Do you think our grades would raise if there was no such thing as homework?

United States
December 21, 2009 6:03pm CST
I believe that students hate homework because teachers and parents force them to do it, and make them do so much. If there was no homework, students would not feel pressured. It would allow them to sleep earlier, and pay attention in class. A good teacher does not rely on homework for students to learn. If you don't force someone to do something, then he or she will most likely do it on their own. Students will actually want to study and review the lesson. With all the homework they're given, students have no time to relax and let the information naturally set in their minds. Homework that forces students to start a new topic on their own is not good; it does not allow students to study and review the day's lesson.
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@MultiGod (86)
• Indonesia
22 Dec 09
I think it's homework that helps low graders pass the exam. No homework = Less knowledge Less knowledge = Stupid Stupid = Grade F Grade F = Shame
• United States
22 Dec 09
I also agree, but it really depends on what kind of homework it is. Most teachers give useless homework, which are assignments that make students start a whole new chapter in the textbook themselves. I think teachers should make homework assignments that aren't too overwhelming and review the lesson.
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@angelajoy (1836)
• Philippines
22 Dec 09
I agree with you that lots of teachers give stupid and useless homework to students. I remember when I was still studying my teachers used to give us projects that were advanced for most of us in the class. So my classmated and I would end up making others do our projects. It is our parents who usually do the work we can't do. And the really annoying part is that the teachers knew that we were asking others to do the work for us but still give us the projects. Totally pointless!
@angelajoy (1836)
• Philippines
22 Dec 09
They could have come up with something better, something that would really teach us something, but no. We had to do pointless work. I hope there would be better educators in the future. I think a lot of students would be motivated to study hard if they could feel that they are really learning.
• United States
22 Dec 09
Not really. Honestly, I think that students should have homework, but it should be homework that is easy for them to do and accomplish. It should be at their level. It should be for at least an hour or two hours each day with the exception of Fridays (because Fridays are for parties, we all know this). I personally think that ALL STUDENTS should master Math and their country's language (if you live in United States of America, then it is American English). I think that children should ALWAYS read. They should constantly be reading and writing because this prepares them for college (and believe me, parents, this what you want because college will demand them to read and write). They should master math and master balancing a check book as soon as possible. Children need to learn and know basic skills of survival, and both parents and educators need to give them these skills. I am so thankful that my mother and grandmother got on my case about reading, writing and spelling from an early age because it literally has prepared me for college. This last quarter at the university that I attend, was the very first quarter that I received straight As on my report card since I have been at this university. I worked my tail off for this I am glad that I did.
• United States
13 Aug 10
Math and their country's language should be innate to every student. These two are basic skills, and you can't get anywhere without them. Children should be reading and writing every day, not only because colleges like it, but employers like it, too. If you're able to write proficiently, you will boost the chances of getting hired. Also, you're right: homeworks should be easier and shorter. More students would actually do homework if it were simpler. Uncomplicated homeworks that quickly review the lesson taught in class leave the students feeling satisfied with themselves. As a student, when I am able to complete homework with ease, I feel that I have gotten sufficient practice; I have learned enough from the lesson to figure out how to do things myself at home.
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• United States
13 Aug 10
When I was a child, parents had to help their children with their homework, and I heard that today that hasn't changed. My problem with this: Children should be able to do their OWN homework, or the teacher should be available or free tutors should be available to help students out if they need it, and I say this because a lot of students do not always have parents around, or someone around to help them with their homework. Luckily, for me, my grandmother helped me out with Music (because she was choir instructor at a church), English (because she could read and write so well that she could actually decipher letters), and History (she lived through "The Great Depression" and World War II, the lady knew history). When my mother was around she would help me with the Math (my mother is a clerical accountant) and with Science (my dad was "kind enough" to let my mother have his medical books). Now, I know that there are people and children who are not as lucky as I am, but I have proposed to many school districts and to many teachers tutoring programs and after school help if they feel that their students need it. I think that it is beneficial to students to be encourage to learn and not be afraid of learning.
