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Started: 5/16/2015 Category: Education
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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coolcatdog23

Pro

Homework loads should be allowed once kids get in middle school.
catastrophy

Con

In middle school, students are just beginning to find their individuality and join many extracurricular activities such as sports. Being introduced to homework loads will put stress on the student and they will be unable to join these extracurriculars and thus will not find out what they actually enjoy. If the student stays with their extracurriculars, they will have difficulty balancing everything and this will lead to a drop in their grades and activity performance, as well as a rise in stress. Moreover, parents will have a difficult time helping their children to manage their time and find a schedule to fit everything. The added stress can lead to fatigue, less sleep, and physical symptoms such as headache and stomach aches.

Since the middle schoolers had just come from elementary, the homework loads will be shocking if they just randomly get introduced to an amount of homework that they are not used to. Furthermore, they will not know how to handle everything at once, especially with curfews and bedtimes since they are still fairly young. Also, according to the Washington Post, there are no academic benefits for middle school students after 1 and a half hours of doing homework, so homework loads do not necessarily help academic performance, but rather simply add unnecessary stress.

http://www.apa.org...
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Debate Round No. 1
coolcatdog23

Pro

Pro says: " Being introduced to homework loads will put stress on the student and they will be unable to join these extracurricular and thus will not find out what they actually enjoy. " First off this decision has nothing to do with extra curricular activities, but to wrap it up there are several activities you can do in your free time, ON THE WEEKENDS!
Being pressured in middle school will prepare you for the load in high school, college, and will be a great benefit to prep for tests such as, NWEA, NYS tests math and ELA, and many others. Also, not all kids have pressure of homework, if they are smart they will finish their homework in no time and they will have plenty of time to hang with friends and play games,etc. If not enough time during the week there is always the weekend. As for parents having a hard time they can always hire a tutor, or if they can't afford to do so then they can send their child to extra help, or go to their local library and ask for assistance.
As for entering just from elementary, the kids will be introduced to homework load and will have a lot more responsibility. Also not all kids have a curfew, and they will have more experience or begin to experience middle school life. As for Washington Post, homework does have a benefit, it gives you more experience, and knowledge. Also, it helps you get more practice on the topic.
According to http://lessonplanspage.com... ten benefits of homework are:
- Homework teaches students about time management.
-Homework teaches students how to set priorities.
-Homework helps teachers determine how well the lessons and material are being understood by their students.
-Homework teaches students how to problem solve.
-Homework gives students another OPPORTUNITY to review the class material.
-Homework gives parents a chance to see what their child is learning in school.
-Homework teaches students that they have to do things, even when they don"t want to.
-Homework teaches students how to take responsibility for their part in the educational PROCESS.
-Homework teaches students how to work independently.
-Homework teaches students the importance of planning, staying organized and taking action.
catastrophy

Con

"First off this decision has nothing to do with extra curricular activities, but to wrap it up there are several activities you can do in your free time, ON THE WEEKENDS!"

Yes it does. I was simply providing a reason on the consequences of having a large load of homework; since it proves my argument, it does have to do with the debate. As far as most schools are concerned, extracurricular activities are done after school on a school day, not on the weekend. Even if there were activities done on the weekend, with a large homework load, students would not even have time to do these activities anyway.

"Being pressured in middle school will prepare you for the load in high school, college, and will be a great benefit to prep for tests such as, NWEA, NYS tests math and ELA, and many others."

My opponent has not given any proof regarding the fact that they will be a good "prep" for these tests. How exactly is doing your homework have any correlation on performing well on the test? I have already proven that middle schoolers gain no extra academic benefit from doing more than 1.5 hours of homework.

"Also, not all kids have pressure of homework, if they are smart they will finish their homework in no time and they will have plenty of time to hang with friends and play games,etc."

Majority of the students are not that smart, however- they are average. Therefore, this does not exactly prove your point. Also, even a smart student is not guaranteed to "finish homework in no time." Many smart students spend MORE time reviewing and studying, which contributes to why they are smart in the first place.

"If not enough time during the week there is always the weekend."

But you can't hand in your homework whenever you want. You usually have to hand it in the next day or the assigned due date.

"As for parents having a hard time they can always hire a tutor, or if they can't afford to do so then they can send their child to extra help, or go to their local library and ask for assistance."

I did not say that parents have a hard time helping their children on homework. I said they would have a hard time helping their children managing everything. The local library can't help with managing time.

My opponent then lists a source and some facts stating why homework is good, which has absolutely nothing to do with the debate. I am not questioning whether homework is helpful or not, the whole purpose of the debate is to discuss whether TOO much homework is a good/bad thing.

"As for Washington Post, homework does have a benefit, it gives you more experience, and knowledge. Also, it helps you get more practice on the topic."

Again, I am not questioning this. The opposing is just proving that homework has a benefit, but -she- has provided no evidence pertaining to why TOO much homework is a good thing.
Debate Round No. 2
coolcatdog23

Pro

coolcatdog23 forfeited this round.
catastrophy

Con

Since my opponent has forfeited this round, I will present my remaining argument.
In the comments, someone had written that students are "not delicate little pixies" ; I agree with this statement but the whole purpose of this topic was to prove what would happen IF middleschoolers had a large amount of homework. Keep in mind that this is not what currently exists.
According to researchers from Stanford University, a sample of highschool students in upper class communities did 3.1 hours of homework per night and experiences more stress, physical health problems, and a lack of balance in their lives. Although the students know how to deal with competition, they struggle with taking care of an important part of themselves: their well-being. This can also be related to middle school students, and have a significant impact since they are just starting to grow up.
While I do agree that being introduced to loads of homework in middle school will prepare students for the loads in Highschool and University, keep in mind that students in high school and university usually have later curfews than middle school students and thus have more time to do their homework, coming from personal experience.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by bluesteel 1 year ago
bluesteel
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4 points to Con (conduct, S&G). Reasons for voting decision: con had more everything. if you want to say that you want homework. you need alot

[*Reason for removal*] Incoherent. Nothing decipherable in this RFD says why it awarded argument or conduct points.
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Posted by catastrophy 1 year ago
catastrophy
To Elord's comment, I was not even talking about the US as I don't even live there; I live in Canada and we are ranked in the top 10 smartest countries.

And I am not complaining about the workload at all; the debate was referring to IF there WAS a large workload, should it exist or not?

About the asian countries, I agree that they have more workload and are smarter overall, but why is it that when they come to the US or Canada they struggle? Its because they are not used to the increasingly challenging curriculum because they are accustommed to learning everything at the same difficulty throughout their school years, whereas in Canada and US, you learn how to adapt to the increasingly challenging curriculum.
http://www.usnews.com...
Posted by Elord 1 year ago
Elord
I just want to mention that this country is based on testing. To do well you have to do well on tests. Homework prepares for this, and Con is complaining despite how behind the US is. Comparatively, Asian countries rank better and have more school hours, school days, and homework. I despise how people complain about the workload since it is so light in actuality. Children are not delicate little pixies who struggle dearly with work.
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