should homework be banned/reduced
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Our brain is like any other muscle in the body, it requires constant and tiring practice to grow and develop. Therefore, it is only when we pressurise our brain that actual development will occur. If we forever do only how much we find convenient, our brain growth will stagnate.
The amount of homework being given in schools teaches the students the importance of time management and deadlines, prepares them to undertake pressure in their lives, and enables them to become responsible, self-reliant and punctual.
Homework given in every subject helps the student evaluate their level of understanding of what was taught at school and know how much harder they are expected to work. Solving a large number of problems of the same and of different kinds sharpens the students brain and prepares them for all possible problems.
Homework also helps the student remember concepts in a clearer manner by reinforcing them via direct concept and application based questions. It helps the student summarise all that happened that day at school and reiterate important facts and points.
Also, some work often requires memorization. While developing memory is a good skill, it can make thinking go stagnant, and when an actual problem comes, the student has lost the thinking ability required. It does reinforce concepts, but it makes actual learning go away.
Another point is the progress in arts and sports. The time consumed by homework makes arts and sports practice unfeasible, for these subjects are much more fun than others, and usually don't give much work. As time passes, even my sport skills have significantly reduced in trade for time for studying.
If homework was banned or reduced, children would start liking school more, for they don't need it to be their life. Even at home we study, even in class we study, I wonder have we been made for studying day and night? If too much homework wasn't given that day, my friend would have been much more diligent than he is now for even if not doing homework has consequences, they aren't TOO severe, and we might as well spend that evening chilling with friends rather than doing work.
To the argument regarding homework being treated as not important. True, when one has a substantial amount of homework, then missing one accidentally does tend to happen. But then not doing work of any type is highly unlikely when teachers regularly check for homework. The consequences from teachers may not seem severe, but the poor performance in examinations is probably enough.
Our life may be divided into a number of phases, each with a purpose. Our primary schooling years may be for getting started on a sport or fine art, but our secondary years are definitely to master our academics. If one would rather chill out with friends at this time, then they are wasting precious study hours, for chilling with friends can be done at any time.
It is important to note that homework is not of just one type. As you mention yourself, SOME work involves memorisation. The rest is either practice or conceptual in nature, as I have already mentioned. So the actual 'learning' is in no way diminished.
To fine arts and sports, it is very much possible to find time to complete both homework and practice, and this calls for effective time management. Manjul Bhargava, who was awarded the fields medal ( the highest honour in mathematics ) says that apart from his interest in mathematics which he gained from rigorous practice, he is also an accomplished Tabla player and has accompanied prominent artists like Zakir Hussain. So if he, a human just like us can accomplish it, then all of us can.
I personally believe that severity of homework is purely determined by our mind. If we take homework in the right spirit, then no homework can over work us.
As for homework's importance, what I mean to say is that when there were suppose 5 assignments and my friend did 3, 2 teachers would still scold him, while there is not much praise for doing homework. The person may just give up and realize the futility of working all the time.
As you say, Manjul Bhargava is a math genius, and is a good tabla player. But I ask why only he has succeeded? You call for effective time management, but then we have so less time. I reach home at 4:30 pm, and our travel is nearly 1 hour. Also, I am sure even such a genius hasn't won the battle for sleep. I used to sleep at 9, but now I have to extend it to 10 due to extra homework. This would reduce my ability to stay focus, no matter if I wash my face twice.
Another reason why homework should be banned is lack of entertainment. More than often, homework involves usage of the mind. While it works well for a while, the continuous work calls for a break.But when we have weekend homework and weekday homework how shall I go watch my favorite movie? Though time management is useful for weekends, weekdays call for all work and no play. And we can't be into work all the time. I often forget about concepts in the 1st lesson when the 10th lesson starts, and once at home I forget everything. True, homework would reinforce my concept, but after sleeping I forget again. Although not everyone has a bad memory as mine, even conceptual learning has to be remembered.
Severity of homework is determined by our mind, but most people lack the optimism to take it as a challenge, for who gives challenges everyday? Our schools made for us or we made for schools? We must think outside the horizons of learning, for geniuses like Issac Newton and Einstein did bad at school. You can look at this link to see more famous people who did bad at school but great in life.
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