Homework Should Be Banned
Should students be given homework tasks to complete outside school? Or are such tasks pointless?
All the Yes points:
Homework has little educational worth and adds nothing to the time spent in school. some schools an…, homework is almost always done when a child is already tired from a long day at school. as a result…, setting homework does little to develop good study skills. it is hard to check whether the homework…, homework produces large amount of pointless work of little educational value, but marking it ties up…, homework puts students off learning. studies have shown that many children find doing homework very…, homework takes a lot of time up. being young is not just about doing school work. it should also a…, homework is a class issue. in school everyone is equal, but at home some people have advantages bec…, all the no points:, yes because….
Homework has little educational worth and adds nothing to the time spent in school. Some schools and some countries don’t bother with homework at all, and their results do not seem to suffer from it. Studies show that homework adds nothing to standardised test scores for primary/ elementary pupils. International comparisons of older students have found no positive relationship between the amount of homework set and average test scores. If anything, countries with more homework got worse results!
Homework is a vital and valuable part of education. There are only a few hours in each school day – not enough time to cover properly all the subjects children need to study. Setting homework extends study beyond school hours, allowing a wider and deeper education. It also makes the best use of teachers, who can spend lesson time teaching rather than just supervising individual work that could be done at home. Tasks such as reading, writing essays, researching, doing maths problems, etc. are best done at home, away from the distractions of other students.
Homework is almost always done when a child is already tired from a long day at school. As a result few students are at their best when they sit down in the evening to yet more work. Homework ends up being done in a hurry, by students fighting fatigue, and poor quality work is produced. Worse still, students who have been up late trying to finish off their homework, then come tired into school the next day, and so are less ready to learn. Really, what is the point?
Having homework also allows students to really fix in their heads work they have done in school. Doing tasks linked to recent lessons helps students strengthen their understanding and become more confident in using new knowledge and skills. For younger children this could be practising reading or multiplication tables. For older ones it might be writing up an experiment, revising for a test, reading in preparation for the next topic, etc.
Setting homework does little to develop good study skills. It is hard to check whether the homework students produce is really their own. Some students have always copied off others or got their parents to help them. But today there is so much material available on the internet that teachers can never be sure. It would be better to have a mixture of activities in the classroom which help students to develop a whole range of skills, including independent learning.
Homework prepares students to work more independently, as they will have to at college and in the workplace. Everyone needs to develop skills in personal organisation, working to deadlines, being able to research, etc. If students are always “spoon-fed” topics at school they will never develop study skills and self-discipline for the future.
Homework produces large amount of pointless work of little educational value, but marking it ties up much of teachers’ time. This leaves teachers tired and with little time to prepare more effective, inspiring lessons. The heavy workload also puts young graduates off becoming teachers, and so reduces the talent pool from which schools can recruit.
Teachers accept that marking student work is an important part of their job. Well planned homework should not take so long to mark that the rest of their job suffers, and it can inform their understanding of their students, helping them design new activities to engage and stretch them. As for recruitment, although teachers do often work in the evenings, they are not alone in this and they get long holidays to compensate.
Homework puts students off learning. Studies have shown that many children find doing homework very stressful, boring and tiring. Often teachers underestimate how long a task will take, or set an unrealistic deadline. Sometimes because a teacher has not explained something new well in class, the homework task is impossible. So children end up paying with their free time for the failings of their teachers. They also suffer punishments if work is done badly or late. After years of bad homework experiences, it is no wonder that many children come to dislike education and switch off, or drop out too early.
If homework puts students off learning, then it has been badly planned by the teacher. The best homework tasks engage and stretch students, encouraging them to think for themselves and follow through ideas which interest them. Over time, well planned homework can help students develop good habits, such as reading for pleasure or creative writing.
Homework takes a lot of time up. Being young is not just about doing school work. It should also about being physically active, exploring the environment through play, doing creative things like music and art, and playing a part in the community. It is also important for young people to build bonds with others, especially family and friends, but homework often squeezes the time available for all these things.
Again, just because some teachers are bad at setting homework that is not a reason to scrap it altogether. Homework needs to be well designed and should not take up all of students’ spare time. Recent American surveys found that most students in the USA spent no more than an hour a night on homework. That suggests there does not seem to be a terrible problem with the amount being set.
Homework is a class issue. In school everyone is equal, but at home some people have advantages because of their family background. Middle-class families with books and computers will be able to help their children much more than poorer ones can. This can mean working class children end up with worse grades and more punishments for undone or badly done homework. On the other hand pushy parents may even end up doing their kids’ homework for them – cheating. And homework is one of the most common causes of family arguments.
Education is a partnership between the child, the school and the home. Homework is one of the main ways in which the student’s family can be involved with their learning. Many parents value the chance to see what their child is studying and to support them in it. And schools need parents’ support in encouraging students to read at home, to help with the practising of tables, and to give them opportunities to research new topics.
Teachers don’t understand the students’ pain and struggle they are going through, they just assign some exercises, look at the solution and present it the next day.
Students spend up to a third of their day working hard at school; they deserve to have a break. Not only do students deserve to have a break, but they also deserve to have time for themselves to indulge in extracurricular activities like, sports, music, and swimming, etc. So homework must be banned
Homework should be giving as much as the student can take but not so much that students will have bad filling about books.
I think that kids like me spend a lot of time playing video games . I also think that some kids get torn by homework especially during quarantine. Kids are forced to do school from home and homework from home as well. This can be hours and hours of work and can be very stressful.
If you keep your mind fully on studies you don’t need o do homework but if you don’t follow the class then you need to do homework as it makes us revise what you have studied in school but obviously the sclools give us a lot homework in our holidays which is not needed.But what if your child has not understood a thing in school? if you do homework the child will ask you the thing that he has not understood.So homework is needed but not always.
at the top it looks like shes crying of homework that is just toter
i dont like it because it is a waste of time plus no one cares about it thats why it is boring
i think homewrok is waste of time because you might get stressed and it just takes away time with your family
Homework should be a choice. School is already stressing enough and students need to be able to have a life outside of school so they can relax and not have to worry about school anymore. If a student needs help then they could ask for some extra work in order to be able to help themselves.
Kids, remember that homework is a waste of time, its just extra work school gives you
you are so right
I don’t think it is right in many situations. You see, homework are meant to make you better, not worse, but too much is just tiring.
who said it was making you worse?
But Homework Does More Bad Than Good. Many Even Try Suicide Because Of Homework.
Then how teachers will understand that which student did understand the lesson and which one not?? . Homework is the way to understand that which student is improving and which one is not. Who lazy and bad student they talk like that.
Well the 7-8 hours that students are already in school apparently doesn’t let them do a ten minute knowledge check on the topic.
homework should be banned from schools because it makes students very tired . It puts more pushers on the child and the child does not wasn’t to do it . The child is already tired from school and they get more work . It is very stressful for a child Excess homework causes children to feel ‘burnt out’ Do you thing my worth opponent is excess of homework good for a child? No it is not good for a child as it leads to coping and negative attitude in them it ruins the child’s life. its also a waste of time. you could be doing something you love like hanging with your friends, or spending quality time with your family homework takes all the time . homework is an unnecessary pain to parents, teachers, and most of all, students. Homework is worthless. It does nothing but creates a monstrous picture of our studies in our minds
uhm what is homework ???
i have homework and find that it has help me a lot with my school work. i believe that some teachers are the cause of not liking homework but you never really know. personally i love homework and think it shouldn’t be banned
I just wanted to say that I had an exam question received late at night which i had forgotten about, about the topic of homework being banned. THIS SAVED MY FRICKING LIFE! THANK YOU WHOEVER MADE THIS!
So you plagiarized?
well, thank you for the comments and opinions it totally helps a lot to make a research about “banning homework”
I am a 5th grade student. Simply put, I absolutely HATE homework! It is stressful and leaves me no time to independently read! (I love to read) I did some research, and found that countries/states with no homework don’t do bad, but actually do good. Finland has banned homework, yet it is deemed the “happiest country” and comes at the top of exams. Ban homework!!!
