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Fact Check: The Debate About Critical Race Theory in K–12 Education
Recently, debates over how schools in the United States educate our younger generation have become heated. The year 2021 saw more books banned from school libraries than ever before and the passage of the “Parental Rights in Education” bill , also known as the “Don’t Say Gay” law. These moves by school boards and policy makers were precluded by a debate that began a year earlier, in 2020, over critical race theory (CRT).
The question of how children are being educated is understandably an important one, yet a 2021 Gallup poll found that 73% of parents reported being completely or somewhat satisfied with the education their children are receiving in K–12 schools. So, what’s the debate actually about? Let’s unpack the debate by fact checking some common claims about CRT, in order to gain a deeper understanding of what’s actually going on in schools.
Claim: Critical Race Theory Is Being Implemented in K–12 Curriculums.
False. Critical race theory is generally only found in law school curriculums, and , on occasion, in other graduate-level programs. In an interview with MSNBC , Kimberlé Crenshaw, one of the scholars whose legal work helped form the basis of CRT, said that CRT is not so much a thing, but a way of looking at a thing — specifically a way of looking at race.
CRT seeks to answer the question: “How is it that, centuries after emancipation and decades after the Civil Rights Movement, we still see patterns of inequalities in our society? And how does the law contribute to those inequalities?” To teach CRT isn’t to teach any specific set of facts, but, rather, to teach a certain way of formulating research questions. And that just isn’t happening in our K–12 schools.
Claim: Critical Race Theory Teaches That All White People Are Racist.
Incorrect . Put simply, critical race theory, which emerged from legal work created by scholars Derrick Bell, Kimberlé Crenshaw and Richard Delgado, understands racism as “a social construct…not merely the product of individual bias or prejudice, but also something embedded in legal systems and policies” (via EducationWeek ).
Consider, as an example, research into the history of “redlining”. In his groundbreaking book The Color of the Law , Richard Rothstein documented the federal government’s explicit efforts to further segregate housing along racial lines in the 1930s. He found that the Federal Housing Authority (FHA) subsidized massive housing developments with the explicit agreement that these houses not be sold to Black people.
Instead, Black Americans searching for homes were pushed into housing projects, as they could not get approved for mortgages elsewhere. Critical race theorists will point to the history of redlining as an example of the ways in which laws and policy have had lasting impacts on economic opportunities for both Black and white people.
EdWeek further points out that critics of critical race theory, who are “often, though not exclusively, conservative Republicans,” often misunderstand its intent, asserting that it “divides” people and “urges intolerance.” Yet, the example of redlining illustrates how a CRT lens in research can illuminate current and historical factors that drive inequality — which are also factors that create white privilege — without making claims that all white people are racist.
Claim: Critical Race Theory Is Marxism.
False. Critical race theory was born out of critical legal studies, a discipline that claims the law is not neutral or objective but inherently political. This field draws from the work of many scholars and philosophers, including Michel Foucault, Jacques Derrida, and, indeed, Karl Marx. The founders of CRT felt that critical legal studies didn’t consider the role of race closely enough in its analysis. Thus, critical race theory was born.
That said, the presence of Marx as one of many thinkers who influenced the field of critical legal studies is not enough to call critical race theory Marxist. In an interview with The New Yorker , Crenshaw noted that the selective focus on Marx was an example of “ red-baiting .” She pointed out that many other, less divisive thinkers — like Martin Luther King, Jr. — also informed the development of CRT.
If we remember that CRT is less about a certain set of beliefs and more about how to ask questions, it makes sense that lots of different people with different political values are using CRT as a tool in their research.
Yes or No? Being Honest About Our History (and Present) With K–12 Students Is Crucial.
Absolutely yes . By learning about, and taking an honest look at, the country’s history of racism, enslavement and genocide, students can better understand the present — the way redlining, voter suppression, mass incarceration and other practices simply replicate the racist patterns of America’s early history — as well as how ongoing social justice movements, such as Black Lives Matter (BLM) , aim to dismantle these long-standing systems of oppression.
For parents of Black children, parents of Indigenous children and parents of children of color, discussing racial identity and racism is a must, not only for exploring identity, but also for safety. Parents of white kids don’t feel the same pressure, and may seek to teach children not to see color or emphasize that “we’re all people.”
But this sort of thinking contributes to prevailing racist attitudes in our country, and prevents white children from understanding the ways their lives have also been shaped by race — and the ways they might help fight for a more equal and equitable world.
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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
Hello have you guys heard about coronavirus? Search an article on this website!
I have my father keeps on searchin’ stuff ’bout it. I am bored coz of it.😒
Yes of course
stop trying to sell your rubbish nobody cares
ofc we heard. were not dumb
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.
Thanks for hearing me out yours truly, Cookie monster
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
Oh look the most downv- I mean disliked comment on the page.
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.
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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Galloway, M., Conner, J., & Pope, D. (2013). Nonacademic effects of homework in privileged, high-performing high schools. The journal of experimental education , 81 (4), 490-510. Doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/00220973.2012.745469
Kralovec, E., & Buell, J. (2001). The end of homework: How homework disrupts families, overburdens children, and limits learning . Beacon Press.
Pressman, R. M., Sugarman, D. B., Nemon, M. L., Desjarlais, J., Owens, J. A., & Schettini-Evans, A. (2015). Homework and family stress: With consideration of parents’ self confidence, educational level, and cultural background. The American Journal of Family Therapy , 43 (4), 297-313. Doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/01926187.2015.1061407
Ren, H., Zhou, Z., Liu, W., Wang, X., & Yin, Z. (2017). Excessive homework, inadequate sleep, physical inactivity and screen viewing time are major contributors to high paediatric obesity. Acta Paediatrica , 106 (1), 120-127. Doi: https://doi.org/10.1111/apa.13640
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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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No More Homework: 12 Reasons We Should Get Rid of It Completely
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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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Top 30 Reasons Why Homework Should Not Be Banned
Homework! Many students think of it as a burden!
Do you also think of homework as a burden? If yes, then you are wrong; homework is not a burden if it is assigned in a proper amount. It will really help us learn the things we can’t learn in the classroom with concentration.
Many demand for banning homework because they think it takes a lot of time after school and exhausts students. That’s why they can’t participate in extracurricular activities and pursue their hobbies.
Every coin has two sides; others try to find out why homework should not be banned. There are also some benefits of homework in education that we cannot find in classrooms. For instance, you can’t write a dissertation essay without spending few hours at home in silence.
There are some reasons that explain why homework should not be banned. We explained it below; stay tuned!
30 Reasons Why Homework Should Not Be Banned
Students have done assignments at all levels of education since the ancient period. The length and complexity of the homework are the key differences. According to most children, parents, and teachers, homework is valuable and should be continued. However, a small number of students still believe that homework is a burden and should be banned.
Whether homework should be allowed or prohibited is a controversial issue. The benefits of homework clearly outweigh the disadvantages. The following are the reasons why homework should not be banned-
1. Homework Improves Presentation Skills
Homework is designed to help students improve their academic performance. This occurs when they are given the opportunity to prepare and present on various topics. They must gather material, prepare notes, and organise it into predetermined formats.
These presentations can be given in small groups or in front of the entire class. Students are given marks for each of them, which encourages them to work hard and improve their confidence. It is the first reason why homework should not be banned.
