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Homework Should Be Banned

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Started: 6/11/2014 Category: Education
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Cutiepuffle

Con

I will be against this.

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Conservative101

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I accept.
Debate Round No. 1
Cutiepuffle

Con

Cutiepuffle forfeited this round.
Conservative101

Pro

As Pro, I will carry the burden of proof in this debate.

Homework will be defined as "schoolwork assigned to be done outside the classroom".

Less Free Time

Homework tends to take up a bit of time after school, especially if a project is assigned, or the assignment is lengthy. Students are, at the same time, encouraged to take up a sport or club. This poses a bit of a conflict, where homework can tend to push away extra time where students can be doing other activities, such as being involved in one extracurricular activity or more. The problem is that, if a student is assigned lots of homework after school (or even a mediocre amount), there is less time for students to be involved in other activities that may be more important than homework itself.

Many students want to spend a decent amount of time with their families or friends, which can also be reduced by the amount of time homework takes. This can be hurtful in some areas, such as less social abilities or weaker family ties.

Reduced Sleep

Sleep is very important for a student, especially a teenager in high school, who needs more of it than the average adult. When a long project is assigned to a student, they can tend to stay up into the late night hours working on it. Sleep is important for a student's alertness and quality work in school. Less sleep can also result in worse school attendance. When one is deprived of sleep and must wake up at a certain time, it becomes harder with less rest to meet that requirement. Students then tend to sleep past the time they are supposed to get ready for school, resulting in an increased amount of tardies and truancies.

Stress

Another problem with homework is that it adds stress. Let's say you have a big project due and you need to put in much time and effort doing it. You realize that on top of that, you have more homework assignments in other classes to fulfill as well. This creates stress, which affects school performance and duties outside of class. Stress also results in less quality work done, since the student will be rushing to finish the work and because stress naturally has this tendency.

Study Time

Study time is different from homework. On top of reduced time, homework itself can prove to be unhelpful during tests. Sometimes, the material given in the homework is irrelevant to the material on the next quiz or test, and is therefore useless when it comes to that test. Studying, I believe, is more important because if you know what you are really being tested on, then you will know what to study and will use your time more wisely.

My Resolution

Some may say that homework helps people learn the material. However, it has proved to be more of a burden then a help, so therefore, it is in my interest to search for a resolution in which students are able to get the help they need without going through stress, reduced time and less sleep. It is this: in a fifty-five minute class, the teacher spends the first thirty minutes teaching the material. The next twenty-five is for students to practice the material taught, so they are better equipped for tests in quizzes. If a student is struggling on the material, he or she can be tutored by a teacher or another student instead of being given homework. That way, the student will be spending better quality time practicing what they need to know, rather than having to do it as part of their grade. Some students already know the material well, and therefore do not need to use the extra time doing something that is useless.

In short, homework causes stress, reduces study and family time, and can be better replaced through tutoring if they need the material. Banning homework will put an end to all of these burdens, and therefore I contend that it should be banned.
Debate Round No. 2
Cutiepuffle

Con

I must apologize for the forfeit, as I have lost Internet for a while.

Argument 1: It Reduces Study Time
Small practice assignments each day can overall help keep the required amount of study lower. Your brain is refreshed after reviewing something you did just a few hours before. Some kids may push studying to the end causing a lot of stress, but homework acts as a kind of studying.

Argument 2: Homework Help
There are sites out there for homework help or explaining a topic. If you have trouble you are able to look up how the problem works, allowing to sneak in more teaching time the student needs. Once they understand it, they can attempt the problem. If not, for bigger projects, they can ask a teacher before it is due, and smaller assignments tend to be worth less points, but they can ask a teacher about the source material when they get a chance.

Argument 3: It Can Gauge How Well a Student Is Doing
Smaller homework is less stressful than benchmarks, and if accumulated, can show a student's progress over time and what areas they are weak and strong in., so she can do something to help him. If there are areas where most of the class is weak in, she can go back and reteach it.

Now, for a few rebuttals.

"...homework itself can prove to be unhelpful during tests. Sometimes, the material given in the homework is irrelevant to the material on the next quiz..."

Yes,that can be true, but that be fixed other ways than banning it. This is just a kind of bad homework. We don't need to eradicate all of insect kind just to get 1 flea.

"That time, the student will be practicing what they need to know , rather than having to do it as part of their grade."
Some schools have done this by giving you all points as long as you put a clear effort into it and show your work.

" ..fifty-five minute class, the teacher spends the first thirty minutes teaching the material. The next twenty-five is for students to practice the material taught, so they are better equipped for tests in quizzes."

There's only one problem with this. It is right after the lesson. A few hours' gap shows you remember the material and it sticks to you a bit longer. Parents, and the Internet can teach you the lesson, or you can go to the teacher the next day, and ask for clarification.

" ...better replaced through tutoring if they need..."
Yes, but tutors are going to have to assign homework for practice to make sure you remember, and what you learned before sticks in your head for next time.

"... reduces study...time,"
As I have shown earlier, if done properly, homework can act as a form of studying.

I believe that homework should be tweaked and moderated rather than outright banned. If you don't have enough time with friends and family, no homework on Fridays so you can enjoy the weekend with friends. If it hurts your grade, make effort the only thing that matters and go over the answers in the beginning of class. There are other, better solutions to these problems rather than outright banning homework.
Conservative101

Pro

I must adhere to Rule 1, so I cannot post rebuttals to my opponent's argument since I am not allowed to post rebuttals to anything in the same round. Because there is nothing else to rebut from any other round, I have no choice but to pass this round and hope my opponent will do the same in the next.
Debate Round No. 3
Cutiepuffle

Con

Cutiepuffle forfeited this round.
Conservative101

Pro

Study Time

My opponent has pointed out that homework can count as studying. This is true - however, banning homework will not cease studying, because studying can be done without having a school assignment. Getting rid of homework will also help students become more responsible, because although homework won't count towards them, they'll know that the test will weigh much more toward their overall grade (at least in my proposed resolution) and will therefore be more obliged to study and learn the material.

Homework Help

The problem with homework is that students who don't understand it spend lots of their time on it. If they don't understand it, they suffer punishments if work is done badly or late. Without homework, if a student doesn't understand something taught in class, then they will not spend as much time going over it when it is assigned home. Also, they will not have to go through the trauma of getting an F on an assignment, and will enjoy school more if they can go over the problem in class without having their grade falter as a result of misunderstanding. The Internet can be helpful, but not everyone has Internet access. This leaves the poorer kids at a disadvantage, since less of them have the computers that other kids have.

Student Progress

Homework does not ensure that the student has progressed in certain areas as accurate because in some cases, if the student is stressing over homework, he or she may have their parents do the homework for them, copy the answers off someone else, or look up only the answers if they have access to the Internet. The teacher would not be present, so he or she would not be able to monitor the student's progress or help them when they have questions.

My Resolution

It is true that a few hours' gap helps one remember the material, and that can be done during study time, not always through assigned schoolwork.

Burden For Teachers

Assignment after assignment leaves teachers with lots of homework to grade. For some, it takes hours of their own time. By banning homework, that burden will be lifted from their shoulders and they will be able to get better sleep, as to prepare better lessons.

In short, homework isn't necessary. It provides problems for both the teachers and the students, and both will be able to teach and learn with better quality. It brings trauma and stress, and can be replaced through study time and independent learning for each student.
Debate Round No. 4
Cutiepuffle

Con

Cutiepuffle forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 5
1 comment has been posted on this debate.
Posted by Tyler5362 2 years ago
Tyler5362
IS this for real? Some people just lack common sense and general logic...
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