As a seventh grader in Millburn Middle School, I have found that so far my middle school experience has been incredible. However we do get a considerable amount of homework, and some of it seems unnecessary.
Although I am not opposed to the idea of homework, I believe that sometimes it is stressful and not always meaningful. For example, homework that is just an assignment for the point of being an assignment may take over an hour for a student to do, but they might learn nothing from it. Long term assignments with deep meaning would be more effective than day to day work that is not beneficial to students' learning.
Over time, when large quantities of busy work are given, doing homework becomes less about learning and absorbing information, but more about writing down answers without understanding concepts. I feel that if day to day homework takes a lot of time for students and possibly takes away from their learning, the amount of day to day homework should be reduced and be replaced with a smaller amount of more in-depth long term projects or assignments. This would minimize wasted time for busy students and maximize the amount that they learn.
Additionally, the time that students are using to do their homework might be taking away from other focuses in their lives besides school. Homework could be taking away from family time. If homework is not helping kids to learn and it is taking time away from what really matters, the amount given and its content should be reconsidered.
- Schools Across the Nation
Middle schoolers, and other students, spend hours doing their homework at night. However, often, the homework seems more like busy work, and I find that it does not always have a lot of meaning. Many students are busy with extracurricular activities, like sports teams or musical instruments, and when they are spending time doing homework, they should at least benefit from it. Sometimes, doing homework might take away from learning, when it becomes about filling in answers as opposed to grasping concepts. For certain subjects, day to day homework is vital – such as math. However, in subjects like language arts or social studies, a book report or history paper that the students have a few weeks to complete might help them learn more than a worksheet each night. In my school, we do have long term projects such as these, but we also have many day to day assignments that seem to lack purpose sometimes. If we can gradually get schools to reduce valueless assignments and increase meaningful long term projects, then students can maximize their learning and understanding in the amount of time they spend working at home.
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