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Homework - Is It Actually Beneficial?

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avatar ThatCobblestoneGuy
Level 55 : Grandmaster Lad
Isn't funny how I am writing this when I am supposed to be doing homework C:

It's almost like I took primary school (elementary school, as you Americans reffer to it) for granted. I hated school, but nowhere near as much as now. Back in primary school, I would go to school, come home, and spent the rest of the day with my mates, or chill out watching TV, but now it feels like that's against the law, in my house at least.

Homework wasn't really a worry in the earlier years of school, maybe a colouring sheet, or a little bit of research. But when we did get homework, it felt like the end of the world. But now when I have only a bit of homework, I feel like the happiest man alive. 

I dont get it, in Primary/Elementary School, we were all probably taught 8-8-8, 8 hours work, 8 hours leisure, and 8 hours sleep. I thought, "that's fair enough, and balanced". Now it seems like 14-2-8. I wake up, get maybe 20 minutes to myself before I have to have my breakfeast, get changed and head off to school. I do 7 hours work, and get home at about 3, to then complete the 5 assignments that are due for the next day. That takes me about 6 hours, and it's about 9 o'clock and i start getting ready for bed, maybe getting an hour or so watching youtube. 

I find this funny, and stupid. We have all heard rants about how teens are lazy and need to go outside, get more exercise, and do more things in life. Well, listen here....


That is how I feel, and I feel like shouting it at my TV, radio, facebook page, or whatever whenever teenages and laziness is mentioned. But I feel its true, I want to live my life, do stuff with my friends and family, but I can't under all the stress and depression. 

You can disagree with me as much as you want, but homework doesnt benefit you in anyway, other than causing stress, and anxiety. Stop thinking us teenagers aren't looking at the bigger picture, your the ones who need to open your eyes, and realise that it ruins our life, and completely destroys the curriculum of what we learnt in Primary/Elementary school, balanced life-style. We all remember learning that, don't we? It's all apart of being healthy! 

I want to.... I want to go outside, do things, "be active", but all this homework is blocking my path. I am fed up with hearing it. Step in our shoes, perhaps go for a walk in them. Perhaps live 6 years in them. As long as it takes to realise, as much as you can proove, we feel like it doesn't benefit us, just causes more stress, and anxiety!

I won't be suprised for a debate to form in the comments, but I can't put up with it. I lay there at my desk, head on my page, stressing out of my mind.

My grandma, a teacher, tells me that it helps us remember what we learnt throughout the day. Yes, that is true. But I don't remember what I am revising because that all goes through my head is "OMG I HAVE SO MUCH MORE TO DO AND IT'S SO LATE OMG I'M SCREWWWEEDDD!!!!!" 

Now, lets look at the pros and cons of homework:

  • Homework helps to consolidate and clarify what was learned during the school day.
  • It gives practice with content, concepts and skills.
  • Homework improves performance in standardized tests.
  • It is an extension of classwork that allows students to achieve mastery of the content or skills to be learned.
  • Students do not have enough time during the day to fully understand all the information they are given.
  • Homework facilitates rote learning.
  • It  lets parents see what their children are doing at school.
  • Homework teaches self-discipline, time management and research skills.
  • It reduces time for TV and video games and promotes good study habits.
  • It increases interest in schoolwork when it is corrected quickly.

  • Homework must be corrected quickly or students get frustrated and lose interest.
  • It can be too burdensome and stressful at times.
  • Homework disturbs family life and prevents students from doing household chores.
  • Parents or relatives may do the homework for the student.
  • Students need time to relax, play and pursue sports and hobbies.
  • Homework can make students too tired after a long day at school.
  • It keeps them up too late at night.
  • Homework is often meaningless busywork which does not promote real learning.
  • Students from middle- and upper-class homes have better resources to help them with homework.

Obviously, I am against homework, but other people have different opinions, you may think homework is good, and I won't argue with you. We all have our own reasons towards our opinions, and everyone has a right to their own.

What's your opinion on homework?

05/10/2015 2:40 am
Level 42 : Master Architect
I get that stress and anxiety feeling for knowing that I have homework, but not doing them ;)
02/01/2015 8:32 am
Level 24 : Expert Warrior
Homework comes from the nether!
11/27/2014 2:33 pm
Level 21 : Expert Chef
i tottaly agree with you on how HW is a wast of time students could use for better things. i find homework extra fustrating because on youtube, i am an animator. HOW can i make regular content when i have so much homework to do?
11/23/2014 9:25 pm
Level 51 : Grandmaster Blob
Completely agreed. If people want us to do other things in life, then at least give us the time for it.