I’m in 6th grade and I agree with you all except reading I like games
Personally, I don’t quite have the same opinion. It’s different for everyone. I also dislike homework, but I have to do it because I think it’s important
In my opinion, homework should not be banned entirely. The workload should be lessened. Often times, the amount of work children have to do can deprive them of sleep, which can lead to many negative side effects such as depression. Often times, the children at the schools I’ve been to have had to drink coffee or other caffeinated beverages to get through the day, and needed melatonin to sleep, just to wake up 4 hours later. This is mainly due to the homework weighing down on them. Homework should still be assigned in schools, but the amount of homework given to students should be lessened.
here is a summary of whats above about why homework should be banned. I added a few things. Also, its in my own words so if anybody wants it for their school classwork they can copy it and put it in their classwork.
I think homework should be banned. Because first it’s hard to see if a student homework is really done by himself. Second many people copy other friend work and get many helps from their families. It would be much better to have a mixture of work (activities) in the class which will help the student to develop skills which includes learning independently. Also, there is evidence, did you know that an estimated of 17 percent of kids don’t do their homework. And an estimated 20 percent of kids copy their homework from other students. Moreover, did you know that over 70% of kids don’t like to do their homework. Even a famous Author named Justin Coulson does want homework to be banned. He said, “They spend enough time in class.”
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i think either classwork or homework should be banned cause in my country you have to do like atleast 4 homeworks ( do note that i am in 6th) and on average per day you hae to do 6 homeworks plus whatever extra work your teacher gives you ( unless they are nice like my eng teacher ). schoolwork consumes 6 HOURS of my screen time plus 2 or 1 hour of hw screentime. i am a lucky kid cause i can do 11 homeworks in 1 day but that is just not fair. my hobbie is ti play games and stream that but parents say that it takes up 3 hours of my time. one question i ask you, doesnt school take up doeble the fricking time schoo – 6hours + 1 hour of hw + 1 hour of extraa work. games = 3 hours ( at max ) + 1 hour of tv ( i watch like once in a week ) now you only tell me what is affecting my health more, school or games ? i wake up late at 830 thinking that today is a good day but all of a sudden school f@#ks with me and screws me up.
schoo – 6hours + 1 hour of hw + 1 hour of extraa work.this
We are doing a debate for school on whether we should have homework or not so me and my group decided to search it up. 😉
i believe it shouldnt be “banned” as im a kid. i sometimes enjoy homework, sometimes i don’t. but i believe its not all positive. i get done with online school, i do my homework, but man am i exhausted. i think homework should only be done as a punishment.
Yes, I am always against the motion.
Your having fun then ur mom asks “have you done your homework yet!”
It turns out, homework was made as a punishment by an Italian pedagog Roberto Nevilis for his students. So for those who disagree that homework should not be banned, have empathy for students who have to take up their social time only for homework. Like many people commented, it’ll waste their childhood.
STOP THE HOMEWORK STOP THE HOMEWORK STOP THE HOMEWORK STOP THE HOMEWORK
ofc it should be banned. I spend HOURS a day trying to complete a simple math problem because my brain was fried at school. school is the majority of my day. I dont want to spend the little time I have with my busy parents and busier siblings alone doing friggin spanish or something. Optional homework is fine, since that is available for the people who have time for it. But for people like me who have siblings to look after and dinner to cook, adding homework to the mix is too much. And now with covid, the workload DOUBLED. fall of 2020 better be better because this spring just wasnt it. Before you fuck up my brain and drive me crazy, please think about how we are entering high school and thats just a little stressful. Think about how we have responsibilites. smh
Please don’t use insult words.
homework is the worst
I hate homeworks
Homework shouldn’t be ban, but too much homework should. No more then an hour of homework. Kids can’t handle that stress like adults can.
uhm. no HOMEWORK! HOMEWORK IS GONNA MAKE US SUICIDE IF WE CONTINUE THIS. AHHHHHHHHHHH
Don’t you know that homework is a punishment? Look it up. You shouldn’t be doing school at home. You should be doing school at school. Just a little homework is still considered a punishment. I hope homework doesn’t become a regular thing, oh wait it is.
hw’s so bad ,i hate hw✄
Homework should be banned it should be banned you telling me that they don’t have “enough time” to learn what they need to learn. It takes time out of a students life. You people say that childhood is most precious Well how can they have one if they are spending hours upon hours on homework. It waste their free time and their parents time to spend on them. Is homework that important to take away a Childs freedom huh. huh explain it explain it I want to know. homework is a waste of time Childhood is something you can’t get back. 8th grade has already made it to were I might have a mental breakdown. Yes I am a 8th grader so your hearing the opinion of one. Homework should be banned. I spend 8 hours at school and 3 hours on homework even more. Why should school have the authority to stick its fucking fingers in my lives and other students. Its no wonder why students our stressed and mentally unstable. Home should be a time to spend time with family, relaxing, maybe spend a hour or hour and thirty or so to have me time. These are the many reasons why my school system and others are fucked up. so get your fucking head on straight when you think about whether homework is good for kids or not
I also forgot that some parents don’t care I live with my grandparents and my Nana once said to me that this was more important than eating and that point if I run away its she needs to know its her fault
Homework should be limited if not banned. I’m in 6th grade and have a mental breakdown at least once a week. I get about 10 pieces of homework A DAY. I get home from school at 3 and am working on homework till 8. I get to spend about 10 MINUTES with my family before going to bed.
Limited? It should be banned. Pretty stupid for a 6th grader.
I’m in 5th grade. I have to study 7th grade work. :(
It turns out, homework was made as a punishment by an Italian pedagog Roberto Nevilis for his students. So for those who disagree that homework should not be banned, have empathy for students who have to take up their social time only for homework. Like many people commented, it’ll waste their childhood.
whos the author
What is school for if all the learning is done at home?
Its not school its just work!
i hate homework.
me too teachers suck
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I really do think that homework should be banned. First off kids work 8 hours in school and they have to do homework right when they get home. A lot of kids stress doing homework when they get home because they wan’t to spend their free time.
I think that homework should be banned cause as a senior in high school I can honestly say that this has been my best year yet without worrying about the amount of homework and how long it would take me. I have done better this year because the lack of homework has taken a lot of stress off and has given me time to work on assignments that we do in class and get ahead. SO yeah I think homework should be banned.
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Thanks for hearing me out yours truly, alex
Homework Should Be Banned Yes because… Homework is almost always done when a child is already tired from a long day at school. As a result… Homework is almost always done when a child is already tired from a long day at school. As a result few students are at their best when they sit down in the evening to yet more work. Homework ends up being done in a hurry, by students fighting fatigue, and poor quality work is produced. Worse still, students who have been up late trying to finish off their homework, then come tired into school the next day, and so are less ready to learn. Really, what is the point?
Homework is practice. But too much is no good. At the same time, it every student of mine has 30 minutes of homework from each lesson he attends in a day, it adds up to 3 thirds of his school day, leaving little room to explore other interests. I also believe that teachers need to add value to the cirriculum by adding things that are left out, like how to learn, using imagination and teaching budgeting, house work and other subjects deemed unsuitable for class environment.
It’s not a practice it’s a punishment.
i think homework should be banned because statistics show that homework can cause disengage students from families and cause anxiety/depression
Finland is known as the happiest country in the world for students and thats because kids arent even given a hint of homework and the graduation rate is 93% while in the US kids are given 50 minutes of homework a day and the graduation rate is 73% what does that tell you about the effect of homework
That tells us nothing about the effect of homework. There may be correlation, but that does not mean causation.
bruh.. its a website on why homework should be BANNED not the effects of homework
homework should be banned because it causes unnecessary stress
In China, every student should do homework for 2 to 3 hours.
Shut up and go to China.
BRO you guy only need 2-3 hours in Vietnam we have to do it more than 3.5 hours :P
Alright, I’m here at finland, and I live here, and I go to school. You see, there’s alot of homework. And extra in quarentine. So, the “kids arent even given a hint of homework” is kinda false. We DO get homework. Alot actually, if I say so myself. But it’s not alot. I can deal with it.
Stop spreading false information.
Finally someone with a brain.
U r angílina harry ?
it more like anywhere from 1- 8 hours of homework jsut depends on the day and the teacher
Reason 1: Studies tell us that homework doesn’t help us at all on standardised test scores for elementary students. International comparisons of students that are older have noticed no good relationship between the amount of homework set and average test scores. Also countries that have more homework have worse results on tests! So if you get worse results on your test, what’s the point?
