Senior Chris Torres said, “Homework does not serve a purpose. I have enough stuff on my plate after school. I play two sports which takes up a lot of time. If I add in homework, I don’t have time for any kind of social life.”
On the other side of the debate, junior Reagan Tate said, “I don’t mind the homework, unless it’s busy work. If it helps me to understand a topic then it’s a good thing.”
In fact, a surprising 4 out of the 9 people interviewed stated that they did not mind having homework most nights.
Freshman Nicholas Beldyk commented on his course homework.
“Yeah, it’s more homework than I’ve ever had, but it’s nothing compared to what I hear upper classes are like, so I don’t complain,” Beldyk said.
While it is generally known that sophomore and junior year workload does show an increase compared to freshman year, many of this year’s senior class have been doing little to no homework. They either have no homework assigned or just opt out of doing it anyway, with hopes that they can get out of the assignment all together.
Senior Sibeal McGrath said, “I almost never do homework. In my math class, as long as I turn all my assignments in before the end of the quarter, I won’t get penalized.”
Senior Natalie Perry joined in on the discussion, stating, “I do what homework I have throughout the day. So, while I get assignments, I never do them at home. If you aren’t using you’re school time effectively, when you get home, you’ll have even less drive to get it done.
Unfortunately for most students, the research backs the “Pro-Homework” stance.
Duke University’s Professor Harris Cooper did a study that showed positive correlation between homework and student success. Cooper’s study also showed that as students get older, homework helps even more. Meaning that high school and college students benefit the most from the workload they are given.
So how do students handle the copious amounts of work they may be given? Some find that getting ahead by using Moodle gives them more free time down the road. Setting aside designated work time, without distractions, also leads to more efficient homework time.