Should young students do a lot of homework?

@scheng1 (24815)
Singapore
April 8, 2011 10:43pm CST
Many young students in the world are doing a lot of homework everyday. In countries where there are national examinations, the teachers will pile tons of homework onto the students. Some teachers do not even mark the homework. They ask the students to exchange the assignments, and tell them the right answers. The teachers do not even know whether the students do it right, or that the other students mark correctly. I think that defeat the purpose of giving homework. Should young students handle a lot of homework? Do students in your country do a lot of homework?
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@o0jopak0o (6408)
• Philippines
10 Apr 11
well in my country, theirs a rule where they cannot give assignments in the weekends. But unfortunately i haven't experienced that rule. I feel that sometimes schools gives a lot of homework that they have no time to play and such.
@scheng1 (24815)
• Singapore
11 Apr 11
Hi o0jopak, over here there is no such rule. The teachers and schools are free to set the homework for students. Most schools even require students to return to schools in the weekend for some activities. Certain activities are outdoor, such as games. Certain activities involve remedial classes or enrichment classes.
@o0jopak0o (6408)
• Philippines
11 Apr 11
well when it was my time in school (highschool) we are also required to take part to a military training of some sort and sometimes out of school activities in sundays. that is why when i was in college, i was really happy because of all the freedoms i have.
@scheng1 (24815)
• Singapore
12 Apr 11
haha, military service at school! I think the army officers must have a good laugh at all the silly things that you all kids do! I think sending kids to wash toilets must be a very form of punishment. What exactly do army needs students for?
• United States
9 Apr 11
Now I pulled my kids out of public school years ago and have no plans to send them back to that absurdity. I know here there would be much less need for home work if they would stop turning on the TV in the classrooms. Stop letting the kids play games on the computers and stop teaching for tests and teach what needs to be taught instead of sending home to be learned. The kids sit in school 9 - 10 hours a day and to send home hours upon hours of work a day is absurd. Then they complain parents need to make the kids get exercise when they send 5 hours of home work home. When would they like them to be children?
@scheng1 (24815)
• Singapore
9 Apr 11
Hi Opinionatedlady, I think those educators in your country are absurd. They should provide an all round education, including letting kids have time to play and exercise. Over here, we still have physical education, teaching kids to warm up, play games, and prevent injuries. I think that is good. If kids stay in school for more than 6 hours, then there should not have any homework at all. Even adults do not often bring work back home. Why should kids bring so much homework back?
• United States
9 Apr 11
They get a lunch break and have phy. ed once or twice a week (they are on a weird scheduled) but it is not enough for a healthy kid. I send mine outside everyday. If too nasty out we do yoga inside. Plus they dance many nights a week. I wish the system was better here.
@scheng1 (24815)
• Singapore
10 Apr 11
Hi OpinionatedLady, I think the lack of emphasize in physical education and health education is a main reason for the increased obesity in the world. If only children learn what to eat, what not to eat, and visit hospital often, they will learn to eat well. Just too bad that the educators are focusing on academic studies.
11 Apr 11
I think doing a lot of homework doesn't really help the students. In my opinion, it's better to study smart than study hard. The teachers could provide different types of work/assignments/questions in the homework instead of making them doing repetitive work. The teachers could also make the learning fun so that the students are able to grasp the knowledge. I think giving too much homework would make the younger ones lose their interest in school. Cheers.
@babyEj (1525)
• Philippines
13 Apr 11
It depends on what homework are they doing. The OBJECTIVE is much important than the quantity. Homework surely helps! It allows the student to exercise his skills and develop himself. Homeworks do not only measure intellectual capacity of the student but also develops self-reliant and being resourcefulness. Yes, I agree ASIANS have more stressed students because they struggle hard from uncomfortable rooms, equipments and resources. But let's look at the brighter side, these struggles develop the learners to be more independent in life.
• Philippines
9 Apr 11
I don't think that the young students should do a lot of homework after school hours. My daughter is in school for 8hrs. When she comes home, she still has a lot of homework to do and I pity her.
@scheng1 (24815)
• Singapore
10 Apr 11
Hi Abatencila, I pity her too. As a working adult, I do not have to bring office work back home. I wonder why students need to bring so much homework back home. The educational system is sending out the wrong message. It seems that academic studies is the most important part of life, but in reality, it is not.
