In the film Race to Nowhere, the people working on the film interview multiple students and many of them talk about having nervous breakdowns or being very stressed; some even talked about getting depressed because of all the homework in school and depression can even lead to suicide. Both argue that homework offers little educational value and can be harmful. The back-to-school timing for these books is ideal for stirring up controversies between teachers and parents. But the premise is dubious.
Too much homework can cause stress and other health issues. Also, students are working more than the recommended amount of time on homework, and this takes away from family time and free time, as well as time for sleep. Staying up late and doing homework takes away a students time to sleep. Sleep deprivation can cause stress and many more factors. Not enough sleep can leave a student tired, and at school they might focus less or fall asleep during class.
According to a 2006 poll, 80 percent of teens dont get the recommended amount of sleep. At least 28 percent fall asleep in school and 22 percent fall asleep doing homework(Summary Findings of the 2006 Sleep in America Poll, tionalsleepfoundation, org).