In a recently conducted survey of Helix High School students, pregraduates shared their views on the subject. The collected opinions came out to be rather one-sided.
When questioned about how much time a day, on average, each student spends on their homework, 54% of participants answered that they generally took around an hour focusing on their homework. Another 46% reported that they tend to spend anywhere from two to three hours on their daily work. These results are without an additional large project in the air, nor does it include basic studying. With this in mind, the average student may take anywhere from two to five hours on school-related work outside of the classroom.
Homework, to many people, may be seen as stressful. According to 45% of participants, homework stresses them out a moderate amount. Following this, 27% answered that it stresses them out quite a lot, 9% showed that it stressed them out greatly, and a remaining 18% stated that it didn’t stress them out at all. This shows that at least 82% of students get stressed in some form.
It comes as no surprise that many students seem to wonder why exactly homework is an incorporated function of school. In fact, a majority question its importance. A staggering 73% of surveyees answered that they did not, in fact, believe that homework was important, while only 27% thought that it truly was important.
Many students had similar ideas in their answers. One student responded, “I don't think it's necessary because we already practice the material a lot during the day.”
Another said, “It's even more stressful when the work you have piles up over days and you have to finish it." One pointed out that they simply believe that the lessons should remain inside of school itself.
However, one student believes homework is a necessity in a school lifestyle and said, “I think that it's a necessary component of school, because it's a way for our brains to keep continuing the process of problem solving. It's a good way, for me at least, to "freshen" my mind.”
According to students, they believe that homework as a whole is stressful and rather unimportant.
At some point in their school careers, all students have had to face some form of homework. But that doesn’t mean that students believe it’s entirely necessary. Whether it be a matter of stress, time, or thinking the lessons should stay in school, many people are against the idea and practice of homework.
However, is there really no reason for homework to be assigned? As a Helix High School teacher, Lorin Kubishta pointed out, “Assigning homework is just as much work for me as it is for students.” Considering the amount of work both students and teachers must do, it tends to level out. In reality, it’s not as unfair as students make it out to be.
Whether students believe that homework is still important and entirely fundamental to the school life of all students doesn’t really matter. After all, it seems that homework is an unavoidable element in the nation’s educational toolkit and is not going away anytime soon.