Should Schools Be Done With Homework?

Homework_debateAt the start of the 2013-14 school year, the Fentress County School District in Tennessee announced that it would enforce a district-wide ban on graded homework assignments.

Administrators explained their decision by pointing to the large majority of students who lacked at-home resources to help them with their homework. Anywhere between 65%-75% of each school’s student body qualify for free or reduced lunch programs, so it was  decided that students should not be singled out for failing to adequately complete take-home assignments.

“We don’t want kids to be unfairly penalized for their work because they don’t have the resources or support they need at home,” explained Randy Clark, Fentress County Schools’ Curriculum and Instruction Supervisor. “Our new motto for assignments is ‘review and preview.”

That means that homework in the district now constitutes an ungraded review or preview of current course work that’s the students’ responsibility to independently complete. Spelling words, vocabulary practice, and study guides for testing all fall under this purview.

The Great Homework Debate
Some educators aren’t fans of the new policy. Tammy Linder, a sixth grade teacher at Allardt Elementary School, is one of them.

“Students have not had that daily homework practice in any subject that keeps the concepts ‘alive’ and moving in their brains, so that means that much of the practice time and teaching time and testing time had to come during the class time each day,” Linder says.

Still, other districts across the country are taking second looks at the practice. The principal of Gaithersburg Elementary in Maryland decided to ask students to spend only 30 minutes in the evening reading. The decision was reached out of the realization that worksheets and other assignments had been assigned merely out of a sense of obligation to dole our homework to students.

no homeworkIf Elementary Schools Say No to Homework, What Takes Its Place?

No homework policies are popular, but educators are working with parents on stress-free ways to keep learning going.

Across the country, parents, teachers, and students are also voicing their opinions in the homework debate. On the issue of the actual educational value of homework, it may seem straightforward to many educators that reviewing lessons and practicing concepts after school would correlate to a greater retention of course material, but studies suggest that the link between assigned homework and academic achievement is drastically overinflated.

Researchers at the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education found in a 2012 study that math and science homework didn’t correlate to better student grades, but it did lead to better performances on standardized tests. And when homework is assigned, the help provided by parents often mitigated any of the positive effects of the work. Critics of this type of parental involvement say it can be counterproductive because parents may assume too great  a role and/or may not fully understand the lessons being taught.

In April, Denise Pope, a researcher at Stanford University, found that too much homework can negatively affect kids by increasing stress and sleep deprivation and generally leaving less time for family, friends, and activities. According to Pope, homework should not be simply assigned as a routine practice.

“Rather, any homework assigned should have a purpose and benefit, and it should be designed to cultivate learning and development.”

Video: Do Students Really Have Too Much Homework?

No Homework the New Norm?
“There are simply no compelling data to justify the practice of making kids work what amounts to a second shift when they get home from a full day of school,” says Alfie Kohn, an expert on child education, parenting, and human behavior, as well as the author of The Homework Myth: Why Our Kids Get Too Much of a Bad Thing.

Should schools then assign less homework or at least reevaluate what they assign? No, says Kohn, school shouldn’t assign any homework. Teachers who do assign it need to have a very compelling reason for extending a student’s school day.

“My general suggestion is to change the default: No homework should be the norm,” Kohn says, “Six hours of academics is enough—except on those occasions when teachers can show strong reason to infringe on family time and make these particular students do more of this particular schoolwork.”

Still, homework is so ingrained in the fabric of schooling that studies revealing its minimal positive benefits have been largely shrugged off or ignored altogether. For most educators, completely cutting homework out of schools isn’t a viable alternative – at least not yet. And many, if not most, teachers are unconvinced that gutting homework from their repertoire of learning tools is the best idea anyway.

Tammy Linder says that teachers haven’t had the amount of teaching time they usually need to enforce classroom lessons and concepts. With the heavy focus on standardized testing already in schools, losing precious out-of-school homework time drastically diminishes how long teachers can devote to thoroughly covering a given subject, as well as the depth and amount of topics they can cover in a school year.

“I have calculated that I have averaged only two to three ‘teaching’ days per week, depending upon re-teaching for those hard to conquer standards and testing,” Linder says. “My students have not covered as much material as students in the past have because of these factors. Nightly practice of any concept keeps the brain engaged in the topic and helps the student focus.”

