More Writing (Down with homework)

My latest assignment for my Writing class was to write a nonsensical five-paragraph essay. It’s to illustrate our confidence in the structure of an essay and that we are able to create and write properly. Here’s what I chose, I hope my teacher has a good sense of humor.

Writing Homework is Hazardous to Students

Since the dawn of time humans have used many forms to communicate with others. The earliest humans used grunts and brute force to impress their point upon another. Since the invention of the “Written word”; students have been tortured to memorize word structure, formatting and proper choice of words. Until recently, the perception that constant structured repetitious use of essays, story writing and word usage tests caused students to further communicate with others. This contradictory report claims Writing and writing homework is bad for students because; Writing causes neurological paranoia in students, Writing causes repetitive stress injuries to the hands and wrists, and finally; Writing homework is the number one cause of social life deficiency in students. Students’ lives would be much easier if writing homework wasn’t a part of the school experience.

Looking over your shoulder and being stricken with panic are not the only recognized forms of paranoia. Students who take writing classes are often paralyzed with fear of being judged. Dr. Willis, of the Western Writing Collective Institute completed a study[1] in July of 2008, where he studied the assignments of a hundred college students. He found that ninety-nine percent of students are tormented with the pressure of writing papers and concern from being judged by their peers. The pressure causes students to write with trepidation and often causes assignments to be half thoughts or incomplete arguments.

The National Association of Emergency Room Nurses recently came out in support of tougher restrictions on the frequency and size of writing assignments.[2] In 2007, it was reported the number of writing/typing injuries increased nationally during the fall and spring. While the number of injuries declined during the summer months, coinciding with the traditional times associated with summer break. This research seemingly supports the claims of many school children that homework causes frequent and repetitive stress injuries to the hands and wrists, furthering the claim that writing homework is a “pain in the neck”.

Social lives are important to the development of all people. The pursuit of friendships, relationships and endeavors for the betterment of individuals create successful individuals. Whether it’s: exploring your cities’ attractions, traveling to places you’ve never been, socializing with friends, dating or just spending time in your own environment, these things are all important and consistently diminished by the necessity to complete writing assignments and homework.

This student, in researching the effects of writing homework on the average student has come to the conclusion that writing homework is unnecessary and should be abolished from the curriculum.  Subjecting students to the constant barrage of deadlines and peer pressure can have irreversible effects in the long term. In the immediate, a stressed student can be affected so much by an assignment that they feel defeat and deflation. Abolish homework now.

[1] Willis, William. “Students Damaged By Writing Pressure”. Writing Studies. Kalamazoo: Crazed Monkey, 2009

[2] Markenson, Mark. “Homework Reduction Helps Students”. National Association of Emergency Room Nurses Monthly January 1, 2010: 14-16.

One Comment Add yours

  1. Bridget says:

    Now that’s awesome! I hope your teacher appreciates the effort and hard work!

    Oh, and I hate those darn typing injuries, they really stink! 😉

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