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Topic Homework Should Be Banned

Hello. My name is Aleena Kelkar and I believe that homework should be banned.

Assertion 1-Homework leads to overwhelmed,cranky kids.

Reasoning 1- Kids are already tired from school, so homework puts extra pressure on them. This results in stressed out kids.

Reasoning 2- Not completing homework affects your grades, which puts stress on you to make up for it.

Reasoning 3-You spend a lot of time(about 45-50 mins) on homework, which gives you less sleep. You then wake up cranky.

Evidence 1-. According to the National Sleep Foundation’s 2006 poll, 80 percent of teens don’t get the recommended amount of sleep. At least 28 percent fall asleep in school and 22 percent fall asleep doing homework.

Evidence 2-According to the American Psychological Association, typical schoolchildren today report more anxiety than did child psychiatric patients in the 1950s.

Source-http://stophomework.com/fact.pdf

Assertion 2-Homework is a waste of time.

Reasoning 1-It is repeating what students have learned in school, which is not useful to students.

Reasoning 2-There is no relationship between homework and grades.

Reasoning 3-Since there are no teachers to supervise, students can learn to do homework the wrong way and waste time.

Evidence 1-According to a 2001 review of more than 120 studies of homework and its effects by Professor Harris Cooper of Duke University, the country’s leading homework researcher, and his updated 2006 review of an additional sixty studies, there is very little correlation between the amount of homework and achievement in elementary school and only a moderate correlation in middle school.

Evidence 2-Many countries with the highest scoring students on achievement tests, such as Japan, Denmark, and the Czech Republic, have teachers who assign little homework. Meanwhile, countries such as Greece, Thailand, and Iran, where students have some of the worst average scores, have teachers who assign a lot of homework.

Assertion 3-Students get less exercise and fall sick.

Reasoning 1-They are spending too much time on homework, so they get very little time to exercise.

Reasoning 2- They get too tired to play outside after homework. There brains are tired from homework and they do not feel like doing anything after it.

Reasoning 3-Their sleeping time and eating time become very erratic because of the amount of homework and eventually fall sick.

Evidence 1-Kids are more sedentary than ever before, and homework is a contributing factor. Since 1981, the amount of time kids spend playing sports has decreased by 58 percent for six- to eight-year-olds, 19 percent for nine- to eleven-year- olds, 43 percent for twelve- to fourteen-year-olds, and 28 percent for fifteen- to seventeen-year-olds

Evidence 2-According to a 2004 report by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) of the Department of Health and Human Services. Even since 2000, there’s been a significant increase: 17.1 percent of American kids between the ages of two and nineteen are now considered overweight.

Source-http://stophomework.com/fact.pdf

Once again, my name is Aleena and I believe that homework should be banned.

Side: Should be banned

Have you ever thought why the biggest part of students starts hating school with some time? More than a half of all their answers to this question will mention the necessity to do homework.

Whether the reasons for that are procrastination or lack of time but in any case, the topic of homework has been discussed by educators for many times. There are causes for both banning homework and leaving it in different amounts, but still, the home assignment benefits outweigh its drawbacks.

Homework in different countries

Unfortunately, it is very difficult to estimate how much time a child should spend on his or her homework. All the figures are strictly individual as nobody supposes that today a girl will suffer from a headache and a boy will have a volleyball competition. That means that they have to shorten their night sleep to cope with all the tasks assigned to them.

Another astonishing fact about the volumes of a home assignment given to school kids in different countries. If to consider that a child should have time for clubs, relaxation, friends apart from homework, it should not take more than one hour to complete all the tasks every day. But in some countries, people begin to doubt the fact that homework should not be banned: statistics are terrifying. The research by OECD that was analyzing the homework of 15-year-old school kids has shown that Italian children are overwhelmed with homework as they have to spend over 9 hours on it weekly. The other countries where children have to work over 6 hours on their tasks are Ireland, Poland, the USA and Australia. No wonder children would rather find hundreds of other activities than do their home assignments.

At the same time, each person realizes that homework is extremely important in studying. According to the Cooper’s review of homework studies, 70% of students show better academic success thanks to homework they were completing. Consequently, we should not underestimate its benefits and now it is time to focus on the reasons why it should not be banned.

  1. Home environment can be more productive for some pupils than a classroom one
    Not all children are capable of coping with the tension that appears in the classroom because of different reasons: time limits, scolding other students, noise etc. That is why a home can have a more productive atmosphere as there is no competition, restrictions and you can learn material at your own pace in the place where you feel comfortable and relaxed.
  2. Parents have a representation of the things that happen in the classroom
    A necessity to do and check homework makes parents more involved in studying. Sometimes children may have troubles with some topics or even subjects and difficulties with homework can be a ringing bell to provide assistance to your child. Moreover, it encourages parents to communicate with their children more.
  3. Homework boosts interaction between students and teachers
    Homework is done for different purposes but one of them is improved interaction between learners and educators. Students not only ask questions but also visit after class activities to be able to deal with it themselves.
  4. Additional practice
    Not all the information is grasped by students at the lessons. Sometimes the percentage of this knowledge is relatively low, but the requirements of the curriculum make teachers give many self-study tasks home for them to achieve better test results.
    Moreover, the obligation to repeat the material learnt at the lesson contributes to its better memorizing and understanding.
  5. It teaches students responsibility
    When students only visit classes they have no idea how difficult it is for teachers to prepare for the lessons and may behave abusively. When they are given assignments on a regular basis, they raise responsibility, punctuality, and executivity. These features can be very useful for the future career too.
  6. Homework improves presentation skills
    Diligent students do their best to impress their teachers in the classroom. Such painstaking and thorough preparation is very important for building better presentation skills.
  7. Children learn much new information additionally
    Apart from the direct assignment execution, many students need to research many sources to complete it profoundly. That helps to get additional knowledge and become more intelligent.
  8. It teaches important life skills
    When we say that students do their homework we implement many meanings in this phrase. Pupils learn to manage time effectively, set priorities, and improve self-discipline. That is a good preparation for future career and meeting deadlines set by bosses.
  9. Homework is a remedy against weaknesses
    Something that was not understood by a student at the lesson can be analyzed by him at home again. Homework gives students a chance to improve, acquire new skills and stand out among other learners.
  10. It keeps students busy
    If teenagers would have too much time for leisure activities, the probability that they will interfere with some illegal or criminal issues rises greatly. Being busy with tasks they do not waste their time and spend it with the unmatched benefit.

Conclusion

It is useless to deny the fact that home assignment is very beneficial for school children. Of course, there might be some restrictions concerning the age of students and the number of tasks assigned, but in any case, it is impossible to imagine a modern school without homework. Think only about homeschooling and much higher academic achievements learners have. No wonder that homework remains one of the most effective ways to acquire and improve the existing knowledge and skills.


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