Reason 2: Homework is mostly done when a child is already tired from School. The result is that few students are are ready for homework when they sit down in the evening to . Homework ends up being done in a hurry, by students fighting fatigue, and poor quality work is produced. Even worse , students who have stayed up late trying to finish their homework, come to school tired, and are less ready for work. So really, what is the point? That’s why homework should be banned.
Homework takes away from family time. If your son/daughter is so tierd after school and they have to do homework and don’t do good u would want too help and that’s cheeting. Then you cant do family stuff like play games together or eat diner together. Homework is like a dementor, sucking tha happiness out of life
homework gives self-confidence and self-motivation to a student to do well.it checks our ability and capacity to do well
In other words, destroys our self confidence
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Homework is almost always done when a child is already tired from a long day at school. As a result few students are at their best when they sit down in the evening to yet more work
all homework does is just help you redo the hard lesson ALL OVER AGAIN and barely even helps you. a school that abolished homework didn’t suffer from it, and a school with more homework got worse grades! it also makes it hard for teachers to prepare for learning just from marking homework. what is the point of doing one hard page of homework when you barely even get celebrated for it? its just pointless work for hours instead of going outside to play, doing creative things like music and art, helping your friends and family or watching TV and playing video games.
Homework Shouldn’t be banned It improves your child’s thinking and memory. It helps your child develop positive study skills and habits that will serve him or her well throughout life.
NO, it doesn’t If there is one person you need to hear from about homework, It’s kids who actually have homework. Homework has done nothing good for me except for putting pressure on me and when I don’t do it, my grades go down even when I do well in class it’s just the homework that hurts kid’s grades for no reason.
That is not true because they need to spend time with family as well as that they also need excersice so you are wrong and I don’t think anyone would disagree with my dession.
How does it improve children’s thinking and memory? How does it help them develop positive study skills if they have to miss out on family time, sport etc. The only thing that would do is make children hate homework for taking them away from other activities.
This is more disliked than the reply I said was the most disliked.
MY friend, you have chosen the wrong place to talk about your opinion :P
I think homework should be banned the students do enough work in class. Another reason is I believe it takes away from time spent with family,friends,sports or even just playing outside.
Statistics show that homework causes: -Stress,headaches,stomach problems -Also arguments between parents and children -Lack of sleep -Can affect “physical health” and “mental health” -Less than 1% of students say homework is not a stressor.
In some countries teachers don’t bother giving homework and their results turn out to be perfectly fine!
I have anxiety cause of overwhelming homework and I sleep at 3:00am finishing it. Sometimes I don’t even do it and that what makes my grades suffer. If it weren’t for homework, I would probably get better grades
Homework should be banned because not all families have good educational facilities and students have also varying family pressure. The often work on errands and not always get adequate time. Also many schools give very hard topics in homework.
Homework should be banned as our children do enough in school… there is too much pressure on children to grow up quick, they do not get the time to rest, have fun and be children… I would also like to add when it comes to after school or weekends I like to spend quality time as a family doing fun things not push them into doing additional school work that is what teachers are paid for and to do in school time!!
Homework shouldn’t take so long as to hardly spend any family quality time together. Each school is different in the amount of homework they give, and if a school is giving a lot of homework, that should be changed, and it should be lessened, but not banned. If it’s banned, then what are they going to do all day? Just play with no intellectual mind whatsoever? How will that prepare them for the real world? Not to mention, summer break, winter break, fall break, and spring break is a time of relaxation. What’s the harm in giving homework on school days. After all, school is a place of education, and if the homework is given correctly and efficiently, it shouldn’t be a problem.
if school is a place of education why should a home be the same? and clearly you forgot about holiday homework, which turns a relaxing break into a time of stress as these assignments often take much longer to complete. and also that, in the UK at least) only 12 weeks of a year are spent in breaks which means 76% percent of a year is spent in school and doing homework. and not to mention the time teachers say homework takes is often underestimated.
The problem is, homework ISN’t given correctly and efficiently… Secondly, whose job is it to help children learn? The government? No, it’s the parents job to look after their children. If the children are ‘playing with no intellectual mind whatsoever’, who’s job is it to fix that? Certainly not the government…
Excuse me? Did you get say
“Not to mention, summer break, winter break, fall break, and spring break is a time of relaxation. What’s the harm in giving homework on school days.”
Well obviously YOU haven’t had the packets and packets of the homework that my teachers have given me on those “ times of relaxation “. So next time, maybe refresh your memory.
homework should be either an option or banned because children are kept up late trying to finish it.Those how do finish are tired and grumpy and will most likely get growled at and those how don’t finish will either get a growling or detention and or is tired. When kids do homework they don’t get time for there self and to top it off they won’t get time to do anything when at college and high school.
School equal? You must be insane.
Homework is not worthless guys.Homework is such a thing that helps us to check our abilities.It also helps us to revise the lectures of school.If anyone says that they do not get time to play or spend time with their family than manage yourself.Make a time table and follow it.Homework also teaches us to tackle with the suitation .If anyone rather says that he/she got glasses because of this homework than just think that getting glasses by using electronic things is more good than getting glasses than studying ?? just think with calm mind!! and write what you feel about……..
how would you manage yourself with such little time i mean if you get about 30 minutes of homework for each class 30 times 7 is 3 1/2 hours and if you get home at 3 then it is 6:30 when you are done ad you also have to eat i go to bed at 7.
Homework is worthless.It does nothing but creates a monstrous picture of our studies in our minds. Albert Einstein once said “Imagination rules the world but our current educational system has changed the word “imagination” with “education”. Moreover, Albert Einstein also said that “Playing is the highest form of research” so we should first focus on laying which leads to creativity. And through creativity, we can automatically have knowledge; the knowledge we get through playing will forever be cherished not the knowledge we get through mountains of memorizing
Homework is turning children into couch potatoes as they spend an increasing amount of their time in their bedrooms instead of playing outside
I am currently a sophomore and I have to deal with homework on a day to day basis, plus the additional packet I must complete every week. It is not hard but it is very time consuming and I barely spend time with anymore. I am to the point of bring too and I’m constanly having suicidal thoughts. I can’t do this anymore.
I know its hard and i know it sucks, but hang in there. You’ve got only got a few more years left but at the same time you don’t have to look at this as a completely terrible time, life is a journey not a destination. What that means is that you should not expect the future to hold bliss. Every single moment is one which you can enjoy. Happiness is a state, be open to it and it will come. So what do you wanna do Now? do you have a hobby? Maybe you wanna read that book. you do that! Hang out with some pals? Go right ahead. Learn something new? what are you waiting for?! Live life in the Now, the best way you know how. That will automatically benefit your future as well. Now, a lot of people say, work hard. I say work efficiently. Try and get your homework done in as little time as possible, with effective output. Using methods of effective work: I highly recommend watching Thomas Frank on you tube for this.
Good luck :)
Homework is an unecesary pain to parents, teachers, and most of all, students. it causes disfunction in mental health, and could even effect families private lives. its also a waste of time. you could be doing something you love like hanging with your friends, or spending quality time with your family, but NO! honestly… i dont think homework should be banned… i think it should be optional. i hope you found this helpful.
Homework is almost always done when a child is already tired from a long day at school. As a result few students are at their best when they sit down in the evening to yet more work. Homework ends up being done in a hurry, by students fighting fatigue, and poor quality work is produced. Worse still, students who have been up late trying to finish off their homework, then come tired into school the next day, and so are less ready to learn. Really, what is the point
I think homework is a bad learning tool for multiple reasons: A)If the student can do the homework than it was a large waste of time. B) if the student cannot do the homework, they would ask thier parents for help, therefore makeing the homework usless for the fact that the parent did the homework. C) if the student cannot do the homework and does not do it, that will lower thier grades without learning what the right the right thing to do, therefore makeing the homework usless.
Homework is a class issue. In school everyone is equal, but at home some people have advantages because of their family background. Middle-class families with books and computers will be able to help their children much more than poorer ones can. This can mean working class children end up with worse grades and more punishments for undone or badly done homework. On the other hand pushy parents may even end up doing their kids’ homework for them – cheating. And homework is one of the most common causes of family arguments
I don’t know if homework should be banned completely, but it most certainly should be lessened. Kids are coming home with hours of homework and no time to have social relationships. Homework should be optional. If a student is struggling they can choose to do homework, but if they aren’t struggling they don’t need to waste their time doing home that doesn’t help them.
i think its a no because its part of the education and its like practicing what you’ve learnt. hope you guys are thinking the same way.
