wonder if teachers saw their students face to face while they are struggling or crying if they would change their methods...

4 No time to play and have fun

Oh... it makes me and many others want to cry! Where have the carefree, blissful days without homework gone? Why did they have to give us this homework which means that we can no longer have a good time, invite friends over, play games, whatever you do for fun? Play is actually a way of learning, and it has to be a LOT more educational than homework, if we learned so much even before we went to school, how to walk, the whole human language, and we could learn a lot more if we had the time to just play!

We just wanna relax once we get home from a stressful day of school. But instead, we just get a lot of homework. And it makes us procrastinate so much that we work until late night. And if you leave your homework, your teachers will get mad at you and give you a zero. And your parents will punish you. And we also get homework on non-school days. Like don't they think we have no lives?

I go to school for 7 hours each day and then when I get home there's about 4-5 hours of homework. I'm in year 8 in Australia, and our school suggests we should get 6-7 hours of revision and homework per week, but in reality it's more like per night. We have no spare time to play with our friends or pets, or even spend time with our family. I thought when we were kids we were supposed to be happy, and have FREEDOM and time to PLAY and have FUN! When will the teachers understand that we don't have enough to time to do what we want to do. And they say that they don't have much time because they are always correcting our homework but that's not true because our homework is corrected by us DURING CLASS WHEN WE SHOULD BE DOING THE LEARNING!

Some schools and teachers have been known for giving way too much. - Dannny828283

5 We just spent time at school

Oh my gosh! We already spend 7 to 8 hours at school, and so we have very little time at home to spend with our family, but all of that time is spent doing homework, even on weekends we only do homework. anyway, back to the point. we are tired after school and want to calm down and relax, but we have homework to do! It's so unfair! We may as well live at school!

Yea only 6-8 hours depending on the school give or take with some. - Dannny828283

First you make me sit in a building for 6-8 hours. Then you extend those hours with 5-6 hours of MORE work! Are you kidding me?!

Yeah you just spend most of the day at school and now they shove some more stuff at you.

6 It doesn't help you with grades

If a teacher is giving mandatory work that does not help with grades as homework then that's just weird at least give them participation

Homework teaches nothing to the advanced kids, not even revision.

Me and my dad always fight when he helps me with my homework and it kills you as a family after homework I set in my room so I don't see dad yelling at everything it tears your family apart!

It doesn't help its hard to do it if your absent and you don't now how to doit

7 It's not fun

Kids need time to be kids, not be bombarded by work

If I'm gonna be an author when I'm older, I don't WANT to be writing every day after school. I'll do that when I'm older and have no interest in Hatsune Miku. Well, that'll never happen, but YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN.

It depends on the assignment.

True. When I don't get it I don't know who to ask. Sometimes I have 4 hours each night. Help my soul, school is actual hell.

8 People will copy your hard work

Yes this is so true even though I'm usually fine with it, it's starting to get very frustrating because everyday at least 2 people ask me if they can copy of my work. - rebecca20

You do all of the work to finish a homework assignment and then there's that one student at school who doesn't do there homework at home, copy yours, and then they get a better mark on it and it is just so frustrating.

, that happened to me last year, EVERY MONTH at least. Spending 5 hours of homework everyday, then at least 3 people copies it on you the next day and they get a better mark than you in exams. So frustrating! - MaxPap

Some people always ask me to show them my homework for them to copy... What should I say? I wanna be a nice person, but...

Sometimes, when a lazy bum asks you to give them your homework so that they could copy it, they erase your name and put their name instead. That's so stupid!

9 It takes too long

Sometimes it does take way too long and when your home you just want to be home.

So true if its only practice why is it 8 hours MINIMUM

Homework not only takes too long, but too much of it is very stressful and unhealthy.

It can take like 8-9 hours and by then I'm to tired to function

10 It causes arguments and therefore damages our mental health

Lack of sleep, added to not eating enough food makes us kids grouchy, and so when a parent comes along and they don't understand the homework system, the kid gets easily frustrated, thus a fiery and furious argument erupts. from experience, I know how bad these arguments are, they almost always end in tears. This arguments happen almost every night for most of us. all of this is DEFINITELY NOT at all good for both our parents' and our own mental health. I also have a very big feeling that they also are playing a major negative part in fractured families.

Couldn’t agree more with this statement. Me and my mom always argue when we’re doing homework and the more homework we get the more we argue.

I can not tell you how many times I have had insane arguments with my parents over a homework assignment. It has come to the point where I leave my house and don't come back for hours, usually around midnight to one in the morning. My family has become very unhealthy and arguments seem to happen hourly. I have some pretty bad anxiety, and all this arguing over something like homework just makes me hate life and my family. It may seem kind of stupid for me to say this, but homework is tearing my family apart.

