My phone lines lit up like a Christmas tree.
As the host of a three-hour mid-morning talk show on CJAD radio in Montreal , I am used to dealing with topics that spark an animated reaction. However, I was not prepared this morning for the deluge of emotion when I suggested that all homework should be banned.
My proposal was simple enough: No more homework, not elementary school and not in high school.
Keep in mind that I am not talking about reading at home or working on a special project. That would be fine. I am talking about assignments that have to be done at home and handed in to a flustered teacher who hands them back days later when the material is long forgotten.
Doesn't homework help students get better marks? One study after another, including the latest one from the Australian Institute of Family Studies, is proof that it does nothing of the kind.
Not only is homework unhelpful, it's harmful.
For 30 minutes, one call after another proved that the idea of a ban struck a chord with parents. One mother of a 7-year-old girl was practically in tears when she told me her daughter, who used to love school, now hates it. Why? Because she is forced to do 90 minutes of homework assignments every day!
No wonder she hates school. She is seven, for heaven's sake. The child gets up at 7:30 in the morning. She's in school all day long. The bus picks her up at 3:45 to take her home. By the time she is dropped off, it's nearly 5:00. That day is long enough. She should not be forced to work for another hour and a half.
Give her time to be a child, to spend quality time with her family, to have fun with her mom without arguing day in and day out. If she knows the work, there is no need to do more of it. If she does not understand, there's no point in having her repeat her mistakes
Shocked at the prospect of doing away with something that is such a staple of virtually every school system across the continent, another parent called me to protest.
She said, "What are you talking about? I mean... we have to have homework. Otherwise, the kids won't have structure and they will just come home and fool around."
Good. That's exactly what they should be doing. They deal with structure from early in the morning until late in the afternoon. That's enough structure for an adult, much less a child.
It's time to 'fess up about homework. It is forced labor. Unpaid forced labor. Homework assignments provide precious little benefit and they cause unnecessary stress for the child and for the parent. Good teachers can get the job done in class. Those who can't just assign more homework.
Some schools are finally pondering the possibility of eliminating weekend or holiday homework assignments. That's too namby-pamby. Not good enough. It's time to stop the addiction to homework cold turkey.
If a student wishes to review some of the work of the day on their own, great. If the kids have to study for a test or exam -- no problem. But those millions of hours of useless make-work homework assignments? They have caused misery enough.
Homework is cruel and unusual punishment. Banning it will improve the life of students, parents and teachers in one fell swoop.
Reading at home or perhaps playing a musical instrument connected with school work, that's fine, but the homework assignments have got to go.
What will these kids do with all their new-found spare time? They will relax; they can have some fun; they can play outside; and spend time with their friends. Letting kids be kids -- what a novel concept.
After hearing what parents were telling me, I want to help them get rid of homework. We will start with Montreal. If -- make that when -- we succeed, perhaps we will set the example for the rest of North America.
If you agree, tell your friends and neighbors. If you don't agree, you better get back to the kitchen table. The homework is waiting.
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Homework is the reason I fail.
I am a high school junior, every day I get 12+ pages of homework minimum. Because I cannot possibly do all of this and help around the house as I am the only one able to do so, and therefore I have no time to study my material and therefore my test grades suffer as a result.
Homework is like slavery.
It's basically forcing students to go home after a stressful day of school and activities and do pointless homework. Teachers should be teaching these things in class, not making the students learn it themselves. It's preventing children from leading balanced lifestyles, with a healthy amount of sleep and activities to keep them fit and active. How is a student supposed to do 3 to 4 hours of homework, study for a plethora of tests and quizzes, play sports, get involved in the community, eat food with nutritional value, and get an adequate amount of sleep, all in one day? That's not possible. The amount of stress homework causes kids is ridiculous, especially when they're already under so much pressure to get into a good college and do well in school, along with making friends and staying active. Homework is not necessary.
Homework should be banned.
Why Homework Is Bad
Are you a kid who hates homework!? Well I am one! Did you know that homework leads to bad grades and overwhelmed cranky kids? It can also lead to stressed out children that can throw fits. Also, homework gives less time for a kid to be a kid. There should be no homework for all children. No homework is even good for teachers because they don’t need to correct it because they already have enough to correct
In some schools children can get homework as early as kindergarten, or by the third grade. Homework has been annoying many children by the fourth grade. At elementary school, especially, this is a bad idea because many young students are known for having very short attention spans. They have already been forced to sit and learn for approximately 6 1/2 hours at school, with usually only 2 short recess breaks and lunch and they are also very known to like to talk and chat a lot.
By the time school is out, the kids just want to go home, relax, and be who they are ! It also affects families because Homework trouble = school trouble = family trouble. It is the rare for a child to enjoy homework F.Y.I. .For some students they can be stressed out when they get home and throw fits and for all students they have been exercising their brains at school all day long and at home they are supposed to relax their brain for the next day at school, and if you are not remembering good blame it on the teacher for putting the subject at the wrong time when the students are tired (after recess etc.) or the teacher is not explaining it good.
Some teachers do not answer a students question which would of helped the student to learn better and teachers always used to say to me “Learning is fun!” well I think now math and school now is a lot harder than in the 70’s and 80’s and put for an example a 10 year old in fifth grade with 6 1/2 hours of school and 45-50 minutes of homework and remember 2013 math is A LOT harder than 80’s and 70’s math so do you think you would be having fun? and I also want to state that homework causes cases of kids hating school (like me). So that concludes the end of my persuasive essay top three reasons homework is bad: overwhelming, interference and dislike.
