Columns Opinions — 27 November 2018
Opinions:  Students should not have homework beyond classwork

There are many different opinions on whether or not students should have homework. Some believe homework is a very good way to work your memory on a certain subject while out of school, but I think the complete opposite.

I believe that students should not receive homework unless they have to finish something that was not completed in class. One reason I believe in no homework is because of the stress that it may cause on someone with a busy schedule, or for someone who does not understand the subject and cannot get help before the due date. Many of the students here at Rock Creek are involved in sports or extracurricular activities that take up a lot of their time before and after school. So, having to be involved in extra activities, complete all of your homework and still finding time for yourself, your family and your friends can become very challenging.

As well as causing stress, homework also takes away from your family time. Many teachers expect you to complete assignments over holidays and other breaks. I think that time should be for spending time with family and not having to worry about school. Students should have the opportunity to spend time with their family and friends after school, too. After a long day, it is good to have someone to talk to and to reflect on how your day went, but when students are drowning in homework, they tend to isolate themselves.

My final reason for not having homework, although there are many more, is because students spend around seven hours a day at school during the week. After spending a day at school, and then possibly going to practices or meetings, our brains need a break, and I believe that when students overwork their brains, it becomes very hard to focus on the things that are most important.

In conclusion, I believe that students should not be expected to complete work sent home, unless they did not finish something in class. This will cause less stress, allow more time for students to spend with their families and friends and give the students a break.

Article by Brynn Welfringer, Staff Member

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