For certain, this is #1. All of the other ones are true, but this is by far #1 in my opinion. I have firsthand experience with these fights, mostly to do homework. There is one comment saying "...that they also are playing a major negative part in fractured families." Due to various fights about homework in the past, my family has had to fall the POLICE and at one point I was forced to move with my other parent (my parents are divorced).

The Contenders

11 We get no time to exercise or eat enough food

When we do homework, all we do is sit on our bums writing on a piece of paper! We aren't able to get out, stretch our legs, run around or play sports ( I am not very sporty, but I know must other kids are, my form of exercise is running or wading around the creek in knee high wellies). this is the reason that so many kids are unfit! And all this homework leaves little time to eat. meals are brisk, no time for second helpings when we have small bowls, we have to get on with our mountain of homework. the stress caused by homework also makes us lose most of our appetites anyway, I am so stressed out that I am put off my breakfast in the morning, I eat very little (that's really saying something, my appetite was once enormously ravenous), and I know that this is the same for many other kids, whether t's breakfast, dinner, tea or snack.

I sit on a chair for hours, not doing anything and I see my dog next to me telling me to play with him but I just don't have the time when I have no homework I go play with him for hours and I get some fresh air and exercise, then when you sit doing homework your parents call you lazy

Kids get hundry and that causes stress

I try to get exercise at home every night but every night I have homework that prevents that. Yes I get exercise at school, But that's scheduled and forced upon us. Which makes everybody that has P.E. hate it because it's forced on us. And they force us to keep going and don't let us stop when we need to. In fact there was a kid that goes to my school that had a substitute teacher that made then run the whole hour for no reason at all, He had a SEIZURE! He had no history of seizures and no health problems what so ever. When you exercise on your own time then you can stop when you need to.

12 People have lives

Over breaks I get loads of homework from all my teachers, so on the last day before one break I got extremely excited when my bio teacher, who is usually really hard on us, said, "I think breaks are a time meant for spending time with family."
Over half my homework over that break was bio work. I was putting in literally hours everyday, and I even had a few projects on top of that. My family members kept telling me I was being rude, and that I should spend time with them, but I couldn't.

Also, in the winter (when the sport I play is) I have practice for two to four hours a night, on top of a minimum of two hours of homework. So when I get home from school at 15:00, I go straight to practice until around 18:00, drive home, take a half-hour break to relax, and eat dinner, and that takes me until 20:00. Then I do my two hours of homework, 22:00. Then I work out, 22:30. And I love to read and write, but I only get about a half hour every day to do so, because if I fall asleep ...more

I feel that having work after school does force students to balance their time wisely. And if kids do find a way to do so that fits their needs, that skill will carry on into adulthood. However, students are people too, so we want to have fun, relax, and do other things that are completely detached from school. I don't mind being at school. I absolutely HATE it only when the homework takes up all of my afternoon, leaving me with no time to go outside, read books, and work on myself. But what's most important before the workload is self discipline. I think one day students will realize that if we didn't spend so much time complaining we might finish all our work and make for ourselves the free time we so desire to have.

Everyone has lives to live, why do teachers steal your time with homework, its like homework is a teachers weapon to use against the kids.

Education is not the only important activity in everyone's life, and homework takes it away from spending time with family and friends.

13 Us kids can't have our say

I wrote the freedoms one too. And I have more to say about it. More about the dress codes. It basically means that they get to be judges who think they can criticize what we and our parents spend hard earned money on! It's ridiculous and unfair. I'm in seventh grade (supposed to be in 8th but I was held back last year). What makes them think they can take away the freedoms we've had for 222 years. The freedom of speech. Plus when someone bullies another person. And they finally make us snap. Or they beat us up the. We defend ourselves we get in trouble for basically not getting hurt. Plus my friend recently got sent to jail for 4 days for violating his probation from getting in a fight. And he said that being in jail is better than school. He said that the food is way better. And that he enjoyed being there more than he enjoyed being at school. And when he told me about it it literally sounded appealing compared to school. Homework and school must STOP! I understand that school is ...more

The teachers and principals and basically all school authority try to force homework on us and we can't do anything about it without getting in trouble for it. This country was founded on freedom and school takes about 90% of those freedoms away, For example, Dress codes which isn't fair because it practically gives teachers the right to criticize our clothes, Forced homework which we don't get a say in which isn't fair in any way, They take away out freedom of speech in many ways, school and homework is ruining this generation and homework must come to an end. And an interesting fact about homework, Did you know that homework was invented in Italy by a teacher as a form of punishment for his students. So we're being punished for no logical reason.

This is the most maddening part... all these reasons and we are like a piece of dust trying to battle an elephant! But hopefully soon our voices will be heard, and then we will have freedom!