• Philippines
22 Dec 09
Homework is additional work for them to get grades if ever their performance of today's class is not that good, it is for them to review the subject even more. The students hate homework and researching, but these allow them to grow more and study more. It can be an advance learning. A good teacher must discuss the homework of the children so that they will learn if ever they made a mistake from it. The children have still time for relaxation after doing it, however it is still in them if they want to do their homework or not. What is good is homework should be given during end of the week which is Friday so that they will have weekends to finish it and their brain is still fresh.
• United States
28 Dec 09
"Homework is additional work for them to get grades if ever their performance of today's class is not that good, it is for them to review the subject even more." If that is the case, homework should be optional. As a student that excels in all of my classes, without the need or desire for homework or any type of studying for that matter, homework is just another thing that is monotinous, pointless, and worthless.
• United States
11 Aug 10
Chumpy100 makes a good point. Students who don't need homework shouldn't be required to do it. Also, some students require a teacher who will teach the lesson. Teachers who assign homework to do the job, and expect you to learn everything from the textbook are the ones who need to be taught. True, the student needs to learn how to read and learn things from the textbook, but teachers are supposed to be able to teach you what the textbook doesn't mention. Also, having a teacher explain something to the student will sometimes help the student understand the lesson. If the student can understand the lesson, then there will be a less need for homework.
• India
22 Dec 09
Homeworks really help the student to rethink what has been done in the class, thus the homeworks are good! Now, I am going to tell the situation in India! I am a college student, and yes they give homeworks! And the worst thing is that your vacation is not gonna be a vacation because they give holiday assignments! I don't want to reveal my university's name, but I guess this happens all across India!
• United States
22 Dec 09
Yes, I believe it happens all over, too. Unfortunately, some homeworks start a completely new lesson, and those are the kinds of homeworks I am against. However, I still believe that if there was suddenly no homework, students would miss it, and start studying on their own. However, there are those students who are and always will be lazy, and will not do anything.
@angelajoy (1836)
• Philippines
29 Dec 09
It's really sad when holidays get ruined by homework. I'm not against homework, but I think teachers should at least give students a break every once in a while, especially during holidays. We only live life once. We don't know how long our lives will be, so we must have balance in everything. We don't just live to work. We also live to enjoy life!
• United States
22 Dec 09
Homework is actually a pretty good thing. You learn a bit more out of school, although the US school system these days is all about memorization. They should allow you to sometimes kick the bucket, if you know what I mean.
@angelajoy (1836)
• Philippines
22 Dec 09
It's like that here in my country. Teachers seem to think that making their students memorize things is the best way to educate them.... wrong! Real learning does not come from just memorizing. It comes with real understanding of concepts and ideas, something that many teachers sadly do not understand. In my opinion, the Socratic method is far better than memorization. But of course, students have to memorize certain things for them to grasp concepts, but learning shouldn't stop there and teachers should not focus too much on memorization alone because if you really understand something I'm sure it would be easier to remember it.
• United States
22 Dec 09
I agree. Homework is supposed to be a good thing, but only when assigned correctly. Memorization is definitely not learning. If you memorize information, you will most likely forget it after you take the test. Learning a subject is just like learning how to ride a bike, or how to swim. After years of not riding or swimming, you will still remember how. Math homework is usually a very good thing. I think math homework, no matter what kind of teacher assigns it, will always help. If you don't understand how to solve a certain problem, you can always search online.
@saizo6 (2208)
• United States
22 Dec 09
This topic is really interesting. I think it all depends on the student's work ethics and dedication. We have to remember that not all students are the same. Some have to be forced while others aren't bothered by things like homework. I personally think that having homework isn't such a bad idea. It's true that it is a pain but at the same time the students are learning something, even though it might be forced. To get rid of it altogether probably wouldn't raise the grade for most people. This would just give them a reason to slack off more. Homework is used to see if a student is following along in class, so it's a way to measure their learning and knowledge. You wouldn't be able to tell if a student is falling behind or needs help if you got rid of homework.