Why would we be thinking the same?
If the kids didn’t get the topic by the end of class then they should have homework, but if they did understand it, then what it the point of having it. That just takes up their time to spend time with friends or family. Why should kids get homework on weekends as well? The weekends are the days when kids actually get to do something besides school, they get to have fun or rest. And they should be aloud to do that. The kids go to school to learn and do good quality work, but when they do work at home they just do sloppy work and don’t get a lot of the questions right. And that is because they have other things to do. Homework should be band.
Homework can cause actual pain. Yes, that´s right. Lugging around that 10-20 pound book bag everyday can cause severe back, shoulder, and neck pains, and could even possibly lead to something worse. Every time I bring home my book bag from school, it weighs around 15 pounds with all of the homework inside of it. Please NO MORE HOMEWORK
Most schools now do homework on computers provided by the school, or they have block schedules, that way the student doesn’t have to carry as much around with them. Homework is normally a few papers, and maybe a book. If you really have that much pain, only take the things for the classes you need that day. Also, be sure to be using a backpack with two straps and not a messenger bag.
Undoubtedly, homework hinders learning. There are only 3 outcomes possible when doing homework: A) You do the homework, proving you were able to do it in the first place and the work was therefore unnecessary B)You do the homework even though you were unable to do so, thus learning to solve the problem the wrong way. C) You do not do the homework because you were unable, and therefore did not learn anything.
I disagree with this point, especially with point b. There is a textbook and the internet for a reason. A student can find out how to do it. Resources exist. Therefore, your point C becomes the student’s problem. Now to attack A. If the person already knows the topic, he or she still needs practice. For example, practice reduces occurrence of mistakes. My test scores have significantly improved once I started doing homework, even though I already and always knew the concept. Also, the voting system is biased, as all pro homework stuff have negative votes.
Now you for your response on point A I disagree because You don’t really need to practice If you’ve already been practicing the whole day in school and you’re not going to forget the whole topic in one day.
sorry but homework is gay
Homework or rather busy work is not as useful of a tool as it may seem. There is no clear evidence supporting the claim that homework improves the grades or the understanding of the students
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I think homework should be banned because at first kids think “let’s get this over with.” Then later on they realize all of that was for nothing because sure it prepares you for the test but what about the hours you spent on 1 page of homework!
Homework can affect both students’ physical and mental health. According to a study by Stanford University, 56 percent of students considered homework a primary source of stress. Too much homework can result in lack of sleep, headaches, exhaustion and weight loss.
Homework should be banned.
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Homework and Its Role in Constructive Pedagogy
The site contains research and statistics on both sides of the homework debate.
Homework: a task set by teachers for students to complete outside of the time allotted for a normal school day.
Banned: Disallow homework in K-8 grades in the U.S. public schools
Homework produces large amount of pointless work of little educational value, but marking it ties up much of teachers’ time. Add in correcting it and the time it takes up in class going over it. Altogether, this leaves teachers tired and with little time to prepare more effective, inspiring lessons. Also, reversely, homework can function as a safety net for bad teachers in that they know that even if they do a poor job on their lessons and teaching during class they can always just pile on homework and hope that they can then use this as a sign that they are good teachers. A good teacher shouldn’t need to resort to homework to teach for them, which is why homework is unfair to the teachers who don’t need to assign it while the bad ones who do get credit for that from their employers.
“Teachers in many of the nations that outperform the U.S. on student achievement tests--such as Japan, Denmark and the Czech Republic--tend to assign less homework than American teachers, but instructors in low-scoring countries like Greece, Thailand and Iran tend to pile it on,” Time Magazine, The Myth About Homework
Homework de-motivates kids to learn. Most see it as a consequence of going to school. Studies have shown that many children find doing homework very stressful, boring and tiring. Often teachers underestimate how long a task will take, or set an unrealistic deadline. Sometimes because a teacher has not explained something new well in class, the homework task is impossible. So children end up paying with their free time for the failings of their teachers. They also suffer punishments if work is done badly or late. After years of bad homework experiences, it is no wonder that many children come to dislike education and switch off, or drop out too early.
"It's one thing to say we are wasting kids' time and straining parent-kid relationships, but what's unforgivable is if homework is damaging our kids' interest in learning, undermining their curiosity." The Homework Myth by Alfie Kohn.
The Homework Myth by Alfie Kohn.
Homework is discriminatory in that it gives unfair advantages to certain types of people depending on their home environment. In school everyone is equal, but home is a different story. Middle-class families with books and computers will be able to help their children much more than poorer families can. This can mean working class children end up with worse grades and more punishments for undone or badly done homework. On the other hand pushy parents may even end up doing their kids’ homework for them – cheating. Even worse, kids who live in an abusive or volatile home environment (something completely out of the kids control) end up having their homework counting against them and compared to kids who benefit from doing work at home.
Common sense; there are plenty of homes where education is not the #1 priority and some where it is. This imbalance only comes out with homework and skewers results unfairly.
Homework takes up a lot of time, usually enough to push off many extracurricular a student might want to do. Being young is not just about doing schoolwork. It should also about being physically active, exploring the environment through play, doing creative things like music and art, and playing a part in the community. It is also important for young people to build bonds with others, especially family and friends, but homework often squeezes the time available for all these things.
According to the American Educational Research Association released this statement: “Whenever homework crowds out social experience, outdoor recreation, and creative activities, and whenever it usurps time that should be devoted to sleep, it is not meeting the basic needs of children and adolescents.”
Alos, Curt Dudley-Marlin, a professor at Boston College, interviewed dozens of families and found that, “the demands of homework disrupted…family relationships and led to stress and conflict.”
American Educational Research Association
Homework has little educational worth and adds nothing to the time spent in school. Some schools and some countries don’t bother with homework at all, and their results do not seem to suffer from it. Studies show that homework adds nothing to standardized test scores for primary/ elementary pupils. International comparisons of older students have found no positive relationship between the amount of homework set and average test scores. If anything, countries with more homework got worse results!
Harris Cooper, of Duke University, found that students in middle school who do more than 60-90 min. a night perform worse on standardized tests than those who do 20-30 min. a night.
Homework does little to develop good study skills. First off, many children, after a long and hard school day, end up plagiarizing off of either another student’s work or a professional manuscript. With the Internet, copying has just been made easier. All a student has to do is copy and paste a few paragraphs onto a blank word document and they have their report. This isn’t even considering the massive input parents have on their child’s homework, ranging from checking over answers to even writing a paper for their child. All of this is extremely prevalent in today’s society, and it makes teachers spend ten times as much effort deciding whether a student created a paper or copied off some one else than actually grading the work. Therefore, homework should be banned due to these unavoidable consequences that occur with it.
The pressure to complete homework can also lead to students cheating by copying from other students or obtaining help other than tutoring, such as getting their parents to complete it for them. Students who “perceive that achievement is defined by schools and teachers in terms of grades and performance, worry about school, and believe they can get rewards for doing well in class such as getting out of homework" are more likely to cheat, and to "avoid using deep level cognitive processing strategies such as trying different ways to solve a problem." The American Psychological Association (1998)
The American Psychological Association (1998)
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21 Reasons Why Homework Should Be Banned
The homework debate has strong arguments on both sides. Commonly-cited reasons why homework should be banned include the idea that it is often counterproductive, stifles students’ creativity, and limits their freedom outside the classroom.
Students already have up to 7 hours of schoolwork to complete 5 days a week; adding more contributes to increased anxiety, burnout, and overall poor performance.
But arguments for homework include the fact it does increase student grades (Cooper, Robinson & Patall, 2006), it instils discipline, and it helps to reinforce what was learned into long-term memory.
The following are common arguments for banning homework – note that this is an article written to stimulate debate points on the topic, so it only presents one perspective. For the other side of the argument, it’s worth checking out my article on the 27 pros and cons of homework .
Reasons Why Homework Should Be Banned
1. it contributes to increased anxiety.
If there’s one word that describes middle-school and high-school students, it’s anxiety. In my homework statistics article , I cite research showing that 74% of students cite homework as a source of stress.
They have so much to juggle, from the novelty of adolescence to the realization that they must soon start preparing for college and their life after (Pressman et al., 2015).