We want to learn how to actually do what we want to do when we grow up. Not some boring stuff we'll never use

14 Teachers don't give full explanations

Teachers sometimes give homework on things that they haven't even taught. My math teacher just uses homework that another math teacher gives to his students, so my math teacher doesn't actually know what's on the homework. This makes half of the things on our homework stuff that he hasn't even taught us yet. He doesn't even have specific lesson plans like teachers SHOULD have and just kind of improvises as he goes. He's always behind in teaching us because of this. - KN

Their instructions can be confusing and when I ask them to explain it in a way that's easier for me to understand, all they do is just repeat the hard instructions!

This one time I second grade I got a note to my original teacher for not catching up fast enough on a project and when they explained a step it was only five seconds and when she gave me the not she tried to guilt me and say I was slacking off and I said she was going too fast and she said no excuses I hate how teacher are jerks sometimes

I hate homework, and teachers shaming students are mean, lifeless losers. I mean, they're kids! So why give pressure? What are you? A war maker?

15 It makes people want to commit suicide

yup

It is a fact that homework can cause mental health problems & stress. People may want to commit suicide to make the pressure go away.

This is so me to be honest! Homework is the bane of my existence. I like school, but I HATE homework. Detest it, actually. Loathe. I am already depressed enough already, no need to add to it!

I used to always get my homework in on time until one day I forgot to do it. The next day, there was this another assignment that was worth a large peecent of our grade...but I "accidentally" left it at home. All because homework is a stressor!

You need to tell them that you're done with the homework and if they give you more go home and tear it to shreds - dankmemes22

Homework often makes me want to commit suicide, truth be told. And I'm in 6th Grade! It's been making me feel like this since 4th, I still have a lot of school and homework in front of me, and it makes me feel like no matter what, I'll always be held down by this.

Sometimes I wonder what life is when I start getting upset over not doing homework then I try to reach for a knife and kill myself

16 We don't even learn anything!

I'm in eighth grade and I have a brother who is in sixth grade, and I am "learning" the same EXACT stuff he's learning! The homework is exactly what we "learned" in school. I'm one of the smarter people in my school (That's being humble), and I've always wondered why, and now I realize it's because while the teachers are repeating exactly what we learned last year I'm reading ahead in my textbook because I already know everything they are saying. It's so boring I read the textbook for enjoyment. Our school then doesn't give us new homework, they give us stuff we already know.
Now that my rant is over, my point is the school should do something for the more advanced kids and not keep the pace of learning at that of a retard's. ( By advanced I mean people who remember stuff more easily. )

Homework is always the same: either (for people in my school and many other schools) endless uncreative worksheets of things we learnt years ago that we find ridiculously easy and don't teach us one tiny little thing, or so extremely hard that we don't even know what to do, don't complete it and don't learn anything. oh come on schools, you can do better than this one lousy attempt to stick a thing or two into our heads! Have interesting topics, interesting lessons, interesting teachers, and NO MORE HOMEWORK!

Homework is just another way for teachers to mark our grades down that we work hard for. The whole time kids like me and every kid I know are imagining themselves having fun. But while those students are wishing they could be having fun with their friends and family, we're working our brains harder than we should and that causes our brains to get overwhelmed and crack under pressure, That causing our grades to go down. I have experienced this myself. In fact I recently got held back and I went looking through my grades and noticed that homework pages were the ones with the worst grades.

Ok. I'm a straight E student. Or now I am. In second grade (not to brag) I was officially the smartest kid in my year. I could even compare to some seventh graders! Then as soon as my school introduced complex algebra (in the same year) no one but me had any clue what half the crap they were talking about! I hardly even understood that! And then next year, they bring up... Ok. The more decimals of pi you name the better your grade. Seems legit! I never cared a bit about pi because it's the same as infinity! (uncountable) I was totally confused and got a E... And then they make me do a calculus? What?! I DIDN'T LEARN ANYTHING FOR 2 YEARS UNTIL I MOVED TO Australia!

17 You get punished for leaving it

Getting punished for leaving a stupid piece of paper is really dumb because well people forget when there haveing family time and enjoying it this is what my teacher says if I forget. ( You should have done it ) me ( how could I remember when my family is around can I spend time with them) teacher ( to bad maybe do it next time homework first family last)
Me dude I have a life
Teacher detention

I can agree. I hate it when teachers shout at me and always say things about us that are not even true! I also don't understand how shouting at us will make us want to do better. It just makes us scared so that we do it the next time.

Thankfully at my school, the teachers don't yell... They just mark as a zero, which is just as bad. If it's a generous teacher, you might be able to turn it in late, and get a 50%. Homework stinks, especially when teachers don't even both to make it a little more exciting.

