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Homework should be banned

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Started: 12/18/2017 Category: Miscellaneous
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Debating Period
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Homework should be banned. First, it's unhealthy. Next, parents are banning it already, so it's not being done anyway. Third, teachers give too much. You may say it helps us remember things, but does it if you cheat?! Plus, there is a national homework standard of ten minutes per grade but teachers are giving 2 and 3 times the amount recommended by the NEA. So it should be banned.

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Hello, I will be proving why homework should not be banned. I'll make my own arguments here in Round 1.

1. Homework provides an opportunity for parents to interact with and understand the content their students are learning so they can provide another means of academic support for students. [1] Also, teachers give out homework not for students to do work and learn, but instead to see if the way they teach the material is successful so they can get the best knowledge in school. [2]

2. The recommended amount of homework depends on grade level.
“Does Homework Improve Academic Achievement?” also identifies the amount homework that serves as a learning tool for students. While practice improves test scores at all grade levels, “Homework for junior high students appears to reach the point of diminishing returns after about 90 minutes a night. For high school students, the positive line continues to climb until between 90 minutes and 2.5 hours of homework a night, after which returns diminish.” [1]

3. Homework is basically testing, but you have a longer time to finish it.
Homework is just like tests, quizzes, etc.. It's also usually significantly easier than tests, as tests are about if you have learned all of the material and remembered it all. If you did, you'll get a good grade. Just like homework. There's no negativity here. Sure, you're wasting precious time so you can get yourself glued to your phone or T.V., but at least you're showing that you're improving. There have been multiple cases of teachers finding different ways to teach or urge to do your homework if homework grades aren't done or aren't having a good grade most of the time. And this works successfully. That's why homework should not be banned.


Debate Round No. 1


I am here to yet again say why homework should be banned. You may say it's just so that students can be glued to their phone and iPad, but there is so much more to do than that! Many children have chores they aren't able to complete, because they are spending so much time on homework!
First, it's unhealthy. Children are supposed to be able to play and do exercise after school, and they cannot do that if they are wasting time on homework. Also, it is one of the most common causes of childhood obesity. In addition, it can cause back problems, especially in high school students.
Second, Many parents are joining the fight against homework. When parents join, all is lost for the people against, because they have the rights, and the power, to stop their child from doing homework. Parents may ban it due to the pressure it puts on their child, the stress of having to check it, or even just the fact that its there, and they have to make sure their child did it.
Third, Teachers give too much homework. Studies performed recently showed that first grade students were receiving up to 30 minutes of homework, which is almost three times the amount that should be given, according to the NEA, or National Education Association. In addition, seniors in high school can have up to to hours of homework, leaving little time to relax, and have fun.

This is my argument for round two.



I will now be making my rebuttals against Pro's arguments.

1. Homework is a common cause of childhood obesity.

It might be a cause, but it sure isn't 'common' or a 'major contribution', because it isn't hard to just take a break from homework for a while. Sure, you're losing time so you might get a bad grade, but you don't have to do your homework all in one sitting, right before you sleep or right after you get home, no. You argue that "children are supposed to be able to play and do exercise after school, and they cannot do that if they are wasting time on homework". Well, yeah they can. Depending on when they want to play or exercise, they can do it right when they get home and when they're finished, do their homework. If it's quite a while after they get home, then they should start doing their chores first. If they still have time before they can exercise or play, they can start doing their homework until then. That way, they won't do as much when they come back.

Some schools may not have this class, but they can use ACE or Seminar to do their homework if they have free time. School can have a lot of free time, depending on the district. A district example is USD 402. High school includes a class for both A days and B days called "Seminar", or ACE. Students use this time to join clubs or other things, or if they don't have any of that, they can do their homework. Overall, they have a lot of opportunities to do their homework before they have other important business to deal with.

2. Many parents are joining the fight against homework.

That's definitely not the greatest case of parenting. If they suspect that homework has too many negatives than positives, they shouldn't be making a fight over it, but maybe calmly talk to the district if homework is really necessary. Schools are very persistent with their rules and regulations, so if parents are banning homework from their child while the school will not change their opinion about homework, they are actively ruining the child's learning process, therefore, they won't get a good education system, and won't make it out of school. Therefore, the parents are causing harm to children if they ban homework.

3. Teachers give too much homework.

Yeah, they do, and I can't refute this argument. If the National Education Association standard of homework should be 10 minutes per grade level, then it should be the case, but it seems like teachers are really giving out too much homework for standards, and the NEA should find a way to make schools follow the standards. However, you say "In addition, seniors in high school can have up to hours of homework, leaving little time to relax, and have fun." Depending on what time they get off from school, and their time to join any clubs or whatnot if they're required, they definitely have a lot of time to 'relax, and have fun'.

That is my rebuttals for round 3.
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Posted by What50 3 years ago
I feel that the amount of homework is too general to find. Some argue teachers barley give out homework and vice versa. Homework is optional, nobody is forcing you to do the homework.
Posted by Debating_Horse 3 years ago
Homework should not be banned.
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