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THBT Homework should not be given out to students.

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Started: 4/24/2017 Category: Education
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I believe that for this debate, I will be taking the PRO side. In this debate, I will be introducing some reasons for why homework is bad and how it doesn't help students learn better. Some of the points I will be covering will be the fact that a lot of the time homework is simply busy work. How much will you really learn from a standardized worksheet? If homework does not provide opportunities for meaningful learning experiences, it's unlikely that most students will get a lot out of it. As a part of the PRO side, I am defining this motion as "schoolwork that a student is required to do at home'.


Students are not meant to "learn" from homework.
Homework is assigned to students to review a topic they've already learned previous to the assignment, and those students are expected to complete the assignment or review of what they've learned.

This is only beneficial to a student, because homework is usually a sufficient study tool, mostly in preparation for various quizzes or tests.

A study on this topic was actually conducted at East Carolina University by Department of Economics Professor, Dr. Nick Rupp. (Statistics on this study can be found at:
Dr. Rupp had separated the students in his class into two groups, each decided by a coin flip. One group was assigned a specific homework assignment which would count for 10% of their upcoming test grade, and the other group was assigned the same assignment but it was completely optional and had no score effect on the test.
In conclusion of this test, Dr. Rupp noted that the group of students required to do the homework had "performed a half-letter grade better, on average..." Another notable point to his conclusion was that the majority of the group of students in the group required to do the homework had scored B's on the test, while the majority of students in the group with the optional homework had students with the majority of C grades. Dr. Rupp did indeed acknowledge that students in both groups had received grades of A's, but the major differences were in the B's and C's group.

Another study conducted by the Associated Press in January of 2006 found that about 57% of parents thought their children had been assigned enough homework, another 23% of parents thought their students were given too little homework, and the final 19% had thought that it was too much. This shows that 81% of parents either agree with the amount of homework their child receives, or requested more homework for their students.
A third study conducted by MetLife in 2007 concluded that 87% of parents interviewed had said that homework had given them an opportunity to talk with and bond with their children. In the same study conducted, 78% of parents interviewed had said that homework did not interfere with family time together, and 71% of parents interviewed had said that homework was not a major source of stress in their child.
(Statistics for these studies are found at:

In a series of 35 studies, 77% of these studies had shown a positive correlation between a student's homework completion and academic achievement. This correlation is seen mostly in Junior High and High School students, and is hard to prove either way with Elementary School students.
The National PTA and the NEA have created a parent guide named: "Helping Your Child Get the Most Out of Homework". This guide states that "Most educators agree that for children in grades K-2, homework is more effective when it does not exceed 10-20 minutes each day; older children, in grades 3-6, can handle 30-60 minutes each day; in junior and senior high, the amount will vary by subject..."
In the same study, the learning of a student in grades 3-6 does not diminish from homework unless it exceeds approximately 90 minutes. The learning of high school students is not diminished by homework until it reaches between 90-150 minutes.
(These facts were gathered from:

These are just a couple of examples paired with their sources of correlations between homework and academic achievement. With multiple studies coming to this conclusion of the correlation, and a study showing that parents feel that the amount of homework their child receives is adequate, or too little. That same study also shows that parents do not feel that homework violates family time.
With the evidence coming from these studies, it proves that there is almost certainly a positive correlation between time spent on homework and academic achievement.
Therefore, I use this to support the negation (Con) case of this argument, stating firmly that homework should indeed be given to students. I'm supporting this side of the argument using academic achievement, family (specifically parent) interviews, and previous experiences with homework, as well as various studies on the topic.
Thank you for hearing (and actually reading this much of) my case of this argument.
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