• Philippines
10 Apr 11
I agree with you. Students nowadays are sitting more than 8hrs a day that is why many of our children are getting obese. They somewhat lack activities than will enhance their social and personality development.
@myfb2009 (8304)
• Malaysia
9 Apr 11
My son was in the kindy stage now and same like other students, also need to do many homeworks daily. Although he is still at the tender age but he seems need to hold a very high responsibility towards his study. Sometimes, i do feels pity for the children who are still young in age, which need to do many homeworks. But, students seems need to do many homeworks, so they can get to understand their subject of study much better. I hope in future, the education department won't implement much more homeworks for students to do.
@scheng1 (24815)
• Singapore
10 Apr 11
Hi Myfb, I rather the schools lengthen the hours of classroom lessons, and let the teachers coach them on doing assignments. Most adults do not bring their office work back, why should children do so much homework! I think a work life balance or a study life balance is important. Over here, most students study for 6 hours officially. Then they have to stay back for extra activities or remedial class. After that, they still need to do many homework.
@myfb2009 (8304)
• Malaysia
10 Apr 11
Yes, a balanced study life is important so that the child can grow-up healthily. Until now, although the students have spend lots of extra time in the school but seems still need to back home with so many homeworks. Seems like, homeworks never able to depart from the student's life.
@sweet_pea (3326)
• Philippines
26 Apr 11
My son is in kindergarten and they only have assignments on Fridays that would be done on a weekend. They don’t have assignments on a weekday. I don’t think they should do so many homework so they can also have time to play and just enjoy their childhood.
@scheng1 (24815)
• Singapore
27 Apr 11
Hi Sweet_pea, most students here have homework everyday, even kindergarten kids. Their homework is much fun. It is mostly coloring and writing ABC, or certain arts and crafts. Some kindergarten classes have spelling tests too, a few words per week to get them prepared for primary school level. Once kids reach primary school level, the pressure of doing more and more homework, plus tests and exams. I think Asian kids have no childhood to speak of.
@cream97 (29169)
• United States
12 Apr 11
Hi. scheng1. I think that they should have enough of homework and not what they want them to have. My son gets a homework packet every Monday. He has to write sentences with his vocabulary words. And he also has to write his vocabulary words five times each. His homework packet consists of math, language, spelling and reading skills. He has about seven to eight sheets that he has to do. And all of them are front and back too. If he is lucky, he may get up to five sheets that is front and back. It is a lot of homework, but he has to turn all of this homework in on Friday's. This gives him enough of time to complete it each and everyday, before Friday. This is how it is with my son. My daughter on the other hand has homework every weekend. She will get homework every Friday. And I always turn her homework in on Monday of the following week. She has up to three to four sheets, and they are not front and back sheets either. Her homework consists of her tracing and writing letters, shape coordination, matching and numerical sequences. Her homework is very easy. Sometimes both her and her brother has coloring that they have to do as well. I just think that my son has weigh too much of homework. I am glad that he is doing it, because he is learning valuable skills that will help him excel into school much better. I feel this same way about my daughter, except that she does not have so much of homework.
@scheng1 (24815)
• Singapore
13 Apr 11
Hi Cream, compared to the students here, your children really have very little homework to do. Over there, the daily homework is about the volume of the weekly homework handled by your kids. Even kids in the kindergarten have homework too. Most kids can read a storybook by themselves by the time they finish kindergarten. Some smarter kids can even pronounce the different names of dinosaurs.
@lkbooi (16102)
• Malaysia
10 Apr 11
Hi scheng1, certain famous schools with their good reputation attract lots of parents chasing to send their kids there. I notice that students studying in these school usually have heavy load of homework to cope with often. I learn this from my friends as well as neighbors children. Yeah, here the situation is almost the same, not all the assignments done are marked by the teachers. The student exchange their assignments and marked according to the answer written on the board or from the answer sheets. Such schools are mostly located in town area. The teachers believe that doing more exercises would help their students to get higher score. I prefer students to have more time to do extra reading. Other than learning in school reading more books would help them to acquire more knowledge and info from the textbooks and school exercises. Students will lose their interest in study if spending too much time to deal with the homework. This will exploit their usual outdoor physical activity time as well Yeah, it's always wise to do smart work than hard work Happy posting homework, school, student, assignment, do smart work rather than hard work
@scheng1 (24815)
• Singapore
10 Apr 11
Hi Ikbooi, over here, practically every school is giving out tons of homework. Those neighborhood schools hope to improve the national test score of their students, and top schools hope to retain their ranking. Only in secondary schools then there is a difference. Top schools have less tests and examinations, but more projects. The students practically spending all their time on doing this or that project. I think that is good exposure as long as the project time does not eat too much into their rest time. Many schools also organize overseas tours as a study trip. I think that is a waste of time and resources.
