Reasons Why Homework Should Not Exist

  • Homework is control

    School should teach you to love what you do, not to loathe it. School should teach you be yourself, not take time away from your own interests to fit into the school's mold of a "good student". School should be a place of love, harmony, and self-discovery, not a place of fear, anxiety, and shame. Homework makes no one happy but the admins up top, because it means more money for the district. Homework, as well as other factors, contribute in making the school experience one of anxiety and stress. Let us be happy! Stop thinking we need to be controlled!

  • I think homework is needed.

    Although it takes us many hours to finish, but there are benefits which we can't contradict. Firstly, homework helps students to understand lessons more clearly and have much more responsible in their studying. Otherwise, the teachers can evaluate ability learning of students by homework. Practice more and more helps students to achieve a high score in exams.

  • Teachers should give homework out to students

    Homework is a needed thing for students. Kids need homework to give them extra practice and understanding of what we are learning. Also if we have a bad grade by doing homework and turning it in we can get extra points to help raise our grade. So yes homework is something that we should have

  • Andrew S. Hi

    I think that homework should exist in schools. I say this because for me sometimes I forget what we did in class sometimes so homework is like a reminder of what we did in class. Especially when a class that you take is early in the day and you are still trying to wake up. Homework is also a good idea because in many situations with the short class periods we don't finish what we wanted accomplish in class so homework can finish what we wanted to finish.

  • Yes to homework

    Homework is a priority in school. Many kids would not learn the content if there was no homework given. It challenges kids to complete so then they learn from what challenges them. Also by learning this content kids can do well on tests and quizzes. That is just my opinion not everybody's but i'm throwing it out there.

  • Antonio López de Santa Anna Meyers

    Yes, I think that we should have homework. Having homework helps us find out what we are good at what we need help on. Then, once we know what we need help on, we can improve that area. Homework also forces us to learn essential life skills such as responsibility and diligence.

  • That Guy Jared R

    Homework is one of the essentials for school. Its not really much of a "force of struggle and frusteration" as much as it is a review. Teachers assign homework to make sure the STUDENTS know what they are doing. If they are not paying attention to the lessons, its not the teachers fault. Some people might say that some students have a low ability to learn the lessons, however the student can receive help from tutors or even the teacher can help with the homework. Homework is necessary for to make sure they know the required material for learning

  • Elizabeth s sup

    Homework should stay in schools because it allows teachers to see if their students are learning the content or not. It also lets students practice what they're learning and see if they can complete the work without help. This lets them see if they need to learn the content again or ask for help. Homework is also practice. As you know practice makes perfect. If you want to succeed in school and learn as much as you can

  • Chase B <3

    Homework is needed in some situations. If a student is behind in class, or if the entire class is behind, it's good to have homework to catch up in class. We have a lot to learn in just the one year, so being caught up is pretty important. ^_^ (>人<)

  • Elizabeth s sup

    Homework is what tells teachers that we understand the content they teach us. Without it the students who don't ask questions or communicate with the teacher often aren't going to learn as well if they had homework for them to do. Also when you do anything practice makes perfect. And that's what homework is. Practice for school and for learning. Without it our education system would be a lot less efficient and progressive. Keep homework in schools if you want to continue learning as much as you can.

  • At the start of the 2013-14 school year, the Fentress County School District in Tennessee announced that it would enforce a district-wide ban on graded homework assignments.

    Administrators explained their decision by pointing to the large majority of students who lacked at-home resources to help them with their homework. Anywhere between 65%-75% of each school’s student body qualify for free or reduced lunch programs, so it was  decided that students should not be singled out for failing to adequately complete take-home assignments.

    “We don’t want kids to be unfairly penalized for their work because they don’t have the resources or support they need at home,” explained Randy Clark, Fentress County Schools’ Curriculum and Instruction Supervisor. “Our new motto for assignments is ‘review and preview.”

    That means that homework in the district now constitutes an ungraded review or preview of current course work that’s the students’ responsibility to independently complete. Spelling words, vocabulary practice, and study guides for testing all fall under this purview.

    The Great Homework Debate
    Some educators aren’t fans of the new policy. Tammy Linder, a sixth grade teacher at Allardt Elementary School, is one of them.

    “Students have not had that daily homework practice in any subject that keeps the concepts ‘alive’ and moving in their brains, so that means that much of the practice time and teaching time and testing time had to come during the class time each day,” Linder says.