It’s a lot to manage, and adding homework that reduces their free time and makes them even more restricted is downright harmful. The natural outcome of this dogpile of pressure is anxiety, and many students often feel overwhelmed, both by the hours and hours of coursework in a day and the extensive homework they are assigned (Galloway, Conner & Pope, 2013).
Because teachers often don’t communicate with one another over curricula, major assignments can overlap such that students have to tackle numerous large projects at once, which contributes to severe anxiety over good grades.
In response to this, some students check out of school entirely, letting their academic future go to waste. While, of course, it’s not fair to strawman and say that homework is to blame for all these cases, it may indeed by a contributing factor.
2. It Offers Less Social Time
Homework cuts out free time. Children already spend the better part of their day learning in a school environment, and when they come home, they need to socialize.
Whether it’s family or friends, a social balance is important. Depending on the coursework they’re assigned, homework can detrimentally affect students’ social life, which feed back into more of our first gripe about homework: its anxiety-inducing nature.
Furthermore, social time is extremely important for children to grow up well-balanced and confident. If a child is highly intelligent (book smart) but lacks to social skills we might call street smarts , they may struggle in adulthood.
3. It Detracts from Play Time
Play is extremely important for children’s physical, social, and cognitive development . In fact, children naturally learn through play .
So, when children get home from school, they need a few hours to play. They’re actually learning when playing! If playing with friends, they’re learning social skills; but playing alone also stimulates creative and analytical thinking skills.
Play is also a different type of learning than the learning that commonly happens at school. So, allowing children to play at home gives their brain a break from ‘school learning’ and lets them learn through active and even relaxing methods.
4. It Discourages Physical Exercise and Contributes to Obesity
Exercise is an important part of life for everyone, but especially for children. Developing a positive self-image and disciplining oneself is an important skill to learn, one that becomes much more difficult when homework is in the picture.
Homework can demand a lot of attention that kids could be spending exercising or socializing. These two important life pursuits can be left by the wayside, leaving students feeling confused, depressed, and anxious about the future.
Physical exercise should be considered a key feature of a child’s holistic development. It helps keep children healthy, can reduce anxiety, and support healthy immune systems. It also helps with physical development such as supporting fine and gross motor skills .
In fact, some scholars (Ren et al., 2017) have even identified excessive homework as a contributing factor for childhood obesity.
5. It Disrupts Sleep Patterns
Everyone knows the trope of a college student staying up late to finish their homework or cram for a test.
While it would be unfair to credit homework exclusively for an unhealthy sleep schedule, the constant pressure to finish assignments on time often yields one of two results.
Students can either burn the midnight oil to make sure their homework is done, or they can check out of school entirely and ignore their academic interests. Neither is an acceptable way to live.
This point is particularly pertinent to teenagers. They are not lazy; teens need 12-13 hours of sleep every day because their bodies are changing so dramatically.
To pile additional homework on them that interferes with the circadian rhythm is not just unhelpful—it may be downright harmful (Yeo et al., 2020).
6. It Involves Less Guidance
If there’s one thing that’s beneficial about the in-person learning experience, it’s the ability to raise one’s hand and let the teacher know when something is unclear or difficult to understand.
That handheld process isn’t available for homework; in fact, homework matters little in the grand scheme of learning. It’s just busywork that’s supposed to help students consolidate their knowledge.
In reality, homework becomes something that students resent and can fill them with feelings of frustration—something that would be much more readily addressed if the same content was covered in-person with a teacher to guide the student through the assignment.
7. It’s Regularly Rote Learning
In most subjects, homework isn’t reflective of the skills students need to learn to thrive in the workforce. Instead, it often simply involves rote learning (repetition of tasks) that is not seen as the best way to learn.
A main goal of education is to train up vocational professionals with defined skills. But more often than not, homework winds up as a bland set of word problems that have no basis in the real world.
Walking through real-world examples under the guidance of a teacher is much more beneficial to student learning.
8. It Can Detract from a Love of Learning
If you know what it’s like to doze off during a boring class or meeting, then you can relate to the difficulty students have paying attention in class.
That motivation starts to dwindle when students must complete assignments on their own time, often under immense pressure.
It’s not a healthy way to inspire kids to learn about different subjects and develop a love of learning.
Students already need to sit through hours and hours of class on end in-person. This learning time should be used more effectively to eliminate the need for home.
When children finally get out of class at the end of the day, they need to socialize and exercise, not spend even longer staring at a book to complete a bunch of unhelpful practice questions.
9. It Convolutes the Subject
Another important consideration about homework is that it can often be counterproductive.
That’s because teachers don’t always use the full curriculum material for their teaching, and they may choose to develop their own homework rather than to use the resources offered by the curriculum provider.
This homework can often be off-subject, extremely niche, or unhelpful in explaining a subject that students are studying.
Students who don’t understand a subject and don’t have resources to rely on will eventually give up. That risk becomes even more prevalent when you factor in the scope, complexity, and type of assignment.
Students need to be taught in a safe environment where they can feel free to ask questions and learn at their own pace. Of course, there’s no fairytale way to perfect this ideal, but what is clear is that homework is not beneficial to the learning environment for many students.
10. It’s Not What Kids Want
Lastly, homework should be banned because it’s generally not what students want. From elementary to college level, most students harbor some sort of resentment towards homework.
It might be easy to dismiss this to say that the students “aren’t living in the real world.” The truth of the matter is that the real world is a lot more nuanced, creative, and diverse than the repetitive, broad, and often stagnant homework.
It’s easy to understand why most students wish that more time in school had been spent on learning how to live rather than trying to figure out how many apples Johnny had. Subjects like car maintenance, entrepreneurship, computer skills, socialization, networking, tax filing, finances, and survival are touched on at best and ignored at worst.
It’s not enough for students to be able to regurgitate information on a piece of paper; in the end, the education system should teach them how to be self-sufficient, something that might be much easier to do if resources were divested from homework and poured into more beneficial subject material.
Consider these 11 Additional Reasons
- Decreases time with parents – Homework may prevent parents and children from spending quality time together.
- Hidden costs – Families often feel pressure to purchase internet and other resources to help their children to complete their homework.
- Is inequitable – some children have parents to help them while others don’t. Similarly, some children have internet access to help while others don’t (see: Kralovec & Buell, 2001).
- Easy to cheat – Unsupervised homework time makes it easy for children to simply cheat on their work so they can get on with play time!
- Lack of downtime – Children need time where they aren’t doing anything. Time that is unstructured helps them to develop hobbies and interests .
- Detracts from reading – Children could be spending their time reading books and developing their imaginations rather than working on repetitive homework tasks.
- Take up parental time – Parents, who have just spent all day working, are increasingly expected to spend their time doing ‘teaching’ with their children at home.
- Discourages club membership – If children are too busy with homework, they may not be able to join clubs and sporting groups that can help them make friends and develop extracurricular skills.
- Makes it hard for college students to make a living – In college, where homework is extensive, students often can’t juggle homework with their weekend and night-time jobs. As a result, it pushes them further into student poverty.
- Contributes to poor work-life culture – From early ages, we’re sending a message to children that they should take their work home with them. This can spill over into the workplace, where they’ll be expected to continue working for their company even after the workday ends.
- Can reinforce faulty learning – When children learn in isolation during homework time, they may end up practicing their work completely wrong! They need intermittent support to make sure their practice is taking them down the right path.
Students may need to demonstrate their understanding of a topic to progress; that, at least, is a reflection of the real world. What’s not helpful is when students are peppered day and night with information that they need to regurgitate on a piece of paper.
For positive outcomes to come from homework, parents and teachers need to work together. It depends a lot on the type of homework provided as well as the age of the student and the need to balance homework with time to do other things in your life.
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Top Reasons Why Homework Should Be Banned To Improve Student’s Life
In the modern education system, homework has long been a contentious topic, sparking debates among educators, parents, and students alike. While it is often viewed as an integral part of the learning process, there is growing evidence suggesting that homework may not be as beneficial as previously thought. This article explores the reasons why homework should be banned, shedding light on the potential negative effects it can have on students’ well-being and academic performance.
Why should ban homework?
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Exploring the reasons behind advocating for a ban on homework reveals various perspectives and concerns. Here are some common arguments put forth by those who believe homework should be banned:
Lack of Time for Other Activities
One of the primary reasons for banning homework is the belief that it consumes a significant portion of a student’s time, leaving little room for extracurricular activities, family time, or pursuing personal interests.
