Homework: Does it help?

Kids hate homework. They would much rather be playing video games or hanging out at a friend’s house. Some parents complain homework is controlling their kids lives, and that parents should be managing kids, not teachers. Teachers claim homework leads to better test scores, and in the end, better futures. Which side do you take in this argument, and why?

Of course kids would like to being goofing off instead of doing homework. Some people do say that video games improve speed and hand-eye coordination, but that’s another story.

Parents don’t want their children up to 12:00 pm doing homework that they started on right after school got out. When that happens, one can understand why we don’t like it.

Teachers like to say that by doing homework makes kids have more exposure to the subject.

Studies prove both arguments. They say it doesn’t matter whether kids have homework or not, especially because the kids that would do the homework anyway are the ones that have straight A’s.


I’m personally right in between. I think that the fact that homework doesn’t matter at all is a little suspicious, but filling a moving truck full of homework is crazy. I can understand how parents would feel if their kids can’t even make it to the dinner table because they have 2 more essays that were assigned today and due tomorrow. Of course, if there is absolutely no homework, then kids might go off doing illegal things or misbehaving.

My middle school for the 2011-12 school year had a policy making sure teachers in our 7 periods did not assign more than 30 minutes of homework each. 30 minutes each still adds up to 3 hours and 30 minutes—a little too much?

Maybe 20 minutes each would work, because it only adds up to 2 hours and 20 minutes.

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  1. Melissa McCauley says:

    “Teachers like to say that…”

    I was in grade school in the 1970s and almost never had any homework that I couldn’t finish 15 minutes before school started…. things were very different
    But it sounds like you spend more time on homework than friends of mine in grad school

    • Dorian Clay says:

      Hmm… Maybe it’s just me, or maybe I’m exaggerating, or maybe I really do have more homework. Though I doubt the last.

    • Dorian Clay says:

      MY grandparents visited a week ago, and actually, my grandfather said that when he was in elementary school, he had no homework until high school, not even junior high. My grandmother said the same. In the end, times are changing and everybody has different views on everything. No matter what it is, there will always be somebody who opposes the idea. For example, in some areas, there is a “junior high,” but in other areas, such as where I live, people call it a “middle school.”

  2. Dorian Clay says:

    Oops! There’s a spelling error. Can anybody find it?

  3. DorianClay says:

    Uggh!! My arrow got messed up–it was SUPPOSED to be straight down the center. It does still point down, so I guess it’s okay.

    Still, please post comments.