Is Homework Actually Necessary to Students?

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A photo representation of how many students feel about homework.

Lucy Lu, Photojournalist

“Ugh I have so much homework tonight!” a phrase we often say and hear. Homework is like a dreadful task most of us have to do after school. At times, it even seems as if there’s a never-ending cycle of it.

Homework has long been a staple of the educational system, with students of all ages being assigned work to complete outside of the classroom on a regular basis. However, the necessity of homework has been the subject of much debate among educators, parents, and students alike. Many believe it is essential to our education while others see it as unnecessary. Let’s go over the arguments for and against homework, and consider whether or not it is truly necessary.

Homework is a necessary evil because students need a little bit of extra practice, especially if they aren’t 100% paying attention in class.”

— Ms. Chen-Haughton (S)

Those arguments in favor of homework often state that homework helps students practice and reinforce the skills they have learned in the classroom, which can aid in retention and understanding of the material. Ms. Chen-Haughton (S), a mathematics teacher at YLHS agrees and states, “Homework is a necessary evil because students need a little bit of extra practice, especially if they aren’t 100% paying attention in class.” In addition, homework can also help students develop good study habits and time management skills, which will be helpful for them in the future. Last but not least, homework can also serve as a way for students to demonstrate their understanding of the material to their teachers and parents. Most people in favor of homework are educators and parents.

On the other hand, arguments against homework often come from students and young adults. They say that it can be a source of stress and frustration for students, especially if they are already struggling with the material. For most, homework can take up a significant amount of time, leaving them with little time to no time for other activities such as family time, extracurriculars, or even just relaxation. Research has also shown that there is little correlation between homework and academic performance, especially in elementary and middle school students.

In conclusion, homework can be a useful tool for students to practice and reinforce the skills they have learned in the classroom, but it should not be considered a necessity. Educators and parents should carefully consider the arguments for and against homework, and make sure that any homework assigned is meaningful, relevant, and age-appropriate. Additionally, homework should not take up an excessive amount of time, and should not be used as a way to introduce new material. So how do you feel about homework, is it really necessary for students?