Grades deducted, points taken off and detentions. These can be the effects of a failed computer project that students are assigned almost every week. Students, parents and teachers in Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School have different opinions on whether or not to have homework that involves lots of technology.
Some students in the school district may not have the resources at home to do computer projects or homework that involves computer or technology. Even though the school has adequate resources, like the computer lab and the library, for the students to use to complete their assignments, some students say that it is not enough. “I don’t think it is fair to those who don’t have computers at home even though there is a computer lab, because they may not get as much time to work as students who have computers at home,” said Sophie, an eighth grade student.
How can teachers make the work fair for the students who have computers and for the students who don’t? Alison, an eighth grader, proposed that the students with less resources should have extra time to do their work, but other students had a different view. “If the student doesn’t have a written explanation from a parent about why they don’t have the project then the teacher should take off points, because otherwise students will start slacking on their homework and any other assignments,” said Juliana, an eighth grade student.
Some parents, however, aren’t as concerned, saying that the school provides enough resources for the students. “The school has enough resources like the computer lab and library, for students to complete all their work on time. Students should get more computer work because then they become more prepared for the future, because in this modern day many people use computers, so the more exposure they get now the better it is for the students’ future,” said a parent that wanted to remain anonymous.
Teachers in the future are moving more towards computer work, “In social studies class most of our homework is on the computer,” said eighth grader Chandhi. “I have a website, and I really hope that students make best use of it ... the school has enough resources for students to use,” said math teacher Bill Hogan. “It just needs to be a balance.”
LCJSMS Panther Pulse is a column written by students at the Summit Middle School as part of their Digital Media program.