• United States
11 Aug 10
Yes, homework can be a good thing, but only if it's used correctly. Teachers who don't read or check homeworks won't know if a failing student is trying very hard and needs help, or just slacking off. These teachers are the ones who often assign homeworks that take up most of the students' time, and do not review the lesson taught that day. I also believe that it depends on the student's work ethics. Students who need more than a gentle push would most likely fail even if there were no such thing as homework.
@hoodwinks (158)
• United States
22 Dec 09
this can be very debatable. some kids may need the homework cause they don't do their studying. I can see where it can feel like pressure but it helps to refresh their mind. my seven year old gets homework shes in second grade. now they are getting you ready for the homework so you shouldn't feel pressured since you have been doing it since second grade. also too I don't see why give so much homework, but some is good just not so extreme. there's just so much information that can be taught in a year. there's lots of information.
• United States
22 Dec 09
There IS a lot of information. I don't think teachers should overload students with homework, especially in middle or high school, because students have other teachers' homeworks to worry about. Some teachers assign up to 40 short answer questions a day. It can take over two hours to read the textbook and answer the questions. Most students just skim for answers and skip questions, rendering the homework to be useless.
@madteaparty (2757)
• Japan
22 Dec 09
As a person who has been in both sides, I strongly believe that homework is neccesary. Homework is a way of studying too, as practice makes the data to settle in your mind, as when you study by other methods. Students dislike studying too, and they feel forced, but that doesn't mean that they shouldn't study either. Studying implies responsibility.
• United States
22 Dec 09
Homework can be helpful, and usually is. However, many teachers assign homework that requires students to do the learning themselves, instead of being taught by the teacher. This is useless. If a teacher was there just to assign homework, then they should not get paid. Good teachers will explain the lesson in class, and assign a homework that reviews what they've discussed that day.
@merlinsorca (1122)
• United States
22 Dec 09
Yes, I agree, with so much work there is hardly any time for myLot I remember that when I was really little I actually did do the homework without hesitation as soon as I came home. That was only because it was easy in grade school, now the homework is many and useless. . . It has gotten so complicated now, back then you just had the book and you wrote in it, now you have to do this and that and whatever project on the computer. It's like the school still has it's last laugh, after keeping you in class doing "school" work (in my opinion it is work without pay) it gives you homework so you can't even have a free time at home. I think I would do better without homework because there would be less stress and I could actually work and study on what I want. If I don't need practice in something then I wouldn't have to do it, but with homework everything is forced. Like working without pay. . .
• United States
22 Dec 09
I really like your "work without pay" notion. It does seem like it. However, your pay is knowledge, and knowledge is power. Some students don't know what they want to be when they grow up, but some do. Some students find science and social studies useless, while others find it fascinating. A student who wants to be an accountant would not need to take chemistry or biology if he or she does not want to. We are required to learn all subjects because we need to choose a career later in life. This will help us realize which subjects we excel in or prefer. Homework is not essential, and some teachers are taking advantage of it by not teaching anything in class.
@anniege (203)
• China
22 Dec 09
Hi music. It all depends. For someone who can control themself they will have flexible time to refiew and preview lessons; for someone who can't control themself they may have more time for fun and sleeping. For me i support less homework more free time to arrange ourself time. So i can have more enthusiasm in study or i will fell that i am forced. Have a nice day.
• United States
22 Dec 09
It does depend on the student, but in general, students will feel the need to study once they are not forced to do it for a grade. You don't really appreciate something until it's gone. I had a friend who used to have only 10 minutes of homework everyday. He said that he actually wanted more homework.
• United States
13 Aug 10
wihtout homework i think kids would fail miserably, what would be there to reinforce what they learned, and when homeworks not required studies have shown that the grades of the classes are an average of a c when they could be an A hate homework but its hwat teaches us and allows us to do well. so gotta do it. for your own sake.
