Here’s an email I received from a senior at Camarillo High School in California:
As a high school student I believe most homework is just a waste of time.
Simply put, a lot of the work can actually be done in class or not done at all (I’ll get to that later). Homework is just used as a substitute due to ineffective teaching methods and teachers wasting time.
Most homework assignments are just pointless: fill in the blank questions, word seaches, crossword puzzles, drill assignments, etc. It does not help review the material. It’s just used as a tool for teachers to figure out how to grade. Bad students simply won’t do the homework. Good students will do the homework getting nothing out of it.
Excess homework has created a lazy generation. It teaches students it’s okay to cheat, copy off, or even fake assignments. The more homework teachers give, the more tension there is in the class, the more tension, the more behavioral problems and lower grades students have. It’s a lose for the student, a lose for the teacher. Since there is too much homework, after homework is finished, kids just like to watch TV.
This year I pretty much have no homework. Since my calculus teacher only assigns very few problems, I actually learn how to do them correctly.
Lots of homework is the root of student laziness, not the solution. Having better teaching methods in class is the solution, not homework.
Thank you for your website.