Just because you don't do something doesn't make you lazy.

18 Parents join up with teachers

Our parents are lied to by the teachers. They are tricked into believing that homework is good for us when it's the opposite. They don't know that it affects our sleep and health. I speak for the kids of America.

If you didn't do this homework the teacher would phone mum and do you know what my mum used to do? She used to ground me, yeah, I used to get grounded because of that teacher.

My parents used to actually give me MORE homework. Thanks for making me stupid, mom.

Thank god my parents ain't like that. Basically, if you haven't done your homework, they'll brainwash parents into think homework is good for us and make parents ground their kids just because of that. - 50

19 We already have 8 hours of school

Plus 802 hours of homework a week and teenagers need to work and I'm in a band so I have NO time.

8 hours is more than enough to learn things. Teachers need to see that most people don't do work because they don't have time or already know the lesson and have no need for extra work.

Homework is technically school at home minus the teaching plus more torture and stress. I think they just invented it so we would be occupied for like 16-17 yrs of our lives - idksoleavemealone

Yup that is right - Dannny828283

20 Less time for leisure activities

Correction: NO TIME for leisure activities.

If we are kids let us be who we are(said by a kid) - dankmemes22

Children need to be able to be themselves

21 It's just like school at home

I came home from school every day, with fear. I wish I could be like the people that get to run out the door happy, but no! I just experience more stress. I have NO time to do anything! I can't even THINK, when teachers think that that's the whole point of homework. I HATE IT. YOU HEAR THAT TEACHERS, I HATE IT!

love it

Exactly. We already have school. We don't need anymore of it at home. School would honestly be 50% better without homework.. - Transformers234

True, ever since I got in 7th grade, I still am in 7th grade, it has been hell for me, my parents made me have tutoring and Sunday school which included HOMEWORK in it while at my school we HAVE loads of Homework too! I wanted to spend time with a couple of primary friends on one of the days this week, BUT NO I had to stay home and STUDY! And do all MY homework

22 Waste of paper

Many teachers say they care about the environment yet they waste paper on worthless, pointless homework.

Yeah. When we run out of oxygen from the lack of trees, BLAME THE TEACHERS!

Couldn’t agree more with this statement. Me and my mom always argue when we’re doing homework and the more homework we get the more we argue.

They say they're 'eco friendly" and they waste like, so much paper is wasted. Trees die. Then when we eventually run out of air, TEACHERS YOU HEAR THIS!? YOU'RE THE REASON WE DIED!

23 It's stressful

It is horrible

Its giving out head aches and it giving me head aches to. Plus it's so stressful that you. Feel like killing your self and hurting something. It's seruis! I may not spell things right though, sorry. I'm 11 in grade 5 and I get the home work for the rest of the day! I hate! It's giving me stress and head aches! Parents! Stop teaming up with the teachers! Published on feburary 28 th 2016, 7:27

Why do teachers give out the homework,i mean they have to do something similar - dankmemes22

It is stressful it is dumb as hell, and I HATE IT!

24 It uses up valuable learning time

All these long hours spent correcting and doing homework could be spent ACTUALLY LEARNING (see more in reason 8), as well as relaxing and being happy! The fact that homework isn't teaching us anything means that all the time we spend doing homework may as well be spent walking in circles with our fingers in our ears screaming "CHEESE, CHEESE CHESE! "! And even doing that may be more productive, because it'll make us laugh, which is good for our mental health! We could use the time spent correcting homework in the classroom for a new and interesting topic, maybe even something optional for each student! If kids who aren't even in secondary school can find better ways to spend learning time, then the adults can open up their ears and eyes and realise the nonsense that is going on and make a difference!

I learn more from top ten lists than from homework, and that's no lie. There are top ten lists ten lists about thing school lied to us about, so are we even learning the truth?

I don't like it at all and you do all of this work and it's not even like you love it so you spend all this very hard work for nothing.

We spent 8 hours of hell listening to useless crap and we got this HOMEWORK what is this our reward of being good?!

25 Waste of time

We have at least 7 hours of school. And then we get sent home with 5-6 more hours of work. It's worse if you procrastinate a lot. I'm writing this while doing homework at like around 10:20 PM right now.

Every single teacher is saying 'do this homework, do that homework and memorise it' when they literally just made us learn it off by heart! 0-0 for example, in maths we learn about angles. Everyone in my class learnt it, memorized it and wouldn't forget it. 3 minutes later...

"Here is your homework. This assignment is on angles."

Sometimes I wonder if there doing it for a joke.

School itself is a waste of time - ikerevievs

Just like one of the other comments, I stare at my piece of paper until I'm yelled at.

Actually that kind of exaggeration. I stare at it for half an hour until I actually bother to look something up.

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