21 Reasons Why Homework Should Be Banned
The homework debate has strong arguments on both sides. Commonly-cited reasons why homework should be banned include the idea that it is often counterproductive, stifles students’ creativity, and limits their freedom outside the classroom.
Students already have up to 7 hours of schoolwork to complete 5 days a week; adding more contributes to increased anxiety, burnout, and overall poor performance.
But arguments for homework include the fact it does increase student grades (Cooper, Robinson & Patall, 2006), it instils discipline, and it helps to reinforce what was learned into long-term memory.
The following are common arguments for banning homework – note that this is an article written to stimulate debate points on the topic, so it only presents one perspective. For the other side of the argument, it’s worth checking out my article on the 27 pros and cons of homework .
Reasons Why Homework Should Be Banned
1. it contributes to increased anxiety.
If there’s one word that describes middle-school and high-school students, it’s anxiety. In my homework statistics article , I cite research showing that 74% of students cite homework as a source of stress.
They have so much to juggle, from the novelty of adolescence to the realization that they must soon start preparing for college and their life after (Pressman et al., 2015).
It’s a lot to manage, and adding homework that reduces their free time and makes them even more restricted is downright harmful. The natural outcome of this dogpile of pressure is anxiety, and many students often feel overwhelmed, both by the hours and hours of coursework in a day and the extensive homework they are assigned (Galloway, Conner & Pope, 2013).
Because teachers often don’t communicate with one another over curricula, major assignments can overlap such that students have to tackle numerous large projects at once, which contributes to severe anxiety over good grades.
In response to this, some students check out of school entirely, letting their academic future go to waste. While, of course, it’s not fair to strawman and say that homework is to blame for all these cases, it may indeed by a contributing factor.
2. It Offers Less Social Time
Homework cuts out free time. Children already spend the better part of their day learning in a school environment, and when they come home, they need to socialize.
Whether it’s family or friends, a social balance is important. Depending on the coursework they’re assigned, homework can detrimentally affect students’ social life, which feed back into more of our first gripe about homework: its anxiety-inducing nature.
Furthermore, social time is extremely important for children to grow up well-balanced and confident. If a child is highly intelligent (book smart) but lacks to social skills we might call street smarts , they may struggle in adulthood.
3. It Detracts from Play Time
Play is extremely important for children’s physical, social, and cognitive development . In fact, children naturally learn through play .
So, when children get home from school, they need a few hours to play. They’re actually learning when playing! If playing with friends, they’re learning social skills; but playing alone also stimulates creative and analytical thinking skills.
Play is also a different type of learning than the learning that commonly happens at school. So, allowing children to play at home gives their brain a break from ‘school learning’ and lets them learn through active and even relaxing methods.
4. It Discourages Physical Exercise and Contributes to Obesity
Exercise is an important part of life for everyone, but especially for children. Developing a positive self-image and disciplining oneself is an important skill to learn, one that becomes much more difficult when homework is in the picture.
Homework can demand a lot of attention that kids could be spending exercising or socializing. These two important life pursuits can be left by the wayside, leaving students feeling confused, depressed, and anxious about the future.
Physical exercise should be considered a key feature of a child’s holistic development. It helps keep children healthy, can reduce anxiety, and support healthy immune systems. It also helps with physical development such as supporting fine and gross motor skills .
In fact, some scholars (Ren et al., 2017) have even identified excessive homework as a contributing factor for childhood obesity.
5. It Disrupts Sleep Patterns
Everyone knows the trope of a college student staying up late to finish their homework or cram for a test.
While it would be unfair to credit homework exclusively for an unhealthy sleep schedule, the constant pressure to finish assignments on time often yields one of two results.
Students can either burn the midnight oil to make sure their homework is done, or they can check out of school entirely and ignore their academic interests. Neither is an acceptable way to live.
This point is particularly pertinent to teenagers. They are not lazy; teens need 12-13 hours of sleep every day because their bodies are changing so dramatically.
To pile additional homework on them that interferes with the circadian rhythm is not just unhelpful—it may be downright harmful (Yeo et al., 2020).
6. It Involves Less Guidance
If there’s one thing that’s beneficial about the in-person learning experience, it’s the ability to raise one’s hand and let the teacher know when something is unclear or difficult to understand.
That handheld process isn’t available for homework; in fact, homework matters little in the grand scheme of learning. It’s just busywork that’s supposed to help students consolidate their knowledge.
In reality, homework becomes something that students resent and can fill them with feelings of frustration—something that would be much more readily addressed if the same content was covered in-person with a teacher to guide the student through the assignment.
7. It’s Regularly Rote Learning
In most subjects, homework isn’t reflective of the skills students need to learn to thrive in the workforce. Instead, it often simply involves rote learning (repetition of tasks) that is not seen as the best way to learn.
A main goal of education is to train up vocational professionals with defined skills. But more often than not, homework winds up as a bland set of word problems that have no basis in the real world.
Walking through real-world examples under the guidance of a teacher is much more beneficial to student learning.
8. It Can Detract from a Love of Learning
If you know what it’s like to doze off during a boring class or meeting, then you can relate to the difficulty students have paying attention in class.
That motivation starts to dwindle when students must complete assignments on their own time, often under immense pressure.
It’s not a healthy way to inspire kids to learn about different subjects and develop a love of learning.
Students already need to sit through hours and hours of class on end in-person. This learning time should be used more effectively to eliminate the need for home.
When children finally get out of class at the end of the day, they need to socialize and exercise, not spend even longer staring at a book to complete a bunch of unhelpful practice questions.
9. It Convolutes the Subject
Another important consideration about homework is that it can often be counterproductive.
That’s because teachers don’t always use the full curriculum material for their teaching, and they may choose to develop their own homework rather than to use the resources offered by the curriculum provider.
This homework can often be off-subject, extremely niche, or unhelpful in explaining a subject that students are studying.
Students who don’t understand a subject and don’t have resources to rely on will eventually give up. That risk becomes even more prevalent when you factor in the scope, complexity, and type of assignment.
Students need to be taught in a safe environment where they can feel free to ask questions and learn at their own pace. Of course, there’s no fairytale way to perfect this ideal, but what is clear is that homework is not beneficial to the learning environment for many students.
10. It’s Not What Kids Want
Lastly, homework should be banned because it’s generally not what students want. From elementary to college level, most students harbor some sort of resentment towards homework.
It might be easy to dismiss this to say that the students “aren’t living in the real world.” The truth of the matter is that the real world is a lot more nuanced, creative, and diverse than the repetitive, broad, and often stagnant homework.
It’s easy to understand why most students wish that more time in school had been spent on learning how to live rather than trying to figure out how many apples Johnny had. Subjects like car maintenance, entrepreneurship, computer skills, socialization, networking, tax filing, finances, and survival are touched on at best and ignored at worst.
It’s not enough for students to be able to regurgitate information on a piece of paper; in the end, the education system should teach them how to be self-sufficient, something that might be much easier to do if resources were divested from homework and poured into more beneficial subject material.
Consider these 11 Additional Reasons
- Decreases time with parents – Homework may prevent parents and children from spending quality time together.
- Hidden costs – Families often feel pressure to purchase internet and other resources to help their children to complete their homework.
- Is inequitable – some children have parents to help them while others don’t. Similarly, some children have internet access to help while others don’t (see: Kralovec & Buell, 2001).
- Easy to cheat – Unsupervised homework time makes it easy for children to simply cheat on their work so they can get on with play time!
- Lack of downtime – Children need time where they aren’t doing anything. Time that is unstructured helps them to develop hobbies and interests .
- Detracts from reading – Children could be spending their time reading books and developing their imaginations rather than working on repetitive homework tasks.
- Take up parental time – Parents, who have just spent all day working, are increasingly expected to spend their time doing ‘teaching’ with their children at home.
- Discourages club membership – If children are too busy with homework, they may not be able to join clubs and sporting groups that can help them make friends and develop extracurricular skills.
- Makes it hard for college students to make a living – In college, where homework is extensive, students often can’t juggle homework with their weekend and night-time jobs. As a result, it pushes them further into student poverty.
- Contributes to poor work-life culture – From early ages, we’re sending a message to children that they should take their work home with them. This can spill over into the workplace, where they’ll be expected to continue working for their company even after the workday ends.
- Can reinforce faulty learning – When children learn in isolation during homework time, they may end up practicing their work completely wrong! They need intermittent support to make sure their practice is taking them down the right path.
Students may need to demonstrate their understanding of a topic to progress; that, at least, is a reflection of the real world. What’s not helpful is when students are peppered day and night with information that they need to regurgitate on a piece of paper.
For positive outcomes to come from homework, parents and teachers need to work together. It depends a lot on the type of homework provided as well as the age of the student and the need to balance homework with time to do other things in your life.
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Pressman, R. M., Sugarman, D. B., Nemon, M. L., Desjarlais, J., Owens, J. A., & Schettini-Evans, A. (2015). Homework and family stress: With consideration of parents’ self confidence, educational level, and cultural background. The American Journal of Family Therapy , 43 (4), 297-313. Doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/01926187.2015.1061407
Ren, H., Zhou, Z., Liu, W., Wang, X., & Yin, Z. (2017). Excessive homework, inadequate sleep, physical inactivity and screen viewing time are major contributors to high paediatric obesity. Acta Paediatrica , 106 (1), 120-127. Doi: https://doi.org/10.1111/apa.13640
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No More Homework: 12 Reasons We Should Get Rid of It Completely
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The amount of homework students are given has increased dramatically in the 21st century, which has sparked countless debates over homework’s overall value. While some have been adamant that homework is an essential part of a good education, it’s been proven that too much homework negatively affects students’ mood, classroom performance, and overall well-being. In addition, a heavy homework load can stress families and teachers. Here are 12 reasons why homework should be banned (or at least heavily reduced).
School is already a full-time job.
- For years, teachers have followed the “10-minute rule” giving students roughly 10 minutes of homework per grade level. However, recent studies have shown students are completing 3+ hours of homework a night well before their senior years even begin.  X Trustworthy Source American Psychological Association Leading scientific and professional organization of licensed psychologists Go to source
Homework negatively affects students’ health.
Homework interferes with student’s opportunities to socialize.
Homework hinders students’ chances to learn new things.
Homework lowers students’ enthusiasm for school.
Homework can lower academic performance.
Homework cuts into family time.
Homework is stressful for teachers.
Homework is often irrelevant and punitive.
- There are even studies that have shown homework in primary school has no correlation with classroom performance whatsoever.  X Research source
Homework encourages cheating.
Homework is inequitable.
Other countries have banned homework with great results.
- There are even some U.S. schools that have adopted this approach with success.  X Research source
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Top Reasons Why Homework Should Be Banned To Improve Student’s Life
In the modern education system, homework has long been a contentious topic, sparking debates among educators, parents, and students alike. While it is often viewed as an integral part of the learning process, there is growing evidence suggesting that homework may not be as beneficial as previously thought. This article explores the reasons why homework should be banned, shedding light on the potential negative effects it can have on students’ well-being and academic performance.
Why should ban homework?
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Exploring the reasons behind advocating for a ban on homework reveals various perspectives and concerns. Here are some common arguments put forth by those who believe homework should be banned:
Lack of Time for Other Activities
One of the primary reasons for banning homework is the belief that it consumes a significant portion of a student’s time, leaving little room for extracurricular activities, family time, or pursuing personal interests.
Critics argue that this imbalance can lead to stress, burnout, and an overall lack of well-rounded development.
Negative Impact on Mental Health
Excessive homework can have detrimental effects on students’ mental health. The pressure to complete assignments, coupled with high expectations and tight deadlines, can contribute to stress, anxiety, and sleep deprivation.
Critics argue that a ban on homework would alleviate these pressures and promote healthier well-being among students.
Inequality and Disadvantaged Students
Homework can exacerbate educational inequalities. Not all students have equal access to resources, such as a quiet study environment or parental assistance.
This discrepancy can widen the achievement gap and place disadvantaged students at a further disadvantage. Advocates for a ban argue that eliminating homework would help level the playing field and promote equity in education.
Critics also question the effectiveness of homework in terms of enhancing learning outcomes. Some argue that the benefits of homework.
Such as increased academic achievement, can be achieved through alternative methods that are less burdensome and more engaging for students. They suggest that class time should be optimized for active learning and meaningful teacher-student interactions instead.
Encouraging Autonomy and Personalized Learning
Banning homework can allow students to have more autonomy over their learning and promote personalized approaches to education.
Advocates argue that students should have the freedom to explore their interests, engage in self-directed learning, and pursue projects that align with their passions and strengths.
It is important to note that opinions on banning homework can vary, and there are counterarguments supporting the value of homework. These counterarguments emphasize the reinforcement of learning, development of discipline and responsibility, and preparation for higher education.
What are 10 disadvantages of homework?
There are several perceived disadvantages of homework that critics often raise. Here are ten commonly mentioned drawbacks associated with homework:
Homework can consume a significant amount of a student’s time, leaving little room for leisure activities, family time, or pursuing personal interests.
The pressure to complete homework assignments within tight deadlines can lead to heightened stress levels, especially when students have multiple subjects to focus on simultaneously.
Lack of Balance
Excessive homework can disrupt the balance between academic commitments and other aspects of a student’s life, such as extracurricular activities, hobbies, and social interactions.
Heavy workloads and the associated stress can contribute to anxiety, sleep deprivation, and other mental health issues among students.
Limited Learning Autonomy
Homework often requires students to follow specific instructions and guidelines, limiting their ability to explore alternative approaches or pursue their own learning interests.
Potential for Inequality
Not all students have equal access to resources or support systems outside of school, which can create disparities in completing homework and lead to educational inequalities.
Loss of Interest and Engagement
Lengthy or repetitive homework tasks can result in a loss of interest, leading to decreased motivation, disengagement, and a negative attitude towards learning.
Negative Impact on Family Life
Excessive homework can strain family dynamics, as it may limit quality time spent together, disrupt meal times, or cause conflicts between parents and children.
Increased Pressure on Students
The need to perform well in homework assignments, coupled with the fear of negative consequences for incomplete or subpar work, can intensify academic pressure on students.
Potential for Burnout
Overwhelming workloads and constant deadlines can contribute to feelings of burnout among students, leading to exhaustion and a decline in overall well-being.
