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homework should not be banned

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Started: 9/8/2013 Category: Education
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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20131159

Pro

Homework should not be banned. Self-study is one of the most important steps in understanding learning materials. Homework allows students to practice what they were taught in class. It also gives them discipline and responsibility. Listening to the teacher in class is not enough, in order to achieve your goals and become a successful person you need to practice and learn how to work on your own.
AkulMunjal

Con

1st before we begin we must define what homework is: an assignment given to a student to be completed outside the regular class period, this is according to the merriam websters dictionary, one of the most premier dictionaries. According to this definition studying outside of the class-room, and extra-curricular involvement do not count as homework.

Thus my plan: Homework should be banned, but teachers should emphasis extra-curricular involvement, and independent research.

Defense:
1. The pro's argument based on the importance of self-study is virtually moot, because students that are motivated will still be able to get involved with activities outside of the classroom that would allow them to understand the material.
2. Homework does allow students to practice what was done in class, however student studying can also help with that, therefore this point is also moot.
3. "Homework teaches discipline and responsibility" This argument is non-unique yard work, and house-hold activities can do the same thing.
4. "You need to learn to work on your own" this argument is also a flawed construct, if students have to be assigned homework in order to learn how to work on there own, they are not truly self-motivated, and they will not be able to succeed once students are not given homework.

1st: There is no bright-line, students are at school for nearly half of there day, if they cannot learn in that much time, than there is teaching flaw, and not a student issue.
2nd: It limits creativity: When students are wasting time doing mindless homework they tradeoff time they could use applying the skills they have learned at school. Instead of wasting time writing a literature paper students could be having debates about books, or instead of people spending time on calculus homework, they could be applying that in a construction setting.
3rd: homework prevents students from developing: students are on a permanent training wheel, and they never fully develop, they do not learn how to study on their own, and they do not learn how to pace themselves.

Vote Con- Ban homework
PS not part of the debate, but the resolution is poorly worded, it should include a should not a should not because homework is not banned right now.
Debate Round No. 1
20131159

Pro

1.Homework is not always a waste of time. There can be plenty of interesting assignments which allow students to improve skills developed during the classes. There is a huge diversity of tasks that might be given by teachers: researches, getting information from different sources, writing essays expressing individual opinions, participating in debates, watching videos and writing reviews. Some tasks might even challenge students, make them think creatively and improve their ability of critical thinking. Doing homework given by teacher can be as exciting as studying independently.

2.Yes, if students are self-motivated they will be studying hard, doing independent researches, but if your hard work is also valued it motivates you even more. Not every student is active and extroverted. Some of them need to be pushed in order to fully use their potential.

3.By checking tasks that are given as homework teachers can see what student struggles with, what are his/her strong sides are. Teachers then give constructive criticism and advice that helps students to improve their skills.

4.There are sometimes big assignments such as paperwork that require patience or tasks when you need to just memorize some facts, statistics. By doing these kinds of homework students learn how to deal with things they are not comfortable with. It teaches them how to work scrupulously and finish everything they've started.
AkulMunjal

Con

1st defense
1. "homework is not always a waste of time. There can be plenty of interesting assignments which allow students to improve skills developed during the classes". This argument is virtually moot in this debate round, teachers can assign these things but they have not, and independent study, and a push towards extracurriculars solves all of these issues.

2. "but if your hard work is also valued it motivates you even more" This argument makes sense, however it does not work in my opponents favor, if teachers give ribbons for students who achieve high scores on tests, basically the same affect is achieved, and therefore students do not need to be given homework.

3."Teachers then give constructive criticism and advice that helps students to improve their skills" This can also be done by using in class assessments, and therefore it is non-unique, and it has no impact to this round.

4."There are sometimes big assignments such as paperwork that require patience" The way this argument is constructed does little for my opponents case, students can work on these assignments during school, and even if they require patients, they do not need to be homework, students can do the same work in class and learn the same skills.

"tasks when you need to just memorize some facts, statistics" This is in fact a moot point, because according to the definition agreed upon this does not count as homework.

Extend my previous defense
Defense:
1. The pro's argument based on the importance of self-study is virtually moot, because students that are motivated will still be able to get involved with activities outside of the classroom that would allow them to understand the material.
2. Homework does allow students to practice what was done in class, however student studying can also help with that, therefore this point is also moot.
3. "Homework teaches discipline and responsibility" This argument is non-unique yard work, and house-hold activities can do the same thing.
4. "You need to learn to work on your own" this argument is also a flawed construct, if students have to be assigned homework in order to learn how to work on there own, they are not truly self-motivated, and they will not be able to succeed once students are not given homework.