Critics argue that this imbalance can lead to stress, burnout, and an overall lack of well-rounded development.
Negative Impact on Mental Health
Excessive homework can have detrimental effects on students’ mental health. The pressure to complete assignments, coupled with high expectations and tight deadlines, can contribute to stress, anxiety, and sleep deprivation.
Critics argue that a ban on homework would alleviate these pressures and promote healthier well-being among students.
Inequality and Disadvantaged Students
Homework can exacerbate educational inequalities. Not all students have equal access to resources, such as a quiet study environment or parental assistance.
This discrepancy can widen the achievement gap and place disadvantaged students at a further disadvantage. Advocates for a ban argue that eliminating homework would help level the playing field and promote equity in education.
Critics also question the effectiveness of homework in terms of enhancing learning outcomes. Some argue that the benefits of homework.
Such as increased academic achievement, can be achieved through alternative methods that are less burdensome and more engaging for students. They suggest that class time should be optimized for active learning and meaningful teacher-student interactions instead.
Encouraging Autonomy and Personalized Learning
Banning homework can allow students to have more autonomy over their learning and promote personalized approaches to education.
Advocates argue that students should have the freedom to explore their interests, engage in self-directed learning, and pursue projects that align with their passions and strengths.
It is important to note that opinions on banning homework can vary, and there are counterarguments supporting the value of homework. These counterarguments emphasize the reinforcement of learning, development of discipline and responsibility, and preparation for higher education.
What are 10 disadvantages of homework?
There are several perceived disadvantages of homework that critics often raise. Here are ten commonly mentioned drawbacks associated with homework:
Homework can consume a significant amount of a student’s time, leaving little room for leisure activities, family time, or pursuing personal interests.
The pressure to complete homework assignments within tight deadlines can lead to heightened stress levels, especially when students have multiple subjects to focus on simultaneously.
Lack of Balance
Excessive homework can disrupt the balance between academic commitments and other aspects of a student’s life, such as extracurricular activities, hobbies, and social interactions.
Heavy workloads and the associated stress can contribute to anxiety, sleep deprivation, and other mental health issues among students.
Limited Learning Autonomy
Homework often requires students to follow specific instructions and guidelines, limiting their ability to explore alternative approaches or pursue their own learning interests.
Potential for Inequality
Not all students have equal access to resources or support systems outside of school, which can create disparities in completing homework and lead to educational inequalities.
Loss of Interest and Engagement
Lengthy or repetitive homework tasks can result in a loss of interest, leading to decreased motivation, disengagement, and a negative attitude towards learning.
Negative Impact on Family Life
Excessive homework can strain family dynamics, as it may limit quality time spent together, disrupt meal times, or cause conflicts between parents and children.
Increased Pressure on Students
The need to perform well in homework assignments, coupled with the fear of negative consequences for incomplete or subpar work, can intensify academic pressure on students.
Potential for Burnout
Overwhelming workloads and constant deadlines can contribute to feelings of burnout among students, leading to exhaustion and a decline in overall well-being.
It is important to note that these perceived disadvantages may vary among individuals and are influenced by factors such as the educational system, workload distribution, and the specific practices implemented by teachers and schools.
Who invented homework 😡?
The invention of homework cannot be attributed to a single individual. The concept of assigning academic tasks to be completed outside of school has evolved over centuries. The origins of homework can be traced back to ancient civilizations where scholars and educators recognized the value of practice and independent study.
The practice of assigning homework as we know it today has its roots in the educational reforms of the 19th century. Influential figure.
Such as Horace Mann in the United States and Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi in Europe played significant roles in shaping modern education systems, including the incorporation of homework as a regular part of students’ academic routine.
However, it is worth noting that the implementation and practices of homework have evolved over time and vary across different educational systems and cultures. The purpose, amount, and approach to homework continue to be subject to ongoing research, debate, and adaptation in response to changing educational needs and goals.
Is homework a punishment for kids?
The perception of homework as a punishment for kids is a matter of perspective and can vary among individuals. While some may argue that homework is a form of punishment, it is important to consider the intention and purpose behind assigning homework.
Homework is primarily designed to reinforce learning, provide opportunities for independent practice, and extend the learning process beyond the classroom. It serves as a tool for students to review and apply what they have learned, develop skills, and prepare for assessments.
When used effectively, homework can contribute to academic growth and help students develop important habits such as responsibility, time management, and self-discipline.
Should homework be banned for kids?
The question of whether homework should be banned for kids is a topic of ongoing debate in the field of education. While there is no definitive answer that applies universally to all situations, it is important to consider the different perspectives and weigh the potential benefits and drawbacks of homework.
Advocates for banning homework argue the following points:
Reduced Stress and Well-being
Banning homework can alleviate stress levels among students, allowing them to focus on their well-being, mental health, and other activities outside of school. It can promote a healthier balance between academic responsibilities and personal life.
Increased Engagement and Interest
Without the burden of homework, students may have more time and energy to engage in extracurricular activities, pursue their passions, and explore personal interests. This freedom can foster a love for learning and intrinsic motivation.
Equity and Access
Banning homework can help address educational inequalities. Not all students have equal access to resources and support systems outside of school, which can create disparities in completing homework assignments. Eliminating homework can level the playing field and promote fairness.
Enhanced Learning Strategies
Advocates argue that alternative approaches, such as project-based learning, experiential learning, and collaborative activities, can be more effective in promoting critical thinking, problem-solving, and creativity compared to traditional homework assignments.
On the other hand, opponents of banning homework raise the following arguments:
Reinforcement of Learning
Homework provides an opportunity for students to reinforce what they have learned in class, practice skills, and develop a deeper understanding of the subject matter.
Responsibility and Time Management
Homework helps students develop important life skills such as responsibility, self-discipline, organization, and time management. These skills are crucial for success in higher education and the workforce.
Homework can promote parental involvement and engagement in a child’s education. It provides an opportunity for parents to understand their child’s learning progress and support their academic development.
Preparation for Higher Education
Homework is often seen as a preparation for the demands of higher education, where independent study and self-directed learning are essential.
Ultimately, the decision to ban or retain homework depends on various factors, including the educational context, the quality and quantity of assignments, and the specific needs and circumstances of the students. Striking a balance between academic requirements, student well-being, and promoting effective learning experiences is crucial to ensure a holistic and meaningful education.
Why homework should not be banned?
While the debate on whether homework should be banned continues, there are compelling arguments in favor of retaining homework as an integral part of the educational system. Here are some reasons why homework should not be banned:
Homework provides an opportunity for students to reinforce and consolidate what they have learned in class. Through independent practice, students can solidify their understanding of concepts, apply knowledge to new situations, and develop essential skills.
Preparation for Future Responsibilities
Homework helps students develop important skills such as time management, organization, self-discipline, and responsibility. These skills are essential for success not only in academics but also in future endeavors, including higher education and the workplace.
Extension of Learning Beyond the Classroom
Homework allows students to delve deeper into a subject, explore additional resources, and engage in independent research. It promotes self-directed learning and encourages students to take ownership of their education.
Practice and Mastery
Regular practice through homework enables students to master foundational concepts and skills. Repetition and reinforcement help solidify learning, improve retention, and build fluency in various subjects.
Homework assignments can be tailored to meet the individual needs and abilities of students. Teachers can provide differentiated tasks or additional challenges to cater to varying levels of understanding and promote personalized learning.
Parental Involvement and Support
Homework provides an avenue for parents to be involved in their child’s education. It allows parents to monitor their child’s progress, understand their strengths and weaknesses, and offer guidance and support when needed.
Accountability and Assessment
Homework assignments contribute to the assessment and evaluation of a student’s progress. They provide valuable feedback for both students and teachers, highlighting areas that require further attention or additional instruction.
Homework prepares students for the rigors of higher education, where independent study, research, and self-directed learning are essential components. By engaging in homework, students develop the necessary skills and work habits to succeed in advanced academic pursuits.
The Purpose of Homework
The purpose of homework extends beyond the completion of tasks and assignments outside of the classroom. Homework serves several important educational objectives that contribute to students’ learning and academic development.
Homework provides an opportunity for students to reinforce and apply the concepts, skills, and knowledge they have learned in class.