2. Student-Teacher Interaction Is Boosted By Homework
The contact between students and teachers is critical to a student’s development. You build self-assurance and regard your teacher as a role model. If you ban homework, you will not be able to establish a connection with your teacher, and you can’t discuss the homework problems with your teachers.
Having homework will help you recall the concepts, and you will be able to chat about something in common with your classmates. It is the second reason why homework should not be banned.
3. It Sows A Sense of Responsibility In Students
You will become a more responsible student if you have homework since you will be required to do the assigned work at home. If a student does not assign any homework, he will lack a sense of responsibility and will be more inclined to be careless with his other work. In any situation, a responsible student will always shine. Homework can be quite beneficial to a student. It will allow you to plan ahead of time and flourish in your work life. It is one of the main reasons why homework should not be banned in schools and universities.
4. Parents Are Updated With The Child’s Education.
In the early phases of homework completion, most students ask for parental help. Homework should not be banned because it helps parents understand the class’s study curriculum. As a result, parents may always double-check the classroom session and address any issues if they want to concern the teachers.
5. Grades And Scores On Tests Are Improved
Doing homework provides you with a lot of extra practice, which benefits your learning. If you practice a lot at home, you can enhance your test scores and grades. You know that homework is compulsory, you will have to do that, and as a result, it will improve your grades.
6. Enhances Your Writing Abilities
One of the many facts about homework is that it requires a lot of writing. It could help you enhance your writing and research skills, which will help you in your career. After a while, you’ll develop the habit of doing the extra labour and evolve into a person who strives to reach their objectives. It is the sixth reason why homework should not be banned.
7. It Is The Most Useful Method For Getting Students To Learn
When people ask me if homework should be prohibited, I always advise them to assess its benefits and drawbacks. You can only develop an interest in a subject if you devote enough time to it. Because homework requires a great deal of practice and you may be able to choose your professional field early. For a student, this can be really advantageous.
8. Homework Is A Way To Work On Your Weakness
A student who did not understand something during the class session can be analysed again at home. Homework allows students to progress, learn new skills, and differentiate themselves from other students.
Overcoming challenges posed by homework assignments nurtures persistence and the ability to tackle difficult tasks, qualities that serve students well beyond their academic years.
10. Personalized Learning
Homework can be tailored to individual student needs, providing targeted practice for areas where a student might need extra help.
11. Memory Retention
Regular review through homework helps solidify information in a student’s memory, contributing to long-term retention of knowledge.
12. Time Extension
Homework offers an extended platform for students to delve deeper into topics of interest, encouraging curiosity and exploration.
13. Completion Habits
Regularly completing homework assignments instills positive work habits that translate to other areas of life, such as work and personal projects.
14. Reinforces Responsibility
Meeting homework deadlines teaches responsibility and accountability, skills that are vital in both education and the professional world.
15. Exam Preparation
Homework serves as excellent preparation for exams. It allows students to apply what they’ve learned, identify gaps, and revise before tests.
16. Cognitive Skills
Homework engages cognitive skills like analysis, synthesis, and evaluation. These skills are transferable to problem-solving in various contexts.
17. Homework Clubs
Group study in homework clubs encourages collaborative learning. Students can share perspectives, clarify doubts, and learn from one another.
18. Feedback Loop
Homework offers a feedback loop for teachers to assess student comprehension. It helps them adjust teaching strategies and provide additional support where necessary.
19. Realistic Expectations
Completing homework equips students with an understanding of the workload expectations they’ll encounter in higher education and professional settings.
20. Resource Utilization
Homework encourages students to use reference materials, libraries, and online resources to enrich their understanding and complete assignments effectively.
Regular homework assignments establish a consistent learning routine that aids comprehension and retention of information.
22. Completing Work
Finishing homework assignments teach students the value of completing tasks they start, an important life skill.
23. Subject Mastery
The regular practice offered by homework contributes to a higher level of subject mastery and expertise.
24. Writing Skills
Homework assignments that involve writing help students develop strong written communication skills, an asset in various academic and professional pursuits.
25. Structured Learning
Homework extends structured learning beyond the classroom, reinforcing the educational process and fostering a deeper grasp of the material.
26. Skill Transfer
Concepts learned through homework often have applications in other subjects, promoting interdisciplinary understanding.
27. Educational Equity
Homework can be a great equalizer, providing all students with extra practice opportunities, regardless of their starting point.
28. Parent-Teacher Communication
Homework encourages parents and teachers to communicate about a student’s academic progress, enabling a more comprehensive support network.
29. Preparation for Future
Homework prepares students for the expectations they’ll face in higher education and future careers, where independent work and time management are crucial.
30. Time for Reflection
Homework assignments offer students time to reflect on what they’ve learned, allowing them to internalize knowledge and identify areas where improvement is needed.
Wrapping up! Why Homework Should Not Be Banned
From the above discussion, now you understand why homework should not be banned. It is pointless to dispute that homework is quite beneficial to children. Of course, there may be some limitations in terms of student age and the quantity of homework assigned, but in any event, a modern school without homework is unthinkable.
It’s no surprise that homework is still one of the most effective ways to learn new things and improve on what you already know.
Is homework compulsory for students?
Yes, students must get an appropriate amount of homework so that they can understand the concept effectively that they study in the class.
Who invented homework?
Homework is commonly credited to Roberto Nevelis of Venice, Italy, who invented it in 1095—or 1905.
Why should they not ban homework?
By completing homework assignments, students learn to manage their time, develop self-discipline, and prioritize tasks.
What are the benefits of homework?
Homework gives parents a chance to see what is being learned in school. Homework teaches students how to take responsibility for their part in the educational process.
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Homework should be banned.
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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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20 Major Reasons Why Homework Should Be Banned
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Should homework be banned? This is one common debate in the education circle. In schools and colleges, the practice of assigning homework is there for a long time. However, in recent times, students are loaded with multiple assignments. Particularly, they are left with no other option than to spend day and night on assignments like report writing, literature essays, math problems, and scientific posters. As the academic workload is getting heavy, nowadays, a lot of voices are opposing homework.
Basically, for some people, homework is a good learning tool. But some students and educators consider homework to be a useless task and are looking for a ban. Even certain surveys state that students who spend too much time on homework experience more stress and health problems. Apart from academic stress, students and educators are also pushing for a complete ban on homework for several other reasons. Here in this blog post, let us have a closer look at the major reasons why homework should be banned.
Why homework should be banned? Know the top reasons behind it
In general, homework has both pros and cons. But in the 21 st century, instructors have been giving a lot of homework to students in all subjects. While assigning homework, many instructors either give new unknown tasks or fail to give proper homework writing instructions to the students. Hence, because of a lack of knowledge and information, plenty of students are ending up with incorrect homework help or solutions. Also, as today’s parents are too busy with their own responsibilities, even at home, students have no one to help with homework writing. These factors make it hard for the students to do their homework correctly and on time and hence they demand to ban homework.
Listed below are some of the primary reasons why homework should be banned.
- Too Much Homework
- Irregular Sleep Pattern
- No time for Exercises
- Homework Increases Stress and Depression
Reduces the Self-confidence of Students
No enough ‘me’ time, negative impact on academic performance, no time to play games, less time with family members, conflict with parents.
- Homework Affects The Freedom Of Students
Loss of Social Life
Promotes cheating, extra challenges, irrelevant content, less guidance from teachers, frequent rote learning, no fun in learning.
