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Resolved: Large amounts of homework are beneficial to the student.

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Started: 1/23/2014 Category: Education
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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I negate the resolution which states Resolved: Large amounts of homework are beneficial to the student.


large-of considerable or relatively great size, extent, or capacity
beneficial-favorable or advantageous; resulting in good
homework-schoolwork that a student is required to do at home
student-a person who is studying at a school or college


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Debate Round No. 1


For this round of debate, I will state my contentions and provide supporting evidence as to why they are viable.

1) Large amounts of homework are bad for children.
"Nancy Kalish's daughter was an enthusiastic middle-schooler -- until homework started to take over, consuming her evenings and weekends. When she started dreading school, the Brooklyn mom began to grow alarmed." This is just one of many cases where children are being overworked to the point where a mother or father might get involved. A group of Australian researchers have stated that, "Piling on the homework doesn't help kids do better in school. In fact, it can lower their test scores." Furthermore, according to Richard Walker, an educational psychologist at Sydney University, countries where students spend excessive time on homework prove to have worse results on standardized tests. These three pieces of evidence prove that homework is overworking children. In some cases, overworking be beneficial, but overwork defined by Oxford dictionary is, "exhaust with too much work." Going back to my first example about the daughter of Kalish, exhaust has proved to alert her mother so much that she wrote, "The Case Against Homework: How Homework Is Hurting Our Children and What We Can Do About It," to further prove her point.

For this reason, I urge a con ballot.

I have a question for you. If these large amounts of homework are negatively impacting student's test scores, how is this beneficial to a student's future life? Keep in mind that test scores such as the SAT are a huge part of college acceptance.


1) Homework helps kids exercise the skills they need to pass, and accelerate in education.
According to the "National Education Association"(NEA), Individualized assignments that tap into students' existing skills or interests can be motivating. It states that kids at an elementary school level, can help develop study skills and habits that the child will need later on, as he/she passes onto secondary education. They also state that homework is associated with greater academic achievement, such as kids getting A's on tests and some making it into higher education statues such as the "honor roll". In an article published by Doug Gavel from Harvard University, he states in his report that "The assignment of homework, over time, serves to foster the kinds of qualities that are critical to learning -- persistence, diligence, and the ability to delay gratification," she continued. "These [skills] become increasingly necessary as students graduate to higher levels of scholarship in middle school, high school, and beyond." Sitting in a room and simply listening and participating in class activities, sometimes isn't enough. If you want to master the skills and exceed in certain subjects, it takes personal time, and effort at home. School isn't the only place on the Earth where people learn new things. Just like learning a new instrument, you can't become a professional just by going to lessons. You need to take what you've learned, and improve on them at home, or somewhere else that doesn't have the influence of a teacher or guardian. You must take the wheel into your own hands, and drive your own path of knowledge using your own mind and body.

For this reason, I urge a pro ballot.

It's not beneficial to a students future, if their test scores are dropping due to homework, but knowledge is more important than test scores. Even though test scores are impotant, especially if you want to be accepted into a college. They do not always show the true amount of knowledge a being can have. They are simply numbers, that people use to judge you with, without even knowing much about you.
Debate Round No. 2


The majority of my opponents contention contains information about the basis of homework. Yes homework is beneficial, but the contention goes against the resolution which states, "Large amounts of homework," therefore, any argument against the basis of homework should be disregarded.

Furthermore, Finland, a country that succeeds in the education without the burden of homework. has a 93% high school graduation rate, against the United States which has less than 75%. 2 in 3 students go to college in Finland and test scores dominate all other competing countries. This is proof that homework is not essential to a student's success.

My opponent did not properly respond to my question as test scores base a students future in college (college being the determining factor for jobs). Why else would grades matter? Definitely not just for self gratification.


Moshmallow forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3


thekoradian forfeited this round.


Moshmallow forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 4
1 comment has been posted on this debate.
Posted by pure_joy7 3 years ago
Too much homework can cause students to get bad grades, be depressed, and stressed out.
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Reasons for voting decision: More rounds forfeited by Pro.