Should homework be banned?

@Rysonia (310)
United States
May 31, 2010 2:22am CST
Should homework be banned from schools or is there really a point to it all? Does it actually help the students to retain information or does it in fact do little more besides tear into the self esteem of our future generations? What if any gain do we as a society hope to accomplish from assigning homework to our young and do those gains out weigh any negative side effects of the assignments?
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• United States
31 May 10
Homework should not be banned. It helps students go through pages of the book and learn something. Also it helps the teacher understand how seriously a student studies. I know tests can do it. But homework is a way to prepare for those tests. Without homework, students will go haywire while trying to study for quizzes and tests. But yes, a few homework is really dumb. For instance, once when I was in high school we were told to come up with poems about geometry. For this, we were told to pick only one specific topic from geometry. That never helped anyone. Of course, everyone will try to pick the easiest topic possible.
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• United States
31 May 10
I agree to some point. Homework is important to some extent, but other times, it's way over done. I mean, mathematics homework is important because mathematics needs to be repeated to be learned. Spelling and being able to write well is another learning process. Maybe the homework amount should be lessened per day. I came home with about four hours of homework on most days in high school. It's hard to juggle a part time job and a social life at the same time.
@karen1969 (1788)
31 May 10
You both make good points there. I think homework is essential for kids for many reasons, but there should be a limit to it, so kids can relax, watch TV, etc. and also have time for any sport, music, other interests and clubs they belong to.
• United States
31 May 10
I agree with both of you. There should be a limit to how much teachers give. Otherwise, the due dates must be extended. In high school, I really don't understand why these teachers think that kids have nothing else to do other than doing homework.
• United States
31 May 10
Homework is and should always be a requirement. Life itself is a homework full of lessons. When we are young students we do not feel that way. We were always upset when our teachers corrected us, or when the grade point lowered due to misspelling. One thing for sure as we get older we do remember certain lessons in class that we thought we would never, ever use and did not understand the point to it. Take myLot for example, how many people on here ever dreamed they would be posting in their lives, which brings me to my point; some of the English and spelling can be considered atrocious. So the English back in school would have been helpful.
@lilxkaos (132)
• United States
31 May 10
why ban homework? its something that test you on how well your learning in a specific subject. If you ban homework, how will the teachers know that the stuff they teaching you is sinking in the kids brain. The only way is by giving test, quiz, or homework
• Philippines
31 May 10
It really depends on the kind of home the student comes home to. For me I think it is better to just give test so that the student will really study. Assignment well you can to them by not really studying. A lot of them just copy to other people.
@SilverKing (1021)
• Canada
31 May 10
No it should not be banned as it teaches kids responsibility,time managenment and sticking to a schedule.If they banned it alot of students would not put much effort into school.
31 May 10
Yeah i think it's a good thing but i also think it should be up to the kids if they want homework cause my opinion is they go 2 school 6 hrs a day 2 learn they shld have option if they want to do extra in there spare time. My son's a nightmare getting him to do homework when i wld rather he done it as he missed alot of primary school yet he tells me he never gets any which i know is rubbish as he is starting his standard grades after holiday's.
@karen1969 (1788)
31 May 10
I think homework is useful. It allows children to learn more than just within school hours. It disciplines them, so they have to work out their time and schedule everything into their day. It also teaches you skills of note taking, working by yourself, working to deadlines, concentration and so on.
@nixxi76 (3192)
• Canada
31 May 10
I like it when my son brings homework because then I know what he's doing in school, also this tells me that he's waisting time in class so this will be something that I need to help my son out with. Take care
@samaire (154)
• United States
31 May 10
I think it should be. You have to study in school with your teachers helping you and showing you what is wright and what is wrong. Most of the parents are too busy to help their children to study and if they have some time they couldn't understand a thing of math or chemistry. If you don't understand the things in school you won't understand them at home. That was with me. I thing we should give the kids some space and personal time. In that time they can go on tennis lessons for example
@redhotpogo (3979)
• United States
31 May 10
I think the point of homework, from the view of the school system, is to get the parents involved in teaching their children, but what the schools fail to realize is that the job of teaching falls on them. That's why the parents send their children to school, because they don't have the time to do it. There is in reality no point to it. When the school bell rings school should be over. Children shouldn't have their time to be kids taken away worrying about getting assignments done on time. When you're an adult working a job, you aren't required to take your work with you, and complete it at home. Its illegal.
@redhotpogo (3979)
• United States
31 May 10
I think the point of homework, from the view of the school system, is to get the parents involved in teaching their children, but what the schools fail to realize is that the job of teaching falls on them. That's why the parents send their children to school, because they don't have the time to do it. There is in reality no point to it. When the school bell rings school should be over. Children shouldn't have their time to be kids taken away worrying about getting assignments done on time. When you're an adult working a job, you aren't required to take your work with you, and complete it at home. Its illegal.
@kezabelle (2985)
31 May 10
It can be a positive thing for sure, my little girl is 6 she brings home a reading book and spellings its positive time we set aside each night to spend together, not only that but i do think its brilliant for children to see their parents take an active helpful part in their schooling but often due to work commitments not everyone can actually get to the school so homework can be that active part in their schooling. I think as long as its aproached positively then homework will not tear into a childs self esteem, I enjoy seeing what my children are learning and being a part of that and I love giving them my support it can be good in helping parents show yet again that they are always their for their children, so yes i guess homework is what you make it, makeit a chore and it will be make it a positive learning experience with a parent and thats what it will be :)