- Make the Subject More Complex to Learn
- Didn’t Match the Expectations of Students
Plenty of Homework
In recent times, schools firmly believe that homework is important for students to improve their overall academic performance. Hence, they are regularly assigning a lot of assignments to students on all the major subjects in their curriculum. If there is a pile of homework, then it becomes too challenging for students to complete it before the deadline. The educational institutes are not even considering the difficulties involved in giving too much homework and are forcing parents to teach their children through multiple assignments. This will not be helpful for students’ progress in academics and is considered the initial reason why homework should be banned.
Affects the Pattern of Sleep Cycle
As the students are continuously loaded with a lot of homework and projects, they spare their sleep to submit their tasks on time. Even some children are losing their sleep because of the anxiety of a heavy workload and not being able to finish the remaining assignments. Generally, for the strong physical and mental health of students, a healthy sleep cycle is necessary. But, students are losing their quality of life because of irregular sleep patterns due to the massive amount of work. Hence, it is treated as the second reason why homework should be banned.
No Time for Physical Exercises and Causes Obesity
Like sleep, exercise is also important for people of all age groups. In particular, to stay active and energetic, it is necessary for students to do some physical activities or exercises. Mostly, students spend more hours a day in their school. Even after returning home, they don’t have time to relax, eat, and do little stretching exercises due to the huge amount of homework. Some children are busy doing their homework during weekends as well. This is another reason why homework should be banned.
Increases Anxiety and Stress
Overloading students with homework has negative effects on their physical and mental health. According to Standford University Research, the majority of the students say that the primary source of their stress and depression is homework. Furthermore, several students exhibit stress-related symptoms such as tiredness, headache, weight loss, sleep deprivation, and stomach problems. As homework paves way for bothersome health issues, it is considered one of the serious reasons for the ban. No homework means No stress, and obviously, the students will live in peace.
It is not correct to judge the abilities of students based on their homework. Some students might not have the basic knowledge of subject concepts and will struggle to write their homework properly. Hence, because of it, they may end up preparing the homework in the incorrect way. Suppose, the teachers punish the students for submitting wrong information or making fun of them in front of the whole class, then high chances are there for students to lose their self-confidence. In order to avoid such activities, homework should be banned.
As students are spending too much time on homework, it becomes tough for them to find time for developing their life skills. Also, they avoid participating in other favorite activities such as music, sports, dance, painting, singing, and so on. Basically, doing favorite things and having some ‘me’ time, will keep the mind happier. Having no time to invest in their interests because of homework is yet another major reason why homework should be banned.
Many teachers believe that homework will improve the academic performance of students. But that is not completely true. If the teachers give more assignments to students, then there will not be any time left for the students to learn their subjects. Because of this, the grades of the students will diminish. Hence, homework should be banned.
Due to a lack of free time, the students are unable to play games or participate in any outdoor activities. Everyone expects students to give high priority to their academics over games. But as they have a lot of assignments to complete, the time flies quickly and by the time they finish their homework, it becomes bedtime. Generally, playing outdoor games will refresh the mind. Because of a heavy workload, the students stay indoors and get exhausted. Therefore, this is considered another reason to ban homework.
This is one of the important reasons why homework should be banned. Basically, students spend more hours on homework. Hence, it becomes difficult for parents to spend time with their children. As soon as the students reach home, they begin working on their projects and assignments. Due to this, they barely have time to interact with their family members and attend weekend activities, family events, and dinners. If homework is banned, then students will get more time to build their bonding with their families.
Every parent wants their children to perform well in academics and score top grades. Hence, they force their kids to concentrate more on their homework and other learning activities. But as students are staying in school for long hours, they might feel tired when they reach home. Some students will start their homework once they reach home but many students will feel lazy and will love to sleep. Since students refuse to complete their homework, an argument raises between children and their parents. This circumstance sometimes leads to a big conflict. Hence, it is good to ban homework.
Homework Affects the Freedom of Students
In general, during holidays or weekends, children will love to sleep for long periods and will not wake up early in the morning. Moreover, the holiday is the best time for children to spend more hours in bed and relax. But, nowadays, because of the latest education culture, students are given homework even on weekends as well. Because of this painful action by the educational institutes, the students are losing their freedom. So, this is treated as another critical reason why homework should be banned.
Students give more importance to homework over social aspects. As they are loaded with assignments, they don’t have time to socialize. In particular, they lose the ability to communicate effectively with others and make friends. Mainly, because of too much homework, many students have stopped functioning as responsible adults. Also, some students face difficulties in surviving in society. Hence, this is the next reason why homework should be banned.
When there is a lot of homework to finish within a shorter duration, some students will copy from their friends or classmates. So due to this habit of copying, the students learn how to cheat the teachers. If a teacher identifies the similarities in the homework, then for sure, they would give punishment to the students. That is why homework should be banned.
Some college students after their classes will go for internship training or part-time jobs. So, for such students, it would be more challenging to do their homework after their regular working hours. Therefore, this is considered another reason to ban homework.
Homework should be banned if it has nothing to do with the subject being studied. It is not fair to ask students to complete homework on any topic that is not taught in class. If the students have no knowledge of new concepts, then it would become tougher for them to finish such homework on time.
Generally, during in-person learning, students can raise their hands and get valid clarifications from their teachers whenever they have a doubt about the concept taught. But that is not possible while doing homework. Whenever they have queries while writing assignments, they can’t immediately get proper clarification or guidance from their teachers. That is why in-person learning is preferred and several students wish to ban homework.
The homework assigned for the majority of subjects doesn’t play a key role in the improvement of skills. Instead, most of the time homework involves rote learning, which is not the best way to learn. The ultimate purpose of education is to provide high-quality training for vocational professionals to develop their skills. But homework focuses only on word problems that have no basis in the real world. Hence, it is chosen as another reason why homework should be banned.
Students will doze off, if the class is too boring or if they experience difficulties in paying attention to the session. During such a situation, it would be more pressurizing for students to understand the topic and complete the homework on their own. Moreover, this way will not help students in developing a love of learning. If the learning is fun-filled, then students can sit and attend hours and hours of class, which in turn will reduce the troubles involved in writing homework. So, students choose the lack of fun in learning as one of the reasons to ban homework.
Makes the Subject More Complex to Learn
The counterproductive nature of homework is another reason why homework should be banned. Often, teachers neither cover the entire curriculum prescribed by the institution nor use all the materials for teaching. Instead, they expect students to prepare homework on their own. In such a case, students would find it strenuous to comprehend the subject. Also, more challenges would creep in, if they don’t have appropriate resources for reference. This will increase the complexity level of learning.
Didn’t Match the Expectations of Students
Homework is not what students want and hence it should be banned. Students of all academic levels have some sort of hatred toward homework. We can easily state a reason that ‘students are not living in the real world’. Actually, the real world is more creative and diverse when compared to stagnant and repetitive homework. Instead of asking students to write information on a piece of paper, a change should be brought in. The education system should concentrate on teaching students how to be self-sufficient and it should allow them to earn more benefits by providing diverse resources or subject materials.
Additional Reasons Why Homework Should be Banned
Here are a few more reasons why homework should be banned.
- Homework affects the physical health of students.
- This forces children to work like machines.
- It’s a waste of students’ time.
- It does not provide any practical knowledge.
- Homework creates a habit of procrastination in children.
- Kids hate studying because of homework.
- Homework is boring.
- Students feel like dolls.