The Homework Debate: What’s Getting Lost in the Hype

Homework is one of the most complicated pedagogical strategies, says an expert, and the vast majority of educators are getting it right.

Karen Spychala, a teacher in San Jose, believes homework has value, but is concerned about its potential to consume too much time outside the school day.

“Homework has its place: to practice skills and most importantly to involve families in their child’s learning” Spychala explains. “But too much homework that takes over everyone’s lives should never happen. There should be agreed upon standard homework times per grade level.”

Reinventing Homework
Are there ways to deemphasize the overreliance on standard homework assignments and allow students to learn through other conducive means?

One option is changing the paradigm of assigned homework to infuse hands-on, student-led engagement with class lessons as a way of piquing student interest in the material. And instead of simply limiting homework to the teacher/student/parent sphere, allowing students the opportunity to show off exceptional homework to a larger audience can give them a further incentive to put in their best effort.

Angela Downing, an elementary school teacher in Newton, Massachusetts, has found great success in displaying excellent student homework on the walls inside and outside of her classroom. By doing so, homework becomes disassociated from the standard teacher-student relationship and gains a whole new level of importance that draws students into the assignment.

“This practice sends the message to students that their work and their learning are important and valued,” Downing says. “Students take special care to do their best work when they know that the final piece will be displayed in the hall or on the classroom bulletin board.”

But for Bonnie Stone, an elementary school teacher in Tulsa, too much homework is too much homework. She saw the impact on her own children and vowed to curtail what she assigned her students.

“As a result of their experience, I vowed never to assign more than 30 minutes of outside reading enrichment for my students,” Stone recalls. “They work hard in class all day. After that, they need to be kids and teens. And I’ve seen no change in the achievement level of my students since I stopped assigning homework.”

  • Candice Hanson

    We are always being compared to other countries. What is their take on homework. I bet the kids in China have lots of homework.

  • Dave Clark

    No homework? What a great idea – let’s have our students fall even farther behind the students in other countries who have already passed ours by in their academic achievements. Students can learn time management some other time, right? It will also relieve the parents of having to have any involvement at all with their kids’ education. What a relief!

    While we’re at it, let’s allow our students to be on their cell phones all day at school, too. Hey, why not do away with grades? Let’s make school just a fun time for kids. And no more of those rigid schedules – let the students come and go wherever they want to in the school. And no final bell – let the students go home when they feel they’ve learned enough each day.

    Talk about “dumbing-down” America (like we need any help with that effort).

    • anomanoyus

      OH, so you want to ruin young kids lives?!?! All i do is homework!

      • Reading Teacher

        Apparently, none of it is spelling. 😉 Anonymous.

        • Queen B

          thats a bit harsh, don’t you think?

          • :D

            yes it is.

    • Kiyomi

      If kids are stressed from homework they will have trouble sleeping which will result in them focusing less at school, they will be angry with their families and teachers and get in more fights to blow off steam, or do drugs or drink.

      • KillerGirl528

        thanks. i was just on this also an I needed it, thank’s for some of the good info., can i use where you said that “they would do bad things and get stressed”?

        • Kiyomi

          yes

          • KillerGirl528

            thank you

    • hayley

      This comment is ridiculous. You’re blowing things out of proportion. Sounds quite narrow-minded, if I do say so myself.

    • Tara

      The evidence speaks for itself. There is no proof that homework at the grade school age adds to academic achievement. If kids are not allowed to make discoveries on their own… to learn through play… they are not learning how to be productive members of society. They are learning to be somebodies drone.

    • Salli

      Whats funny, is that you probably work at Mc Donalds and flip burgers for a living. You probably dont have kids, and dont know whats it like to stay up till 1:00 am to help your dislexic kid finish his Phonex.

    • High school student

      thats dumb. schools give a lot of work in class. I am a high school a-b honor roll kid and homework can still be going at 11:00. sometimes people need a break from all that work . isn’t an 8 hour school day enough? we don’t all live in boarding schools some of us will get jobs and then how do we finish all of that extra homework!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • dancinggirl1555

        How does a HS student manage to get on the Honor Roll when that student doesn’t know how to use an apostrophe when writing contractions, doesn’t know that 8-hour is a compound adjective that must be hyphenated, and doesn’t know that every sentence begins with a capital letter? By now, you’re writing should be more polished than it is, and you should care about whether its appearance reflects well upon you. Clearly, our schools are not expecting enough of their students, and all that homework is pointless. There should be some homework, but it needs to be more selective in both assignment type and the amount of time allowed for completion. Nightly doesn’t work. What do you think of being assigned one or two research papers to write for which you’re given several months to complete and which involve a process of submitting drafts for review, so the teacher can provide guidance and correction? It works for every subject, because even math has many topics worthy of research and about which you can learn more.

