November 2nd, the fiftieth day of Fremd’s fiftieth year, or for others, better remembered as ‘No Homework Day.’ I can personally say that that specific day was one of the best school days yet, and I believe that’s true in others too. These days students are experiencing an overload of homework in addition to the 7 hours already spent at school and for the first time since I’d started high school, there was a feeling of complete ease as I rode the bus home knowing that no worksheets, bookwork or studying had to be done that night. My afternoon, which is usually a balance of schoolwork and sports, was open to whatever I wanted to do.
What is the point of homework? I believe that the teachers’ intentions are to better their students’ understanding of the subject. So if it is meant to help us learn, why are those who understand the material perfectly, forced to do it? Being an accelerated student, I can catch onto material fairly quickly and don’t need to spend what ranges from an hour to my entire evening working on it. But there are also things that I don’t understand so quickly and need the extra practice for help. So what should the consensus be?
If the school were to make homework optional, would you even consider doing it? If you had a test the next day, would you do the review packet or just take a long nap? I can guarantee that I wouldn’t always make the right choice. There would be times that I would just choose to blow it off and hope for the best on that test.
But despite this, I feel that the homework policy should be changed. The first option would be that homework is made completely optional, leaving the choice to the student as to whether or not they need the practice. The point of high school is learning, so giving students the choice will ensure a good lesson in responsibility. They’ll need to know when it comes down to needing help and doing the work or other times when they can just choose to not do it. Another alternative would to do as my chemistry teacher does. If your grade is below a certain benchmark, then you must do usually half of the worksheet that was optional for the rest of the class. This is a very minimal amount of work but still helps those needing it.
If you were on the school board and the choice was up to you, what would you choose to do? Do you believe that change is necessary? If so, as a student how could you bring change?
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