- Homework repeats concepts that have been taught in school.
- Creates memorizing habits in students.
- Requires more amount to purchase internet and study materials.
- Lack of downtime.
- It becomes hard for students to spend their time reading books and building their imaginations.
- Difficulty in concentrating on extra-curricular activities.
- Hard for college students who are doing part-time jobs to make a living.
- Lead to poor academic work-life culture.
The Benefits of a Homework Ban
As we said before, homework has both advantages and disadvantages. But burdening students with too much homework is detrimental to their health and affects their overall academic performance. Especially when homework is prohibited, students have many extraordinary benefits. Some of the benefits of banning homework are listed below.
- Increase the time to communicate with family.
- Reduce stress.
- Students have more time to study their subjects and prepare well for exams.
- Help students develop social and other life skills.
- Easy for students to balance their academic and personal life.
- Improves the physical and mental health of students.
- Students can have a happy weekend.
- Help students maintain normal sleep cycles.
The Bottom Line
We hope you have now understood the major reasons why homework should be banned. Generally, educational institutes will not so quickly ban homework. It takes time to put a complete ban on homework. So, you should know to manage your time and complete your homework properly. In case, you face any troubles in writing your homework and need assignment help online , then approach us immediately. In our team, we have skilled homework helpers on several academic subjects to offer you affordable online homework writing help as per your needs before the deadline.
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20+ Reasons Why Homework Should Not Be Banned
Homework has been a source of many heated discussions—and one of the most common questions people ask is whether or not it should be banned.
Many believe homework stifles student creativity, while others see homework as an important tool to help students with their studies.
The following are valuable insights from professionals on why homework should not be banned:
Educational Empowerment Expert | Founder, Think & Evolve
Homework is a pathway to mastery
Like any skill in life, practice is essential for improvement. This is a universal truth.
- Want to get better at basketball? Go dribble and shoot the ball repeatedly.
- Want to get better at math? Do math problems until you dream of numbers.
- Want to get better at Call of Duty? Play round after round of team deathmatch until you finish in first place.
The formula is simple: practice more, get better.
It’s ludicrous to believe that someone, especially a child, could perform at a high level merely after listening to a lecture or watching a video.
Think about it. Would you sit your kid down, having never driven a car in their life, have them watch a 45-minute presentation on parallel parking, and then ask them to go parallel park on a hilly San Francisco street during rush hour traffic? No, that would be preposterous.
You would be putting them in a position where failure is almost a certainty.
Well, when we remove homework from education, then we are doing the exact same thing: setting our kids up to fail.
Homework is the equivalent of practice for school
If students never practice what their teachers are teaching them, then they will never learn the material. Nobody ever became great at writing by simply listening to a teacher talk about great writing. They actually had to write.
The same goes for history, science, math, art, music, and any other subject taught in school.
Without homework to practice the knowledge and skills they are learning:
- students would progress at slower rates,
- have difficulty with retention, understanding, and mastery, and
- perform poorly in high-pressure situations such as taking tests or quizzes
I know because I’ve seen it.
I used to teach high school level math at a progressive 6-12 school in West Hollywood, CA. Unsurprisingly, the students who completed their homework assignments on time performed better on tests and had better grades.
What surprised me more was that this was the case even for the students that were ‘average.’ When I say ‘average,’ I am talking about a student that puts in enough effort to get by but will never go that extra mile.
They don’t particularly love the subject they are learning, but they don’t hate it either. Sometimes they turn in their homework, and other times they don’t. And that is why they make a great case study for homework effectiveness.
I remember one student in particular that whenever he did his homework, his test grades would be A’s and B’s, but if he didn’t do his homework, then he would get C’s and D’s. He didn’t particularly like math.
In fact, he was constantly anxious that he wouldn’t understand the material, and he had chronic test anxiety. Yet, if he did his work, then he performed better.
One student is obviously a small sample size, but I saw this happen with several of my students. Consistent practice always led to better understanding and improved performance.
Those that never did homework or always turned it in late had the worst grades and the least understanding.
Improved knowledge retention and understanding are not the only positive benefits of homework too. Kids can also learn useful and advantageous life skills through consistent homework practice.
Homework teaches kids self-reliance
At home, students must find a way to answer the question presented to them without the immediate presence of their teacher.
They need to either find out the answer themselves or they have to find someone that can help them answer the question. They will either learn to be self-reliant or learn how to ask for help.
Both outcomes are desirable.
Struggling to find an answer to a question is the place where maximum learning occurs.
When kids sit down and stare at their homework, they are forced to recall the things they learned in class. They are forced to play with the ideas in their brain to develop a solution or express their thoughts.
Maybe the answer comes to them after some thought and effort, maybe they have to go find the answer on the internet, or maybe they have to ask the teacher or one of their classmates for help.
Regardless, they are learning to rely on themselves to come up with solutions or to seek out people or places that can help them , which will be useful skills to have later on in life.
Without homework, students would be deprived of valuable opportunities to learn these skills.
One of my biggest fears as a tutor is that my students will become too reliant on me to help them, which is why I never offer solutions without making them work for it first.
When kids tell me, “I don’t know,” I respond with, “Well, if you did know, what would you do?”
My goal is to build them up so that they don’t need me anymore . I want to make them feel like they can handle things on their own. I want to instill that self-reliance down to their core.
For parents looking to hire a tutor potentially, I recommend you find one that will foster self-reliance in your kids rather than just being a means to complete homework for the sake of completing it.
If the tutor does all the work, then homework loses its effectiveness.
Homework teaches kids discipline
Beyond self-reliance, homework also teaches kids discipline. Let’s be honest. Homework is generally… unpleasant.
Related: Why Is Self Discipline Important?
During my time as a teacher, I did not meet many students that relished the idea of going home after school and doing more school work.
That sentiment is perfectly understandable. I would rather binge watch Netflix, skateboard down some sunny streets, or hang out with my friends instead of doing homework too.
However, the unpleasant nature of homework actually teaches a valuable lesson.
For the vast majority of us, there will be tasks in life that are unpleasant yet necessary , especially within a job or occupation. Cleaning a baby’s diaper, having an uncomfortable conversation with a coworker, sweating it out through an hour-long workout are all examples.
The discipline to get those unpleasant tasks completed is a major determiner of success.
Homework is practice for completing those unpleasant yet necessary tasks and will help set up kids to be successful in their future careers. As they become more disciplined at finishing unpleasant tasks, the more successful they become.
Related: 55 Characteristics of Highly Successful People
The more successful they become, the more they can hire people to take care of those unpleasant tasks for them, whereas someone that procrastinates on completing unpleasant tasks will always have unpleasant tasks to do.
Homework is a first taste of what ‘grown-up’ life is like and is essential for helping kids mature into responsible adults.
Now, that’s not to say that homework should intentionally be fashioned to create a miserable experience for kids. I believe educators should make homework as fun and engaging as possible.
Kids should certainly be able to enjoy themselves and do pleasant activities as well, but a little unpleasantness and discomfort from time to time is healthy.
As my uncle used to say to me when he made me chop firewood for hours while I was ‘vacationing’ at his house in Michigan, “it builds character.”
Arguments against homework
One common argument I hear against homework is that it takes up too much of kids’ free time outside of school and that kids need to be able to “just be kids” instead of constantly attending to their studies. I agree.
