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Homework

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Started: 2/5/2016 Category: Education
Updated: 10 months ago Status: Post Voting Period
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ilikewhales

Pro

Homework is a good thing for all students because it provides extra practice for each student outside of the classroom.
aqua-ocean

Con

Students learn enough in the classroom. They do not need to go home and do more work when it is not needed.
Debate Round No. 1
ilikewhales

Pro

I disagree with this statement because in a recent study that was conducted, students who did homework for fifteen to thirty minutes a night scored higher on their corresponding tests. The teacher that conducted this study noted that for the students who did thirty to forty-five minutes of homework each night scored the same and sometimes less than those who did homework for no more than thirty minutes.
aqua-ocean

Con

I disagree with this statement. The first reason is because i think children should not be given homework because they need time to relax and take their minds off work. The pressure of having to complete homework every night is quite daunting for most children and they need time to refresh their minds and bodies.

Also,it reduces the amount of time that children could be spending with their families. Family time is especially important to a growing child and without it social problems can crop up and a family unit can be compromised by a lack of time being spent together.
Debate Round No. 2
ilikewhales

Pro

I think that family time is achieved even when a student does have homework. It is when teachers give loads of homework that it becomes a problem. Homework is good for young students and even high school age students because it teaches them good time management and it also teaches them responsibility. Homework helps students develop positive work pattern and helps develop good study skills that each student can use later in life. Homework does give some students stress but without homework, a student's grade would dramatically increase as noted in a study about the effects one school saw when they got rid of homework.
aqua-ocean

Con

Too much homework can encourage cheating because children end up copying off one another in an attempt to finish all their assignments. They then end up being rewarded for cheating which doesn't benefit them at all.

Also, a lot of teachers don't often have the time to grade papers properly as they are too busy with designing lesson plans and consulting teaching resources in order to just manage lessons. So by the time students are getting their papers back, the class has moved on to a new topic.
Debate Round No. 3
ilikewhales

Pro

My argument is not for homework to be graded but simply to be for practice for students who want to practice. Students who feel that they don't need extra practice normally do homework because they feel like they have to. In one study done by Miami University, students who excelled at a specific subject matter and got graded on homework were shown to have a better understanding of the subject matter than those who did no homework and took the test without studying at all. Homework doesn't necessarily need to be graded but homework should still be enforced and done. Many students blow off homework because they don't feel like they need to do it or because it won't benefit their grades very much.

When the amount of homework done was correlated with the students test scores, many students began doing their homework more frequently. In one school, the teachers are required to write the number of missed assignments along with each students test score when they get their tests back. This way, students can see how the homework done correlates with their understanding and success of the subject matter.

All in all, I think that homework should never be banned. Each student learns a little differently in the classroom so homework is a good way for students to review what they learned in the day and then teach themselves the way they understand so that they can score well on the test and get good grades. Homework should be done by every student because it is proven to help you succeed in school and develop good study habits for later in life.
aqua-ocean

Con

Good Argument.

I believe we should not have homework. Their are many reasons for and against this topic. I believe that children need to have time to be children. They can go to school and learn but they should have a break once in a while. However, students have homework piled onto them so much they work late into the night trying to finish it so they can keep their grade up. The dont get much sleep because their mind is racing , thinking about homework they maybe didnt get a chance to finish that they have to do in the morning or because they are just too stressed both at school and at home.

If a child cannot learn what needs to be learned in a six hour day, we are expecting too much of a child. We are creating a jam-packed hurried day without a chance to play, reflect and interact. Adding hours to an already busy day is absurd.
Older Children Are Even More Busy: So if younger students need a chance to play, the reality is that many older students are busy with extracurricular activities.

Duke University"s study (by Harris Cooper) concluded that homework does not increase achievement and it often decreases it instead. I spent some time looking at the "studies" regarding homework and they all point to a correlation rather than a causal relationship between homework and achievement. The bottom line is that the research is sketchy at best.

Homework doesn"t teach good study habits. It teaches kids to study, because they have to rather than need to. Similarly, homework doesn"t help children become hard workers, because the work is not self-directed. Want to watch a child work hard and take ownership of learning? Watch a child build a bridge for fun. Let a child read a book for fun (without the bribery of fried dough) and see just how hard a kid will work when there is a meaningful goal. Hard work is a product of motivation. It is an internal drive. When we a parent steps in an makes a child work hard, the work ethic diminishes.

In conclusion, I believe that students should not have homework because it isnt beneficial and it stresses students out tremendously.
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