It is important to note that these perceived disadvantages may vary among individuals and are influenced by factors such as the educational system, workload distribution, and the specific practices implemented by teachers and schools.
Who invented homework 😡?
The invention of homework cannot be attributed to a single individual. The concept of assigning academic tasks to be completed outside of school has evolved over centuries. The origins of homework can be traced back to ancient civilizations where scholars and educators recognized the value of practice and independent study.
The practice of assigning homework as we know it today has its roots in the educational reforms of the 19th century. Influential figure.
Such as Horace Mann in the United States and Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi in Europe played significant roles in shaping modern education systems, including the incorporation of homework as a regular part of students’ academic routine.
However, it is worth noting that the implementation and practices of homework have evolved over time and vary across different educational systems and cultures. The purpose, amount, and approach to homework continue to be subject to ongoing research, debate, and adaptation in response to changing educational needs and goals.
Is homework a punishment for kids?
The perception of homework as a punishment for kids is a matter of perspective and can vary among individuals. While some may argue that homework is a form of punishment, it is important to consider the intention and purpose behind assigning homework.
Homework is primarily designed to reinforce learning, provide opportunities for independent practice, and extend the learning process beyond the classroom. It serves as a tool for students to review and apply what they have learned, develop skills, and prepare for assessments.
When used effectively, homework can contribute to academic growth and help students develop important habits such as responsibility, time management, and self-discipline.
Should homework be banned for kids?
The question of whether homework should be banned for kids is a topic of ongoing debate in the field of education. While there is no definitive answer that applies universally to all situations, it is important to consider the different perspectives and weigh the potential benefits and drawbacks of homework.
Advocates for banning homework argue the following points:
Reduced Stress and Well-being
Banning homework can alleviate stress levels among students, allowing them to focus on their well-being, mental health, and other activities outside of school. It can promote a healthier balance between academic responsibilities and personal life.
Increased Engagement and Interest
Without the burden of homework, students may have more time and energy to engage in extracurricular activities, pursue their passions, and explore personal interests. This freedom can foster a love for learning and intrinsic motivation.
Equity and Access
Banning homework can help address educational inequalities. Not all students have equal access to resources and support systems outside of school, which can create disparities in completing homework assignments. Eliminating homework can level the playing field and promote fairness.
Enhanced Learning Strategies
Advocates argue that alternative approaches, such as project-based learning, experiential learning, and collaborative activities, can be more effective in promoting critical thinking, problem-solving, and creativity compared to traditional homework assignments.
On the other hand, opponents of banning homework raise the following arguments:
Reinforcement of Learning
Homework provides an opportunity for students to reinforce what they have learned in class, practice skills, and develop a deeper understanding of the subject matter.
Responsibility and Time Management
Homework helps students develop important life skills such as responsibility, self-discipline, organization, and time management. These skills are crucial for success in higher education and the workforce.
Homework can promote parental involvement and engagement in a child’s education. It provides an opportunity for parents to understand their child’s learning progress and support their academic development.
Preparation for Higher Education
Homework is often seen as a preparation for the demands of higher education, where independent study and self-directed learning are essential.
Ultimately, the decision to ban or retain homework depends on various factors, including the educational context, the quality and quantity of assignments, and the specific needs and circumstances of the students. Striking a balance between academic requirements, student well-being, and promoting effective learning experiences is crucial to ensure a holistic and meaningful education.
Why homework should not be banned?
While the debate on whether homework should be banned continues, there are compelling arguments in favor of retaining homework as an integral part of the educational system. Here are some reasons why homework should not be banned:
Homework provides an opportunity for students to reinforce and consolidate what they have learned in class. Through independent practice, students can solidify their understanding of concepts, apply knowledge to new situations, and develop essential skills.
Preparation for Future Responsibilities
Homework helps students develop important skills such as time management, organization, self-discipline, and responsibility. These skills are essential for success not only in academics but also in future endeavors, including higher education and the workplace.
Extension of Learning Beyond the Classroom
Homework allows students to delve deeper into a subject, explore additional resources, and engage in independent research. It promotes self-directed learning and encourages students to take ownership of their education.
Practice and Mastery
Regular practice through homework enables students to master foundational concepts and skills. Repetition and reinforcement help solidify learning, improve retention, and build fluency in various subjects.
Homework assignments can be tailored to meet the individual needs and abilities of students. Teachers can provide differentiated tasks or additional challenges to cater to varying levels of understanding and promote personalized learning.
Parental Involvement and Support
Homework provides an avenue for parents to be involved in their child’s education. It allows parents to monitor their child’s progress, understand their strengths and weaknesses, and offer guidance and support when needed.
Accountability and Assessment
Homework assignments contribute to the assessment and evaluation of a student’s progress. They provide valuable feedback for both students and teachers, highlighting areas that require further attention or additional instruction.
Homework prepares students for the rigors of higher education, where independent study, research, and self-directed learning are essential components. By engaging in homework, students develop the necessary skills and work habits to succeed in advanced academic pursuits.
The Purpose of Homework
The purpose of homework extends beyond the completion of tasks and assignments outside of the classroom. Homework serves several important educational objectives that contribute to students’ learning and academic development.
Homework provides an opportunity for students to reinforce and apply the concepts, skills, and knowledge they have learned in class.
It allows them to practice and solidify their understanding through independent work, which can lead to better retention and mastery of the material.
Extension of Learning
Homework extends learning beyond the classroom, encouraging students to explore topics in greater depth and engage in independent research.
It promotes critical thinking, problem-solving, and independent inquiry, fostering a deeper understanding of the subject matter.
Homework helps students develop important skills such as time management, organization, self-discipline, and responsibility.
By completing assignments within designated time frames, students learn to prioritize tasks, manage their workload, and meet deadlines – skills that are valuable in both academic and professional settings.
Preparation for Assessments
Homework prepares students for assessments, such as tests, quizzes, and exams. It allows them to practice applying their knowledge, review concepts, and identify areas that require further clarification or study. This helps build confidence and improves performance in formal evaluations.
Engagement and Active Learning
Homework can promote active engagement in the learning process by involving students in activities that require reflection, analysis, and problem-solving. It encourages independent thinking, creativity, and self-expression, fostering a deeper connection to the subject matter.
Communication and Collaboration
Homework can serve as a means of communication between teachers, students, and parents. It provides an avenue for teachers to provide feedback, track progress, and identify areas of improvement.
It also enables parents to be involved in their child’s education and gain insight into their academic development.
Preparation for Real-World Responsibilities
Homework instills a sense of responsibility and accountability in students, mirroring the expectations they will encounter in higher education and future careers.
It prepares them for the demands of college or workplace environments, where self-directed learning and independent work are often required.
Why Homework Should Be Banned?
While homework has been a longstanding practice in education, it is important to acknowledge the negative effects it can have on students.
These effects should be taken into consideration when evaluating the overall impact of homework on students’ well-being, mental health, and academic performance.
Increased Stress and Pressure
Excessive homework assignments can lead to heightened stress levels among students. The pressure to complete numerous tasks within tight deadlines can cause anxiety, burnout, and feelings of being overwhelmed.
This can negatively affect students’ mental well-being and hinder their ability to perform at their best.
The time-consuming nature of homework can limit students’ opportunities to engage in extracurricular activities, pursue hobbies, spend quality time with family and friends, and participate in physical exercise.
Balancing homework with other aspects of life is crucial for a well-rounded education and healthy development.
Reduced Sleep and Fatigue
Homework often extends into evenings and weekends, leaving students with inadequate time for rest and sleep. Insufficient sleep can result in fatigue, decreased concentration, and diminished cognitive functioning, ultimately impacting students’ ability to learn effectively and retain information.
Loss of Interest in Learning
When homework becomes monotonous, repetitive, or disconnected from students’ interests, it can lead to a loss of enthusiasm for learning.
Excessive or uninspiring homework assignments may cause students to view education as a chore rather than a source of curiosity and growth, potentially diminishing their intrinsic motivation.
Inequality and Academic Pressure
The burden of homework can disproportionately affect students from disadvantaged backgrounds who may lack access to resources or support systems outside of school.
Additionally, excessive homework can contribute to a competitive academic environment, fostering a culture of intense pressure and comparison among students.
Potential for Negative Parental Involvement
Excessive homework can strain parent-child relationships when parents feel compelled to assume the role of enforcer or tutor. This can lead to increased stress within the family and diminish the quality of parent-child interactions.
Limited Personalization and Creativity
Homework assignments often follow a standardized approach, leaving little room for personalization, creativity, and individual learning styles.
This can hinder students’ ability to explore their own interests, think critically, and develop problem-solving skills outside of the prescribed curriculum.
Inequality in Access and Support
Students from disadvantaged backgrounds may face challenges in completing homework due to limited access to resources such as textbooks, computers, or internet connectivity.
This inequality in access can widen the achievement gap and contribute to educational disparities.
Limited Time for Self-Reflection and Creativity
Excessive homework can leave little room for self-reflection, introspection, and creative expression. Students may feel compelled to prioritize completing assignments over exploring their own interests, pursuing independent projects, or engaging in self-directed learning.
Impact on Physical Health
Prolonged periods of sitting and excessive mental exertion associated with homework can contribute to sedentary behaviors and physical health issues.
lack of writing of physical activity and prolonged screen time can lead to a sedentary lifestyle, posture problems, eye strain, and musculoskeletal issues.
Loss of Autonomy and Personal Agency
Excessive homework can diminish students’ sense of autonomy and personal agency over their learning. When assignments are rigidly structured and dictate how, when, and what students must learn.
It limits their ability to explore topics of interest or pursue personalized learning pathways.
Negative Attitudes towards Learning
A heavy emphasis on homework can inadvertently foster negative attitudes towards learning. Students may associate education with stress, pressure, and repetitive tasks, leading to a disengagement from the learning process and a diminished desire to explore new ideas or develop a growth mindset.
Impact on Mental Health
The stress, anxiety, and pressure associated with homework can have a detrimental effect on students’ mental health. It can contribute to symptoms of depression, anxiety disorders, sleep disturbances, and overall emotional well-being.
Promoting a balanced approach to learning is crucial for safeguarding students’ mental health.
Overemphasis on Grades and Performance
Homework-centric education systems often prioritize grades and performance over holistic development and individual growth.
The focus on completing assignments for the sake of achieving high marks can overshadow the joy of learning, creativity, and the development of critical thinking skills.
Limitations for Multidimensional Assessment
Excessive homework may restrict teachers’ ability to assess students comprehensively. Relying heavily on homework as a primary mode of assessment can overlook other aspects of a student’s abilities, such as communication skills, creativity, problem-solving, and social-emotional development.
Alternative Approaches to Homework
In recent years, alternative approaches to learning have gained recognition for their potential to address the limitations and negative effects associated with traditional homework.
These approaches prioritize student well-being, engagement, and meaningful learning experiences. Here are some examples of alternative approaches that can enhance the educational landscape:
Project-based learning involves students working on real-world projects or inquiries that promote critical thinking, collaboration, and problem-solving skills.
Instead of assigning repetitive homework, educators design projects that allow students to apply their knowledge in practical contexts, fostering a deeper understanding of the subject matter.
In a flipped classroom model, students access instructional materials, such as videos or readings, outside of class time. Classroom sessions are then dedicated to active learning, discussions, and hands-on activities.
This approach encourages students to engage with the content during class, receive immediate feedback, and collaborate with peers and teachers.
Experiential learning focuses on providing students with firsthand experiences to explore and understand concepts. Field trips, simulations, role-playing activities, and hands-on experiments are examples of experiential learning methods.
By actively engaging with the subject matter, students develop a deeper understanding and retain knowledge more effectively.
Personalized learning recognizes that students have unique learning styles, interests, and paces of learning. This approach tailors instruction to individual students’ needs, allowing them to progress at their own pace and explore topics of interest.
Adaptive technology, differentiated instruction, and individualized projects are key components of personalized learning.
Collaborative learning emphasizes cooperation, teamwork, and peer interaction. Students work together in groups or pairs to solve problems, discuss ideas, and share knowledge.
This approach promotes social skills, communication, and the development of a supportive learning community.
Authentic assessments go beyond traditional exams and quizzes. They assess students’ understanding and skills through real-world tasks and demonstrations of learning.
Portfolios , presentations, performances, and exhibitions are examples of authentic assessments that provide a more holistic view of students’ capabilities.
Mindfulness and Well-being Practices
Incorporating mindfulness techniques, such as breathing exercises , meditation, and reflection, into the learning environment can help students manage stress, enhance focus, and promote overall well-being.
Creating a positive and nurturing classroom environment is essential for fostering healthy learning experiences.
By embracing these alternative approaches, educators can create engaging and meaningful learning opportunities that cater to students’ diverse needs and promote their overall development.
These approaches not only mitigate the negative effects associated with traditional homework but also cultivate a lifelong love for learning and empower students to become active participants in their education.
In conclusion, the debate surrounding whether homework should be banned is a complex and multifaceted issue. While homework has long been seen as a fundamental part of education.
It is important to consider the potential negative effects it can have on students’ well-being, mental health, and overall learning experience.
The arguments against homework being assigned to students are rooted in the belief that it can lead to increased stress levels, limited free time for other activities, and a lack of opportunity for students to explore their own interests and develop essential life skills.
Banning homework would allow students to have a better balance between their academic responsibilities and personal lives. It would provide them with the opportunity to engage in extracurricular activities, pursue hobbies, and spend quality time with family and friends.
Additionally, it could encourage students to take ownership of their learning by fostering a love for knowledge rather than treating education as a mere checklist of assignments.
However, it is important to note that eliminating homework entirely may not be the most effective solution. Homework, when designed thoughtfully and aligned with the learning objectives, can reinforce concepts, encourage independent thinking, and develop crucial skills such as time management and self-discipline.
Therefore, a more balanced approach is necessary, focusing on quality over quantity and considering the individual needs and abilities of students.
Ultimately, the decision of whether homework should be banned or not should be based on comprehensive research, open dialogue between educators, students, and parents, and a deep understanding of the educational goals and needs of each student.
Striking a balance between academic responsibilities and overall well-being is crucial in fostering a positive and effective learning environment.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will banning homework affect students’ academic performance negatively.