@thebestmom (1105)
• Philippines
22 Jan 10
i do not know if grades will raise. but based on my experience with my children, homework is a way where the student can review what was taken up for the day. and sometimes the whole book may not be finished the whole year if some of those will not be done as homework.
• United States
23 Dec 09
I actually don't think so, speaking for myself. A lot of the reasons why I was able to get higher grades in my classes was due to the major amount of homework that my teachers gave me. It helped to raise my grades and keep it up there when I didn't do so well on tests. Plus, some of the homework that they gave me actually helped me prepare for the tests. But homework also helped to bring some of my grades down to so it's both bad and good depending on how you look at it. It really depends on the person too so it's hard to say.
@oyenkai (4396)
• Philippines
23 Dec 09
There are two types of homework. One type is about the lesson that was tackled on the same day. This type of homework helps students commit to memory the new lessons. I find this type of homework boring, redundant but I admit that they are very helpful materials to review for tests. The other type of homework is preparation. This is when students are asked to read something in advance and answer a few questions about the advance reading. I find this type of homework challenging and very helpful for tomorrow's discussion. I believe homeworks aren't meant to be where students are supposed to learn things for the first time but are supposed to help students memorize their lessons and understand them better.
@Fulltank (2894)
• Philippines
22 Dec 09
YES, I think they help a lot in the child's mental development and to his/her studies. I often ask my wife why there are so many assignments as if even at our home, the teachers wanted our child to study their lessons. With more and more children getting low grades because of the effects of computer, its only the teachers job to see to it that they have done their part in the improvement of the child's learnings. And one way to do it is to have homeworks. And I don't see any teachers in my entire student life who doesn't give homeworks.
@snafushe (794)
• Canada
22 Dec 09
I don't think so. Home work is what prepares us for the final exams, and teaches us the material. What is the point of taking a course when you aren't even doing any of the work. It's a waste of time. I would rather do a mass amount of homework and be prepared for the exam rather then not have done any and not know what their talking about.
22 Dec 09
probably in some subjects. art homework dosn't really matter
@megamatt (14319)
• United States
22 Dec 09
Homework is a necessary evil. I used to really hate doing it when I was younger. Now, I can see the benefit in it, even if I did not realize it in the time. By doing the homework, I was actually studying for tests and quizzes. It forced me to read the assigned work in a way where I would just normally skim it without the homework. I noticed my grades skewed higher with classes that had homework, then with classes without it. Of course, I rarely did any of my homework at home. I always did it during a Study Hall or any time where I had a free few minutes in class. That's a trick that most people miss.
• United States
22 Dec 09
I somewhat agree with you. Too much homework can be a bad thing. Several classmates I know [and used to know], including myself, would feel extreme pressure when it came to homework. I used to get quite a bit, and sometimes would feel the need to cheat off someone else's paper to be able to pass. I do better when I can take my time to study, and not have to focus on making a good grade on each and every piece of homework. Sometimes homework can be beneficial though. For example, to do a written report, or giving a presentation. These are good for the student, because they help develop writing and verbal skills needed in the workplace. I myself was wonderful at reports and presentations, because I didn't feel as much pressure. I believe it depends somewhat on the student, and what kind of learner they are. Many students learn better from hands-on experience, and others are better with learning and remembering from hearing it. And yet others learn better from reading it themselves. I was good with both hearing and reading. But I do agree that too much homework and hinder more than help, especially with some of the grading systems in schools now of days. I had a teacher that for every question you missed, your grade went down a whole letter!
• India
22 Dec 09
Hey musicxrules, I don;t think that homewrok is the reason for the student being not able to take interest in his studies or not getting good grades in exam. But instead, just by doing homework, we can get a rough understanding of what we are about to learn. Like suppose in homework, we are suppose to write earlier what we are like going to learn for exams later, so then while doing our homework activity, we get an image of the study material and while studying it remember it a lot better since we have gone through it earlier. I think homework is very helpful in terms of gaining more knowledge!!