What school measures: Knowledge
What school does not measure:
•Sense of wonder
•Big-picture thinking
•Sense of beauty

I'm pretty sure something is wrong with our current education system.

Also homework doesn't give you a chance to discuss with classmates if you have a question or comment.

Honestly, if someone were to start not going to shool after middle school, and not sit on the computer for most of the day, they would learn more IMPORTANT AND RELEVANT things and succeed more in life than someone who gets a full education.

Time to unite the students of PMC.
11/22/2014 12:05 pm
Level 33 : Artisan Spider Rider
I didn't find myself to be benefited by homework in grade school. In college, homework is a lot more purposeful - your homework is often things you don't really have time to do in class, like discussions of articles, research papers, or large projects. It isn't just re-iterating what you do in class - and that, for me, was precisely useless. Making every child learn through a system forced on them isn't the way to go. Growing up isn't an industry.
11/22/2014 3:11 am
Level 19 : Journeyman Toast
you forgot that if ur parents are all like "family game night!" and they want to spend time with you u say that u have homework and they feel sad 

11/13/2014 9:33 am
Level 19 : Journeyman Cake
Dude, I'm homeschooled. All I do is homework. :D
09/04/2014 8:26 pm
Level 17 : Journeyman Network
So recently I went back to school, and, my god, they are piling up homework in my pack. I feel like it's much more than usual. Considering the fact that I have to do a "math autobiography" and memorize a poem in two days, I think that's true. Seriously, tomorrow is the first Friday of the school year and I've had (I kid you not, I am not exaggerating) at least 6 stupid "Who are you?" projects. I'd much rather that be just the first day then learn...
I litterally have about 30 minutes of free time, which is more 20 because I tend to pack a lunch at night and pack my bag at night... Oh, how I can't wait until Saturday...
Only to write my "math autobiography".
09/02/2014 3:51 pm
Level 25 : Expert Mountaineer
Gotta love going back to school
08/31/2014 9:21 pm
Level 14 : Journeyman Narwhal
Honestly, i dont think teachers really care even though they say they "love kids and want to make it a fun learning expierience"
11/11/2014 1:14 pm
Level 24 : Expert Network
Swag Lord
Its probably something set for the entire school rather than just for a specific teacher.
08/23/2014 9:41 pm
Level 32 : Artisan Creeper
In Australia they made a new curriculum. AKA more homework, more boring classes(probably just because western australia likes to be different so while the rest of australia was adding to the school budget, western australia took 2/3 of the school budget away). Kids not coming to school because all of a suden we have 10x more homework. And this is just year 7(still primary school this year, but next two years of primary school are going to high school). I guess we can still do sports and stuff but 10x homework is kinda hard to deal with one year to the next.
08/23/2014 9:43 pm
Level 32 : Artisan Creeper
also my primary school went overboard with more homework. My year 8 brother (high school) has less homework than me
08/23/2014 1:45 am
Level 47 : Master Botanist
and here we go the homework blogs begin
08/22/2014 4:19 pm
Level 24 : Expert Hunter
My opinion would be that homework is very frustrating. Fortunately, I'm homeschooled. In our house, there is no homework. But I can visualize it if you understand me. At almost sixteen years of age, college will soon be upon me. And, just by observing one of my neighbors, he's exhausted when he comes back from college. He does his work and probably has the same amount of time as you do before it's time to go back. I dread that, but I know it's coming. I can see homework being a useful tool, but I don't see it as a necessity. Those are my thoughts.

08/22/2014 4:14 pm
Level 23 : Expert Scribe
Informative post with a well written opinion, thank you. I don't agree, but I respect your opinion. 

-"as you Americans reffer to it"
Pedantic, but other countries do as well. Cough, cough Canada.

-"Homework wasn't really a worry in the earlier years of school,"
That's because small children are, well, small children. There's only so much homework they are capable of doing--even if it's fun or easy.

One semester last year, I started my classes at eight am and did not even begin to walk to my car to drive the whole hour back to my house until ten. At night. I'd kill to re-do high-school homework again. 

-"...but homework doesnt benefit you in anyway, other than causing stress, and anxiety."
The stress you feel is often from your habits around homework, not the homework itself, As you said, you felt fine with it before in your younger grades. 