No, banning homework allows for alternative learning approaches that can enhance academic performance.
How can parents support their child’s education without homework?
Parents can engage in meaningful discussions about school topics, provide resources, and encourage active learning beyond the classroom.
What are the potential benefits of project-based learning?
Project-based learning promotes critical thinking, problem-solving, and the practical application of knowledge.
How can teachers ensure fairness in assessments without homework?
Teachers can implement various assessment methods, including formative assessments, presentations, and project evaluations, to gauge students’ progress fairly.
What steps can schools take to address the concerns of homework opponents?
Schools can establish open dialogues with parents, students, and educators, while exploring alternative approaches that prioritize student well-being and engagement.
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20 Reasons Why Homework Should Be Banned
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- September 19, 2022
Colleges and schools give a lot of homework to students. Students often do it incorrectly because they don’t have enough information and knowledge. Sometimes students get new and unknown tasks to complete. Even at home, students are unable to find anyone to assist.
These types of practices make things worse. Facts are overwhelming nowadays, which is one of the reasons why homework should be banned. Today’s parents are too busy with their responsibilities to run their families effectively. They are frequently unable to teach their students about the subjects.
These factors leave a student alone to gather knowledge and do homework. When these students return to school the next day, their teachers may punish or scold them for their poor presentation.
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Why Homework Should Be Banned
We can’t say that homework is not important, homework also has its importance , but that does not mean that it is too necessary. It creates many types of problems for students and their parents, which is why people demand to ban homework.
These are some of the reasons why homework should be banned -:
Homework Restricts A Student’s Freedom
- No Time For Exercises
- No Time To Play Outdoor Games
Often Breaks Students’ Confidence
Homework doing not an achievement, most homework creates bad habits, less time to spend with family members, conflict with parents, downtime at home, negative impact on tests, writing has different effects, extra challenges, homework causes depression, homework provides no real benefit, too much homework means not enough time for yourself, school is a full-time job, no real impact on performance, irrelevant content.
In most cases, children do not want to get up early in the morning. When they sleep for long periods and wake up late in the morning, they feel more relaxed and energetic. The best time for students to spend more time in bed is during the holidays. If kids are assigned homework during the holidays, it becomes a painful task. Students must finish assignments on time, regardless of the consequences. In any case, they must study every day. This is the first reason why homework should be banned.
No Time For Exercises
Exercises are suitable for people of all ages. Persons of any age group can do activities. Students go to school, spend hours there, and then return home. They don’t have a lot of time to become fresh and eat. Most students go to their rooms to rest before beginning to work on their homework. They are busy doing school homework at home during the week and on weekends. This is the second reason why homework should be banned.
No Time To Play Outdoor Games
More students take part in home activities these days. Students do not have enough free time to participate in sports. They’re on their way out the door to finish their homework. Parents have been unable to discover a solution to this problem. They have all of these headaches and are exhausted. The clock runs its way, and by the time they’ve finished, it’s bedtime. This is the third reason why homework should be banned.
Homework cannot be achieved without the use of the tool. Nobody can judge a student’s ability just on their homework. Many students are unfamiliar with the topic and how to complete it correctly. If you provide incorrect information, you will be misusing the concepts you are familiar with. Facts are overpowering, which is why homework should be banned.
Suppose many students do it incorrectly and that several teachers make fun of them in class. Because of uncultured experts, it occurs in many schools. Such activities will break students’ confidence. Regardless, teachers should assist students in gaining a thorough comprehension of concepts and showing how to apply them to the subject. This is the fourth reason why homework should be banned.
Students who complete homework according to a teacher’s instructions will not succeed. If you spend all of your time studying and working hard on your lesson, you will not have enough time to do other tasks. It becomes boring for you. It has the potential to impact the causal relationship with others. Doing homework is not a learning process. Students treat homework as though it were a competition with their classmates. This is the fifth reason why homework should be banned.
If a student continues to work on homework, additional study time for another topic will be added to the stack. You will be unable to study and read due to a lack of time. Many students treat homework as though it were a daily task. Homework rarely motivates students. They have no idea what the topic is and finish it without any motivation. This is why homework should be banned because it is discouraging. This is the sixth reason why homework should be banned.
A student’s hours are consumed by their homework load. For a child to grasp the relationships between different persons, family time is crucial when they are young. It reduces the amount of time that children must spend with their families. It helps form social bonds and teaches them how to live in society. This is the seventh reason why homework should be banned.
Students frequently refuse to do homework or study. They are exhausted and wish to rest. This might lead to a disagreement between children and their parents. Parents never want to scold their children, but situations force them to do so. This is the eighth reason why homework should be banned.
Homework Can Encourage Cheating
When students have a large amount of work to complete in a short amount of time, they copy from other students. This attempt to duplicate leads to them learning how to cheat effectively such that teachers are unable to differentiate between the two works. If a teacher finds both works similar, they may punish both. With the availability of generative AI writing tools like ChatGPT, it has made the ability for students to cheat on their homework even easier. This can get students into a lot of trouble with writing assignments being detected by an accurate AI content detector . This is why homework should be banned. This is the ninth reason why homework should be banned.
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After 8 hours in class, 2 hours of homework is a punishment. Professors should provide students with more unscheduled time. Going outside, hanging out with friends, joining hobby organizations, supporting parents, and, yes, watching TV and playing video games all make children feel like kids. This is the tenth reason why homework should be banned.
One of the main reasons homework should be banned is that many teachers cannot provide all the information needed to finish the lesson during class. Parents also can’t help their children with all tasks. The friends of students lack the experience to assist them. Online assignment companies are the options for them. They only can help students with their homework of any level. This is the eleventh reason why homework should be banned.
Even though students understand the subject, the lack of writing or research skills can cause them to fail the entire course, and many teachers do nothing to help them. This is the twelth reason why homework should be banned.
It is challenging for students who juggle their business schedules with activities after classes, internships, and part-time jobs to keep up. They are exhausted at the end of the day. This is the thirteen reason why homework should be banned.
Having too much homework can negatively affect students’ mental and physical health. Five-six per cent of students say their homework is the primary source of stress and exhaustion, according to a Stanford University study. Lack of sleep, headaches, and weight loss can result from too much homework. This is the fourteen reason why homework should be banned.
Many teachers believe that students will become better and remember more if they give them more homework. However, this is not always the case, as more homework results in students not learning. Students are being pushed into a corner of stress by homework instead of using it as a tool to encourage them to learn more.
A lot of homework negatively impacts academic performance. Although homework can contribute to higher grades, it mostly has diminishing returns. This is the fifteen reasons why homework should be banned.
Students who spend too much time on homework fail to develop their life skills and developmental needs. A student who has too much homework is more likely to avoid participating in activities outside of school, such as sports, music, etc.
Additionally, if students spend all their time doing homework, they may not develop essential life skills, such as independence, cooking skills, time management, or social skills.
Most students feel forced to prioritize their homework over discovering and developing other skills and talents. By not having homework, they could spend more time on their interests, such as dancing, video gaming, and painting, thus fitting into society as they grow older. This is the sixteen reason why homework should be banned.
For most kids in Taiwan, school begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m. or later. Each day, kids put in about 9 hours of work into their education. Students do extracurricular activities to compete and survive in society, such as attending cram school, learning musical instruments, and participating in sports. They quickly spend more than 10 hours a day engaged in school-related activities. This is the seventeenth reason why homework should be banned.
In 4 hours of weekly home-taken assignments, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) discovered that spending more time on education has no effect on productivity. This is the eighteen reason why homework should be banned.
If homework has nothing to do with the topic or subject being studied, it should be banned. It’s unethical to assign homework that students haven’t completed in class and expect good grades. This is the nineteen reason why homework should be banned.
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20 Other Reasons about Why Homework Should be Banned
These are the 20 reasons because of why homework should be banned:
- Waste time of Students
- It affects the physical health of students
- It affects the mental health of students
- Homework does not provide practical knowledge
- Homework creates the habit of Procrastination in children
- Because of homework children starts hating study
- It forces children to work like a robot
- Homework is boring
- Does not help that much in study
- It creates the habit of memorizing concepts in the students
- Children start thinking of their parents and teachers as a villain
- Homework creates pressure on the students
- No time left for students to learn something new
- Homework repeats the already taught concepts of school
- The teacher gives a lot of homework to students
- It increases the daily tasks of the students
- Another burden on the students
- No family time left for the students
- It makes students feel like a puppet
- Students lose their confidence if they fail to do their homework.
List Of The Pros Of Banning Homework
Homework Does Not Improve Student Academic Performance.
The reality of homework for modern students is that we don’t know if assigning an extra task outside of class is helpful. Each study contains several flaws, resulting in unreliable data & Students also search for someone to do their homework online. Some research suggests that students in secondary schools or higher can benefit from little homework; banning it for younger students may make sense for their learning experience.
Banning Homework Can Reduce Burnout Among Students.
Today, teachers are paying more attention to homework stress in the classroom. Over 25% of grade school professors say that they have seen students stressed out by homework. When students are dealing with the impact of homework, it can have a tremendous negative impact.
It Can Help You Spend More Time With Your Family.
Homework creates a noticeable disruption to family connections. It not only cuts down on time spent with family, but it also reduces the opportunities for parents to teach their values and talents to their children. Over half of North American parents say they’ve had a significant disagreement with their children about schoolwork in the last month. Homework is identified as the leading source of trouble in one-third of families.
It Can Reduce The Negative Impact Of Homework On The Student’s Health.
When students fail to complete a homework assignment on time, they suffer mental distress. When the outcome occurs, assumptions are frequently made about the student’s time management skills, but the reasons are usually more complex. It may be too challenging, tedious, or uninteresting, or there may be insufficient time in the day to finish the task. When students fail in this area, it can lead to serious mental health problems. It can discourage a desire to learn in students. Some people believe they are intellectual failures who will never live a good life.
Why Homework is good
Here are a few reasons why homework is good .
- Increase Memory Power.
- Enhances Concentration.
- Homework Strengthens Problem-Solving.
- Helps in Developing Analytical Skills.
- Discipline Skills.
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List Of The Cons Of Banning Homework
Homework can assist parents and educators in determining a child’s learning skills..
Many children develop a self-defense strategy that helps them fit in with the other students in their class. This procedure allows them to hide learning problems that may be hindering their academic achievement. Because children cannot hide their learning problems while working one-on-one with their parents on specific subjects, homework allows teachers and parents to uncover this problem. By banning homework, you’re removing half of the opportunity to spot possible issues right away.
It Teaches Students How To Manage Their Time Effectively.
As people get older, they recognize that time is a limited resource. To increase productivity, it is critical to managing time wisely. Homework is an excellent technique to encourage the development of abilities in children as early as school. The trick is to keep the time allocated for work to a minimum. Students should spend 10 minutes on schoolwork and plan their schedules accordingly. If a student is having trouble creating a program, the family should provide them with the opportunity to do so.
Homework Allows Parents To Participate In Their Children’s Education.
Parents must be aware of what their children are learning in school. Even when a parent inquires about their children’s learning, the response is more generic than precise. Parents will see and experience their children’s growth in what they are doing while they are at school throughout the day if work is sent home from the classroom. Parents can readily participate in the learning process to reinforce their children’s essential concepts every day.
Is Homework Good or Bad?
What are your thoughts on whether is homework good or bad ? It is essential to consult with students and their parents. Parents work hard to keep track of their children’s progress in every field. When it comes to family tours and celebrations, homework becomes a source of frustration. The majority of homework takes up a child’s spare time. To live, it’s not enough to breathe. More is required for a student to have a happy childhood and grow peacefully. It would help if you understood why homework should be banned.
Another point to consider is that homework is not an after-school activity. Parents provide tutors for their children who are having difficulty with their homework. This keeps a student occupied during their free time. Many parents choose to send their children to boarding schools. You should be aware of your child’s activities and achievements. It is a source of worry about whether homework is harmful or beneficial to students. It is something that parents and teachers should seriously consider.
Should We Get Rid of Homework?
Homework is a big topic, and some people wonder if we should get rid of it. Homework is when teachers give you work to do at home, like math problems, reading, or projects. Some people think it’s a good way to practice what you learned in school, but others say it’s not so great.
People who want to get rid of homework say it can be too much. It can take up a lot of your free time, leaving less time to play and relax. Some kids also feel stressed and worried about getting their homework done. They might even need help from their parents, and that can be tough if their parents are busy too.
But not everyone agrees. Some think homework helps you learn better. It can reinforce what you learn in class and make you more responsible. You can also get extra practice, which might make you better at things like math or reading.
In this blog, we have discussed why homework should be banned and the pros and cons of banning homework. I hope you have understood why homework should be banned easily.
FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
What are the negative effects of too much homework.
Overburdening students with homework can lead to stress, worry, despair, physical illnesses, and even lower exam scores.
How much homework is appropriate for high schoolers?
Students in high school are capable of handling additional schoolwork. According to the 10-minute rule per grade, freshmen should have no more than 90 minutes of homework, and seniors should have no more than 2 hours.
Why does homework exist?
Homework helps teachers determine how well the lessons are being understood by their students.
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Homework Should Be Banned
Should students be given homework tasks to complete outside school? Or are such tasks pointless?
All the Yes points:
Homework has little educational worth and adds nothing to the time spent in school. some schools an…, homework is almost always done when a child is already tired from a long day at school. as a result…, setting homework does little to develop good study skills. it is hard to check whether the homework…, homework produces large amount of pointless work of little educational value, but marking it ties up…, homework puts students off learning. studies have shown that many children find doing homework very…, homework takes a lot of time up. being young is not just about doing school work. it should also a…, homework is a class issue. in school everyone is equal, but at home some people have advantages bec…, all the no points:, yes because….
Homework has little educational worth and adds nothing to the time spent in school. Some schools and some countries don’t bother with homework at all, and their results do not seem to suffer from it. Studies show that homework adds nothing to standardised test scores for primary/ elementary pupils. International comparisons of older students have found no positive relationship between the amount of homework set and average test scores. If anything, countries with more homework got worse results!
Homework is a vital and valuable part of education. There are only a few hours in each school day – not enough time to cover properly all the subjects children need to study. Setting homework extends study beyond school hours, allowing a wider and deeper education. It also makes the best use of teachers, who can spend lesson time teaching rather than just supervising individual work that could be done at home. Tasks such as reading, writing essays, researching, doing maths problems, etc. are best done at home, away from the distractions of other students.
