What do you think of a no homework and no exam policy for High Schools?

@pilbara (1436)
Australia
December 5, 2007 8:45pm CST
I know of a school where they have these policies in place for students up to and including Year 10 (for those in other countries Year 10 students are generally 16 years old and there are only 2 more years after this - Year 11 and Year 12). The school claims that it reduces stress and that the students should not have to do exams just for the sake of doing exams. However, at Year 12 they are required to sit exams for all subjects. These exams are externally set by the department of education. I personally believe that this policy effectively handicaps these students, they have less of an idea how to organise themselves and they have not been trained to have good study skills. Then all of a sudden starting at year 11 they have to develop the same skills that other students have spent a minimum of 4 years developing. What do you think?
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@sedel1027 (17855)
• United States
6 Dec 07
Studies have shown that after the age of 11 or 5th grade, that homework does not help students learn. Student pick up everything they do in class and nothing more. I think homework is more busy work than anything else and the vast majority of the time once a child picks up basic skills - writing,read, basic math - homework and most tests are useless. The worst is standardized tests, those are such a waste of time and money.
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@olana1 (22)
• China
6 Dec 07
it depends ,for me ,i agree with it.because i think i can organise my time well,and i like freedom.
• India
6 Dec 07
i think even high school students need to be given some work to do.I myself am a college student and we never had homework and over the years i lost the habit of studying regularly everyday and i find it difficult to concentrate now.so i feel there has to be some sort of work given to students
@xunyicao (45)
• China
13 Dec 07
I think it has advantage to do some homeworks.It can deepen their understanding of shcool curriculum and enhance their ability to learn,more importantly can inspire their thought. The exam is studies the knowledge to a semester the sketchy measurement.It recalled the learned knowledge is also helpful.
• India
12 Dec 07
exams are important in each and everyones life,indeed the life is full of exams,so why not the students? the only way to know the capability of students is exams. if there is no exams there would be no difference between the students.so examinations are importent.
@Stiletto (4584)
6 Dec 07
I think homework is no big deal really, particularly as children get older, so a no homework policy is not in my opinion detrimental. However, the exam issue is different. There is a growing trend in the UK in recent years to eliminate exams and instead there is a tendency to opt for continual assessment and modular qualifications. I think this is wrong. I understand the argument that exams can be stressful but learning to handle that type of stress is part of life.
@rebeka (364)
• Romania
6 Dec 07
ipray to that....homeworks are killing me
@almajoes (54)
• United States
6 Dec 07
Exams serve one purpose: to evaluate student performance and to see how they are managing their studies. I think exams are not useless and that they should still be a part of school life. Exams can be stressful, but I believe they are essential and can help out teachers and believe it or not, help out the students.
@kareng (7980)
• United States
6 Dec 07
I bet the students love it! I think homework is a part of discipline myself and it also helps to form good habits. I would also think that studying for tests is good reinforcement of what is learned in the classroom. If no exams, then how can they tell if a student is learning and passing? I think this would end up being a disaster in todays world--think about handicapped students for instance.
• Philippines
6 Dec 07
i'm just wondering how else can that school assess their students' learning ???? i'm also wondering about the rationale behind that :-)
• Pakistan
6 Dec 07
I think thats not a good policy because. Homework and exams are to get students involved into studies and make them competitive. If u change the system, students will not participate will be lazy and will fail to achieve in practical life.
@fanji008 (782)
• China
6 Dec 07
Hi,there! Well,I don't think it's completely good for the students to have no homework or exams.I think homework and exams help to organize the study of the students so that they know what's going on with their subjects.They can tell whether they do a good job with those subjects by doing this.But I do think the school or the teachers should control the quantity.Students shouldn't have too much homework or too many exams,otherwise they'll feel very stressful.Since not everybody has the good self-control ability and not everyone would do the self-study at home,I think it's necessary to have some homework or exams.Thanks for the discussion and have a nice day:)
@nimette (339)
• Philippines
6 Dec 07
i think homework can be eliminated but the exams is important. giving projects once in a while can help kids learn to prioritize and meet deadlines. i personally dont like homeworks because i think kids have already spent a lot of time in school to be bothered by a schoolwork at home. at home they're suppose to relax, bond with the family and do some chores.
@misheleen73 (6037)
• United States
6 Dec 07
I don't think not having exams is a good idea. I do think that more of the grade should be based on work from throughout the school year though. The majority of the grades (at least where I live) are based on exams. Therefore a student can basically slack off all year, pass an exam, then pass the grade. Whereas there are kids that get nervous on exams and do poorly. Yet the rest of the year they had stellar grades. I think it should be more of a compilation of grades from different things. Also here, my son for example, is in 5th grade. He has no less than at least 3 hours of homework a night. I think that is way too much. What is he learning in school if they do so much at home? Also when is he supposed to just be a kid? He gets home from school at 3:30pm, spends 3 hours on homework, eats dinner, bathes and off to bed. I don't think it's very fair to the kids.
• United States
6 Dec 07
I personally love homework and I have six children, 4 in school. It teaches them valuable skills and lessons. It teaches them how to priotize, do things on deadlines, and discipline! In our school district though elementary school they give out the homework assignments on Monday so if you know you will not be able to do it on Wednesday then you can work early or you can do it all in one day and not have any more. It teaches you to be able to make your own decisions as well. It helps with independent thinkgin. My daugther is a GT student. She finishes all her homework at school but has many projets. I love projects because it helps them express them self in many ways; artisctially, logically, and it helps show who they are. The downside is they cost too much for the supplies.