In Australia, there was recently a study done to prove that homework can be just the opposite of beneficial for students. Educational psychologist Richard Walker at Sydney University claims some data shows that in countries with more homework score lower on the PISA, a certain kind of standardized testing. In my opinion, if more homework can lower students’ test grades, it is unnecessary.
If you google, “Is homework necessary?” You will most likely find a large amount of results with a ‘no’ point of view. This is because not many students enjoy homework, and a lot of parents dislike it as well. If you go to debate.org and go to the debate “Is homework necessary?”, you’ll find that 73% of people say no, while only 27% of people say yes. That’s less than a third of people surveyed who think that homework is necessary. So why is it being given out? Many teachers argue that there isn’t enough class time, which is a valid point. However, from experience, sometimes teachers talk a little too much, leaving little time for classwork. The unfinished work could be finished if teachers spent less time explaining.
I have noticed that in our districts and many other districts, the homework load starts to get bigger when you get older. Many older students will find themselves with hours of homework, and very little time to do it. About 79% of America’s middle and high school students have extracurricular activities after school, leaving them only a small amount of time to do their homework. The homework will become rushed and stressful, and that is most likely going to result in much less than satisfactory grades.
Is homework okay? A little homework to practice skills is fine, but the older you get, you become even more overloaded with homework. And if homework is not completed, you can get really bad grades. And the older you are, the more your grades will matter for college so you can get a good career. I, believe that homework is mostly unnecessary and an added and unneeded stress for students.