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homework should be banned

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Started: 6/6/2013 Category: Education
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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IamIndi

Pro

Homework: the backbone of learning. It is crucial that homework should not be banned. Even the thought is unfounded. Homework should certainly not be banned for many reasons.
First of all, homework increases your mental ability. Studies have shown that people who do more homework or studying are more likely to be smarter, rather than the people who don"t. This unaided just proves why homework is of such great importance. People need to do well in tests, which will help them to get a job in the future. Being intelligent just helps you all through life. Homework makes you cleverer, and if this is the case, why would you want to sanction it"this impression is just erroneous on so many levels. Continuing on, surveys have even shown that homework dramatically increases your smartness. Furthermore, homework also helps you to work at your own pace. At school, you work at the same pace as everyone around you more or less. When set homework is given to you, it"s your chance to work independently, giving you many great qualities such as independence (that"s a given), individuality and much, much more. This is also good because when you get to university you will have great study skills. The skills that homework gives you are vital to your everyday life.

Moreover, homework also gives you something stimulating to do. It is imperative to develop good brain patterns when you are young and doing homework can help you to achieve this. It"s very important that kids spend their time doing something productive and stimulating, otherwise all your brainpower is going to go to waste. When children get home from school, homework prevents them from wasting their lives playing video games and other unhealthy activities. Continuing on, you may argue that sport and other extra-curricular activities such as sport and socialising give your brain the same amount of "exercise" as homework, but this is just not spot-on. A fantastic way to stimulate your brain is to do homework. We need a balance between sport, socialising, and education. Homework provides this education.
So, evidently, it is clear to see that homework should unquestionably not be banned because it gives you something stimulating to do, improves your mental ability, helps you to work at your own pace and helps maintain an educational balance in your life. Homework: the backbone of learning.
emilyskates72

Con

Before I begin my debate, I will point out pro's faulty arguments.

First of all, she didn't define the topic, so I will do that for her.
Homework: A strenuous activity completed by students, however, studying done by students before tests by own choice does not count as homework.
Banned: Completely abolished.

Studies have shown that people who do more homework or studying are more likely to be smarter, rather than the people who don't. -This statement is not entirely true. Studies have in fact proven otherwise, saying that too much homework is counterproductive. It can confuse and stress children. Too much homework can shatter childrens motivation for school, and makes school dreadful.

giving you many great qualities such as independence (that"s a given), individuality and much, much more. -Homework does not just hand these qualities over to you. By doing homework, you use these skills, but this does not mean that everyone who does homework is independent. Also, independence means nothing in homework if the student can't even do the work independently.

At school, you work at the same pace as everyone around you more or less. -Not necessarily. Often as you get older, work becomes more and more independent. Also at school, you are constantly learning and being taught along with other students, and then given work to do, where you can breeze along at your own pace.

We need a balance between sport, socialising, and education. -Exactly, and 6 hours or more of schooling per day provides more than enough education, leaving only the mere few hours left of the day for sport, socialising and fun. Squeezing homework in turns the day into too much learning, and can cause stress in students.

Now, onto my arguments.

Homework absolutely must be banned, for many logical reasons. It is not right, and must be abolished immediately.

First of all, homework has been proven to be counterproductive. Homework causes stress, confusion and anxiety in students. And it's no wonder, since teachers have been piling homework onto students, turning a 6 hour school day into an 8 hour one. For this reason, many students have trouble sleeping, and end up going to bed ridiculously late. Homework has even shown to have a negative effect on younger students' grades, and minimal effects on older students' grades. So why is homework necessary? Banning it will remove these negative effects on younger students' grades, and will stop all problems such as loss of motivation, anxiety, lack of sleep, stress, confusion, you name it. Homework has even created loss of motivation, and students want less to go to school. It is vital for homework to be banned.

Secondly, homework takes up the precious time of students AND teachers. Every day, pupils are required to wake up at dawn, drag themselves to school, come home, and then have to pack everything they do into the short space of about 3-4 hours. Home work takes on average 2 hours, leaving approxiametely 1-2 hours left for everything else. Seems tight? You bet. This leads to lack of sleep because of the tight schedule. This can also result in children avoiding homework and getting punished, when the overload was not necessary in the first place. Not only does homework waste students' time, but teachers' time too, since they have to mark homework, when they could be planning lessons, and making fun classes. Homework drags children away from sport and socialising, to more education. This does not help children and their other hobbies one bit.

Finally, students may not be able to understand homework, shattering their confidence. This can make them feel nervous leading up to important exams and tests. This also makes students feel like they have to study like mad, so they know everything in time for the exam. Students will know whether they need to study or not, without homework smashing their confidence before they can study anything. Also, homework which is too easy will only give them a false confidence, making them stressed at exams. Either way, homework does not help personal study. Also, studies suggest that homework which is too hard does not help childrens' brains, but confuses. So homework is confusing children, and killing their confidence.

As you can see, homework is extremely unsuccessful, and must be banned. It is counter productive, wastes precious time, and is often not understandable, causing countless problems. Homework should be banned.




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Debate Round No. 1
IamIndi

Pro

IamIndi forfeited this round.
emilyskates72

Con

Well, now that she's forfeited...

Boo homework


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Debate Round No. 2
IamIndi

Pro

IamIndi forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3
8 comments have been posted on this debate. Showing 1 through 8 records.
Posted by IamIndi 1 year ago
IamIndi
Fine, u win....but maybe just MAYBE....I killed your pet dog
Posted by IamIndi 1 year ago
IamIndi
OMG how did u get the NINJA!
Posted by IamIndi 1 year ago
IamIndi
BRING IT DUDE... and yeh chaos heart girl or watever...do not mess with moi...even though i am young i cud smash u in a debate.
Posted by emilyskates72 1 year ago
emilyskates72
It is ON INDIGO BRING IT
Posted by emilyskates72 1 year ago
emilyskates72
Well hi Indigo! Haha your comment to that chaos heart guy XD
Posted by IamIndi 1 year ago
IamIndi
Emily, if u get this comment, my debate topic was supposed to be that homework SHOULDNT be banned. Oops I am a little tired. Btw....HI!
Posted by IamIndi 1 year ago
IamIndi
Oops that was an accident...sorry for my dumbnes. Maybe you should try debating some time genious.
Posted by The_Chaos_Heart 1 year ago
The_Chaos_Heart
For the record, being Pro or Con does not relate to the subject matter, but rather, the resolution itself. You chose Pro, to mean you are for Homework. However, the resolution is "Homework should be banned". In being Pro, you are upholding the resolution...that homework should be banned.

For future reference, think of "Pro" and "Con" as "Upholding the Resolution" and "Negating the Resolution".
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