Kids should not be tasked with three to four hours of homework per night . They need time to socialize with friends, go to sports practice, or simply unwind and relax.
However, I don’t believe homework needs to be abolished to achieve a healthy school-life balance.
In my class, I gave kids a weekly assignment with 20-30 math problems. That breaks down to about three to four questions per night, which is about 20 minutes of worktops. This is entirely manageable.
Teachers don’t have to assign tons of homework in order to get the majority of the benefits.
As a tutor, I personally despise homework assignments that go on and on ad nauseam even after the student has demonstrated proficiency in the necessary skill.
Homework should be designed to allow kids to reach adequate proficiency and still allow time for other non-school activities.
If students want to reach mastery, they can always do more practice problems at their own discretion.
Some may also argue that homework could simply be transformed into classwork. I found as a teacher that there simply was not enough time to both adequately teach the material and allow enough time for sufficient practice in class.
Students were often left even more confused when we did homework as classwork because they felt like they had no idea what to do since the instruction was cut short.
A final argument against homework is that it increases stress on students while not legitimately demonstrating increased comprehension of the material being studied.
I believe this point speaks more to the quality and type of homework being assigned rather than the homework itself.
The practical truth about teachers, just as in any group, is there are going to be great teachers, OK teachers, and poor teachers. Many of the “OK” and poor teachers often assign mind-numbingly boring homework.
An endless sequence of repetitive math problems, a list of vocabulary words to memorize, a long passage to read out of a dry textbook… it’s no wonder kids check out and resist.
But it doesn’t have to be this way.
As a tutor, I have seen teachers come up with incredibly clever assignments that are both stimulating and interesting. The trouble is that these homework assignments are not always ready-made. It takes effort to create them.
A teacher can’t just pick some numbered problems from a textbook or download a basic worksheet to hand out.
They have to sit down and create something unique and engaging, and that takes time — a commodity that teachers often lack.
Fortunately, sites such as Teachers Pay Teachers are helping connect teachers so that they can share their best work with each other, including outstanding homework assignments.
This type of collaboration among teachers is necessary to keep homework effective and relevant.
Failure to prepare is preparing to fail
The debate about the merits of homework is contentious. Although there are certainly improvements that need to be made regarding the length and quality of homework assignments, homework is still an effective tool for improving kids’ understanding and grades.
Additionally, homework is valuable not only for improvement and success at school but also for success later on in life. It can help instill virtues like self-reliance and discipline into kids, and it is a pathway to excellence.
If homework were to be eliminated completely, then we would be doing a disservice to students and their prospective futures. You wouldn’t put your kid behind the wheel on a busy San Francisco street without being fully prepared.
Don’t send your kids into life unprepared by eliminating homework, either.
Former Teacher | President, Model Teaching
When homework serves a clear purpose , is well-aligned to the curriculum , and can be individualized to students , it’s an important component of a well-rounded education.
Related: Why Is Education Important in Our Life?
Students that interact with content more frequently retrain more information and convert more short-term concepts into long-term memory.
Teachers can utilize homework in a variety of ways:
Homework allows students to increase their fluency and proficiency
This allows students to increase their fluency and proficiency with a single skill.
It’s helpful to students that have been recently introduced to new topics that they need to master or as an ongoing practice for skills that are carried through the course lessons— like multiplication facts, for example.
Homework allows students to prepare
This allows teachers to make the most out of instructional time. It requires students to become familiar with background information on their own at home so that class time can focus on a more profound analysis of the content and more engaging discourse.
Homework assists in the practice of study skills
Allows for homework to be assigned that is directly aligned with an upcoming assessment and to assist in the practice of study skills for success on a test.
Studying also allows students to interact with multiple skills and concepts at once, which assists with the practice of long-term memory retrieval as well.
Homework helps build students’ motivation and interest in a topic
Finally, using homework as an extension activity helps to build the students’ motivation and interest in a topic.
These are the kind of homework activities that are typically more open-ended and creative, where individual student learning styles can be acknowledged, and students can demonstrate what they know and have learned.
Each of these ways of assigning homework has a place in the classroom and are all critical to developing well-rounded students that can interact with the lesson content in more meaningful ways.
But, homework is only as effective as the planning that goes into it.
When teachers develop homework thoughtfully and choose a homework activity that serves a clear purpose, it helps students learn content more deeply long-term.
Some valid objections to homework include:
- teachers assigning too much of it,
- homework not reinforcing classroom concepts,
- negatively impacting family time, or
- introducing additional inequitable barriers to students that may not have the necessary tools or support at home to interact well with homework
However, if those objections are addressed in the classroom, and teachers are mindful of using homework purposefully, it can instead enhance learning and be an asset for the classroom.
Founder, Anna Spanish
Homework teaches time management and the importance of deadlines
Although, as a teacher, we want to ensure students are absorbing what they learn in class, homework also teaches them time management skills and the importance of deadlines.
These skills are needed in the workforce later in life, which is why homework is still vital today. It also gives children more responsibility which is why homework increases as they age.
They need to be able to take on these responsibilities and be accountable , as, in the workplace, you often are taking on many projects and tasks that you have to complete on your own.
In many cases, homework also allows parents to monitor their children’s progress in school and to see what they are learning. Although it is the student’s responsibility, parents can offer support and ensure they are staying on top of their studies.
This also helps parents to become informed about what their children are learning and therefore can look into how they might be able to help their children.
Giving students homework is also an excellent way to see the progress of each child and be able to pinpoint where they might need help.
Students might not see this at the time, but teachers want to know where students might be struggling as they can then alter their curriculum to ensure everyone understands what they are learning.
Homework helps with their memory and retention skills
Lastly, homework helps with their memory and retention skills. Although they learn theory in class, there is often not enough time in class to practice it.
Homework allows students to think back to what they learned in class and to use that information to complete the work.
In higher educational settings, taking notes and applying your knowledge is a major factor in succeeding. Homework only scratches the surface of what they are likely to face as they leave elementary, middle school, and high school.
It is a great precursor to larger projects and work tasks they will deal with later in life which is why homework is still needed.
Homework should not be banned for two reasons.
The first reason is because the school system is broken. I know this statement sounds at odds with the article title, given that schools are normally the ones that set homework but let me explain.
Homework helps bridge the gap by giving a topic more attention
The pandemic has already set the current school generation back years, and estimates put the lifetime loss of earnings at $17 Trillion.
The model that schools use is what I call a “Once Through” model — topics are often only taught once in a year because teachers have so many topics they need to get through to meet the requirements of the system.
One of the things I hear the most in conversation with teachers is, “Yes, we’re starting a new topic next week.”
For transparency, my partner is a teacher, and I have lots of friends who are teachers.
This once-through model means that any children who don’t grasp and understand a concept or method when they are taught in the classroom may have to wait a year until that topic is revisited.
Homework helps bridge the gap a little because it provides additional time on a topic.
This can increase the chance of a child becoming comfortable with the concept or method.
Homework is possible to be changed to “work at home”
The second reason homework should not be banned is because it’s possible to change it to be “work at home.”
The material taught in the classroom is often uninteresting or not relevant to children and their view of the world.
This current school generation is used to devices, instant gratification at the touch of a button, and so much variety, whether that’s games, YouTube videos, or other content-on-demand services.
If homework provides the freedom and flexibility for children (and parents) to base it on the interests of the child rather than what the teacher has been told to set as homework, then you increase the engagement with the child and, ultimately, their learning.
