Is Homework Necessary?

Connor Bailey, Centurion Staff

The debate over the value that homework contributes to students’ academic success has been a stormy topic for decades, with diverse opinions both for and against the additional workload.
Do students want to spend their day taking notes for hours at a time to then revisit their day of learning in the guise of homework?

The students at Bucks are torn between the benefits and drawbacks of homework. Some students think that homework can help you retain more information while other students believe that it’s a waste of time.

Physical Therapy major Monica Lotrene from Warminster believes that homework is overall beneficial. “We can all agree that homework sucks, but I feel like it’s something we all need,” she said. “Without homework students wouldn’t understand what was being taught.”

Professor of psychology at Duke University, Harris Cooper, says there is a positive correlation between homework and student advancement. “The correlation is much stronger in older student’s seventh grade and up. For younger students, the relationship was much weaker,” she stated on

Computer Science major Tom Hoelzel from Warminster is not in favor of homework. “From my experience homework was never helpful. It was more of a chore. I don’t feel I learned anything,” he said.
Hoelzel’s opinion is shared with European country, Finland.

Finland’s education system is regarded as one of the best in the world, yet they do not assign homework. Their graduation rate is 99 percent while America is below the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) average at 83 percent according to the National Center on Education and the Economy.

The OECD consists of 36 countries that promote economic progress.

Other nations are striving to adopt Finland’s philosophy of well-paid teachers, ample recess time, and no emphasis on homework. 66 percent of Finish students go on to higher education.
“I just never understood why homework is a thing,” said Justin Henderson, a Business major from Warminster. “You go to school six to seven hours, then are rewarded with more school work, the effects will only be negative.”

School Lane Charter School in Bensalem has adopted Finland’s philosophy of no homework to the delight of students and parents alike.
“School is a time to focus, learn, and grow. After school is a time to play and be a kid,” said CEO Karen Schade explained to parents at a meeting in 2016.
Will homework become an idea of the past, or will it continue to be the dread of all students? The debate continues to rage on