        • dave

          “its” should be it’s your welcome.

          • dancinggirl1555

            Where? In the passage above, “i-t-s” appears only once, in the second sentence that begins with “By now” and goes on to say “you should care about whether its appearance reflects well upon you.” In that context, the “i-t-s” is possessive and, therefore, should not have an apostrophe, which is only used to write the contraction of “it is.” The “it” refers to your writing, so I’m saying “the appearance of your writing” or “your writing’s appearance.” Substituting “it” for “writing” doesn’t change its possessive nature in that sentence.

            You did miss, however, the “you’re writing” which should read: “your writing.” I’ve tried to correct it, but I can’t find an “edit” to click on, which irritates me no end.

            I’m good at this, so anything that appears to be a mistake will only be a typo I didn’t see. The result of having received a superior K-6 education prior to the implementation of all the reforms that have failed so miserably.

            You are right about the assignment of homework being excessive these days. It sounds as though it’s gotten progressively worse over the years. When students who don’t work are up until 11 p.m. still doing homework, it’s become excessive and, as such, is probably not beneficial. Have you, your classmates and all the parents considered protesting this little bit of insanity? Seriously. Make them prove it’s benefitting you in ways no other teaching methodology could.

    • jtfv

      nah but good try there buddy

    • Christina Knapp

      OK shut up kids should not have homework it wastes valuable family time.

    • Anti-Homework

      Other countries? We are well ahead of other countries and also if the teachers actually taught correctly the students would lear cking shut up and look at the facts. 😐

    • Moony

      When was the use of cell phones, or any of the other points, integrated into this article? Your argument is very extraneous.

  • Walker Victim

    Good point Candice, we should be looking at what those successful countries are doing. Instead of betting though, why not research it and give us the verdict? It would make for a very interesting NEA article. 🙂 Seriously, why, in the wake of this RTI educational framework are we not modeling those systems that have got it right? Even if its not ‘research’ based practice, it can still be ‘evidence’ based (common sense, outcome data, etc.). If we ever want to get back on top of our game, we must open ourselves up to change and experimentation and be willing to laugh at ourselves and not take things so personally all the time! Nobody and nothing will ever be perfect, hence there is always room for improvement! That said, toughen up and take an honest look at yourself, and for goodness sake, challenge the status quo once in awhile!

    Dave, did you read the article? Teachers don’t have enough time to teach the concepts themselves, let alone reinforce them like they should do BEFORE they assign homework. Homework was intended to be PRACTICE of previously LEARNED concepts, not a continuation of what was not fully or adequately taught in the classroom. Student: ‘I didn’t understand this at school, yet am made to take it home where I sit frustrated and trying to reteach myself. Then I can look forward to turning it in tomorrow and receiving an ‘F’ anyway. Why BOTHER to expend the time and effort?’ Real difficult decision for a 14y/o — ‘Work hard and get an ‘F’?’ or ‘Hang with my friends and family and get an ‘F’? But seriously…would the world REALLY end if there was suddenly a nation-wide ban on homework? Take a minute to consider how you use the information gleaned from your students’ homework assignments. Do you use it to reteach, or simply record the grade and move on? Or do you use it for corrective practice? Rather than focusing only on the negatives or costs of doing away with homework, what harm would there be in discussing/brainstorming the possible BENEFITS and balancing them with the costs in your PLCs?

    Ever consider how many EBD students might instead be bright, divergent thinkers who have different perspectives and that their misbehaviors are result of years of not being HEARD or taken seriously? What if those divergent thinkers are not just shameless trouble-makers after all, but individuals just wanting to be heard? Maybe it is us who need a change in thinking, and students should complete assignments and tests not just to have them reduced to a percentage in a grade book, but as a gauge of what a child has or has not grasped, mastered or sequenced properly so that reteaching and CORRECTIVE feedback/practice can take place IN THE CLASSROOM? Students need to feel good about what they CAN do and the steps that they HAVE mastered, and find security knowing that their teacher BELIEVES in them. Beginning with Kindergarten, failure should be unacceptable. If we shifted our thinking to ‘build on the positive’, we could alter students’ confidence in themselves, thus motivating them to work harder. But if we continue accentuating the negative, how many kids will we send on their merry way with significantly increased risk(s) for substance abuse, teenage pregnancy, incarceration, dropping out, suicide, etc.? With our inflexible, ‘always been done this way’ mode of thinking, how many students have we sent off in this manner already? By the time we retire?