I’ve experienced this increase in engagement first-hand. My partner needed a lesson plan for a math lesson the next day, and the topic was perimeter.
In conversation, she’d mentioned that all her students were crazy about the video game Among Us , so I suggested we use that as the focus of the lesson. Among Us has levels, like a spaceship, with rooms of different sizes that players go to in order to complete tasks.
The plan we created asked the students to design new rooms for the spaceship, and they had to calculate the perimeter and also had to work with some constraints (like the total perimeter for all rooms).
The next day my partner sent me a WhatsApp message saying that all her students were hooked because they recognized the game references.
Homework could be set as open-ended, with children able to fill in the blanks based on their interests.
Now you may argue that some topics like math require a strict approach and repetition, and I agree, but you can still base math questions on the interest of the child.
It doesn’t matter if their interest is jewelry, animals, football, or video games. There are ways to create questions and tasks related to the things that interest and are relevant to each child.
This “work at home” approach enables children to learn and make progress, even if the school system uses the “once-through” model.
Tutor, My Tutor Source
I have been tutoring for the past five years, and I have always been a strong advocate of not banning homework. If given in moderate amounts, homework can be quite beneficial for the academic and general lives of students.
There are definitely some good reasons to the point that homework should not be given, but they are outnumbered by the opposing ones.
Here I have talked about some reasons why I think that homework should not be banned.
Completing work at home increases productivity
Usually, students are tired at school. When they are at home, they are in their comfort zone. They can sit quietly and relax to complete their work in a lesser time frame with a fresh mind.
So completing work at home increases productivity to a great extent.
Homework keeps the parents in the loop
They should be updated about what the child is learning in school and what are their academic weak and strong points.
When the students are doing homework with the help of their parents, it also enables the parent-child bond to grow.
Homework gives students a sense of responsibility
It gives them a sense of responsibility because the students know that they have some work to do before they go back to school. They will know that they have to finish off their work first before going out to play or to sit and relax.
This will teach them how to prioritize important work to get all the work done rightly.
Homework teaches students time management
When they have a deadline to complete their homework, they manage their time for homework, playtime, and family time accordingly.
Time management is a very important skill that helps throughout life in different ways.
Every task requires time management, and if students are working on their homework, they will set up a schedule for their daily activities, which will lead to efficient time management.
Cynthia C. Muchnick, M.A.
Educational Consultant | Former Teacher | Author, “ The Parent Compass “
Homework gives students time to process class concepts
Homework, when assigned thoughtfully and effectively, can help to reinforce in-class concepts and allow students time to process and obtain a broader understanding of classroom information.
Whether practicing mathematics problems, learning and applying foreign language vocabulary, or completing writing prompts, homework, when not overloaded and well-balanced, provides a great way to practice extensions of classroom lessons at home.
Offering reasonable limits on suggested time spent on homework as well as fair deadlines can make homework a useful tool for students and teachers alike.
Former Educator | Founder, STEM Education Guide
If you ask a student why homework is important, they might say, well, it’s not. But as parents and educators, we know homework is important, even if it’s challenging to pinpoint why .
Let’s get into some of the reasons and good discussion points if a student or your child asks why homework is important?
Homework increases exam confidence
When a student does something they haven’t done before, they get in the sense of accomplishment as they persevere to find the correct answer. By finding challenges for students that push their boundaries, they’ll take on these problems and push forward to the correct solutions.
Students that take on new challenges broaden their knowledge and build confidence . A student having confidence is half the battle when it comes to education.
Homework builds this confidence when it comes to taking a test. A student might not realize that the homework is building confidence, but really, the homework challenges them to solve problems in preparation for the test, which translates to real-life solutions.
Homework is a good activity for family time
I’m a mother of three that takes on a lot of responsibilities. Sometimes it can feel as much as a chore to me as it does to my kids when we do homework together.
I have to remember that even though we’re solving problems and doing homework together, this is family time that my kids will remember.
If you look at doing homework with your children this way, it will never feel like a chore, and you’re spending time with your kids, which is always a good thing.
Marketing and Education Specialist, Boluo School
Homework helps combat the tendency to forget things
The modern attention span is getting shorter and shorter-both in children and adults. The human brain is changing , and teachers and students must adapt.
Concepts presented in shorter chunks with more frequency are most effective.
My students would often forget what we discussed in the previous lesson from one day to the next. Homework helps combat this tendency to forget things from one day to the next.
If students review or practice the material at home, it reinforces the concepts presented in the classroom and creates “stickiness” with the lesson.
The United States is lagging far behind other developed countries in education, while US teachers report an unprecedented burnout level.
In order to stay competitive in the global economy, American students must start working harder . This, unfortunately, means homework. The homework must be meaningful, and students must be held accountable for its completion.
Mark de la Cruz
Guitar Teacher and Owner, Fretboard Revolution
Students will learn faster if they apply problem-solving skills consistently
One of the most important things in learning anything, whether it is guitar, math, skating, etc., is consistency.
Part of a student’s plan to improve should include some kind of routine to review or practice the things that were taught during their lessons. This could be seen as necessary for performance-oriented activities, but this is necessary for math and science as well.
Learning to apply problem solving-techniques to different situations and doing this consistently will help students learn faster.
Homework is necessary for improvement
Similarly to consistency, having the discipline to review what your problem areas are and making a plan to improve in those areas are necessary for the path to improvement.
Feelings of motivation will fire students up and only last for a small period of time. Having the discipline and focus to do your homework and finish what needs to be done will be worth more than motivation in the long run.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is homework beneficial to students.
Yes, homework can be beneficial to students in a variety of ways, including:
• Reinforcing learning : Homework assignments allow students to practice and apply the concepts they have learned in class, which can reinforce their understanding of the material.
• Developing good study habits : By completing homework assignments, students learn to manage their time, prioritize tasks, and develop self-discipline, all of which are important skills for success in academic and professional settings.
• Preparing for exams : Homework assignments are often designed to prepare students for upcoming exams, which can help them identify areas where they need additional practice and review.
• Providing feedback : Homework assignments provide an opportunity for students to receive feedback on their understanding of the material, which can help them identify areas where they need to improve.
However, it is important to note that the benefits of homework depend on the quality and quantity of the assignments. Homework that is purposeful, relevant, and appropriate for the students’ level of understanding is more likely to be beneficial than homework that is busywork or too difficult.
Additionally, homework should not be excessive, as this can lead to stress and burnout.
How does homework help students in the future?
Homework helps students develop important skills that are essential for success in their future academic and professional pursuits. By completing homework assignments, students learn to manage their time , develop self-discipline , and prioritize tasks .
These skills are critical for success in college and beyond, where students are expected to take responsibility for their own learning and manage competing demands on their time.
Additionally, homework assignments are often designed to prepare students for upcoming exams or to reinforce concepts that will be important in future coursework. By completing these assignments, students are better equipped to succeed in their future academic pursuits.
Moreover, homework assignments often require students to work independently and to develop problem-solving skills. These skills are essential in today’s rapidly changing world, where individuals must be able to adapt to new challenges and technologies.
How can teachers ensure that homework is beneficial for students?
Teachers can ensure that homework is beneficial for students by:
• Assigning purposeful and relevant homework : Homework assignments should be designed to reinforce concepts learned in class, prepare students for upcoming exams, and provide an opportunity for independent practice.