Homework is almost always done when a child is already tired from a long day at school. As a result few students are at their best when they sit down in the evening to yet more work. Homework ends up being done in a hurry, by students fighting fatigue, and poor quality work is produced. Worse still, students who have been up late trying to finish off their homework, then come tired into school the next day, and so are less ready to learn. Really, what is the point?
Having homework also allows students to really fix in their heads work they have done in school. Doing tasks linked to recent lessons helps students strengthen their understanding and become more confident in using new knowledge and skills. For younger children this could be practising reading or multiplication tables. For older ones it might be writing up an experiment, revising for a test, reading in preparation for the next topic, etc.
Setting homework does little to develop good study skills. It is hard to check whether the homework students produce is really their own. Some students have always copied off others or got their parents to help them. But today there is so much material available on the internet that teachers can never be sure. It would be better to have a mixture of activities in the classroom which help students to develop a whole range of skills, including independent learning.
Homework prepares students to work more independently, as they will have to at college and in the workplace. Everyone needs to develop skills in personal organisation, working to deadlines, being able to research, etc. If students are always “spoon-fed” topics at school they will never develop study skills and self-discipline for the future.
Homework produces large amount of pointless work of little educational value, but marking it ties up much of teachers’ time. This leaves teachers tired and with little time to prepare more effective, inspiring lessons. The heavy workload also puts young graduates off becoming teachers, and so reduces the talent pool from which schools can recruit.
Teachers accept that marking student work is an important part of their job. Well planned homework should not take so long to mark that the rest of their job suffers, and it can inform their understanding of their students, helping them design new activities to engage and stretch them. As for recruitment, although teachers do often work in the evenings, they are not alone in this and they get long holidays to compensate.
Homework puts students off learning. Studies have shown that many children find doing homework very stressful, boring and tiring. Often teachers underestimate how long a task will take, or set an unrealistic deadline. Sometimes because a teacher has not explained something new well in class, the homework task is impossible. So children end up paying with their free time for the failings of their teachers. They also suffer punishments if work is done badly or late. After years of bad homework experiences, it is no wonder that many children come to dislike education and switch off, or drop out too early.
If homework puts students off learning, then it has been badly planned by the teacher. The best homework tasks engage and stretch students, encouraging them to think for themselves and follow through ideas which interest them. Over time, well planned homework can help students develop good habits, such as reading for pleasure or creative writing.
Homework takes a lot of time up. Being young is not just about doing school work. It should also about being physically active, exploring the environment through play, doing creative things like music and art, and playing a part in the community. It is also important for young people to build bonds with others, especially family and friends, but homework often squeezes the time available for all these things.
Again, just because some teachers are bad at setting homework that is not a reason to scrap it altogether. Homework needs to be well designed and should not take up all of students’ spare time. Recent American surveys found that most students in the USA spent no more than an hour a night on homework. That suggests there does not seem to be a terrible problem with the amount being set.
Homework is a class issue. In school everyone is equal, but at home some people have advantages because of their family background. Middle-class families with books and computers will be able to help their children much more than poorer ones can. This can mean working class children end up with worse grades and more punishments for undone or badly done homework. On the other hand pushy parents may even end up doing their kids’ homework for them – cheating. And homework is one of the most common causes of family arguments.
Education is a partnership between the child, the school and the home. Homework is one of the main ways in which the student’s family can be involved with their learning. Many parents value the chance to see what their child is studying and to support them in it. And schools need parents’ support in encouraging students to read at home, to help with the practising of tables, and to give them opportunities to research new topics.
Teachers don’t understand the students’ pain and struggle they are going through, they just assign some exercises, look at the solution and present it the next day.
Students spend up to a third of their day working hard at school; they deserve to have a break. Not only do students deserve to have a break, but they also deserve to have time for themselves to indulge in extracurricular activities like, sports, music, and swimming, etc. So homework must be banned
Homework should be giving as much as the student can take but not so much that students will have bad filling about books.
I think that kids like me spend a lot of time playing video games . I also think that some kids get torn by homework especially during quarantine. Kids are forced to do school from home and homework from home as well. This can be hours and hours of work and can be very stressful.
If you keep your mind fully on studies you don’t need o do homework but if you don’t follow the class then you need to do homework as it makes us revise what you have studied in school but obviously the sclools give us a lot homework in our holidays which is not needed.But what if your child has not understood a thing in school? if you do homework the child will ask you the thing that he has not understood.So homework is needed but not always.
at the top it looks like shes crying of homework that is just toter
i dont like it because it is a waste of time plus no one cares about it thats why it is boring
i think homewrok is waste of time because you might get stressed and it just takes away time with your family
Homework should be a choice. School is already stressing enough and students need to be able to have a life outside of school so they can relax and not have to worry about school anymore. If a student needs help then they could ask for some extra work in order to be able to help themselves.
Kids, remember that homework is a waste of time, its just extra work school gives you
you are so right
I don’t think it is right in many situations. You see, homework are meant to make you better, not worse, but too much is just tiring.
who said it was making you worse?
But Homework Does More Bad Than Good. Many Even Try Suicide Because Of Homework.
Then how teachers will understand that which student did understand the lesson and which one not?? . Homework is the way to understand that which student is improving and which one is not. Who lazy and bad student they talk like that.
Well the 7-8 hours that students are already in school apparently doesn’t let them do a ten minute knowledge check on the topic.
homework should be banned from schools because it makes students very tired . It puts more pushers on the child and the child does not wasn’t to do it . The child is already tired from school and they get more work . It is very stressful for a child Excess homework causes children to feel ‘burnt out’ Do you thing my worth opponent is excess of homework good for a child? No it is not good for a child as it leads to coping and negative attitude in them it ruins the child’s life. its also a waste of time. you could be doing something you love like hanging with your friends, or spending quality time with your family homework takes all the time . homework is an unnecessary pain to parents, teachers, and most of all, students. Homework is worthless. It does nothing but creates a monstrous picture of our studies in our minds
uhm what is homework ???
i have homework and find that it has help me a lot with my school work. i believe that some teachers are the cause of not liking homework but you never really know. personally i love homework and think it shouldn’t be banned
I just wanted to say that I had an exam question received late at night which i had forgotten about, about the topic of homework being banned. THIS SAVED MY FRICKING LIFE! THANK YOU WHOEVER MADE THIS!
So you plagiarized?
well, thank you for the comments and opinions it totally helps a lot to make a research about “banning homework”
I am a 5th grade student. Simply put, I absolutely HATE homework! It is stressful and leaves me no time to independently read! (I love to read) I did some research, and found that countries/states with no homework don’t do bad, but actually do good. Finland has banned homework, yet it is deemed the “happiest country” and comes at the top of exams. Ban homework!!!
I’m in 6th grade and I agree with you all except reading I like games
Personally, I don’t quite have the same opinion. It’s different for everyone. I also dislike homework, but I have to do it because I think it’s important
In my opinion, homework should not be banned entirely. The workload should be lessened. Often times, the amount of work children have to do can deprive them of sleep, which can lead to many negative side effects such as depression. Often times, the children at the schools I’ve been to have had to drink coffee or other caffeinated beverages to get through the day, and needed melatonin to sleep, just to wake up 4 hours later. This is mainly due to the homework weighing down on them. Homework should still be assigned in schools, but the amount of homework given to students should be lessened.
here is a summary of whats above about why homework should be banned. I added a few things. Also, its in my own words so if anybody wants it for their school classwork they can copy it and put it in their classwork.
I think homework should be banned. Because first it’s hard to see if a student homework is really done by himself. Second many people copy other friend work and get many helps from their families. It would be much better to have a mixture of work (activities) in the class which will help the student to develop skills which includes learning independently. Also, there is evidence, did you know that an estimated of 17 percent of kids don’t do their homework. And an estimated 20 percent of kids copy their homework from other students. Moreover, did you know that over 70% of kids don’t like to do their homework. Even a famous Author named Justin Coulson does want homework to be banned. He said, “They spend enough time in class.”
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i think either classwork or homework should be banned cause in my country you have to do like atleast 4 homeworks ( do note that i am in 6th) and on average per day you hae to do 6 homeworks plus whatever extra work your teacher gives you ( unless they are nice like my eng teacher ). schoolwork consumes 6 HOURS of my screen time plus 2 or 1 hour of hw screentime. i am a lucky kid cause i can do 11 homeworks in 1 day but that is just not fair. my hobbie is ti play games and stream that but parents say that it takes up 3 hours of my time. one question i ask you, doesnt school take up doeble the fricking time schoo – 6hours + 1 hour of hw + 1 hour of extraa work. games = 3 hours ( at max ) + 1 hour of tv ( i watch like once in a week ) now you only tell me what is affecting my health more, school or games ? i wake up late at 830 thinking that today is a good day but all of a sudden school f@#ks with me and screws me up.
schoo – 6hours + 1 hour of hw + 1 hour of extraa work.this
We are doing a debate for school on whether we should have homework or not so me and my group decided to search it up. 😉
i believe it shouldnt be “banned” as im a kid. i sometimes enjoy homework, sometimes i don’t. but i believe its not all positive. i get done with online school, i do my homework, but man am i exhausted. i think homework should only be done as a punishment.
Yes, I am always against the motion.
Your having fun then ur mom asks “have you done your homework yet!”
It turns out, homework was made as a punishment by an Italian pedagog Roberto Nevilis for his students. So for those who disagree that homework should not be banned, have empathy for students who have to take up their social time only for homework. Like many people commented, it’ll waste their childhood.
STOP THE HOMEWORK STOP THE HOMEWORK STOP THE HOMEWORK STOP THE HOMEWORK
ofc it should be banned. I spend HOURS a day trying to complete a simple math problem because my brain was fried at school. school is the majority of my day. I dont want to spend the little time I have with my busy parents and busier siblings alone doing friggin spanish or something. Optional homework is fine, since that is available for the people who have time for it. But for people like me who have siblings to look after and dinner to cook, adding homework to the mix is too much. And now with covid, the workload DOUBLED. fall of 2020 better be better because this spring just wasnt it. Before you fuck up my brain and drive me crazy, please think about how we are entering high school and thats just a little stressful. Think about how we have responsibilites. smh
Please don’t use insult words.
homework is the worst
I hate homeworks
Homework shouldn’t be ban, but too much homework should. No more then an hour of homework. Kids can’t handle that stress like adults can.
uhm. no HOMEWORK! HOMEWORK IS GONNA MAKE US SUICIDE IF WE CONTINUE THIS. AHHHHHHHHHHH
Don’t you know that homework is a punishment? Look it up. You shouldn’t be doing school at home. You should be doing school at school. Just a little homework is still considered a punishment. I hope homework doesn’t become a regular thing, oh wait it is.
hw’s so bad ,i hate hw✄
Homework should be banned it should be banned you telling me that they don’t have “enough time” to learn what they need to learn. It takes time out of a students life. You people say that childhood is most precious Well how can they have one if they are spending hours upon hours on homework. It waste their free time and their parents time to spend on them. Is homework that important to take away a Childs freedom huh. huh explain it explain it I want to know. homework is a waste of time Childhood is something you can’t get back. 8th grade has already made it to were I might have a mental breakdown. Yes I am a 8th grader so your hearing the opinion of one. Homework should be banned. I spend 8 hours at school and 3 hours on homework even more. Why should school have the authority to stick its fucking fingers in my lives and other students. Its no wonder why students our stressed and mentally unstable. Home should be a time to spend time with family, relaxing, maybe spend a hour or hour and thirty or so to have me time. These are the many reasons why my school system and others are fucked up. so get your fucking head on straight when you think about whether homework is good for kids or not
I also forgot that some parents don’t care I live with my grandparents and my Nana once said to me that this was more important than eating and that point if I run away its she needs to know its her fault
Homework should be limited if not banned. I’m in 6th grade and have a mental breakdown at least once a week. I get about 10 pieces of homework A DAY. I get home from school at 3 and am working on homework till 8. I get to spend about 10 MINUTES with my family before going to bed.
Limited? It should be banned. Pretty stupid for a 6th grader.
I’m in 5th grade. I have to study 7th grade work. :(
It turns out, homework was made as a punishment by an Italian pedagog Roberto Nevilis for his students. So for those who disagree that homework should not be banned, have empathy for students who have to take up their social time only for homework. Like many people commented, it’ll waste their childhood.
whos the author
What is school for if all the learning is done at home?
Its not school its just work!
i hate homework.
me too teachers suck
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I really do think that homework should be banned. First off kids work 8 hours in school and they have to do homework right when they get home. A lot of kids stress doing homework when they get home because they wan’t to spend their free time.
I think that homework should be banned cause as a senior in high school I can honestly say that this has been my best year yet without worrying about the amount of homework and how long it would take me. I have done better this year because the lack of homework has taken a lot of stress off and has given me time to work on assignments that we do in class and get ahead. SO yeah I think homework should be banned.
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Homework Should Be Banned Yes because… Homework is almost always done when a child is already tired from a long day at school. As a result… Homework is almost always done when a child is already tired from a long day at school. As a result few students are at their best when they sit down in the evening to yet more work. Homework ends up being done in a hurry, by students fighting fatigue, and poor quality work is produced. Worse still, students who have been up late trying to finish off their homework, then come tired into school the next day, and so are less ready to learn. Really, what is the point?
Homework is practice. But too much is no good. At the same time, it every student of mine has 30 minutes of homework from each lesson he attends in a day, it adds up to 3 thirds of his school day, leaving little room to explore other interests. I also believe that teachers need to add value to the cirriculum by adding things that are left out, like how to learn, using imagination and teaching budgeting, house work and other subjects deemed unsuitable for class environment.
It’s not a practice it’s a punishment.
i think homework should be banned because statistics show that homework can cause disengage students from families and cause anxiety/depression
Finland is known as the happiest country in the world for students and thats because kids arent even given a hint of homework and the graduation rate is 93% while in the US kids are given 50 minutes of homework a day and the graduation rate is 73% what does that tell you about the effect of homework
That tells us nothing about the effect of homework. There may be correlation, but that does not mean causation.
bruh.. its a website on why homework should be BANNED not the effects of homework
homework should be banned because it causes unnecessary stress
In China, every student should do homework for 2 to 3 hours.
