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Should homework be banned?

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Started: 2/24/2014 Category: Education
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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YeungK87

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Starting argument for SP14 PHI 231.05. Any users outside the class are free to comment.

Is it simply an issue of "pure" laziness or is schoolwork outside the classroom counterproductive?
Debate123454321

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I do not agree one bit I think that homework is a great learning experience for kids and sure sometimes in mite suck but that's life. Why don't you want homework?
Debate Round No. 1
YeungK87

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Ah yes, let me apologize for the ambiguity from my previous question.

To clarify, I am asking that homework should stop being a requirement for grading. Most educational institutions have mandated homework as part part of a student's grade. If a student does not complete an assigned homework on time, for whatever reason, he/she risks lower their overall score. In the worst case scenario, not completing any homework assignments is an automatic zero (or F) even if you score 100s (or As) in your exams. Recently, researchers are arguing that the increased homework may have either a neutral or a negative impact on student achievement (1).

Some may argue that homework helps (or rather ensures) the student review the material for class. This, however, does not guarantee that the student will understand the material or get a full score on their assignment. According to various studies (2), researchers have yet to reach a unanimous decision on whether homework improves learning.

Let us take 3 classroom subjects many students love to hate: Foreign Math, Literature, and Foreign Language.
Math: I know many, many students hate this subject. From my observation, students would either show to class with a completed A+ assignment or nothing at all. While the instructor was going over the questions in class, I notice that students were merely just copying the board (if not falling asleep). They certainly weren't learning.

Literature: Shakespeare is a hard subject to grasp without mastering the old English language. Even with modern translations, many students have been forced to seek outside sources (e.g. Wikipedia, Sparknotes) in order to be able to participate in class later. This is not really learning but summarizing someone else's summary.

Foreign Language: Learning another language can very rewarding. However, I've seen students pass their required Foreign Language courses with As (and yes they completed their homework) and forget everything all too easily.

(1) http://www.nea.org...
(2) http://www.alfiekohn.org...
Debate123454321

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YeungK87

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Posted by Dufflepud 2 years ago
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The contender does realize he's supposed to be arguing pro, right?
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