• Ensuring appropriate level of difficulty : Homework assignments should be challenging but not too difficult for the students’ level of understanding.
• Providing timely feedback : Teachers should provide feedback on homework assignments in a timely manner, so students can use it to improve their understanding of the material.
• Encouraging student engagement : Teachers should provide opportunities for students to ask questions and engage with the material, both in class and through homework assignments.
• Balancing quantity with quality : Homework should not be excessive, as this can lead to stress and burnout. Instead, teachers should focus on quality assignments that are purposeful and relevant.
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Unveiling Why Homework Should not be Banned?
- Post author By admin
- August 18, 2023
Discover the compelling reasons why homework should not be banned in schools. Explore how homework fosters skills, responsibility, and academic growth. Learn why removing homework might hinder students’ development.
Hey there, homework haters and education enthusiasts alike! We’re about to dive into a topic that’s stirred up a storm in schools and households – should homework be banned?
Yep, you’ve heard those whispers, but hold up! Before we jump into conclusions, let’s have a friendly chat about why homework might still have a place in our learning journey.
So, grab your thinking cap and let’s explore why bidding farewell to homework might not be as straightforward as it seems. Ready? Let’s roll!
Table of Contents
Why Homework Matters?
Have a close look at why homework matters.
Practice Makes Perfect
Homework is like your personal practice arena. It’s where you put into action all the cool stuff you learned in class. Remember acing that math problem after solving it at home? Yep, that’s the feeling of triumph you get.
Time Management Champ
Homework is your time management coach. Figuring out when to tackle assignments shows you how to balance work and play. And trust us, that’s a skill you’ll be thanking homework for later in life.
Life’s not just textbooks and exams. Homework gets you ready for the real world. Whether it’s managing tasks or juggling responsibilities, those lessons learned while tackling assignments will come in handy.
Homework transforms you into an independent thinker. It’s like you’re in a ninja training program for your brain. You learn to tackle problems on your own and unravel solutions like a clever detective.
It’s not about rote memorization. Homework is your brain’s workout session. It pushes your mind to think critically, analyze situations, and come up with creative solutions. Your brain gets stronger, and so do your thinking skills.
Homework is your study lab. It’s where you discover your ideal study conditions. Do you need complete silence or a bit of background music? Are you a day-time studier or a midnight genius? Homework helps you figure it all out.
Homework turns your family into co-learners. When you chat about your assignments, it’s like having mini-lessons at home. You get to share what you’re learning and maybe even teach them a thing or two.
Homework sometimes gives you a preview of the future. You’ll read ahead, and suddenly in class, it’s like you’ve got superpowers. You’ll be answering questions like a champion and impressing everyone.
See Your Progress
Homework is your progress tracker. As you tackle assignments, you’ll notice how much you’ve learned and improved. Those “Aha!” moments are like high-fives from yourself, reminding you how awesome you are.
No More Forgetfulness
Homework is your memory’s best friend. It keeps all those amazing facts and formulas fresh in your mind. So when you need them for a test or just to impress your friends, they’re right there, ready to roll.
So, don’t look at homework as a mountain of boredom. It’s your secret weapon to becoming a learning superhero, one assignment at a time!
20 Reasons Why Homework Should not be Banned
Have a close look at 20 reasons why homework should not be banned.
Homework isn’t just a chore – it’s your personal practice arena. Just like a soccer player practices their kicks, you practice what you’ve learned in class.
Remember that tricky math equation? Homework gives you a chance to tackle it again, making sure it stays in your brain for the long haul.
Imagine you’re the captain of a spaceship. Completing homework on time is like steering that spaceship – you’re in charge!
When you meet homework deadlines, you’re showing responsibility, a superpower that makes you reliable in school and beyond.
Prepares for Real Life
Life isn’t always a smooth ride. Homework is like your training wheels for life’s challenges. Whether it’s taking out the trash or finishing a project at work, homework teaches you to manage tasks, no matter how busy life gets.
Homework turns you into a learning ninja. You’re like a detective hunting for clues on your own. When you figure things out without help, you’re building the ultimate power – independence.
Enhances Critical Thinking
Ever solved a puzzle that made your brain do a happy dance? Homework is like that puzzle. It’s not just about finishing it; it’s about figuring out how. This makes your brain sharper and helps you tackle real-world problems creatively.
Strengthens Study Habits
Imagine you’re a scientist experimenting with different potions. Homework lets you experiment with how you study best. You find the perfect mix of time, place, and method, so studying becomes a breeze.
Connects Home and School
Remember the feeling of showing off a new toy to your family? Homework lets you show off what you’re learning. When you discuss it at home, you’re building a bridge between school and family life.
Previews Upcoming Lessons
Imagine getting a sneak peek of next week’s video game levels. Homework sometimes gives you a preview of what’s coming up in class. You’ll feel like you’re in on a secret mission.
Homework is like a report card for your brain. When you do it, you get to see what you’re great at and where you can improve. It’s like getting a treasure map that shows you the path to success.
Think of homework as a magical spell that banishes forgetting. Regular practice keeps your memory fresh. That’s how you keep acing the things you learned weeks ago.
Imagine you’re climbing a mountain. Homework can sometimes feel like a steep hill. But the best part? You never give up. Overcoming those challenges builds your inner strength and helps you conquer bigger mountains in life.
Remember asking “Why?” a million times as a kid? Homework lets you do that with your school subjects. When you’re curious and ask questions, you’re becoming a mini scientist on a quest for knowledge.
Improves Time Management
Think of time as your magic wand, and homework as a spell you have to cast. Homework teaches you how to use your wand wisely. You’ll become a time-management wizard who can balance school, fun, and everything else.
Cultivates Research Skills
Imagine being a detective, hunting for clues in a mysterious case. Homework sometimes sends you on a similar mission – finding information. You’re not just learning; you’re becoming a savvy researcher too.
Develops Communication Skills
Remember telling your friends about a cool adventure you had? Homework is your chance to tell stories on paper. Writing assignments boost your storytelling and communication skills.
Prepares for Exams
Imagine exams are like video game bosses. Homework is your training ground, helping you level up. When you practice what you’ve learned, you’re ready to face those tough bosses with confidence.
Think of homework like a canvas waiting for your artistic touch. Creative assignments let you unleash your imagination. You’re not just learning; you’re creating something unique and awesome.
Imagine your homework as a promise you make to your teachers. Completing it shows them you’re responsible and committed to your learning journey. It’s like being a superhero with integrity.
Remember the thrill of working together on a group project? Homework can be like that – a team adventure! You learn to listen to others, share ideas, and create something amazing as a team.
Promotes Lifelong Learning
Imagine your brain as a treasure chest, and homework as the key to unlocking it. Homework isn’t just for school; it’s a habit that sticks with you, making you curious, eager to learn, and ready to conquer any challenge life throws your way.
So, before you consider waving the “ban homework” flag, remember these 20 reasons. Homework is like a toolbox filled with skills that’ll make you a super learner in school and in life!
Why should they not ban homework?
Homework shouldn’t be banned because it:
- Builds responsibility and time management.
- Prepares for real-world tasks.
- Boosts independent learning and critical thinking.
- Provides feedback and identifies areas for improvement.
- Prevents forgetting and maintains a strong foundation.
- Encourages perseverance and resilience.
- Nurtures curiosity and further exploration.
- Improves time management skills.
- Develops communication and research abilities.
- Prepares for exams and structured assessments.