Shut up and go to China.
BRO you guy only need 2-3 hours in Vietnam we have to do it more than 3.5 hours :P
Alright, I’m here at finland, and I live here, and I go to school. You see, there’s alot of homework. And extra in quarentine. So, the “kids arent even given a hint of homework” is kinda false. We DO get homework. Alot actually, if I say so myself. But it’s not alot. I can deal with it.
Stop spreading false information.
Finally someone with a brain.
U r angílina harry ?
it more like anywhere from 1- 8 hours of homework jsut depends on the day and the teacher
Reason 1: Studies tell us that homework doesn’t help us at all on standardised test scores for elementary students. International comparisons of students that are older have noticed no good relationship between the amount of homework set and average test scores. Also countries that have more homework have worse results on tests! So if you get worse results on your test, what’s the point?
Reason 2: Homework is mostly done when a child is already tired from School. The result is that few students are are ready for homework when they sit down in the evening to . Homework ends up being done in a hurry, by students fighting fatigue, and poor quality work is produced. Even worse , students who have stayed up late trying to finish their homework, come to school tired, and are less ready for work. So really, what is the point? That’s why homework should be banned.
Homework takes away from family time. If your son/daughter is so tierd after school and they have to do homework and don’t do good u would want too help and that’s cheeting. Then you cant do family stuff like play games together or eat diner together. Homework is like a dementor, sucking tha happiness out of life
homework gives self-confidence and self-motivation to a student to do well.it checks our ability and capacity to do well
In other words, destroys our self confidence
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Homework is almost always done when a child is already tired from a long day at school. As a result few students are at their best when they sit down in the evening to yet more work
all homework does is just help you redo the hard lesson ALL OVER AGAIN and barely even helps you. a school that abolished homework didn’t suffer from it, and a school with more homework got worse grades! it also makes it hard for teachers to prepare for learning just from marking homework. what is the point of doing one hard page of homework when you barely even get celebrated for it? its just pointless work for hours instead of going outside to play, doing creative things like music and art, helping your friends and family or watching TV and playing video games.
Homework Shouldn’t be banned It improves your child’s thinking and memory. It helps your child develop positive study skills and habits that will serve him or her well throughout life.
NO, it doesn’t If there is one person you need to hear from about homework, It’s kids who actually have homework. Homework has done nothing good for me except for putting pressure on me and when I don’t do it, my grades go down even when I do well in class it’s just the homework that hurts kid’s grades for no reason.
That is not true because they need to spend time with family as well as that they also need excersice so you are wrong and I don’t think anyone would disagree with my dession.
How does it improve children’s thinking and memory? How does it help them develop positive study skills if they have to miss out on family time, sport etc. The only thing that would do is make children hate homework for taking them away from other activities.
This is more disliked than the reply I said was the most disliked.
MY friend, you have chosen the wrong place to talk about your opinion :P
I think homework should be banned the students do enough work in class. Another reason is I believe it takes away from time spent with family,friends,sports or even just playing outside.
Statistics show that homework causes: -Stress,headaches,stomach problems -Also arguments between parents and children -Lack of sleep -Can affect “physical health” and “mental health” -Less than 1% of students say homework is not a stressor.
In some countries teachers don’t bother giving homework and their results turn out to be perfectly fine!
I have anxiety cause of overwhelming homework and I sleep at 3:00am finishing it. Sometimes I don’t even do it and that what makes my grades suffer. If it weren’t for homework, I would probably get better grades
Homework should be banned because not all families have good educational facilities and students have also varying family pressure. The often work on errands and not always get adequate time. Also many schools give very hard topics in homework.
Homework should be banned as our children do enough in school… there is too much pressure on children to grow up quick, they do not get the time to rest, have fun and be children… I would also like to add when it comes to after school or weekends I like to spend quality time as a family doing fun things not push them into doing additional school work that is what teachers are paid for and to do in school time!!
Homework shouldn’t take so long as to hardly spend any family quality time together. Each school is different in the amount of homework they give, and if a school is giving a lot of homework, that should be changed, and it should be lessened, but not banned. If it’s banned, then what are they going to do all day? Just play with no intellectual mind whatsoever? How will that prepare them for the real world? Not to mention, summer break, winter break, fall break, and spring break is a time of relaxation. What’s the harm in giving homework on school days. After all, school is a place of education, and if the homework is given correctly and efficiently, it shouldn’t be a problem.
if school is a place of education why should a home be the same? and clearly you forgot about holiday homework, which turns a relaxing break into a time of stress as these assignments often take much longer to complete. and also that, in the UK at least) only 12 weeks of a year are spent in breaks which means 76% percent of a year is spent in school and doing homework. and not to mention the time teachers say homework takes is often underestimated.
The problem is, homework ISN’t given correctly and efficiently… Secondly, whose job is it to help children learn? The government? No, it’s the parents job to look after their children. If the children are ‘playing with no intellectual mind whatsoever’, who’s job is it to fix that? Certainly not the government…
Excuse me? Did you get say
“Not to mention, summer break, winter break, fall break, and spring break is a time of relaxation. What’s the harm in giving homework on school days.”
Well obviously YOU haven’t had the packets and packets of the homework that my teachers have given me on those “ times of relaxation “. So next time, maybe refresh your memory.
homework should be either an option or banned because children are kept up late trying to finish it.Those how do finish are tired and grumpy and will most likely get growled at and those how don’t finish will either get a growling or detention and or is tired. When kids do homework they don’t get time for there self and to top it off they won’t get time to do anything when at college and high school.
School equal? You must be insane.
Homework is not worthless guys.Homework is such a thing that helps us to check our abilities.It also helps us to revise the lectures of school.If anyone says that they do not get time to play or spend time with their family than manage yourself.Make a time table and follow it.Homework also teaches us to tackle with the suitation .If anyone rather says that he/she got glasses because of this homework than just think that getting glasses by using electronic things is more good than getting glasses than studying ?? just think with calm mind!! and write what you feel about……..
how would you manage yourself with such little time i mean if you get about 30 minutes of homework for each class 30 times 7 is 3 1/2 hours and if you get home at 3 then it is 6:30 when you are done ad you also have to eat i go to bed at 7.
Homework is worthless.It does nothing but creates a monstrous picture of our studies in our minds. Albert Einstein once said “Imagination rules the world but our current educational system has changed the word “imagination” with “education”. Moreover, Albert Einstein also said that “Playing is the highest form of research” so we should first focus on laying which leads to creativity. And through creativity, we can automatically have knowledge; the knowledge we get through playing will forever be cherished not the knowledge we get through mountains of memorizing
Homework is turning children into couch potatoes as they spend an increasing amount of their time in their bedrooms instead of playing outside
I am currently a sophomore and I have to deal with homework on a day to day basis, plus the additional packet I must complete every week. It is not hard but it is very time consuming and I barely spend time with anymore. I am to the point of bring too and I’m constanly having suicidal thoughts. I can’t do this anymore.
I know its hard and i know it sucks, but hang in there. You’ve got only got a few more years left but at the same time you don’t have to look at this as a completely terrible time, life is a journey not a destination. What that means is that you should not expect the future to hold bliss. Every single moment is one which you can enjoy. Happiness is a state, be open to it and it will come. So what do you wanna do Now? do you have a hobby? Maybe you wanna read that book. you do that! Hang out with some pals? Go right ahead. Learn something new? what are you waiting for?! Live life in the Now, the best way you know how. That will automatically benefit your future as well. Now, a lot of people say, work hard. I say work efficiently. Try and get your homework done in as little time as possible, with effective output. Using methods of effective work: I highly recommend watching Thomas Frank on you tube for this.
Good luck :)
Homework is an unecesary pain to parents, teachers, and most of all, students. it causes disfunction in mental health, and could even effect families private lives. its also a waste of time. you could be doing something you love like hanging with your friends, or spending quality time with your family, but NO! honestly… i dont think homework should be banned… i think it should be optional. i hope you found this helpful.
Homework is almost always done when a child is already tired from a long day at school. As a result few students are at their best when they sit down in the evening to yet more work. Homework ends up being done in a hurry, by students fighting fatigue, and poor quality work is produced. Worse still, students who have been up late trying to finish off their homework, then come tired into school the next day, and so are less ready to learn. Really, what is the point
I think homework is a bad learning tool for multiple reasons: A)If the student can do the homework than it was a large waste of time. B) if the student cannot do the homework, they would ask thier parents for help, therefore makeing the homework usless for the fact that the parent did the homework. C) if the student cannot do the homework and does not do it, that will lower thier grades without learning what the right the right thing to do, therefore makeing the homework usless.
Homework is a class issue. In school everyone is equal, but at home some people have advantages because of their family background. Middle-class families with books and computers will be able to help their children much more than poorer ones can. This can mean working class children end up with worse grades and more punishments for undone or badly done homework. On the other hand pushy parents may even end up doing their kids’ homework for them – cheating. And homework is one of the most common causes of family arguments
I don’t know if homework should be banned completely, but it most certainly should be lessened. Kids are coming home with hours of homework and no time to have social relationships. Homework should be optional. If a student is struggling they can choose to do homework, but if they aren’t struggling they don’t need to waste their time doing home that doesn’t help them.
i think its a no because its part of the education and its like practicing what you’ve learnt. hope you guys are thinking the same way.
Why would we be thinking the same?
If the kids didn’t get the topic by the end of class then they should have homework, but if they did understand it, then what it the point of having it. That just takes up their time to spend time with friends or family. Why should kids get homework on weekends as well? The weekends are the days when kids actually get to do something besides school, they get to have fun or rest. And they should be aloud to do that. The kids go to school to learn and do good quality work, but when they do work at home they just do sloppy work and don’t get a lot of the questions right. And that is because they have other things to do. Homework should be band.
Homework can cause actual pain. Yes, that´s right. Lugging around that 10-20 pound book bag everyday can cause severe back, shoulder, and neck pains, and could even possibly lead to something worse. Every time I bring home my book bag from school, it weighs around 15 pounds with all of the homework inside of it. Please NO MORE HOMEWORK
Most schools now do homework on computers provided by the school, or they have block schedules, that way the student doesn’t have to carry as much around with them. Homework is normally a few papers, and maybe a book. If you really have that much pain, only take the things for the classes you need that day. Also, be sure to be using a backpack with two straps and not a messenger bag.
Undoubtedly, homework hinders learning. There are only 3 outcomes possible when doing homework: A) You do the homework, proving you were able to do it in the first place and the work was therefore unnecessary B)You do the homework even though you were unable to do so, thus learning to solve the problem the wrong way. C) You do not do the homework because you were unable, and therefore did not learn anything.
I disagree with this point, especially with point b. There is a textbook and the internet for a reason. A student can find out how to do it. Resources exist. Therefore, your point C becomes the student’s problem. Now to attack A. If the person already knows the topic, he or she still needs practice. For example, practice reduces occurrence of mistakes. My test scores have significantly improved once I started doing homework, even though I already and always knew the concept. Also, the voting system is biased, as all pro homework stuff have negative votes.
Now you for your response on point A I disagree because You don’t really need to practice If you’ve already been practicing the whole day in school and you’re not going to forget the whole topic in one day.
sorry but homework is gay
Homework or rather busy work is not as useful of a tool as it may seem. There is no clear evidence supporting the claim that homework improves the grades or the understanding of the students
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I think homework should be banned because at first kids think “let’s get this over with.” Then later on they realize all of that was for nothing because sure it prepares you for the test but what about the hours you spent on 1 page of homework!
Homework can affect both students’ physical and mental health. According to a study by Stanford University, 56 percent of students considered homework a primary source of stress. Too much homework can result in lack of sleep, headaches, exhaustion and weight loss.
20 Major Reasons Why Homework Should Be Banned
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Should homework be banned? This is one common debate in the education circle. In schools and colleges, the practice of assigning homework is there for a long time. However, in recent times, students are loaded with multiple assignments. Particularly, they are left with no other option than to spend day and night on assignments like report writing, literature essays, math problems, and scientific posters. As the academic workload is getting heavy, nowadays, a lot of voices are opposing homework.
Basically, for some people, homework is a good learning tool. But some students and educators consider homework to be a useless task and are looking for a ban. Even certain surveys state that students who spend too much time on homework experience more stress and health problems. Apart from academic stress, students and educators are also pushing for a complete ban on homework for several other reasons. Here in this blog post, let us have a closer look at the major reasons why homework should be banned.
Why homework should be banned? Know the top reasons behind it
In general, homework has both pros and cons. But in the 21 st century, instructors have been giving a lot of homework to students in all subjects. While assigning homework, many instructors either give new unknown tasks or fail to give proper homework writing instructions to the students. Hence, because of a lack of knowledge and information, plenty of students are ending up with incorrect homework help or solutions. Also, as today’s parents are too busy with their own responsibilities, even at home, students have no one to help with homework writing. These factors make it hard for the students to do their homework correctly and on time and hence they demand to ban homework.
Listed below are some of the primary reasons why homework should be banned.
- Too Much Homework
- Irregular Sleep Pattern
- No time for Exercises
- Homework Increases Stress and Depression
Reduces the Self-confidence of Students
No enough ‘me’ time, negative impact on academic performance, no time to play games, less time with family members, conflict with parents.
- Homework Affects The Freedom Of Students
Loss of Social Life
Promotes cheating, extra challenges, irrelevant content, less guidance from teachers, frequent rote learning, no fun in learning.
- Make the Subject More Complex to Learn
- Didn’t Match the Expectations of Students
Plenty of Homework
In recent times, schools firmly believe that homework is important for students to improve their overall academic performance. Hence, they are regularly assigning a lot of assignments to students on all the major subjects in their curriculum. If there is a pile of homework, then it becomes too challenging for students to complete it before the deadline. The educational institutes are not even considering the difficulties involved in giving too much homework and are forcing parents to teach their children through multiple assignments. This will not be helpful for students’ progress in academics and is considered the initial reason why homework should be banned.
Affects the Pattern of Sleep Cycle
As the students are continuously loaded with a lot of homework and projects, they spare their sleep to submit their tasks on time. Even some children are losing their sleep because of the anxiety of a heavy workload and not being able to finish the remaining assignments. Generally, for the strong physical and mental health of students, a healthy sleep cycle is necessary. But, students are losing their quality of life because of irregular sleep patterns due to the massive amount of work. Hence, it is treated as the second reason why homework should be banned.