It allows them to practice and solidify their understanding through independent work, which can lead to better retention and mastery of the material.
Extension of Learning
Homework extends learning beyond the classroom, encouraging students to explore topics in greater depth and engage in independent research.
It promotes critical thinking, problem-solving, and independent inquiry, fostering a deeper understanding of the subject matter.
Homework helps students develop important skills such as time management, organization, self-discipline, and responsibility.
By completing assignments within designated time frames, students learn to prioritize tasks, manage their workload, and meet deadlines – skills that are valuable in both academic and professional settings.
Preparation for Assessments
Homework prepares students for assessments, such as tests, quizzes, and exams. It allows them to practice applying their knowledge, review concepts, and identify areas that require further clarification or study. This helps build confidence and improves performance in formal evaluations.
Engagement and Active Learning
Homework can promote active engagement in the learning process by involving students in activities that require reflection, analysis, and problem-solving. It encourages independent thinking, creativity, and self-expression, fostering a deeper connection to the subject matter.
Communication and Collaboration
Homework can serve as a means of communication between teachers, students, and parents. It provides an avenue for teachers to provide feedback, track progress, and identify areas of improvement.
It also enables parents to be involved in their child’s education and gain insight into their academic development.
Preparation for Real-World Responsibilities
Homework instills a sense of responsibility and accountability in students, mirroring the expectations they will encounter in higher education and future careers.
It prepares them for the demands of college or workplace environments, where self-directed learning and independent work are often required.
Why Homework Should Be Banned?
While homework has been a longstanding practice in education, it is important to acknowledge the negative effects it can have on students.
These effects should be taken into consideration when evaluating the overall impact of homework on students’ well-being, mental health, and academic performance.
Increased Stress and Pressure
Excessive homework assignments can lead to heightened stress levels among students. The pressure to complete numerous tasks within tight deadlines can cause anxiety, burnout, and feelings of being overwhelmed.
This can negatively affect students’ mental well-being and hinder their ability to perform at their best.
The time-consuming nature of homework can limit students’ opportunities to engage in extracurricular activities, pursue hobbies, spend quality time with family and friends, and participate in physical exercise.
Balancing homework with other aspects of life is crucial for a well-rounded education and healthy development.
Reduced Sleep and Fatigue
Homework often extends into evenings and weekends, leaving students with inadequate time for rest and sleep. Insufficient sleep can result in fatigue, decreased concentration, and diminished cognitive functioning, ultimately impacting students’ ability to learn effectively and retain information.
Loss of Interest in Learning
When homework becomes monotonous, repetitive, or disconnected from students’ interests, it can lead to a loss of enthusiasm for learning.
Excessive or uninspiring homework assignments may cause students to view education as a chore rather than a source of curiosity and growth, potentially diminishing their intrinsic motivation.
Inequality and Academic Pressure
The burden of homework can disproportionately affect students from disadvantaged backgrounds who may lack access to resources or support systems outside of school.
Additionally, excessive homework can contribute to a competitive academic environment, fostering a culture of intense pressure and comparison among students.
Potential for Negative Parental Involvement
Excessive homework can strain parent-child relationships when parents feel compelled to assume the role of enforcer or tutor. This can lead to increased stress within the family and diminish the quality of parent-child interactions.
Limited Personalization and Creativity
Homework assignments often follow a standardized approach, leaving little room for personalization, creativity, and individual learning styles.
This can hinder students’ ability to explore their own interests, think critically, and develop problem-solving skills outside of the prescribed curriculum.
Inequality in Access and Support
Students from disadvantaged backgrounds may face challenges in completing homework due to limited access to resources such as textbooks, computers, or internet connectivity.
This inequality in access can widen the achievement gap and contribute to educational disparities.
Limited Time for Self-Reflection and Creativity
Excessive homework can leave little room for self-reflection, introspection, and creative expression. Students may feel compelled to prioritize completing assignments over exploring their own interests, pursuing independent projects, or engaging in self-directed learning.
Impact on Physical Health
Prolonged periods of sitting and excessive mental exertion associated with homework can contribute to sedentary behaviors and physical health issues.
lack of writing of physical activity and prolonged screen time can lead to a sedentary lifestyle, posture problems, eye strain, and musculoskeletal issues.
Loss of Autonomy and Personal Agency
Excessive homework can diminish students’ sense of autonomy and personal agency over their learning. When assignments are rigidly structured and dictate how, when, and what students must learn.
It limits their ability to explore topics of interest or pursue personalized learning pathways.
Negative Attitudes towards Learning
A heavy emphasis on homework can inadvertently foster negative attitudes towards learning. Students may associate education with stress, pressure, and repetitive tasks, leading to a disengagement from the learning process and a diminished desire to explore new ideas or develop a growth mindset.
Impact on Mental Health
The stress, anxiety, and pressure associated with homework can have a detrimental effect on students’ mental health. It can contribute to symptoms of depression, anxiety disorders, sleep disturbances, and overall emotional well-being.
Promoting a balanced approach to learning is crucial for safeguarding students’ mental health.
Overemphasis on Grades and Performance
Homework-centric education systems often prioritize grades and performance over holistic development and individual growth.
The focus on completing assignments for the sake of achieving high marks can overshadow the joy of learning, creativity, and the development of critical thinking skills.
Limitations for Multidimensional Assessment
Excessive homework may restrict teachers’ ability to assess students comprehensively. Relying heavily on homework as a primary mode of assessment can overlook other aspects of a student’s abilities, such as communication skills, creativity, problem-solving, and social-emotional development.
Alternative Approaches to Homework
In recent years, alternative approaches to learning have gained recognition for their potential to address the limitations and negative effects associated with traditional homework.
These approaches prioritize student well-being, engagement, and meaningful learning experiences. Here are some examples of alternative approaches that can enhance the educational landscape:
Project-based learning involves students working on real-world projects or inquiries that promote critical thinking, collaboration, and problem-solving skills.
Instead of assigning repetitive homework, educators design projects that allow students to apply their knowledge in practical contexts, fostering a deeper understanding of the subject matter.
In a flipped classroom model, students access instructional materials, such as videos or readings, outside of class time. Classroom sessions are then dedicated to active learning, discussions, and hands-on activities.
This approach encourages students to engage with the content during class, receive immediate feedback, and collaborate with peers and teachers.
Experiential learning focuses on providing students with firsthand experiences to explore and understand concepts. Field trips, simulations, role-playing activities, and hands-on experiments are examples of experiential learning methods.
By actively engaging with the subject matter, students develop a deeper understanding and retain knowledge more effectively.
Personalized learning recognizes that students have unique learning styles, interests, and paces of learning. This approach tailors instruction to individual students’ needs, allowing them to progress at their own pace and explore topics of interest.
Adaptive technology, differentiated instruction, and individualized projects are key components of personalized learning.
Collaborative learning emphasizes cooperation, teamwork, and peer interaction. Students work together in groups or pairs to solve problems, discuss ideas, and share knowledge.
This approach promotes social skills, communication, and the development of a supportive learning community.
Authentic assessments go beyond traditional exams and quizzes. They assess students’ understanding and skills through real-world tasks and demonstrations of learning.
Portfolios, presentations, performances, and exhibitions are examples of authentic assessments that provide a more holistic view of students’ capabilities.
Mindfulness and Well-being Practices
Incorporating mindfulness techniques, such as breathing exercises , meditation, and reflection, into the learning environment can help students manage stress, enhance focus, and promote overall well-being.
Creating a positive and nurturing classroom environment is essential for fostering healthy learning experiences.
By embracing these alternative approaches, educators can create engaging and meaningful learning opportunities that cater to students’ diverse needs and promote their overall development.
These approaches not only mitigate the negative effects associated with traditional homework but also cultivate a lifelong love for learning and empower students to become active participants in their education.
In conclusion, the debate surrounding whether homework should be banned is a complex and multifaceted issue. While homework has long been seen as a fundamental part of education.
It is important to consider the potential negative effects it can have on students’ well-being, mental health, and overall learning experience.
The arguments against homework being assigned to students are rooted in the belief that it can lead to increased stress levels, limited free time for other activities, and a lack of opportunity for students to explore their own interests and develop essential life skills.
Banning homework would allow students to have a better balance between their academic responsibilities and personal lives. It would provide them with the opportunity to engage in extracurricular activities, pursue hobbies, and spend quality time with family and friends.
