Nowadays, school is getting harder and harder and teens have more and more homework. A lot of times teens go to the internet to help them with their homework. However, does this actually benefit them?
Studies show that the internet is actually proving to limit students’ learning. Many times, when confronted with a math homework, such as “Find the roots of this equation” students will go on Google, and type in “root of an equation solver” which will allow them to type in the equation and get back an answer immediately. However, does the student actually learn anything? The student in this scenario found the answer to his homework question, but does not actually know how to apply the quadratic equation, for instance, to find the roots. A recent poll at Carlmont High School showed that 95% of students stated they used the Internet to help them with their homework, and almost all of them stated they learned “absolutely nothing” from their homework. A teacher interviewed also stated the worrisome trend of test grades going down for the last few years- however; he says that the same amount of people get A’s because tests have to be curved increasingly more.
In addition, surfing the internet too much also causes a bad social impact to easily-impressionable teens. The internet has adds and articles fraught with bad influences, such as stealing, shooting, and drugs. The less teens spend on the internet, the better.
However, how can this worrisome new trend be combated? Teachers have no control over if student’s use the internet to help them with their homework. However, a better method would be fore teachers to have more difficult tests and not curve test scores. This way, students will be forced to actually learn their information instead of looking for it online, or run the risk of failing out of their class. In the new high-tech world of the 2000s, it seems impossible to prevent teens from using the Internet, but there still seems to be a solution to not let it affect student’s learning.