While the education system has seemed to be getting increasingly better, it has also led to question of how much stress do students get due to the increasing amount of homework and tests? From Elementary to the last years of high school, recent research suggests that some students are getting unreasonable amounts of tests and homework. In turn, when students are pushed to handle a workload that’s overwhelming this effects with their development level. Both the National Education Association and the National PTA support the idea of a standard of “10 minutes of homework per grade level” and setting a general limit on after-school studying (HealthNews). In 2013, Standford University conducted a research and found that students in high-achieving communities who spend too much time on homework experience more stress, physical health problems, a lack of balance in their lives, and alienation from society (HealthNews). That study, published in The Journal of Experimental Education, suggested that any more than two hours of homework per night is counterproductive. Stress can affect your thoughts, your body and feelings, and your behavior. Stress that’s left unchecked can contribute to many health problems, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and diabetes (Mayo Clinic).  According to an article published this year in Monitor on Psychology, researchers agree that the quality of homework assignments matters more than quantity of homework. In the Stanford study, many students said that they often did homework they saw as “pointless” or “mindless.” Pope, who co-authored that study, argued that homework assignments should have a purpose and benefit, and should be designed to cultivate learning and development. It’s also important for schools and teachers to stick to the recommended 10-minutes per grade standard. In an interview with Monitor on Psychology, Pope pointed out that students can learn challenging skills even when less homework is assigned. The study also suggested that one teacher who taught advanced placement biology, experimented by dramatically cutting down homework assignments. First the teacher cut homework by a third, and then cut the assignments in half. The students’ test scores didn’t change. Showing that not only can you have less homework but less homework doesn’t mean you sacrifice better test scores.  Though there has been a relationship between stress and homework, there has been a link to a lack of creativity within the education system due to the idea of passing or getting a good score on standardized tests and good grades. Creativity isn’t a test to take, a skill to learn, or a program to develop. Creativity is seeing things in new and different ways, breaking barriers that stood in front of you for some time. Creativity is the art of hearing a tune that has never been written or seeing a work of art on an empty canvas. Its essence is in its freshness and the ability to make dreams come to life. Students who got A’s now believe they’re highly talented and artistic, but those who got an “F” Well, they start to think they are unworthy and their works is rubbish. This thought process not only leads lack of motivation and no drive but leads people to believe that in order to be successful you have to get the best grades and become a doctor, this is not morally correct.  (add Data/Stats) Many people might compare us to other countries and see that we are lacking in the education area. While countries like Finland is leading the world in the best education  

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