Who Invented Homework?

Staff Writer: Santana Lozano

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If I was ever asked the question, “What is the worst thing that has ever been invented?” I would know my answer right away: homework.

I really do not know who thought it was a good idea to give kids even more work than they already endure during the school day. We wake up at 6:30 in the morning (don’t even get me started on having to wake up that early) and go to school for seven hours straight just so that we can go home and do even more work. It is something I will never understand.

Then, teachers tell us we need to go to bed early and get a good night’s rest but how can we do that with all this homework? Did they forget that some of us have to eat, shower, do chores, etc.?

On top of that, we are told that we should get involved with the school by joining sports and extracurricular activities. Did they forget that some of us have jobs or that some of us have siblings that we have to babysit daily?

Some people have responsibilities at home. I get that school is important; this is coming from someone who takes all honor classes and gets all As. As much as I value education, though, I know that when you have a million responsibilities, it’s extremely stressful to be piled up with homework.

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Furthermore, what’s up with homework on the weekend? What’s that all about?

It’s like after a long week of tests, quizzes, and work you finally think you’d get a break but now you can barely enjoy your weekend because you have to worry about school. Everybody needs a little break sometimes because caring about school can be really stressful when you put so much pressure on yourself to get all As and to be perfect.

Kids need a little time to breathe and it would be nice to AT LEAST have that on the weekends.  I also think that teachers forget that we have six classes. Two may be electives but many electives require work.

So, they argue that the homework they give you won’t take all night but if it’s taking thirty minutes to an hour for each class, you’re looking at about three hours. On top of that, many teachers want us to study for fifteen to twenty minutes a night and so now you’re at about four hours.

I get home at 4:00 in the afternoon every day and try to go to bed by 10:00 so that I can get enough sleep. You are probably thinking, “Oh, so that gives you six hours for homework, right?” WRONG.

I have to eat after school so that leaves me with five and a half. I have to help my mom with dinner and then eat dinner so now I’m down to four. I also have to bathe my baby sister and put her to bed because my mom has somewhere to be almost every night. That leaves me with three and a half. Now, let’s not forget I have to bath, brush my teeth, pick out my outfit for the next day, etc. Now I’m at about two hours for homework but I need four.

That extra time cuts into my sleep time leaving me going to bed at 12-1 am. Then I have to wake up the next morning at 6:30 feeling tired and stressed every day. I can assure you that if school started at a later time and we didn’t have homework, people would maybe enjoy to learn.

Maybe then they wouldn’t always feel so drained and they would be able to put their full potential into their work instead of producing the less quality work that they do when they’re tired and stressed.

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I know that if homework was eliminated from the student’s lives, they would get more sleep and be less lazy and tired. If there wasn’t as much homework, kids would work even harder in school and so it would be a win-win for teachers and students.

I wish that whoever invented homework would have taken these points into consideration and not have ever invented it. School may be important, but it is not more important than your health and your responsibilities at home.


  1. Roberto Nevilis was the guy who invented homework. also he thought that do homework is punishment, just like it is in real life.

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