Additionally, it could encourage students to take ownership of their learning by fostering a love for knowledge rather than treating education as a mere checklist of assignments.
However, it is important to note that eliminating homework entirely may not be the most effective solution. Homework, when designed thoughtfully and aligned with the learning objectives, can reinforce concepts, encourage independent thinking, and develop crucial skills such as time management and self-discipline.
Therefore, a more balanced approach is necessary, focusing on quality over quantity and considering the individual needs and abilities of students.
Ultimately, the decision of whether homework should be banned or not should be based on comprehensive research, open dialogue between educators, students, and parents, and a deep understanding of the educational goals and needs of each student.
Striking a balance between academic responsibilities and overall well-being is crucial in fostering a positive and effective learning environment.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will banning homework affect students’ academic performance negatively.
No, banning homework allows for alternative learning approaches that can enhance academic performance.
How can parents support their child’s education without homework?
Parents can engage in meaningful discussions about school topics, provide resources, and encourage active learning beyond the classroom.
What are the potential benefits of project-based learning?
Project-based learning promotes critical thinking, problem-solving, and the practical application of knowledge.
How can teachers ensure fairness in assessments without homework?
Teachers can implement various assessment methods, including formative assessments, presentations, and project evaluations, to gauge students’ progress fairly.
What steps can schools take to address the concerns of homework opponents?
Schools can establish open dialogues with parents, students, and educators, while exploring alternative approaches that prioritize student well-being and engagement.
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The amount of homework students are given has increased dramatically in the 21st century, which has sparked countless debates over homework’s overall value. While some have been adamant that homework is an essential part of a good education, it’s been proven that too much homework negatively affects students’ mood, classroom performance, and overall well-being. In addition, a heavy homework load can stress families and teachers. Here are 12 reasons why homework should be banned (or at least heavily reduced).
School is already a full-time job.
- For years, teachers have followed the “10-minute rule” giving students roughly 10 minutes of homework per grade level. However, recent studies have shown students are completing 3+ hours of homework a night well before their senior years even begin.  X Trustworthy Source American Psychological Association Leading scientific and professional organization of licensed psychologists Go to source
Homework negatively affects students’ health.
Homework interferes with student’s opportunities to socialize.
Homework hinders students’ chances to learn new things.
Homework lowers students’ enthusiasm for school.
Homework can lower academic performance.
Homework cuts into family time.
Homework is stressful for teachers.
Homework is often irrelevant and punitive.
- There are even studies that have shown homework in primary school has no correlation with classroom performance whatsoever.  X Research source
Homework encourages cheating.
Homework is inequitable.
Other countries have banned homework with great results.
- There are even some U.S. schools that have adopted this approach with success.  X Research source
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As the discussion around state exams through the Covid-19 shutdown continues, a separate debate about the very need for homework itself rumbles on. Over the years, many have argued that homework for students in busy modern-day family structures is no longer workable.
This year, the Green Party sought to open a discussion about the banning of homework in future. Here, primary school pupil Misha McEnaney, a fifth class student from Dublin, outlines why he believes homework is more of a hindrance than a help.
IRISH CHILDREN SPEND around 274.5 hours on homework in a year. Is it a waste of time? Generally speaking, homework does not improve academic performance among children, although it may improve academic skills among older students especially lower-achieving kids. Homework also creates stress among students who could be doing other things.
I think it is a waste of time. Here’s why I think so.
Many students think homework is extremely boring and hard so it increases our stress levels. You might fight with your family or friends and that gives the impression you are angry and irritated when often it’s just because your homework is increasing your stress.
Also, a study by scholar Denise Pope at Stanford shows that out of 4,300 students at high-performance schools, 60% stated that their homework was their primary source of stress.
Movement is more important
I believe that homework eliminates time when you could be exercising, playing sports, carrying out hobbies, reading etc. So when your friends are playing outside or something exciting or important is happening you can’t go out because you’re stuck inside doing your homework.
Homework messes up your sleep cycles and it causes you to be more tired. After school when you’re tired from working you still have to do your homework, so you don’t deliver your full concentration and that makes your performance not as acceptable as it should be. This can cause your grade to go down and so that defeats the whole point of education to become better and smarter.
A study from teenink.com shows that students perform best in school when they receive 10–12 hours of sleep each night, while only 15% of teenagers in America reported themselves sleeping eight hours or more on school nights, according to the national sleep foundation of America. Sleep disruption is very bad for our health.
If you’re completely booked up for the day doing sports or other activities you have no time to do your homework. Your teachers start to trust you less and less and this develops a bad view of you when it’s not entirely your fault.
It’s also repetitive so you’re doing the same work at school and there’s no effectiveness, it’s not going in. So all that homework becomes a waste because you have already completed it at school. You can also easily get distracted.
Homework takes away revision time for tests and that can affect the test scores. That develops a bad reputation for the student and for the school. The parents then assume that the teaching at the school is bad and they might move school. So the kid might lose friends and over time the school becomes less liked and popular.
All because there is too much homework.
Bad for the mood
If you don’t sleep enough it can cause mood swings which can affect students’ performance and relationships. To think we can stop all of this by just banning homework makes me wonder why schools still give out homework at all.
People who believe that homework should not be banned have reasonable points and arguments. They believe that doing homework at home can be better for the students and they would receive higher results.
They also think the parents of the students will have an idea of what type of work they are doing in the classroom, at what scale the student is doing their work and how the student is doing that work. There is absolutely no reason why parents shouldn’t know what the student’s work is like.
Some people believe that homework boosts interaction between a student and his or her teacher. Homework might develop their presentation skills. They believe that homework is “a remedy against weaknesses”. These can all be done at school. They believe it teaches the students responsibility because they have to make sure that they do their work and not lose it or destroy it.
They think the students learn much more new information as well as in school. So people think it teaches the students important life skills. They also think it keeps the students busy and entertained. I would argue that these should all be the responsibility of parents, not school.
A shift in the debate
The Green Party in Ireland has promised to explore the banning of homework for primary school children. They also vow to review primary and secondary schools curriculum “to meet the needs of the 21st century”. Catherine Martin, deputy leader of the Green Party, said that “the phasing out of homework is something that definitely should be explored”.
“This isn’t new, this has been on our policy for the past several years. And I think we really need to have a conversation on how best to develop the creative juices of our children, or really change how we do homework, homework could be, ‘go home and draw a picture of something that means a lot to you’,” she said.
“They’re so young, especially up to the age of seven or eight, it’s a conversation that we need to have”.
She used the example of Loreto Primary School in Rathfarnham, Dublin, which is currently trialling a “no-homework” programme for all classes except sixth. Ms Martin said that they had found the pilot scheme “amazing” and children were spending a lot more time with their families as a result.
Mental health considerations
Psychotherapist Mary McHugh believes that we are reducing children’s natural “curious, imaginative and creative” tendencies by “pressuring them to conform”.
“Our children from the age of three, are being trained to sit still and from five upwards, it’s expected that this is the norm.” McHugh also says that “stress is showing up at an alarming scale and we’re still applying more pressure academically younger and younger”.
Let’s look at Finland. In Finland, there is no homework in all schools. Finland agrees that there should be no homework because it increases stress, it wastes time etc. Finnish students regularly top the charts on global education metric systems.
Some 93% of Finnish students graduate from secondary school compared to 75% in the USA and 78% in Canada. About two in every three students in Finland go to college which is the highest rate in Europe. The students’ test scores dominate everyone else. These are the scores for the PISA test (Program for International Student Assessment) 2006. There are other reasons why Finland’s education system is so good but no homework is definitely an important one.
Homework increases stress levels among students. It replaces time for hobbies and sports. It messes up your sleep. It can’t always be done and that causes trouble. It’s repetitive. You can develop health problems from lack of sleep.
It takes away time for studying and also when you don’t get enough sleep you can get mood swings and that can affect performance and relationships. There are reasonable arguments for why people who believe that homework shouldn’t be banned are wrong.
We have seen that the Green Party also thinks that homework should be banned and that some schools have already trialled it. We have looked at Finland banning homework and we have seen the impact it has made compared to other countries. This is why I think homework should be banned, not just in my school but in all schools.
Misha McEnaney is a fifth class student at St Mary’s College, Rathmines, Dublin.
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