@youless (88904)
• Guangzhou, China
10 Apr 11
I always disagree that students should do a lot of homework. In my country the children and parents all suffer high pressure. The study pressure gives everybody a nightmare. I don't think it will be helpful for them to study. It will drive the passion away and students start to feel tired to the study. And if they spend long time doing homework everyday, how they can have little spare time for themselves? They also have their own interests. I love China
@scheng1 (24815)
• Singapore
10 Apr 11
Hi Youless, I think the worst is that the rich people can get their children to the best schools. Even if their kids cannot score well enough, they can still get into the top schools and best university in the country. If their children want to study overseas, the rich people can afford that too. Only the poor kids need to work very hard, and keep on doing homework. They still may not get into the best schools since their families cannot afford the school fees and accommodation.
@jsoliven (14)
• Philippines
9 Apr 11
Homework should be moderate. more focus needs to be placed on actual classroom learning. Homework was supposedly designed to check for understanding and reinforce retention.
@scheng1 (24815)
• Singapore
10 Apr 11
Hi Jsoliven, I agree with your thoughts. I think many teachers are just too plain lazy to teach well, so they just keep on printing assignments and giving out homework. if they have used different methods to teach, and teach really well, there is no need to ask students to do so much homework. I think more hands-on methods in teaching is needed. Instead of just asking students to do maths problem sum, they can bring students to the supermarket, and calculate the cost of purchasing different items.
@Suzieqmom (2763)
• United States
9 Apr 11
My kids are in elementary school, and they get WAY too much homework and too many "projects." Their hours of homework a night translate into hours of work for me as well. The projects are all done by the parents, and the few times I made my kids do their projects completely by themselves, they were graded lower than the kids whose parents had done the work. So what is the point? Some homework, to reinforce what has been learned, is ideal. But hours and hours of homework only instills in kids a dislike of school, and limits their ability to do anything else.
@scheng1 (24815)
• Singapore
10 Apr 11
Hi Suzieqmom, I pity those kids without supportive parents! They have to do everything themselves, and then get lower grades than those who never do the projects on their own. No wonder many kids from broken families do not fare well in school. I think the whole education system is faulty. If only they ask programmers to program educational games, then many kids will enjoy studying.
@Mitraa (3188)
• India
9 Apr 11
In my view, all homework should be very specific and given in such way that an average student must complete it at one sitting of three hours or two sittings of two hours each at home daily! Beyond this, the home work becomes a burden and learning looses its charm! Our syllabus designing experts must keep in mind this point and also implement it. Thanks!!
@scheng1 (24815)
• Singapore
10 Apr 11
Hi Mitraa, if students stay in school for more than eight hours a day, I personally do not think there is a need for more homework. Over here, the schools are making students staying back quite often. Most students reach school around 7 am, and reach home after 5 pm. On top of that, they need to do a few hours of homework. Those students who are sitting for national school leaving examination are worse than the rest. They need to return to school during holidays for extra lessons. Some parents are complaining that their kids need to attend class everyday for three weeks of school holiday. After that, they have to do tons of homework. That is way too much!
• India
9 Apr 11
Yes it a very much common problem here too and am sure in many parts of the world.But i think it is no necessary that students should be given a lot of homework to solve.Because the main aim for the teachers towards students should be that they are able to understand the basics of the topic which is being taught in the class.And if the students are doing this,then there is no sense to provide so much loads of homework.Yes,in some subjects which needs practice,like maths,homework should be given but in limits. My mother is a teacher,and she too is against this.But the main question is will the cruel teachers ever understand this? every teacher are not cruel but every teacher are not good too.
@scheng1 (24815)
• Singapore
10 Apr 11
Hi Sonaimajumdar, I also do not think it is necessary to have too much homework for the students. Many top students can get best marks without doing so much homework. They have enough time to play, and are all rounder. I think many teachers are too lazy! They think that giving homework means they have done their duties. if they were more innovative in teaching, and bringing students out to field trips, there is no need to keep on doing homework. Most of us learn well when we are actively involved in experiment, not by doing tons of homework.