One country named Finland has already fixed their school system there is no homework there is recess for 75 minutes, 9-17 students per class and no tests until you are 16 years old.
Homework should be banned because it just isn't useful and wastes time.
Homework is pointless because kids do enough work in school and they don't need more. When they come home they want to chill out, hang out with friends, or do something. Kids are in school for 8 hours a day doing work, other than lunch and recess. Homework is not relevant for kids. I did a survey at school at resource, and a majority of kids say that homework should be banned in school because it is stressful and they procrastinate until the last second. There is no point in homework. It takes away from spending time with family. According to the text with research 'Homework Should be Banned,' “Schools has increased from 9 to 3 with 1 ½ hour of recess and lunch to 8:40 to 3:15 with only 30 minutes of lunch and recess.” This quote shows that too much is just too much homework. Also, another reason is that, according to research, some of the smartest countries like Finland and Japan don’t have homework. We can be just as smart as them without homework. This shows that homework has no academic benefits for grades.
I am a teacher, and Yes!!
Yes! Ban homework.. As part of our school policy, homework must be given out, and students should complete 30minutes of homework,, per night! I think this is too much as many students have other commitments.
Sport practices, jobs to do around home, looking after siblings, at after school care etc
It is a hassle for the teacher to mark/grade and make up something that is remotely fun,and enjoyable for the children to do
It hinders learning which is obviously a bad thing.
Undoubtedly, homework hinders learning. There are only 2 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 not do the homework because you were unable, and therefore did not learn anything.
Even besides these points, there are other reasons why homework hinders learning. For example, homework has to be corrected, wasting valuable class time which could be spent teaching new skills. It is an unnecessary burden on children which causes great stress, and actively teaches them to hate learning. Learning has to be an enjoyable experience to be effective, and if children grow to hate a subject because of the homework they receive, it will mean they learn much less in class. Stress can also affect sleep and eating patterns, thus resulting in lower scores in exams. I could go on forever, there are literally no benefits to homework. Work is for work related-things, home is where you can relax. This line should not be blurred.
As a student, I think it should be banned.
As a student, I don't get home from school until 4:30 or 5:00 and I am doing homework sometimes until 8:30 almost every night. It is very stressful when you have seven classes a day and homework in every single class; it becomes very overwhelming. On top of that, I have to get up every morning at 5:30 am just to catch my buss at 6:40. Many mornings are very hard for me because of lack of sleep from the night before staying up doing homework and studying for two or three tests the next day.
If they banned homework, test scores might improve because then students would have more time to study and be prepared than if we have five different subjects to do on top of studying for a test the next day.
Homework should be banned to reduce student stress.
Homework causes stress in many students. Homework takes time, and it keeps students up late at night getting the work done. The loss of sleep makes it hard to concentrate during class because students are so tired.
I once stayed up until midnight and wound up very tired when morning arrived. It was hard to focus on my lessons. As a student,I think sleep is more important than doing homework. Students study during the day at schools and academies,so there is no reason that we have to get homework.
Many schools have a one-hour rule, but with multiple classes and each teacher assigning one hour of homework, you end up with hours of work to do at home. Students in advanced levels get even more work than the students in basic classes.
Another reason is that the noise around us. If you have a room of your own, you don't have to worry about this problem. I don't have my own room. I have to do my homework in the study. When I'm working, my mom is busy printing things out. It's annoying and makes it hard for me to concentrate. I can't do my homework before I sleep. I have to complete my homework in the morning when she's not using the study, before I head for the academy. Getting it done in the morning means rushing. Usually, the answer are wrong because I didn't have time to really read the questions.
Students often think homework should be banned. I think so too.
Homework wastes time
Homework is a serious waste of time, there are some benefits of homework but the negatives out-rule the benefits by a mile. Most teachers say homework helps responsibility and our knowledge but this is not true. I as student personally think that kids are responsible and organize ourselves better than our teachers at times. On a weekday, this is my usual agenda,
Wake up in the morning, Catch the bus, Get off at the correct stop, take a train, and walk 10 minutes to my school. I then have to go to the school office and drop off my phone, and my wallet. I then have to walk to my locker and get out my keys (if I forget them I have to walk to the Principles office which is quite far away and get the master key) and get out my books. I have to carry them to Homeroom and since I have a job as Office Monitor I have to collect any forms from the other kids and go all the way down to the General Office and drop them off. I then have to go to whatever room we have Period 1 in. Since I go on my own, I have to know where everything is and what room to go to, I cant just follow a classmate like most kids in my class do. If I am late that automatically means a 2 hour detention for me. Just my luck that my name is first on the roll call list. I do my work for that session and do the same until recess. At recess I go to the office, collect my money and buy myself lunch. I then have to survive another 3 sessions. I then catch the bus and go home so thats organized for you! I have written 300 words so Im done with my homework! My name is Anthony and I am 14 years old.
It takes too much time.
I have not enough family time to spend playing games, opening presents, playing with my little sisters or to spend time with my mom or dad. I think homework takes too much time. I want more free time, less homework, and more time with my friends, my dog or outside with nature.