No Time for Physical Exercises and Causes Obesity
Like sleep, exercise is also important for people of all age groups. In particular, to stay active and energetic, it is necessary for students to do some physical activities or exercises. Mostly, students spend more hours a day in their school. Even after returning home, they don’t have time to relax, eat, and do little stretching exercises due to the huge amount of homework. Some children are busy doing their homework during weekends as well. This is another reason why homework should be banned.
Increases Anxiety and Stress
Overloading students with homework has negative effects on their physical and mental health. According to Standford University Research, the majority of the students say that the primary source of their stress and depression is homework. Furthermore, several students exhibit stress-related symptoms such as tiredness, headache, weight loss, sleep deprivation, and stomach problems. As homework paves way for bothersome health issues, it is considered one of the serious reasons for the ban. No homework means No stress, and obviously, the students will live in peace.
It is not correct to judge the abilities of students based on their homework. Some students might not have the basic knowledge of subject concepts and will struggle to write their homework properly. Hence, because of it, they may end up preparing the homework in the incorrect way. Suppose, the teachers punish the students for submitting wrong information or making fun of them in front of the whole class, then high chances are there for students to lose their self-confidence. In order to avoid such activities, homework should be banned.
As students are spending too much time on homework, it becomes tough for them to find time for developing their life skills. Also, they avoid participating in other favorite activities such as music, sports, dance, painting, singing, and so on. Basically, doing favorite things and having some ‘me’ time, will keep the mind happier. Having no time to invest in their interests because of homework is yet another major reason why homework should be banned.
Many teachers believe that homework will improve the academic performance of students. But that is not completely true. If the teachers give more assignments to students, then there will not be any time left for the students to learn their subjects. Because of this, the grades of the students will diminish. Hence, homework should be banned.
Due to a lack of free time, the students are unable to play games or participate in any outdoor activities. Everyone expects students to give high priority to their academics over games. But as they have a lot of assignments to complete, the time flies quickly and by the time they finish their homework, it becomes bedtime. Generally, playing outdoor games will refresh the mind. Because of a heavy workload, the students stay indoors and get exhausted. Therefore, this is considered another reason to ban homework.
This is one of the important reasons why homework should be banned. Basically, students spend more hours on homework. Hence, it becomes difficult for parents to spend time with their children. As soon as the students reach home, they begin working on their projects and assignments. Due to this, they barely have time to interact with their family members and attend weekend activities, family events, and dinners. If homework is banned, then students will get more time to build their bonding with their families.
Every parent wants their children to perform well in academics and score top grades. Hence, they force their kids to concentrate more on their homework and other learning activities. But as students are staying in school for long hours, they might feel tired when they reach home. Some students will start their homework once they reach home but many students will feel lazy and will love to sleep. Since students refuse to complete their homework, an argument raises between children and their parents. This circumstance sometimes leads to a big conflict. Hence, it is good to ban homework.
Homework Affects the Freedom of Students
In general, during holidays or weekends, children will love to sleep for long periods and will not wake up early in the morning. Moreover, the holiday is the best time for children to spend more hours in bed and relax. But, nowadays, because of the latest education culture, students are given homework even on weekends as well. Because of this painful action by the educational institutes, the students are losing their freedom. So, this is treated as another critical reason why homework should be banned.
Students give more importance to homework over social aspects. As they are loaded with assignments, they don’t have time to socialize. In particular, they lose the ability to communicate effectively with others and make friends. Mainly, because of too much homework, many students have stopped functioning as responsible adults. Also, some students face difficulties in surviving in society. Hence, this is the next reason why homework should be banned.
When there is a lot of homework to finish within a shorter duration, some students will copy from their friends or classmates. So due to this habit of copying, the students learn how to cheat the teachers. If a teacher identifies the similarities in the homework, then for sure, they would give punishment to the students. That is why homework should be banned.
Some college students after their classes will go for internship training or part-time jobs. So, for such students, it would be more challenging to do their homework after their regular working hours. Therefore, this is considered another reason to ban homework.
Homework should be banned if it has nothing to do with the subject being studied. It is not fair to ask students to complete homework on any topic that is not taught in class. If the students have no knowledge of new concepts, then it would become tougher for them to finish such homework on time.
Generally, during in-person learning, students can raise their hands and get valid clarifications from their teachers whenever they have a doubt about the concept taught. But that is not possible while doing homework. Whenever they have queries while writing assignments, they can’t immediately get proper clarification or guidance from their teachers. That is why in-person learning is preferred and several students wish to ban homework.
The homework assigned for the majority of subjects doesn’t play a key role in the improvement of skills. Instead, most of the time homework involves rote learning, which is not the best way to learn. The ultimate purpose of education is to provide high-quality training for vocational professionals to develop their skills. But homework focuses only on word problems that have no basis in the real world. Hence, it is chosen as another reason why homework should be banned.
Students will doze off, if the class is too boring or if they experience difficulties in paying attention to the session. During such a situation, it would be more pressurizing for students to understand the topic and complete the homework on their own. Moreover, this way will not help students in developing a love of learning. If the learning is fun-filled, then students can sit and attend hours and hours of class, which in turn will reduce the troubles involved in writing homework. So, students choose the lack of fun in learning as one of the reasons to ban homework.
Makes the Subject More Complex to Learn
The counterproductive nature of homework is another reason why homework should be banned. Often, teachers neither cover the entire curriculum prescribed by the institution nor use all the materials for teaching. Instead, they expect students to prepare homework on their own. In such a case, students would find it strenuous to comprehend the subject. Also, more challenges would creep in, if they don’t have appropriate resources for reference. This will increase the complexity level of learning.
Didn’t Match the Expectations of Students
Homework is not what students want and hence it should be banned. Students of all academic levels have some sort of hatred toward homework. We can easily state a reason that ‘students are not living in the real world’. Actually, the real world is more creative and diverse when compared to stagnant and repetitive homework. Instead of asking students to write information on a piece of paper, a change should be brought in. The education system should concentrate on teaching students how to be self-sufficient and it should allow them to earn more benefits by providing diverse resources or subject materials.
Additional Reasons Why Homework Should be Banned
Here are a few more reasons why homework should be banned.
- Homework affects the physical health of students.
- This forces children to work like machines.
- It’s a waste of students’ time.
- It does not provide any practical knowledge.
- Homework creates a habit of procrastination in children.
- Kids hate studying because of homework.
- Homework is boring.
- Students feel like dolls.
- Homework repeats concepts that have been taught in school.
- Creates memorizing habits in students.
- Requires more amount to purchase internet and study materials.
- Lack of downtime.
- It becomes hard for students to spend their time reading books and building their imaginations.
- Difficulty in concentrating on extra-curricular activities.
- Hard for college students who are doing part-time jobs to make a living.
- Lead to poor academic work-life culture.
The Benefits of a Homework Ban
As we said before, homework has both advantages and disadvantages. But burdening students with too much homework is detrimental to their health and affects their overall academic performance. Especially when homework is prohibited, students have many extraordinary benefits. Some of the benefits of banning homework are listed below.
- Increase the time to communicate with family.
- Reduce stress.
- Students have more time to study their subjects and prepare well for exams.
- Help students develop social and other life skills.
- Easy for students to balance their academic and personal life.
- Improves the physical and mental health of students.
- Students can have a happy weekend.
- Help students maintain normal sleep cycles.
The Bottom Line
We hope you have now understood the major reasons why homework should be banned. Generally, educational institutes will not so quickly ban homework. It takes time to put a complete ban on homework. So, you should know to manage your time and complete your homework properly. In case, you face any troubles in writing your homework and need assignment help online , then approach us immediately. In our team, we have skilled homework helpers on several academic subjects to offer you affordable online homework writing help as per your needs before the deadline.
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Why I Think All Schools Should Abolish Homework
H ow long is your child’s workweek? Thirty hours? Forty? Would it surprise you to learn that some elementary school kids have workweeks comparable to adults’ schedules? For most children, mandatory homework assignments push their workweek far beyond the school day and deep into what any other laborers would consider overtime. Even without sports or music or other school-sponsored extracurriculars, the daily homework slog keeps many students on the clock as long as lawyers, teachers, medical residents, truck drivers and other overworked adults. Is it any wonder that,deprived of the labor protections that we provide adults, our kids are suffering an epidemic of disengagement, anxiety and depression ?
With my youngest child just months away from finishing high school, I’m remembering all the needless misery and missed opportunities all three of my kids suffered because of their endless assignments. When my daughters were in middle school, I would urge them into bed before midnight and then find them clandestinely studying under the covers with a flashlight. We cut back on their activities but still found ourselves stuck in a system on overdrive, returning home from hectic days at 6 p.m. only to face hours more of homework. Now, even as a senior with a moderate course load, my son, Zak, has spent many weekends studying, finding little time for the exercise and fresh air essential to his well-being. Week after week, and without any extracurriculars, Zak logs a lot more than the 40 hours adults traditionally work each week — and with no recognition from his “bosses” that it’s too much. I can’t count the number of shared evenings, weekend outings and dinners that our family has missed and will never get back.
How much after-school time should our schools really own?
In the midst of the madness last fall, Zak said to me, “I feel like I’m working towards my death. The constant demands on my time since 5th grade are just going to continue through graduation, into college, and then into my job. It’s like I’m on an endless treadmill with no time for living.”
My spirit crumbled along with his.
Like Zak, many people are now questioning the point of putting so much demand on children and teens that they become thinly stretched and overworked. Studies have long shown that there is no academic benefit to high school homework that consumes more than a modest number of hours each week. In a study of high schoolers conducted by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), researchers concluded that “after around four hours of homework per week, the additional time invested in homework has a negligible impact on performance.”
In elementary school, where we often assign overtime even to the youngest children, studies have shown there’s no academic benefit to any amount of homework at all.
Our unquestioned acceptance of homework also flies in the face of all we know about human health, brain function and learning. Brain scientists know that rest and exercise are essential to good health and real learning . Even top adult professionals in specialized fields take care to limit their work to concentrated periods of focus. A landmark study of how humans develop expertise found that elite musicians, scientists and athletes do their most productive work only about four hours per day .
Yet we continue to overwork our children, depriving them of the chance to cultivate health and learn deeply, burdening them with an imbalance of sedentary, academic tasks. American high school students , in fact, do more homework each week than their peers in the average country in the OECD, a 2014 report found.
It’s time for an uprising.
Already, small rebellions are starting. High schools in Ridgewood, N.J. , and Fairfax County, Va., among others, have banned homework over school breaks. The entire second grade at Taylor Elementary School in Arlington, Va., abolished homework this academic year. Burton Valley Elementary School in Lafayette, Calif., has eliminated homework in grades K through 4. Henry West Laboratory School , a public K-8 school in Coral Gables, Fla., eliminated mandatory, graded homework for optional assignments. One Lexington, Mass., elementary school is piloting a homework-free year, replacing it with reading for pleasure.
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Across the Atlantic, students in Spain launched a national strike against excessive assignments in November. And a second-grade teacher in Texas, made headlines this fall when she quit sending home extra work , instead urging families to “spend your evenings doing things that are proven to correlate with student success. Eat dinner as a family, read together, play outside and get your child to bed early.”
It is time that we call loudly for a clear and simple change: a workweek limit for children, counting time on the clock before and after the final bell. Why should schools extend their authority far beyond the boundaries of campus, dictating activities in our homes in the hours that belong to families? An all-out ban on after-school assignments would be optimal. Short of that, we can at least sensibly agree on a cap limiting kids to a 40-hour workweek — and fewer hours for younger children.
Resistance even to this reasonable limit will be rife. Mike Miller, an English teacher at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, Va., found this out firsthand when he spearheaded a homework committee to rethink the usual approach. He had read the education research and found a forgotten policy on the county books limiting homework to two hours a night, total, including all classes. “I thought it would be a slam dunk” to put the two-hour cap firmly in place, Miller said.
But immediately, people started balking. “There was a lot of fear in the community,” Miller said. “It’s like jumping off a high dive with your kids’ future. If we reduce homework to two hours or less, is my kid really going to be okay?” In the end, the committee only agreed to a homework ban over school breaks.
Miller’s response is a great model for us all. He decided to limit assignments in his own class to 20 minutes a night (the most allowed for a student with six classes to hit the two-hour max). His students didn’t suddenly fail. Their test scores remained stable. And they started using their more breathable schedule to do more creative, thoughtful work.
That’s the way we will get to a sane work schedule for kids: by simultaneously pursuing changes big and small. Even as we collaboratively press for policy changes at the district or individual school level, all teachers can act now, as individuals, to ease the strain on overworked kids.
As parents and students, we can also organize to make homework the exception rather than the rule. We can insist that every family, teacher and student be allowed to opt out of assignments without penalty to make room for important activities, and we can seek changes that shift practice exercises and assignments into the actual school day.
We’ll know our work is done only when Zak and every other child can clock out, eat dinner, sleep well and stay healthy — the very things needed to engage and learn deeply. That’s the basic standard the law applies to working adults. Let’s do the same for our kids.
Vicki Abeles is the author of the bestseller Beyond Measure: Rescuing an Overscheduled, Overtested, Underestimated Generation, and director and producer of the documentaries “ Race to Nowhere ” and “ Beyond Measure. ”
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15+ Reasons Why Homework Should Be Banned
The practice of assigning students homework has been around for a long time. However, some people determine this task as a rapidly declining learning tool, with some pushing for it to be banned completely.
So the question is, should schools ban giving homework to students?
The following are reasons why homework should be banned, according to educators and other professionals:
Former Public Teacher | Founder, Hope Like A Mother
Homework has now just become busy work
Homework, when used correctly, can be a tool to deepen the knowledge that students receive from school. The issue is that teachers nowadays use homework as “busy work.”
Busy work is anything used to keep the hands busy. It doesn’t stimulate the brain. It also doesn’t extend the students learning or connect it to real-world experience.
When I was in high school, teachers used to give us crossword puzzles as homework. Most of my homework was never graded. When used like this, it serves no purpose.
Homework is just used to shush the parents up. As if to say, “look how much work your kid is doing in my class. He must be learning a lot.”
