Have you ever wondered  why teachers have to give students  so much homework every day? Is it really necessary and helpful to spend all day l-earning while at school then having homework to do when you get home?  Most all classes require students to complete homework at some point in the school year. Let’s look at the pros and cons of homework.

There are many reasons why homework helps students understand and learn new lessons. Practicing new concepts at home  may help students learn things quicker, especially with classes such as Math and Science. Homework may also prepare students for tests. Students who do their assigned homework learn how to work independently and take responsibility for the work the teachers assigns.  Completing homework assignments teaches students how to follow instructions and meet deadlines. According to the National PTA and the National Education Association, kids should have no more than “10 minutes of homework per night per grade level.” 

Homework can be very stressful and time consuming. It can cause fatigue and a loss of interest in school work.  With all the extra curricular activities available to students,  it may be difficult for them to find the time to  complete their nightly assignments. Every student learns differently and homework may not be as effective for everyone. There are studies which  suggest that homework does not always help the student understand a topic.  The school day is long and students get tired and just want to go home and relax, but they can’t because they have hours of homework to complete in the evening.  

After interviewing several students recently, each individual has different opinions and mixed emotions on this topic. Some students like and understand the importance of homework while others don’t like it at all and think it is a waste of their time. Many don’t like the extra time they have to spend to get assignments done because it takes away from family time. Some examples of students comments are; “Toooo much”, “Bad homework”, “Go away homework”, “I think they give us practice at home so we can get better”, “ it wouldn’t be bad if I had time for it”, “Doesn’t help.”   Each student that I talked to seemed to have the same opinion  that they have too much homework  and no time to do it.  

At our school, teachers work in groups to educate the students and could coordinate their lessons in a way where  they could alternate daily homework assignments. This would help students not be as stressed and as tired as they are when they have hours of homework to complete. This would also allow a decreased amount of work every night. Talking openly with your teacher when you feel overwhelmed with homework would be better than remaining silent about how you feel regarding the assignments.

Basically,  myself  and other students agree that teachers give us too much homework. By researching and interviewing people it suggests that there should not be as much homework assigned nightly.