    Still, other districts across the country are taking second looks at the practice. The principal of Gaithersburg Elementary in Maryland decided to ask students to spend only 30 minutes in the evening reading. The decision was reached out of the realization that worksheets and other assignments had been assigned merely out of a sense of obligation to dole our homework to students.

    Across the country, parents, teachers, and students are also voicing their opinions in the homework debate. On the issue of the actual educational value of homework, it may seem straightforward to many educators that reviewing lessons and practicing concepts after school would correlate to a greater retention of course material, but studies suggest that the link between assigned homework and academic achievement is drastically overinflated.

    Researchers at the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education found in a 2012 study that math and science homework didn’t correlate to better student grades, but it did lead to better performances on standardized tests. And when homework is assigned, the help provided by parents often mitigated any of the positive effects of the work. Critics of this type of parental involvement say it can be counterproductive because parents may assume too great  a role and/or may not fully understand the lessons being taught.

    In April, Denise Pope, a researcher at Stanford University, found that too much homework can negatively affect kids by increasing stress and sleep deprivation and generally leaving less time for family, friends, and activities. According to Pope, homework should not be simply assigned as a routine practice.

    “Rather, any homework assigned should have a purpose and benefit, and it should be designed to cultivate learning and development.”

    Video: Do Students Really Have Too Much Homework?

    No Homework the New Norm?
    “There are simply no compelling data to justify the practice of making kids work what amounts to a second shift when they get home from a full day of school,” says Alfie Kohn, an expert on child education, parenting, and human behavior, as well as the author of The Homework Myth: Why Our Kids Get Too Much of a Bad Thing.

    Should schools then assign less homework or at least reevaluate what they assign? No, says Kohn, school shouldn’t assign any homework. Teachers who do assign it need to have a very compelling reason for extending a student’s school day.

    “My general suggestion is to change the default: No homework should be the norm,” Kohn says, “Six hours of academics is enough—except on those occasions when teachers can show strong reason to infringe on family time and make these particular students do more of this particular schoolwork.”

    Still, homework is so ingrained in the fabric of schooling that studies revealing its minimal positive benefits have been largely shrugged off or ignored altogether. For most educators, completely cutting homework out of schools isn’t a viable alternative – at least not yet. And many, if not most, teachers are unconvinced that gutting homework from their repertoire of learning tools is the best idea anyway.

    Tammy Linder says that teachers haven’t had the amount of teaching time they usually need to enforce classroom lessons and concepts. With the heavy focus on standardized testing already in schools, losing precious out-of-school homework time drastically diminishes how long teachers can devote to thoroughly covering a given subject, as well as the depth and amount of topics they can cover in a school year.

    “I have calculated that I have averaged only two to three ‘teaching’ days per week, depending upon re-teaching for those hard to conquer standards and testing,” Linder says. “My students have not covered as much material as students in the past have because of these factors. Nightly practice of any concept keeps the brain engaged in the topic and helps the student focus.”

    Karen Spychala, a teacher in San Jose, believes homework has value, but is concerned about its potential to consume too much time outside the school day.

    “Homework has its place: to practice skills and most importantly to involve families in their child’s learning” Spychala explains. “But too much homework that takes over everyone’s lives should never happen. There should be agreed upon standard homework times per grade level.”

    Reinventing Homework
    Are there ways to deemphasize the overreliance on standard homework assignments and allow students to learn through other conducive means?

    One option is changing the paradigm of assigned homework to infuse hands-on, student-led engagement with class lessons as a way of piquing student interest in the material. And instead of simply limiting homework to the teacher/student/parent sphere, allowing students the opportunity to show off exceptional homework to a larger audience can give them a further incentive to put in their best effort.

    Angela Downing, an elementary school teacher in Newton, Massachusetts, has found great success in displaying excellent student homework on the walls inside and outside of her classroom. By doing so, homework becomes disassociated from the standard teacher-student relationship and gains a whole new level of importance that draws students into the assignment.

    “This practice sends the message to students that their work and their learning are important and valued,” Downing says. “Students take special care to do their best work when they know that the final piece will be displayed in the hall or on the classroom bulletin board.”

    But for Bonnie Stone, an elementary school teacher in Tulsa, too much homework is too much homework. She saw the impact on her own children and vowed to curtail what she assigned her students.

    “As a result of their experience, I vowed never to assign more than 30 minutes of outside reading enrichment for my students,” Stone recalls. “They work hard in class all day. After that, they need to be kids and teens. And I’ve seen no change in the achievement level of my students since I stopped assigning homework.”

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