Should schools make homework optional?
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I feel you are being too generic by just saying all homework should be banned. There are many levels to 'homework'; projects, papers, or a presentation. So, yes, homework is very necessary.
First of all it depends on what type of student you are, if you are not a good learner then you might need the homework as a little extra help getting there. And while you might say they can do that on their own time, a kid that doesn't learn well, will not want to put more work in, they would need that extra push. And even if you are an advanced student, sometimes homework is a good refresher, and it is also a great study tool.
Second, we all might get bad grades on homework sometimes, that's why it only counts for a fraction of our final grade. And doing homework is a good learning experience, it teaches you to write down what you need to do (Set goals), it also teaches you to be sure to remember what you need (Being Prepared), and finally it teaches you about the subject that the homework is on. If you are getting bad grades on homework, that is your own fault, and by not bringing your homework home, you are actually just hurting yourself. It hurts your grade, and it hurts your memory. You should always be sure to bring home your homework.
Third, if you were including projects in with the homework category, projects teach us a lot of things. If it is a presentation then it is getting ready for public speaking in the future. If it is a paper then it is helping you to get better writing, so you can write a good college essay, or a debate on homework. If it is a long project, then it teaches you to manage your time, and plan ahead for what you are going to do next.
So, if homework was optional then all the kids that picked not to do it would be missing out on a lot of good life lessons. And the ability to review for an upcoming test.
An honest 8th grader
Yes, some homework, like essays, are extra things that students need to complete away from school because they develop from the mail lesson, but,lest use math as an example, you don't get home work for things you don't learn in class (I hope). You only get homework as practice, or a tedious task.
The two main reasons for homework are; to see if you are understanding the information, and to prepare you for life when you need to be prepared and remember things. So yes, I do think homework is important, sure none of us really like it, but it is helping prepare us. For both life, and the test.
I know that classes don't always get everything done because of fire drills, distractions, questions, ext. but teachers could deal with this by not always stopping for disruptive students. Sure teachers could assign homework after a fire drill, but that would not be as much of a burden on students, as getting homework every day.
Another point when it comes to things getting piled up, if a student does not get their homework done, then they have a missing assign, and they need to work on the homework the next night. If this happens long enough, they get more and more missing assignments, and might end up going to summer school.
Along with homework at home, students have chores to do, and those chores can be more then just doing the dishes. Sometimes a student might need to mow the lawn, which can use up a lot of their homework time, depending on the size of the lawn.
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