@dragon54u (31537)
• United States
9 Apr 11
It depends on the teacher and the school whether students have a lot of homework. I do believe that they need at least an hour's homework per night, to get them used to mental and personal discipline, but I don't think they should go to school all day and then spend 3-4 hours on homework. Even most adults don't do that in their jobs! Kids should be allowed to enjoy their childhood and teen years.
@scheng1 (24815)
• Singapore
10 Apr 11
Hi Dragon54u, I agree on the point about homework. Over here, kids as young as nine or ten do homework until midnight. It is simply ridiculous to have children doing homework, and parents watching TV or just relaxing. I think the whole education system is at fault. When the country emphasize too much on national examination, and schools which produce top students are constantly in the news, students definitely suffer.
@rosdimy (3936)
• Malaysia
9 Apr 11
No. As they say it in English all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. Too much homework can make the kids improve their academic performance, but not on interpersonal skills. Their creative minds will be stifled. In general they will grow up with a narrow viewpoint of life. This is without taking into consideration the stress that they face in having to finish off a pile of homework. In general students in my country always have a lot of homework to do even during school holidays. There are teachers who refrain from burdening the students. At the same time several MARA Junior Science Colleges are trying to bring back the fun in learning.
@gianfaye (52)
• Philippines
9 Apr 11
No. I mean, everything should be in balance. Like, too much studying isn't good. It could lead to stress and may leave the students not wanting to study anymore. Too much relaxation on the other hand will get you low-to-failing grades. Just like studying, too much school works should not be given to students. Many often tell us that it's for the future, so that we'll get used to work a lot of things. However, doing a lot of homeworks will take too much of the student's time. Then the students will realize that he/she's doing a lot of work on a single stuff than have finished other important things he/she should have done, like reviewing for the exams, eat, and/or sleep. Lot of homeworks could also lead to a lack sleep, which affects our brain functions. If you haven't slept normally, brain cells will die in a shorter time than it usually does. So it has the chain reaction. Students will get more dumb, instead of learning something.
@scheng1 (24815)
• Singapore
10 Apr 11
Hi Gianfaye, too bad many educators do not realize that their policies are faulty! Over here, schools are vying for ranking. Since schools are ranked according to the test score of the students, parents and teachers will keep on piling homeworks on the poor students. In the end, students are very stressed up, and schools get the ranking.
• Philippines
9 Apr 11
Teachers has the responsible to facilitate the learning outcome in any student or classroom the teacher is the guide and failitator.
@scheng1 (24815)
• Singapore
10 Apr 11
Hi Maunes, teachers are more like a master than a guide in many countries. In some Asian countries, teachers can even cane the students in public! This is not what a guide or facilitator should do. I think giving too much homework, and then not marking the homework, is a sign of laziness in a teacher.
@nishant5n (1067)
• India
9 Apr 11
Primary education is taken very seriously nowadays. Expectations of parents are increasing day by day. Parents want their child to become superchild in a year. They want their child to come first in each class. Teachers are also in habit of loading student with lots of homework which is not good. I think, at primary level, students go to school for about six hours which is enough for them. There should not be any homework to do after school, but this is not practiced anywhere. In India, there are some school which do not give homework and if they give any that is done in the school itself with the help of the teacher.
@scheng1 (24815)
• Singapore
10 Apr 11
Hi Nishant, over here the situation is getting out of control. The school even asks the students to return to school during the holidays. Many parents are complaining about the lack of rest time for the poor kids. Some schools even arrange for daily remedial classes for all students sitting for national examination for three weeks out of four weeks holiday. As a result, the students practically have no time to rest and relax. Parents cannot bring them for holiday too. i think too much emphasis on academic work is not good. Life is more than scoring straight As.
• India
9 Apr 11
I think, its not necessary to do lot of homework. But its very important to do all types of problems or work. this is because quality matters more than the quantity. Its not necessary to solve 100 problems of same type, but it is sufficient to solve 10 problems of 10 different types, just we should know the tact...
@scheng1 (24815)
• Singapore
9 Apr 11
Hi Ujjwala, I agree with you. As long as the students understand the concept, and can solve the problems, there is no need to do more homework. Some students stay in school whole day, and still bring tons of homework back. I think they work longer than most adults.
• United States
9 Apr 11
Some Students didnt have a lot of that.