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Should Students Have Homework?

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Jordan Patrick

on 3 June 2014

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Transcript of Should Students Have Homework?

The first reason that students shouldn’t have homework is that they need time to relax and take their minds off work. The pressure of having to do homework every night is quite intimidating for most students, and they need time to refresh their minds and bodies.

Secondly, it reduces the amount of time that students could be spending with their families. Family time is especially important to a growing child and without it social problems can crop up and a family unit can be compromised by a lack of time being spent together.

Thirdly, homework can cause conflict between children and parents when the parent wants to the child to do their homework but meets struggle from the student to do a devastating assignment.
Too much homework can encourage cheating because students end up copying off one another in an attempt to finish all their assignments. They then end up being rewarded for cheating which doesn't benefit them at all.

And finally, a lot of teachers don't often have the time to grade papers properly as they are too busy with designing lesson plans and consulting teaching resources in order to just manage lessons. So by the time students are getting their papers back, the class has moved on to a new topic.
The Potential Harm
The first benefit of homework is that it allows students and teachers to work more closely together. They can discuss their assignments or any problems that they are having with parts of their textbooks, before or after classes.

The second benefit is that it can bring families closer together as students may ask their parents or siblings for help on their homework. Not only will this help the students get a better understanding of their work with any parts they are stuck on, it will also allow parents to get more involved in their child's educational life.

Thirdly, doing homework will prepare students for the big end tests. If a child does poorly on an assignment then they will learn what is necessary to do well on the next test without being punished. It also provides students with the opportunity to practice at what it takes to be successful in school. Like they say, practice makes perfect.
Doing homework is also a great way to develop responsibilities. By being assigned work one day and knowing that it has to be done by the next day, they will develop a sense of punctuality by turning their work in on time.

And finally it allows parents to see how their children are being educated and they can develop a better idea of how they can help their child. However, some parents, students and even some teachers feel that after 7-8 hours of lessons in school, it is unfair to expect students to come home and work for another three hours.

The Benefits
In Finland there is no homework and it tops other countries in success. I think we need to learn a few things from Finland.

• Homework helps to strengthen and simplify what was learned during the school day.
• It gives practice with content, concepts and skills.
• Homework improves performance in standardized tests.
• It is an addition of class work that allows students to accomplish mastery of the content or skills to be learned.
• Students do not have enough time during the day to fully understand all the information they are given.
• Homework facilitates rote learning.
• It lets parents see what their children are doing at school.
• Homework teaches self-discipline, time management and research skills.
• It reduces time for TV and video games and promotes good study habits.
• It increases interest in schoolwork when it is corrected quickly.

Should Students Have Homework?
Should it be mandatory?
• Homework must be corrected quickly or students get discouraged and lose interest.
• It can be too heavy and stressful at times.
• Homework disturbs family life and prevents students from doing household chores.
• Parents or relatives may do the homework for the student.
• Students need time to relax, play and practice sports and hobbies.
• Homework can make students too tired after a long day at school.
• It keeps them up too late at night.
• Homework is often pointless busywork which does not support real learning.
• Students from middle- and upper-class homes have better resources to help them with homework.

The Homework Policy
Homework provides an opportunity for a review of the concepts and the skills learned in school. Homework constitutes the return of requested information to the school, the completion of regular classroom assignments, special projects, and the reinforcements/consolidation of skills, as determined by the classroom teacher. Homework enables students to develop planning and organizational skills and provides students with opportunities to apply what they learned in a variety of situations. As well, homework establishes the essential work habits and responsibilities for students to be successful, life long learners. This policy assumes that class time has been used wisely. It also assumes that the guidelines may vary according to the needs of the students and the objectives of the assignments.
I had to do homework to complete this presentation. The downside to doing this is that I couldn't go outside to enjoy the beautiful weather.
For many years, homework has been given to students to reinforce what they learn at school, but too much homework can be counterproductive.
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