Children need a break from school
School work is very intense now with the advancements we’ve made in education. Students spend eight hours in the classroom. Some students may have more than one after-school activity.
So it’s important that they get a chance to relax when home so that their brains can recharge. Homework can add more stress to their already stressed life.
Homework adds more stress on the teacher
Students are not the only people stressed from too much homework.
Any good teacher will tell you that when they assign homework, they:
- have the responsibility of grading them,
- writing meaningful feedback, and
- giving the students a chance for multiple do-overs
That one homework now becomes two or more additional work for the teacher and student alike.
Teachers already have a lot on their plate. Before you teach a lesson, you have to do extensive research.
You gather your material, prepare a worksheet, you differentiate the lesson for kids with special needs (sometimes, this means making two different worksheets for different sets of kids).
After you teach, you have to grade over 90 worksheets (most NYC teachers have three to four classes with 30 students in each), Give meaningful feedback, then give the students chances to redo the work (if they failed the first time).
To top all that off, you have daily meetings to attend after school. The work is never-ending.
Homework just adds to that work unnecessarily.
Patricia Bubash, M.Ed
Licensed Professional Counselor | Founder, Successful Second Marriages
Students need time to disengage from school
The lament is heard by every parent at some time in the life of their child. How many parents listening to this cry of exasperation and frustration have said, “I feel like I am the student, and this is my homework.”
These households are not where evenings are spent in relaxing recreational family time; rather, they grudgingly spend at the kitchen table doing homework.
As an educator of more than 35 years, I have seen the negative and the positive of homework.
I watched students with gifted skills, bored with the regular curriculum, who refused to do homework. Their reason is, “I know how to do this, so why do I need to do homework?” And they are correct.
What is the benefit in demanding that a high achieving student do “repetitive” work just because everyone else has to do it?
Others in the class may need additional help, but homework is not the answer for them either. Additional tutoring and special education services are existent in most schools.
Unless it is a college preparatory school, where it is anticipated that all students must over-perform, I believe for elementary age, kindergarten through sixth grade, homework should not be assigned. Only in situations where a student asks for additional work for extra credit.
Tackling on more school work at the end of the day often creates a lack of enthusiasm
A young student needs “down” time when the ending bell rings- time to disengage from school.
Tackling on more school work at the end of the day often creates resentment and a lack of enthusiasm for school for both parent and child.
In a society of mostly two working parents, the evening hours when everyone is home are few. After school, hours should be for the family to spend bonding together .
A capable teacher can cover the day’s curriculum without sending home more school work.
Schools now provide additional tutoring and special education services for a student who is struggling. So many more support systems are in place for the student who is falling behind.
This is also the student who does not need homework. Piling on more homework is not going to lead to understanding; rather, other helps need to be researched.
Our current school system is so entrenched in a child’s “book” learning. They have missed the importance of teaching social skills , learning how to work together , and the skill of compromise and acceptance .
The focus is on book skills.
I cringed as I watched a first grader trudging down the hallway at the end of the day with a backpack full of books and homework.
Their after-school time should have been spent engaging with friends, playing a sport, finding an outlet, or doing anything fun.
Third graders were even more laden down. Third grade is a year of transition, and teachers are determined to have them ready for fourth grade. Rarely did they get a night without homework.
Unlike our traditional system that centers on learning through books, homework, drill, and tests.
The Montessori system looks at the whole child, encouraging self-motivation , increasing curiosity , and a desire to learn .
Teachers foster growth in all areas of a child’s development. There is no “time” expectation when the child learns a certain skill, and learning comes at the child’s pace and personal understanding .
Fifth and sixth graders need a reasonable amount of homework as a precursor for high school. Expectations, course work, will be more demanding, and homework a given in high school.
At the higher-level grades, seven to twelve, preparation for the college-bound is necessary. Students at this age understand the competition facing them as they enter college or the work world.
As an educator, and school counselor for decades observing the impact of homework on students, I only see the value in higher grades.
If a school supports a curriculum that necessitates the giving of homework, it should be a minimal amount, relative to the age of the student: ten minutes for first grade, twenty minutes for the second, on up the scale in increments of ten minutes.
Cynthia C. Muchnick, M.A.
Educational Consultant | Former Teacher | Author, “ The Parent Compass “
Homework should be banned if it is simply tedious busy work
Homework should be banned if it is simply tedious busy work, and is overly frustrating for the student, and especially if it is not collected or acknowledged by the teacher in some way by checking or grading it.
If an individual school can build time into their school day for students to do homework by way of free periods, tutorial times, or even class time to complete some or all of it, then students will not be overloaded with work in the evenings on top of their jobs, volunteer work or other extracurricular activities.
Also, excessive stress, anxiety, and lack of sleep will be greatly reduced if homework becomes banned or very limited.
Perhaps in-class group projects or verbal assessments can help teachers determine if any homework on top of material presented in class is even necessary.
Having no homework reduces teachers’ grading load
Having no homework will also cut down on teachers having to grade it.
I am not suggesting a full-fledged ban, but perhaps more of an overhaul of a school’s homework philosophy and clearer mission as to why or how much time should be spent or is being assigned per student depending on their grade and learning style.
I also encourage schools to partner with Challenge Success , an amazing nonprofit research and intervention program that partners with schools to redefine ‘success’ and more closely examines the homework practices in schools, among many other contributing factors.
Robbin Alston, Ph.D
School Psychologist | Founder, B.E.T.A One
As an educator, and psychologist, homework should be banned for the following two reasons:
Homework becomes punitive
Assuming that homework is designed to reinforce what the child learned in school, how do we know the child learned the material in school. If they have not learned, then homework becomes punitive.
When too much pressure is put on a child surrounding homework, some children opt for the chastisement rather than the homework stress.
Eventually, they feel a sense of hopelessness .
Children come from different environments
Teachers grade children based on homework submission, failing to realize all children do not come from the same living situation.
Many children are latch-key children. Some live in shelters or are left without parental supervision in completing their homework. Children come from different environments, and homework should not be a fixed routine in their lives.
After a while, school in itself represents a negative reinforcement or something they want to avoid over homework.
Homework becomes a disturbance in the household
Some parents even complain that they don’t understand the homework and therefore can not help their children with it.
Thus, homework becomes a disturbance in the household, with some children being punished over not doing it.
Marketing and Education Specialist, Boluo School
It widens the achievement gap between “haves” and “have-nots”
Homework often does little but widen the achievement gap between the “haves” and the “have nots.”
Parents who are heavily involved in their students’ academic lives are usually there to ensure that the homework gets completed and are often able to help their children with it.
Parents who are not as present (for whatever reason) are often unable to assist with the homework either because of time constraints or a lack of understanding.
The students from these families often shoulder tremendous responsibilities in their households like babysitting, cooking, cleaning, and even maintaining afterschool jobs to help with bills.
Homework in these families is generally not a priority.
Students are more stressed than ever before. Even pre-pandemic, youth mental health concerns and teen suicide were on the rise. Since COVID began, it has only gotten worse.
It is imperative that students get a chance to rest and recharge without the weight of academic achievement hanging over them every moment.
Students who are involved in afterschool activities and sports often stay at school for 12-14 hours some days. That doesn’t leave a lot of room for homework to be done.
Senior HR Business Partner, Zety
Imagine you just spent most of your day learning, and finally, after six or eight hours, you get home. Most of your day is gone. You now have the afternoon or evening free to go over what you’ve learned.
- Where’s the time to relax?
- To do something you enjoy?
- How is adding more work after work, normal?
Homework has been proven by many studies (OECD) to be unnecessary. Why?
Homework takes away time that could be spent on health and fun
In order to learn, you need time to rest and build up your mental and physical health. Homework takes up the space that should be dedicated to your well-being and other enjoyable activities.
One or two hours may not seem like a lot, but when you’re already tired after going through a day that requires high amounts of concentration, two hours can easily turn into four.
Longer hours don’t make you more productive.
While workplaces start opening up to that fact, it’s equally important for decision-makers in learning environments to face it. You need time to enjoy yourself and relax guilt-free from the systemic pressure to be productive 24/7.
Homework is often a stressor that causes anxiety
When faced with all kinds of deadlines, especially from multiple fields at once, you’re bound to experience stress and anxiety.
This, compiled with little free time for self-care, aggravates an already vulnerable mental state.
This type of additional work has been shown to contribute to physical symptoms of stress like:
- sleep deprivation,
- headaches, and
- stomach aches
Such effects can lead people to turn to unhealthy coping mechanisms such as alcohol, drugs, and overuse of prescribed medications.
Finland shows no homework is not only possible but beneficial
Finland has no homework and has one of the world’s highest education systems. How? By acknowledging the importance of teachers through proper funding and programs.
Related: Which Education System Is the Best in the World? (And Why)
But this also requires a central, system-changing belief that balance and your well-being are more important than additional work or long hours.
It’s not hard to understand the “no homework” arguments once you consider what’s happening in the workforce. When people have the opportunity, they opt for jobs that offer a work-life balance.
There’s still a long way to go, but companies are starting to face more scrutiny for violating that need. It’s about time we have this discussion in the education sector too.
What’s different about young generations nowadays, that continue to face the negative consequences of homework, is that as they get older, they’re more likely to speak out against it.
An interesting study we conducted at Zety showed that the main reason Gen Z-ers would consider leaving their current job would be if there was a poor work-life balance .
This information gives some hope when it comes to challenging and improving a broken system that, in the early stages of life, makes you go through homework and, as you get older — over time.
Founder, Kevin Nguyen Experiences
A child’s work week is similar to an adult’s work week with homework
Think about how many hours children go to school, about 30 hours per week, right?
At such a developmental and crucial part of their lives, children should be more focused on learning life skills and exploring new activities with friends and family. With homework, a child can easily amount to schedules that can mirror a working adult life.
Why do we want to subject our children to that experience so early on?
These children are at an age where they can take risks and try new things. The negative impacts of failure are less impactful as a child when compared to as an adult.
Lightly guided experiential learning provides fresh new areas of interest for children
Instead of providing homework, I believe educators should provide a list of great activities that children should try doing in their free time.
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Learning by doing is the name of the game here. These activities should not be mandatory and give children an opportunity to try different things.
- How about cooking a dish that the family is not familiar with?
- What about doing a small hike on a trail they have never been on?
- Try a new DIY hands-on project and build something?
By allowing children to try out new things at an early stage in their life, albeit with just a little guidance (e.g., providing a large list of ideas), they’ll be more well-rounded and have a much better idea of their interests, which they want to pursue beyond high school.
Senior Editor, Tandem
Though I do not personally have children, I have many friends who have children ranging in age from three to thirteen. I have witnessed my friends handling their children’s homework assignments. From this, I have formed a relatively strong opinion on the subject.
Insufficient time to complete the homework
Teachers assign homework to help students learn more about a given subject. Students are then expected to go home, complete this homework independently, and learn from the experience.
What I have witnessed, however, is not what is happening. Instead, the children are bringing work home. Then the parents are either partially or fully completing the work because they do not want to see their children fail.
- Does this benefit the child?
- Is the child truly learning?
- Does the child understand responsibility and obligations?
Many families have two parents who work full time, which means they might not have the time after their workday to help their children with homework.
When a teacher expects homework to be completed with a parent’s assistance, this might put additional strain on the parent(s) and cause added stress. Additionally, children want (and should) participate in extracurricular activities, including soccer, chess club, drama club, and more.
That means going to school for approximately seven hours per day, partaking in their after-school clubs, and then going home to eat dinner and spend quality time with the family.
There might not be much time left to complete homework on time.
Should homework be banned? Possibly . Though the answer probably lies somewhere in the middle.
Teachers need to understand that there should be limitations on how much homework is assigned. Parents need to understand that they are doing their children a disservice by doing the homework for their kids.
Hopefully, soon, teachers and students can find a happy medium.
Co-Owner, Throw Deep Publishing
It doesn’t build educational connections, it demonstrates compliance
I believe that the use of homework should be banned from educational settings because it doesn’t create educational connections between topics and concepts.
Rather it demonstrates compliance in students who successfully regurgitate information and meet a deadline.
Education and learning take place in the classroom first and foremost, and once the bell rings at the end of the day, I believe that it stops there as well until being picked back up the following day.
The school day is long, and many students have trouble focusing and staying attentive in their regularly structured schedule as it is.
By adding more onto their plates and asking them to complete work on their own time, we’re asking them to do a poor job and simply give us the information that they think we want them to provide us with.
No learning or connection takes place in this process.
Many teachers use homework as a way to reinforce information, but this can be done much more effectively and positively in the classroom.
By using the time allocated to the school day to cover topics related to the classroom, we can help kids separate school from other aspects of their lives that may be stressful.
School can cause stress and anxiety in children and teens, which is brought to a further extent when their home life begins to be infiltrated by the presence of homework.
This stress and anxiety can spread to many other problems, such as sleeping problems that create a vicious cycle for a child that is nearly impossible to break. The effects can be devastating, only beginning by creating a negative image of school in the child’s mind.
With this being said, I do not think that in-class projects or assessments should be banned from education .
These are positive ways for children to show you what they know and how far their knowledge of a topic extends, and what information they’ve retained in the process.
However, this is not a place for homework, which merely focuses on reinforcing information on a child’s already exhausted brain after a long day of thinking and learning information.
This knowledge can be demonstrated through the use of large projects and assessments in the classroom through the child’s ability to use and synthesize the information that they’ve learned.
Founder, Our Kiwi Homeschool
Homework robs children of opportunities to explore new things
Children and teens need their own time and space to develop their own interests and engage with things beyond their structured education.
When we fill up all of their time with tasks, it robs them of opportunities to explore new things.
The six or seven hours a day that children are in school is more than enough time to complete their formal education. Anything beyond that is punishment, in my opinion.
In our homeschool, we can finish all the bookwork and necessary tasks by lunchtime. After that, the rest of the day is for them . They can play outside, read books of their own choosing, plant seedlings in the garden, or anything else they’re into on that day.
We don’t force them to do homework, which, in my opinion, only turns most children off learning.
Career Coach, CV Genius
Homework causes stress
According to a survey conducted by Stanford University, 56% of students say that homework is the most significant source of stress. In comparison, only 1% of students believe that homework is not a stressor.