The moment you hit a challenge and didn't push through it, you probably felt awful, like it was too hard, or too much, Once that colours your perception, you're never going to look at homework as anything else but stressful and mean.
08/22/2014 8:38 am
Level 67 : High Grandmaster Nerd
Well my school gives almost no homework to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd years (Highschool for you Americans) But in 4th year (Where I am now), oh god, you will suffer. Each night you have a tonne of work. If you had French that day you can expect to be translating a chapter of a book to French or writing a French essay. The sad thing is is that we have French every day. If you had Science, heh, you will most likely have to compile as many as 20 useless chemcial equations or theories to why someone done something at that time. We also have Science everyday. If you had Maths or English, and we do everyday, you can expect up to 40 questions on algebra or some other thing I will never use and for English you can expect an essay.
With art, which we have every other day, you are expected to complete 3 A3 sheets of art every week.

So yeah, that is a huge contrast from 1st, 2nd and 3rd year. And with my Sister completing her GCSE's with all A's I can expect a lot of pressure to be put on me. Guess I won't be getting any sleep any time soon.
08/23/2014 9:32 pm
Level 32 : Artisan Creeper
for homework translations, use google translate and then check over it. It takes about 1/5 of the time
08/22/2014 7:45 am
Level 52 : Grandmaster Vampire
You know, when I was at school we didn't have the Internet, it started being more popular when I was in my last two years of high school. I think you've got it much easier. You can research quickly and that's a huge plus.

I don't know, imho homework is very important but now apparently it's different. When I look at children and teenagers nowadays I think they don't do anything schoolwise. When I was their age I had a lot more knowledge and respect for the teachers. Bad behaviour at schools is a really huge issue now but you can't do anything about it cause people just won't change. Our society heads in a really bad direction.
08/22/2014 3:56 pm
Level 20 : Expert Toast
i know, i am still in high school and our class is a mess, only a few ones behave(i am lucky to be in this group, thanks to my introversion)but really.. also teachers nowadays just don't care when a student is misbehaving, they just let them do their things so it's impossible to have one normal lesson, and then teachers complain that no one gets good grades in test...
08/22/2014 6:22 am
Level 17 : Journeyman Lumberjack
This has nothing to do with minecraft, but yeah! Great blog bro!
08/22/2014 6:16 am
Level 20 : Expert Toast
also i apologize for any grammar errors,as i'm not english, or i simply typed wrong a word or any general mystake
08/22/2014 6:14 am
Level 20 : Expert Toast
to me, the majority of the work must be done at school, after learning the theory something to fuly complete the learning process, the student completes a few exercise and the teacher corrects the work right after, of course, something MUST be done at home, such as studying the theory but nothing more than 1 hour, otherwise the student could lose interest as whatever he/she is studying and consider such work a forced task that must be done at all costs, so the homework process becomes boring. Another negative thing about homework is the fact that it's something that generates stress in all the family, the parents force their son/daughter to do this homework, and the student is stressed because he/she is forced to work, and the bigger risk is that school becomes the only way to talk in the family and this means that the only thing the family talks about is something that can generate anxiety, as the parents worry about the student's school life. Techers also don't help, as they think that we have all the afternoon to study(at least here in italy where we go to school only during the morning at 8 am)so the techers give us tons of work, forgetting that we have to eat and do sport and social activity to mantain ourselves, also if a student doesn't do his/her homework the teachers punishes him/her, so this generates fear in the student. Most important are the holidays, in which we can get a break from school, but even here we can't: i believe that during the summer holidays it's very important to study a bit, but just at the end of august/start of september, during christmas holidays homework if USELESS, as this is the time the family gathers in one place so it's time to spend time with relatives that you see once a year, not segregating yourself in a room for 2 weeks. I am in high school and the amount of homework we get is huge, to complete it all i have to work the entire afternoon and finish around 8pm, time for dinner, and after a normal tiring day i go to bed at 10pm to be ready for the next day so i barely get an hour for myself and during these holidays i ha donly one week to fully enjoy with family without touching the school topic.