- Promotes creativity and diverse problem-solving.
- Fosters responsibility and commitment to education.
- Encourages collaboration and teamwork.
- Cultivates a habit of continuous learning.
In essence, homework equips you with skills and habits that extend beyond the classroom, helping you succeed in the long run.
What are the benefits of homework?
Have a close look at the benefits of homework.
Homework’s like your memory workout. When you keep practicing through assignments, you remember stuff better for the long haul. It’s like having a trusty vault of knowledge that’s always there when you need it.
Homework’s your responsibility coach. When you get those assignments done on time, you’re not just doing the work – you’re becoming a time management champ. It’s like mastering the art of juggling, but with tasks.
Builds Study Habits
Homework’s your study buddy. By doing assignments regularly, you’re actually training your brain to focus better. It’s like forming a habit that makes studying feel like second nature.
Homework’s your ticket to being a learning explorer. As you dive into assignments, you’re taking the wheel of your learning journey. This independence boost makes you feel like you’re ready to conquer new challenges.
Homework’s your skill-building playground. While you’re crunching numbers, writing essays, or digging into topics, you’re also sharpening skills like research and time management. These skills aren’t just for school – they’re life skills.
Creative assignments are like your imagination spark. They push you to think outside the box, try new angles, and show your ideas in cool ways. Whether it’s a story or a project, creativity gets a big high-five from homework.
Homework’s like a teaser trailer for what’s next. Sometimes, assignments drop hints about upcoming topics. So, when your teacher dives into it, you’re already in the know, nodding along like a pro.
Meeting homework deadlines isn’t just about getting stuff done. It’s showing that you’re responsible for your education. It’s like a little flag that says, “Hey, I’m committed to this learning journey!”
Group assignments are your teamwork practice. When you team up with classmates, you’re learning how to talk, share ideas, and work together. These are skills that work not just in school, but in the big wide world too.
Homework’s got your back against last-minute panic. When you make studying and finishing tasks a regular thing, you’re creating a routine that kicks procrastination out the door. It’s like having your own superhero sidekick against the urge to delay things.
In essence, homework offers a range of benefits that extend beyond academic achievement, preparing you for success in various aspects of life.
What would happen if homework was banned?
Have a close look at what would happen if homework was banned.
Think of homework like practice for a sport. If it’s gone, you might not get as many chances to practice what you learn in class. It’s like skipping practice sessions and then feeling a bit rusty during the big game.
Homework isn’t just about the assignments. It’s like a secret teacher that helps you learn skills like time management and responsibility. Without it, you might miss out on learning these important life skills. It’s like skipping the “how to ride a bike” lesson.
Homework is like your superhero sidekick for tests. It helps you get ready and confident. Without homework, tests might feel like facing a boss level in a video game without any power-ups.
Homework is like a puzzle that makes your brain stronger. It makes you think hard, solve problems, and get those brain muscles working. Without it, you might not get to flex your thinking skills as much. It’s like having a gym but never going.
When you finish your homework, you’re showing that you’re in charge of your learning journey. You’re taking responsibility for your education. No homework might mean missing out on this important lesson in being responsible.
Homework chats at home are like mini classroom sessions. They’re your chance to tell your family all the cool stuff you’re learning. Without homework, you might not have as much to share with them about your school adventures.
Homework is like a time management coach. It helps you figure out how to get things done on time. Without it, managing your time might feel a bit like solving a tricky puzzle without any hints.
Parents Less Involved
Homework often brings your parents into your learning journey. They get to help you, learn with you, and cheer you on. Without homework, they might be a little less involved in your school adventures.
Skills Practice Missing
Homework is like a practice ground for skills like researching and writing. Without it, you might not get to sharpen these skills as often. It’s like having a musical instrument but never playing any tunes.
Homework is like a sneak peek at your progress. It shows you where you’re doing great and where you might need a little help. Without it, you might not get that helpful feedback that makes you even better at what you do.
So, if homework disappeared, we might miss out on practicing, learning important skills, and getting ready for tests. It’s like losing a helpful teammate on our learning journey.
Is homework necessary pros and cons?
- Reinforces Learning: Homework helps reinforce what’s learned in class, making sure the concepts stick.
- Practice Makes Perfect: Regular practice through homework improves understanding and retention.
- Prepares for Assessments: Homework readies students for exams and quizzes, boosting confidence.
- Skill Development: Completing assignments hones time management and responsibility skills.
- Critical Thinking: Homework encourages deep thinking and problem-solving, boosting skills.
- Parental Involvement: Homework discussions at home engage parents in students’ learning.
- Independent Learning: Homework fosters self-directed learning and independent thinking.
- Life Skills: Homework teaches skills like research, writing, and task management.
- Future Readiness: Homework preps students for future tasks that require meeting deadlines.
- Feedback Loop: Homework offers feedback, helping students identify areas for improvement.
- Stress and Overload: Too much homework can lead to stress and impact students’ well-being.
- Time Constraints: Homework can consume time meant for extracurricular activities, hobbies, and family time.
- Unequal Access: Some students might not have the resources at home to complete assignments.
- Creativity Limitation: Excessive homework might limit time for creative activities outside school.
- Diminished Engagement: Repetitive or excessive homework can lead to disengagement from learning.
- Burnout Risk: An overload of homework might lead to burnout and decreased interest in learning.
- Inflexibility: Homework might not account for different learning paces and styles.
- Parental Pressure: Homework can sometimes lead to undue parental pressure and involvement.
- Reduced Family Time: Too much homework might cut into valuable family time.
- Impact on Sleep: Excessive homework can affect sleep patterns, impacting overall health.
- Balancing the benefits and drawbacks of homework is essential to ensure it contributes positively to students’ education and overall well-being.
So, that’s the scoop on why homework shouldn’t be banned. It’s like a helper on your learning journey, giving you a chance to practice and become a pro at what you’ve learned in class. It’s not just about school stuff – homework teaches you skills like managing time, thinking critically, and being responsible.
Sure, there are times when homework might feel like a mountain to climb, and we get it – nobody wants to drown in assignments. But here’s the thing: finding a balance is the key.
Instead of waving goodbye to homework completely, we can make it work better for everyone. We’re talking about assignments that actually make sense, and that don’t gobble up all your free time.
In the end, it’s about making homework your sidekick, not your arch-nemesis. With a bit of homework magic, you’re not just acing tests – you’re picking up life skills that will come in handy down the road.
So, the next time you’re scribbling away on an assignment, remember – it’s more than just paper and ink; it’s your ticket to learning and growing in and out of the classroom.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is homework causing excessive stress.
It’s important to strike a balance between the amount of homework assigned and its impact on students’ stress levels. Teachers should consider assigning reasonable amounts and providing guidance on time management.
Does homework infringe on students’ free time?
Homework should be designed to complement, not replace, students’ free time. Effective assignments can be completed within a reasonable timeframe, leaving ample time for extracurricular activities and relaxation.
Are students spending too much time indoors?
Homework can be an opportunity for students to explore topics beyond the classroom. Assignments that encourage outdoor exploration, research, or creative projects can address this concern.
Does homework impede creativity?
Homework can be structured to foster creativity. Assignments that allow for personal expression, critical thinking, and alternative approaches can actually enhance students’ creative abilities.
Does homework negatively impact family time?
By setting clear guidelines and expectations for homework completion, students can manage their time effectively and still participate in family activities.
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