Extend my offense
1st: There is no bright-line, students are at school for nearly half of there day, if they cannot learn in that much time, than there is teaching flaw, and not a student issue. This argument was not refuted, and therefore my opponent cannot win this debate, because this argument is apriori without an answer to this argument the rest of the debate is useless.
2nd: It limits creativity: When students are wasting time doing mindless homework they tradeoff time they could use applying the skills they have learned at school. Instead of wasting time writing a literature paper students could be having debates about books, or instead of people spending time on calculus homework, they could be applying that in a construction setting.
3rd: homework prevents students from developing: students are on a permanent training wheel, and they never fully develop, they do not learn how to study on their own, and they do not learn how to pace themselves.

Vote Con- Ban homework
Debate Round No. 2
20131159

Pro

1.""homework is not always a waste of time. There can be plenty of interesting assignments which allow students to improve skills developed during the classes". This argument is virtually moot in this debate round, teachers can assign these things but they have not, and independent study, and a push towards extracurriculars solves all of these issues." Teachers have already assigned these things. In fact I'm debating because it was given to me as homework and I find it very interesting and educating. If this assignment wasn't given to me by the teacher I would not have been able to learn different opinions on big issues, controversial topics.
Some students are interested in one subject more than in another one so they would probably like all those extracurriculars but only for the subjects they are interested in. Teachers can't force everyone to come to extracurriculars but they still need objective measure of students' performances evaluation. Homework provides this opportunity.

2.""but if your hard work is also valued it motivates you even more" This argument makes sense, however it does not work in my opponents favor, if teachers give ribbons for students who achieve high scores on tests, basically the same affect is achieved, and therefore students do not need to be given homework." There can't be tests during every class but homework is something that is being checked on everyday basis. So there's an opportunity for teachers to encourage constant improvement.

3.There is simply not enough time during every class to achieve all the goals of the course. Teachers provide students with all relevant information but it's students' duty to search the material further. "Practice makes perfect" but there is a difference between practicing in class and at home. Students need to learn how to work without any guidance so they can succeed in future jobs.

4.Education is a process that never stops. We learn in class but we can't just switch off the information we get there and forget about everything till the next class comes. If we get home, relax our minds and then repeat the material it would only do best for us. Practicing in different atmospheres helps students to adapt better to different circumstances.

Therefore homework is necessary and should not be banned.
AkulMunjal

Con

Defense
1st This argument is completely non-uniqe my opponent says that the homework we got assigned showed him how to debate, but he has yet to show why this could not have happened in a classroom setting, therefore this argument should not be a voting issue.
2. Cross Apply my testing argument to respond to, tests are more objective than homework, and they can measure the same things.

2.My opponent says that constant checking of progress is important, this is also non-unique to homework short 2 minute daily quizzes everyday can accomplish the same thing.

3."There is simply not enough time during every class to achieve all the goals of the course. Teachers provide students with all relevant information but it's students' duty to search the material further. "Practice makes perfect" but there is a difference between practicing in class and at home. Students need to learn how to work without any guidance so they can succeed in future jobs" Extend my extracurricular argument this it solves for this.

4."Education is a process that never stops. Practicing in different atmospheres helps students to adapt better to different circumstances." I am not arguing that education should stop, and the adaptation argument is void because studying does not count as homework, and students would have to do it at home, therefore they would adapt.

Now why homework is bad (my opponent has REPEATEDLY ignored these arguments- you must vote con)
Extend my offense
1st: There is no bright-line, students are at school for nearly half of there day, if they cannot learn in that much time, than there is teaching flaw, and not a student issue. This argument was not refuted, and therefore my opponent cannot win this debate, because this argument is apriori without an answer to this argument the rest of the debate is useless.
2nd: It limits creativity: When students are wasting time doing mindless homework they tradeoff time they could use applying the skills they have learned at school. Instead of wasting time writing a literature paper students could be having debates about books, or instead of people spending time on calculus homework, they could be applying that in a construction setting.
3rd: homework prevents students from developing: students are on a permanent training wheel, and they never fully develop, they do not learn how to study on their own, and they do not learn how to pace themselves.

Vote Con- Ban homework
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by ezhang777 3 years ago
ezhang777
Pro has had the easier side to debate. But con has persuaded me more
Posted by Belac 3 years ago
Belac
I agree that homework is important.

It is also useful for the teacher to evaluate where each student is at and if they have been listening in class.
It gives the student advice and feedback on how to improve which is vitally important for exams.

Although it is best not to set too much homework as it can become stressful for the students and decrease the quality of their work.
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