If anything of what i said has already been said, i apologize as i did not read all 133 comments
08/22/2014 6:25 am
Level 20 : Expert Toast
also, how many times you heard on tv the sentenc: "teenagers are lazy"? I heard it many times, and most people think of us as lazy just because we are "young and strong", but what if we use all of our strength to do this homework? Please consider this
08/22/2014 12:40 am
Level 41 : Master Fish
Well, the majority of adults went through the same thing. I don't think they're going to lessen the load at all. When you graduate, it's just going to be harder. You don't work 8 hours a day at school. You have lunch break, and break between each period. Say school starts around 8, and ends at 3,  That's only 7 hours. -1 hour for lunch, and I won't count pass time. 6 hours of learning, not even always work. When you get a real job, you may be working 6-12 hour shifts. When that happens, then you can complain. Homework is nothing compared to that. I know you want to have a fun happy childhood like everyone else, but by Highschool you really need to prepare for after graduation.  Right now you could probably be doing your homework instead of writing a complaining blog, that isn't going to change anything. Then again, you're not in highschool, you're just in middle school as well (According to your profile). I HIGHLY doubt you spend that much time on your homework.
  Also, it doesn't take everyone that long to do their homework. It is a pain, but it's a bit exaggerated. 
On my normal schedule, i'd be:  
 -7 hours at school, not including club activities.
-3-4 hours of homework, depending on the load.
     Assuming you wake up around 6:30, and goto bed around 10:00, That's 15 1/2 hours. 15-7=  8. 8-31/2=  4 1/2.  That's 4 1/2 hours to do whatever you want (unless my simple math was wrong. Correct me if it is). 
  Homework can be very beneficial, if you put some effort into it.
Most people get lowered grades for not turning in there homework, or turning it in late. Which automatically decreases the grade, despite your answers. I'd suggest sitting down when you first get home from school (before you're sucked into the world of the internet) and just getting it done. If you need, ask someone for help. If no one in your family can, the internet if full of tutors who are willing to help for free. Even just Yahoo Answers can help. 
(Also, If anywhere in this overly long comment, I offended you I'm sorry, it wasn't my intention.)
08/23/2014 9:36 pm
Level 32 : Artisan Creeper
When you get a real job, you get paid. and no homework. but longer days would be kinda annoying. and no school holidays. i just scared myself. i now wanna become hobo joe.
08/24/2014 12:58 pm
Level 41 : Master Fish
And most of that money goes to bills, and taxes.
  :C I'm not excited.
08/22/2014 6:08 am
Level 55 : Grandmaster Lad
I live in Australia, school systems are a lot different, but you did clarify a few good points.
08/22/2014 12:05 am
Level 18 : Journeyman Programmer
Something something no homework at uni (at least, here in Queensland)

Something something stay in school kiddos!
08/21/2014 10:37 pm
Level 28 : Expert Ninja
I think homework is important and should be done.


Teachers sometimes expect us to bite off more than we can chew and not choke, metaphorically speaking. They expect us to not get sidetracked when we're doing homework. They expect us to not eat dinner at a normal speed and not stay up until midnight trying to get that /one problem/ right. They expect us to finish a load of homework in  24 hours (which is possible, indeed). They expect us to be perfect. Now I'm not saying all teachers do this, but there are teachers like this.

