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Is Homework a good thing?

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Started: 12/10/2013 Category: Education
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schupbachjohn.john

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Don't you hate it when you are on a test and you don't know something? That is what homework is for. Homework gives students the opportunity to practice a skill that will be used on a test or real life. Homework may be hard, but great men are forged through fire.
urapai

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Though homework may help out, their are many flaws in such. For example, homework can seem repetitive, which it usually is because it's just supporting the lesson, children don't find in interest in it. They don't want to learn from something that they will have the opportunity to learn again.

Also, homework can lead to stress, which can affect a student's learning pattern a lot. Stress can even lead to mental problems which affect the student a lot negatively.

I believe that homework should be assigned specifically, to those who the teachers believe need reinforcement. And those student's alone.
Debate Round No. 1
schupbachjohn.john

Pro

The washington psot states that a study tht compares test scores with homework was conducted by, "Adam Maltese, assistant professor of science education at the Indiana University School of Education; Robert H. Tai, associate professor of science education at the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia, and Xitao Fan, dean of education at the University of Macau." The post says, "The study did, however, find a positive association between time spent on homework and student scores on standardized tests" (1) Maltese even said, " “if students are spending more time on homework, they’re getting exposed to the types of questions and the procedures for answering questions that are not so different from standardized tests.”

Lucy Hart, who is has been an educator and writer since 2007, said, "omework assignments may not directly impact student achievement, but they teach students how to study independently" (2) on the "Global Post." Homework helps a student study, and isn't studying a major part in college? Plus, don't you love those happy feelings of success when you finish a homework assignment? Homework can also make students feel confident in their work.

Works Cited
(1)
Strauss, Valerie. "Study: Homework Linked to Better Standardized Test Scores." The Answer Sheet. The Washington Post, 1996-2013. Web. 10 Dec. 2013. <http://www.washingtonpost.com...;.

(2)
Hart, Lucy. "Does Homework Have a Greater Negative or Positive Effect on Students?" Everyday Life. Demand Media, 2013. Web. 10 Dec. 2013. <http://everydaylife.globalpost.com...;.
urapai

Con

Homework can help people out, but it can have a huge negative effect as well. Many problems will affect some students. Sometimes they focus so much on homework and struggle with it that they have an even bigger struggle on tests.
Debate Round No. 2
schupbachjohn.john

Pro

Kamala Nair, a mother who had a child struggling with homework, found a solution with other parents, and shared it on Parenting.com. Her solution was, "First, talk to your child's teacher, with the assumption that he or she wants what's best for your child."(1) With that in mind, the amount of homework can be lowered.

Harris Cooper, PhD and some of his colleagues conducted a study like Maltese. His results are, "The results of such studies suggest that homework can improve students’ scores on the class tests that come at the end of a topic." He also adds, "Many school district policies state that high school students should expect about 30 minutes of homework for each academic course they take (a bit more for honors or advanced placement courses). These recommendations are consistent with the conclusions reached by our analysis."

So, you are right that too much homework is bad for students, but as long as there is that perfect amount of homework, than homework is still a good thing. Plus, word problems in math homework can help train students for real-life problems. Also, it is reccomended that college students study a lot of time before and after classes, and so a lot of homework can prepare students for takeing that hard studying.

Works Cited
(1)
Nair, Kamala. "Too Much Homework: Bad for Kids?" Parenting.com. Meredith: Women's Network, 2013. Web. 08 Dec. 2013. <http://www.parenting.com...;.

(2)
Cooper, Harris. "Does Homework Improve Academic Achievement?: If So, How Much Is Best?" SEDL Home Page Advancing Research Improving Education. SEDL, 2013. Web. 10 Dec. 2013. <http://www.sedl.org...;.
urapai

Con

urapai forfeited this round.
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