Furthermore, 80% of students exhibited physical symptoms such as:
- weight loss, and
- sleep deprivation
If students are given no homework, there will be no stress for them.
They wouldn’t have to worry about whether they turned in their assignments or not. As a result, it would be a dream come true for students.
Homework encourages cheating
If someone is given a large amount of work to be completed in a short amount of time, they would likely cheat. The same happens with students.
Instead of teaching them to study, schools are helping them to learn new and effective ways to cheat.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the purpose of homework.
Homework is typically assigned by teachers as a way to reinforce classroom learning and to develop good study habits in students. It is also seen as a way for students to practice what they have learned and to prepare for upcoming exams.
What are some alternatives to homework?
If you’re a teacher who is considering banning homework, you may be wondering what alternatives there are. Here are a few:
• In-class work: Instead of assigning homework, consider having students complete assignments in class. This can ensure that all students have access to the same resources and support.
• Project-based learning: Project-based learning can be a great alternative to homework, as it allows students to apply what they have learned in a more creative and engaging way.
• Flipped classroom: In a flipped classroom, students watch lectures or complete readings at home, and then come to class to apply what they have learned. This can be a more effective way to reinforce learning than traditional homework assignments.
What are some tips for implementing a homework ban?
If you’re considering implementing a homework ban in your classroom or school, here are a few tips to keep in mind:
• Communicate with parents and students: It’s important to communicate the reasons behind the homework ban to both parents and students. This can help to ensure that everyone is on board and understands the rationale behind the decision.
• Provide alternative assignments: Students may still need to practice and reinforce what they have learned, even without traditional homework assignments. Providing alternative assignments, such as in-class work or projects, can help to achieve this goal.
• Monitor academic performance: It’s important to monitor students’ academic performance after implementing a homework ban to ensure that they are still mastering the material. If necessary, adjustments may need to be made to ensure that students are still learning and progressing.
How can teachers and parents support students without homework?
Without traditional homework assignments, teachers and parents can still support students in a variety of ways. Here are a few ideas:
• Encourage reading: Reading is a great way for students to continue learning and reinforcing what they have learned in class. Encouraging regular reading can help to support students’ academic development.
• Provide resources and support: Without traditional homework assignments, some students may need additional support to stay on track. Providing resources, such as online tutorials or study groups, can help to ensure that students are still receiving the support they need.
• Emphasize self-care: With the extra time that comes with a homework ban, students may have more time for self-care activities such as exercise, meditation, or spending time in nature. Encouraging self-care activities can help to support students’ overall well-being.
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20 Reasons Why Homework Should Be Banned?
Homework is a necessary evil that must be abolished to improve student achievement. It is often too hard for students to finish.
Furthermore, homework can make students feel like they are not doing their school duty, making them think they are uninterested in school and less motivated to learn.
Banning homework would help students focus on their educational goals and would also help students achieve better grades.
Many experts say homework should not be allowed because it can do more harm than good. But in reality it does harm them.
This blog will discuss 20 reasons why homework should be banned.
Is Homework a Burden Or Not?
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Homework can feel like a big problem for some people. It takes up a lot of time after school, leaving little time for other things or relaxing. The amount of work can be too much, causing stress and making it hard to finish everything on time. It feels like an extra heavy load to carry and puts more pressure on already busy lives.
On the other hand, some people think homework is not a big problem at all. They believe it’s helpful because it reinforces what students learn in class. It gives them a chance to practice and understand the subject better. Homework also teaches important skills like managing time and being responsible, which helps students in the future.
Whether homework is seen as a big problem or not depends on how it’s handled. When students get a reasonable amount of homework and have support from teachers and parents, it can be a useful way to learn. But if there’s too much homework or not enough support, it can feel like a big burden. Finding a good balance that lets students learn and grow without overwhelming them is really important.
Impacts on Students After Banning Homework
The impacts of banning homework on students can vary depending on the individual student, the school, and how homework is banned. Some students may experience more positive impacts, while others may experience more negative impacts. However, there are both positive and negative impacts on students.
- Increased free time to spend on other activities, such as extracurriculars, hobbies, or simply relaxing.
- Improved sleep habits, as students can go to bed earlier and get more sleep.
- Increased family time, as students may be able to spend more time with their families.
- Improved grades, as students may be able to focus more on their studies and complete their assignments more effectively.
- Increased stress levels, as some students may feel like they are not keeping up with the workload or that they are not learning as much.
- Reduced motivation, as some students may not feel like they have to do anything outside of school to succeed.
- Boredom, as some students may not know what to do with their free time.
- Lack of self-regulation skills, as younger students may not have the skills to manage their time effectively.
Main 20 Reasons Why Homework Should Be Banned
1. it disrupts family relationships.
Homework is time-consuming and can also be a source of anxiety, which is not conducive to healthy family relations.
It’s all about balance, but it’s hard to juggle work and play when your kids’ homework is inconvenient and unmanageable.
This is especially true if your kid’s homework gets in the way of family dinners and other activities that matter.
For parents who aren’t quite up to the task, homework can affect their mental health. It’s a fact that your kid’s homework can ruin your relationship with them.
2. Impact of homework on a student’s health
Too much homework on a student’s schedule can negatively impact their physical and mental health.
Research from Stanford University shows that homework is the main source of stress, depression, and weight loss for students.
Many students have reported headaches, stomach problems, and weight loss due to too much homework.
Some have even lost sleep due to the anxiety that comes with having too much work to do.
3. Impact Social Skills
In addition to taking away from family time, it also reduces the opportunity for kids to develop life skills.
When kids are overloaded with homework, they can’t spend time with friends or participate in sports and outdoor activities.
This lack of free time makes them lose their ability to build relationships and become responsible adults.
4. Makes Weekends Exhaustive
This is another major reason from 20 reasons why homework should be banned. Homework can also take up weekends, leading to less time for socializing and relaxation.
This can lead to a decrease in grades for the student.
The stress that is created by homework can also lead to a host of other health issues for the student.
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5. Excessive Pressure
There is evidence that children who fail to complete their homework are at greater risk of suicide.
Similarly, if students stay up late to finish their homework, they arrive at school tired and are less ready to work.
However, it can also cause students to become stressed.
According to studies, more than half of high school teachers have seen a problem with homework stress.
6. Affects Grades
Students who do not complete their homework often receive lower grades. It also takes hours away from other essential activities.
Moreover, it can be a drain on parents.
If the parents have to spend all their free time doing their kids’ homework, they may need more energy to engage in other activities.
It can also affect the family’s private life.
When the debate first began, progressive reformers argued against homework.
Eventually, however, homework became a staple of education. It was created as a way to supplement classwork.
It was also used to monitor student understanding of concepts.
Although some teachers are eliminating it, homework is sometimes a good idea.
Some studies indicate that homework benefits have little to do with actual learning.
7. Restrict from other important activities
The main reason is that it can take away time from other essential activities.
For example, if a child spends a lot of time on homework, they may have to skip out on sports or other fun activities.
This can lead to unhealthy coping mechanisms and an increase in stress.
Aside from physical effects, too much homework can negatively affect academic performance.
Students often become bored with their subjects because they are constantly being asked to repeat already learned concepts.
They also struggle to finish their assignments on time. This can affect their self-esteem and overall mental health.
8. Family Stress
In addition, homework can be a source of family stress. Often, parents are too busy with their jobs to spend time with their children. They need help to provide the best guidance and support.
Students often have to copy work from their classmates. This makes them less capable of learning essential life skills.
It can also teach them how to cheat the system.
9. Interest and Hobbies
Homework should be banned because students don’t need to learn specific skills.
They should be allowed to pursue their interests and hobbies. Rather than forcing them to do homework, teachers should allow them more free time for more beneficial activities.
A ban on homework can have many positive effects on students’ lives. It would improve their physical and mental health and create more free time for socialization.
10. It’s a time of stress.
Having a lot of homework can be stressful for many students. It can lead to low grades, procrastination, and anxiety.
It can also affect families and personal relationships as discussed above.
It’s important to know the signs of homework stress so that you can take action to relieve the stress.
Some signs include irritability, anger, and arguing with parents. It can also cause problems with your social life.
Many students begin school because they are excited to learn. They want to socialize and take part in extracurricular activities.
But homework takes away this time and prevents them from pursuing their hobbies or participating in other activities.
The amount of homework is the most obvious source of stress. According to a recent study, 56% of students listed homework as the main stressor in their lives.
Another study suggests that homework stress can seriously affect economically disadvantaged youth.
In these homes, the parents often work multiple jobs and aren’t home to supervise their children.
They may be caring for siblings while they work. They’re also less likely to have access to a quiet place for homework.
They may not have the computers or Internet connections that wealthier kids have.
11. Affect Quality of Life
Taking the time to reduce the amount of homework from students helps reduce the negative impact on the student’s health and quality of life.
Not only can this help students get better grades, but it can also improve their emotional and physical well-being.
Studies show that children with more homework experience more academic stress.
They report less time for creative activities, play, and hobbies.
These experiences can lead to physical and mental health problems, including headaches, weight loss, stomach pain, and exhaustion.
12. It’s not an activity where students contribute time after school
Keeping your children occupied after school may be more of a work than a pleasurable pastime.
The post-school hours should be spent in the confines of the family home, in the form of a well-worn couch, or, you guessed it.
The best part is, you can sleep when the sun goes down. In other words, homework can be a thing of the past.
To fully appreciate this reality, one would have to be a kid at heart.
The benefits are countless. The most obvious benefit is that you can have a good time with your family. But there are more reasons why homework should be banned than its benefits.
13. It’s not a necessary tool for educating children
Historically, educators have debated the merits of homework.
Some say it is a necessary tool for educating children, while others argue it is a waste of time.
Regardless, parents care about their children’s education and want to see them succeed. However, homework could provide a better solution.
Typically, the best way to help kids learn is by engaging them in their homes, family, and community.
Often, parents will use homework assignments as a means of reinforcing classroom lessons.
For example, teachers will require students to read a certain amount of time every night.
The homework assignment is meant to reinforce the lesson but also provides some practice.
Moreover, it can be completed with readily available resources.
For instance, students in affluent communities have access to academic summer camps and tutoring. However, lower-income families have different opportunities.
These parents may not have the same level of education as their affluent counterparts and may be working outside the home or have other obligations.
As a result, they are not as equipped to help their children with homework.
14. Indulge in Bad Activities
The researchers found that most students believed homework was a stressor.
Two-thirds reported using drugs to cope with stress. They also said they had less time for family, friends, and hobbies.
The researchers also found that the more homework students received, the more negative they became towards school.
They likely had fewer financial resources, were in unstable homes, and lacked parental support to help with their homework.
15. Affects More Students from Low- Income Family
Students from lower-income families may also lack familiarity with the school system.
They may also have language barriers. This may make it difficult for them to complete their assignments on time.
This added stress can negatively affect their performance in school and their relationships with their parents.
16. Source of Anxiety
Despite its importance, homework is a source of stress and anxiety for many students.
It can be challenging to focus on schoolwork when you are exhausted, hungry, or distracted by the demands of other tasks.
If you feel overwhelmed, ensure you have enough time to complete your assignments. If you are struggling, ask a friend for help.
Research suggests that children and teens need around nine to ten hours of sleep.
Not getting enough rest can adversely affect their mental and physical health. It also improves decision-making and memory.
When you are stressed, it is easy to make bad decisions. It is essential to take the time to relax.
Deep breathing and gentle stretching can help you to relieve stress.
You should also set aside a specific amount of time each day for homework.
17. Students Turn To Copying Homework
Students often turn to copying the homework of their classmates when they are short on time.
Teachers are deceived because students learn to efficiently cheat by copying and passing off others’ work as their own.
An instructor could fail both students if they submit work that is too similar to another’s.
For these reasons, we believe that homework should be banned. The eighth argument against assigning homework is this.
18. Wastage of Time
The reason why homework should be banned is that it is a waste of time.
It takes away from the time students need to spend studying and can also lead to poor grades.
In most cases, students are caught in a web of guilt over homework that they feel is ruining their lives and causing bad grades.
19. It’s cruel and unusual punishment
Throughout the years, many people have debated the use of homework.
Some believe it is a necessary part of schooling, while others claim it is a source of stress.
Some argue that too much homework is a bad thing.
Although there are many different opinions on the subject, several common themes have emerged.
The majority of students agree that homework is cruel. Some educators believe that it is an integral part of schooling.
However, there is some disagreement about whether homework is a cruel and unusual punishment.
Also read: Revision techniques for students
20. Get no achievement
Students who follow their teachers’ directions and do their homework usually achieve no achievement.
But if they use the same time to study, that might benefit them for the long run.
You won’t have time to get everything done if you devote every waking moment to learning and
Eventually, homework stops being interesting to you and becomes dull.
21. Major Effect on academic performance
When you have too much homework, you may need more time or energy to focus on your studies.
This may lead to poor grades and a lack of progress in your education.
Homework can lead to students feeling overwhelmed and stressed, which can negatively affect their academic performance.
22. Unproductive for Students
Parents often can’t provide students with the knowledge and resources they need to succeed.
Moreover, homework can become boring for kids. They might not like the tasks they are assigned to complete and might need more time to complete them.
Despite the importance of homework, many teachers still need to be trained to give meaningful assignments to their students.
Many teachers find it difficult to grade on “even playing fields” when the home environment varies.
Take Homework Help From CodeAvail
Education experts believe that assigning homework is a common procedure. However, there are several difficulties that students face while trying to do their homework.
Many students struggle with deciding what to put in and what to leave out of their homework.
The majority of them have trouble deciding on a main premise. And by the time they get around to it, it’s so close to the deadline that they may be tempted to just cut and paste something they saw online.
Doing so is unethical and is known as plagiarism.
Youngsters nowadays are not lacking the abilities necessary to effectively manage their time. These days, students spend more time than ever before on social media and outside of school.
They end up having to stay up late to get their schoolwork done because of this. In that case students can hire Codeavail experts to complete their homework on time.
The Bottom Line
We have discussed 20 reasons why homework should be banned in this blog. There are more than 100 reasons why homework should be banned but the above listed are the most common ones.
If you notice your child is getting excessive homework and spoiling their mental peace, you must complain about it in their respective educational institutions.
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