So is it really the homework? Or is it the amount and whom gives it to us?
08/21/2014 10:06 pm
Level 12 : Journeyman Dolphin
also instead of teaching us math and science and things they should teach us how to servive in the real world instead of the fake world that children imagine in they're minds
08/22/2014 12:43 am
Level 41 : Master Fish
Public schools teach every subject, so no matter what you chose to pursue, you'll have learned some of it before college, or whatever. Plus, you can't say the fake world children imagine, when you are most likely a child yourself.
08/21/2014 10:02 pm
Level 12 : Journeyman Dolphin
i think there should only be homework if you do not finish your work
08/21/2014 6:09 pm
Level 19 : Journeyman Geek
i think homework is used to help people learn about what they do in class and help them learn it better.
this is how i wished it worked: 
If you have to do homework for a spicific class it matters about your grade in that class.. 
this is how i think it should be for the grades: 
A: you dont have too but you can if you want (or for extra credit)
B: you only gotta do the really important homework like ones for tests and stuff
C: Important homework and maybe like 2 things of homework a week
D: Do all homework unless you know what you are talking about perfectly
F: do all of it. 
This is just MY opinion I think schools would be better this way...
08/22/2014 12:49 am
Level 41 : Master Fish
If they did that it'd ruin the purpose. 
For one, Teacher already offer homework for extra credit if you ask. You can probably miss an assignment on a day you're not feeling too up for it by just making it up with extra credit.
2. That's all homework. You're tested on things you learned in the past few weeks. 
3.  "Things" of homework isn't to specific, but I assume you mean like 1-2 assignments a week. And some weeks you only get that,  but I don't think that'd be enough of a review for every class. 
4.  If you know how to do it perfectly, it shouldn't even be a problem. It'll be quick and easy to get done.
5. assuming by do all of it, you mean something like "all of the above" but if you mean, do all your homework, That's a wonderful idea.
08/22/2014 5:35 am
Level 19 : Journeyman Geek
You make really good points but his is how i would prefer it because I have never gotten a D or a F in any class... The only reason why I get Cs is because I'm terrible at turning in homework... I do it but i dont really keep track of it... And when I said things i said that because some people do papers some do essays some colour things so idk what to call it XD
08/24/2014 1:01 pm
Level 41 : Master Fish
Mmm. Well I think we all have a way we'd prefer, but (in public schools mostly) we can't because they look at the whole of the students, rather than idividually. Though, theres project based schools and charter schools that sometimes run things differently. I used to go to a Project based school before I moved. I highly suggest going to one of those.
08/21/2014 6:09 pm
Level 9 : Apprentice Dragonborn
Homework is really only beneficial to those who lack the intelligence to do what it offers. While I struggle with things like fractions in mathematics, the homework never did anything but drag my grade down for each question I failed to do off of the 5 hours of sleep it allows me. When it comes to English assignments, I usually blow through them because I have no lack of knowledge on that topic, and I never learn anything from the homework given there. Either way; don't understand homework? Struggle with it, lose points on your grade. Understand it? Serves no purpose, it's stuff you already know.
08/22/2014 12:53 am
Level 41 : Master Fish
While I don't completely disagree with you, if you're struggling in certain topics, homework should be bringing it up. If it's been going on long enough to drag your grade down, you've probably had plenty of time to ask for help. You could even just look online for tutorials. Theres a ton of websites that give different ways of doing things, and you can just choose which one is easiest for you. 
And if you already understand it, It's a review to make sure you don't forget. Even if you know it now, you're likely to forget it within a year without using it often. 
For example, basic multiplication.
If you didn't use that stuff like everyday in math, you'd probably forget it, because you don't need to remember it right now. You're only reason to remember it right now, is so you can progress with math. If you progress with math, you pass, and you can graduate smoothly. Think, if you hadn't used it so much, what would you do then?
08/22/2014 12:43 pm
Level 9 : Apprentice Dragonborn
The things I do have yielded no luck with tutorials, and the only things teachers have ever given me when I asked for help was dumb looks.
08/24/2014 1:02 pm
Level 41 : Master Fish
Your school has some horrible teachers... But don't give up! Theres bound to be someone who is willing to help. If its a teacher or a classmate.
08/21/2014 6:01 pm
Level 22 : Expert Princess
No. Like the cane, homework is only kept in use by the weight of tradition. Homework should die out in the next hundred or thousand years.
08/22/2014 12:54 am
Level 41 : Master Fish
Reminds be of the movie Idiocracy.
08/21/2014 4:28 pm
Level 22 : Expert Nerd
Maybe I would get good grades on my homework if I didn't do it at 9 pm (and that's when I start)

Thanks for telling us to sign up for after school activites, school! I doubt i'll become a professional soccer player, but yknow, why not play for a grade? Oh wait, I DON'T GET GRADED ON THAT WHY ARE YOU REQUIRING THIS?
08/22/2014 12:57 am
Level 41 : Master Fish
1. Don't start you're homework at 9PM. It just makes it even worse. Do it when you first get home. Grab a snack or something, and just get it done. Shouldn't take long if you do it right after school, when your memory is fresh. 
2. Schools require physical activity for people who want to go to college for that. Schools are there to teach everyone a wide varierty of things so they can chose what they want to do. It helps you explore new things, and maybe you'll really like doing it. But, sadly, if you hate it utterly that's not their concern. They provided the knowledge, which is their job. It's not to make sure you're doing what you want in your school years. That's college.
08/21/2014 3:49 pm
Level 15 : Journeyman Network
I remember Homework, I've had none so far in College ;p
08/22/2014 12:02 am
Level 18 : Journeyman Programmer
fuckin' oath mate, I haven't done shit except work and game when I'm not at uni for lectures/tutorials!
08/21/2014 11:17 am
Level 46 : Master Gent
Homework actually has no purpose at all and we learn nothing from it.
08/21/2014 3:31 pm
Level 20 : Expert Skinner
I dissagree. Homework can help you practice, which is vital when taking a test.
08/21/2014 7:04 pm
Level 46 : Master Gent
How do you think the American Education system is, and how we are ranked 30 in science, and 20 in mathematics out of 50 countries around the world.

Why do students have to learn 7 different subjects a day when each subject is taught by 1 person? Do you get my point?
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