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The Homework Debate

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Dane Hanlon takes focused notes for his biology final. “I learned this note-taking strategy from AVID, a program which helps students take notes,” says Dane.

The true nature of homework and its use in school has been debated since it was made a requirement in public schools in 1986. However, recently, the value of homework and its effects on students has been highly questioned and criticized by students and researchers.
“I think a little homework can be beneficial, but most of the time, there is too much homework and it becomes unnecessary,” said freshman Kamran Alidaee.
Alidaee, an academic-oriented freshman who is taking two honors courses, believes that homework is helpful and positive only in small amounts, which is the most common opinion across Mission Hills High School students about homework. He asserts that just 30 minutes a day is perfect for memorization of the topic, and any more time spent on homework is stressful and unwarranted.
“Homework helps students develop good study habits and life skills. Being responsible for completing at-home assignments helps students practice organization, time management, following directions, critical thinking and independent problem-solving,” concluded a 2022 study by USD.
As the USD study stated, homework can be very beneficial in independent working and developing study habits. It is one of the best ways to learn how to work on things and problem-solve by yourself in a chosen study environment.
“I think school for most of our day is enough. We don’t have time to do sports or other activities after school with homework,” said freshman Zofia Dowd.
Dowd, a freshman with a busy schedule doing both Track & Field and Volleyball, brings up one of the most prominent drawbacks of having homework. With homework, one has less time to do activities they enjoy, and they have less time to do sports or spend time with family. Homework can also add stress due to putting pressure on one’s after school schedule.
In conclusion, homework can be very beneficial for students, but it can also be a stressor in their lives. While it helps with memorization and problem-solving skills, it leaves students less time to do what they want to do after a school day.

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Dane Hanlon
Dane Hanlon, Staff Writer
(He/Him) Dane Hanlon is a freshman at Mission Hills. He enjoys mountain biking, weight lifting, and hanging out with friends. He wants to get straight A’s this year.