Homework has probably been a hated aspect of school since school began. However, some students are more appreciative of it than some would expect.
Griffin Wheeler, an EHS junior, was asked if he thought that homework was beneficial. Surprisingly, he responded, “Yes, it gives extra practice, but I think that it is more acceptable in math.”
Another student, freshman Kaily Harris, had a slightly different view. “It seems like a waste of time. If you know how to do it, then there is no need to do more problems.”
Brent Poplin, a Microsoft and Sports and Entertainment Marketing teacher, said he did not give homework, but could see why it may be necessary at times. “If the teacher is trying to teach and the kids don’t fully understand, then, yes, I think that it is necessary for the teacher to give homework.”
Poplin also explained that he understood why some students dislike homework. “It does conflict with other activities, like athletics, and it can be hard to do both.” Poplin said he has assigned homework before, and about 15% of students did not do it.
Although most teachers interviewed said they tried to avoid assigning a great deal of homework, most also acknowledged that it is sometimes necessary for extra practice. That will probably continue to be a fact of life, even though most students agree with Wheeler: “Seven hours of work each day is enough.”
Katie Sidden is an Elkin High School English student.