Is homework beneficial to students???
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Firstly, homework takes up lots of after school time where students could be doing extracurricular activities, such as playing an instrument or participating in sports. Activities such as music and sports help to teach students how to learn and act in the real world, and provide great opportunities for students to learn to be responsible and organized about things that really matter to them, and could be a future career for them.
Secondly, lots of homework makes it hard for students to explore their interests and decide what they want to do with their lives. If students have lots of homework, especially if the homework is about things that don't interest the students, how are they going to discover what interests them and what doesn't? Even if students do try to discover their interests, the extra time spent on this cuts into their sleep, if their homework didn't already, and this results in falling grades and unhappy, unfocused, and tired kids.
Lastly, lots of homework and very little free time is not going to get kids excited about learning. When people are excited about something, whether they are kids or adults, they devote time to learning and studying it. When kids are excited about reading, they read. When kids are excited about math, they do math. When kids are forced to do extra work after school, they began to resent school, and as a result, they began to resent learning. Although it is very important for everyone to have a basic knowledge of math, language arts, science, and history, lots of homework is not going to get kids excited to learn, and when kids really want to learn, they retain the information and want to learn more than the basics, giving them a deeper knowledge of the subject. And on top of that, if school was really effective, teachers wouldn't feel the need to assign homework! Students would be learning what they need to know in the classroom, and homework would be unnecessary, unless it was the students choice to pursue the subject further in their own time, or the student is a slower learner and needs extra help.
There are also plenty of studies showing that homework and/or too much homework is not beneficial to kids. Here are a few:
Although I agree that learning to be responsible and organized it very important, homework is not the way to teach those skills.
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