    What we need is to do away with BOTH homework and cell phones and get back to basics both at school and in our daily existence! Kids need to get outside hiking, exploring, fishing, going to the beach/lake, or being taught how to fix things through problem solving, using their math while also learning to cook, etc. Frankly, what they need is for their parents to give them a lesson or two on how to live off the land. After all, they need to prepare for the apocalyse that will inevitably be caused by the END of all things HOMEWORK, don’t they? I was born in the 70’s and raised in the country. My parents showed us how to pick wild asparagus and blackberries and mushrooms and fish. Those are great memories for me — first going on “the hunt” itself and then reaping the rewards of your bounty, even if it did require calamine lotion later. 😉 Did having such adventures make me a minority, even back then? The last of a dying breed? Why does everything need to go faster and faster? So we can keep adding more and more to the plate? Life goes too fast already, and is being worsened by today’s rapidly changing technology, especially the social realm. When do we relax a little and pick our battles instead of requiring everybody to be everything to everyone? Chillax people…

  • Kim

    What about students who are slower or faster? Do they get to finish at home, or do we just have everyone wait for them? Can a kid finish an essay at home, for example, when three class periods were already dedicated to it, and he is still not done? What about reading? Does all classroom reading now have to be done aloud to keep all at the same pace?

    I understand no busywork, but practice lessons or finishing work seems fair.

  • Homework is a time to learn without distractions. Homework could be used as the pre learning for tomorrow or the relearning of today or the time to learn from another point of view. Homework is not the grade, homework is the practice to allow the learning that will be graded. Homework is not a punishment for students who were not focused in class. Classwork is classwork and homework is homework. Please get that one straight. Homework is guided practice designed carefully by well educated teacher.
    I find it sad that so much media think low economic families are not capable of allowing their children to practice learning at home. Maybe many politicians need to revisit the histories of most of the most influential members of our society.
    The expensive and private schools of our country demand homework of students. Could this idea of no homework be coming from those who do not want low economic families to have successful off spring?

    • dancinggirl1555

      Your point is well-taken, but, if a teacher doesn’t use homework to determine the progress of the students, too often it is likely to be busy work that serves no useful purpose. And, for the record, homework in K-6 that’s forcing little kids to drag around those heavy backpacks is absolutely criminal. Those who received their K-6 education prior to around 1966, received an education far superior to the education anyone has received since, and it was provided without a single homework assignment, like zero, nada, zilch. A superior K-6 education sans homework. So, the first thing every parent, grandparent, student and citizen in every community should be doing is protesting homework in K-6 until it’s eliminated. BTW, elementary school should not end with 5th grade. Sixth grade belongs in elementary school just as much as 9th grade belongs in junior high, so that HS is grades 10-12.

  • CCD

    If you want to compare our scores and successes to other countries, keep in mind that we take all levels of academic abilities… other countries, not so much. If you cannot keep up, you leave for low level employment. No teams of parents, educators, and other professionals gather together to create a special plan for one child. As a parent and an educator, I see NO benefit in assigning more than 1/2 hour of homework to upper elementary grades. School world drastically cuts into any sacred family time at our house – and leads to cajoling and fighting. Our teachers don’t want to be bothered – and many of them don’t have to organizational skills to facilitate good home-school communication. If I want any information, I must go out of my way to ascertain it. I work as closely with the school as my children’s teachers allow. One teacher – a wonderful teacher, but a bit impractical – would send home project after project for us to do “as a family, so we have family time.” Listen, I don’t need anyone in the school telling us how we should spend our family time – we have our OWN FAMILY projects. Furthermore, many of the parents end up doing more of the project then our kids for a variety of reasons. Homework has its place,but it shouldn’t take up family time — and these days, it does. Enough already.

  • Tom W

    Whatever amount of homework is appropriate for younger students, I’m not sure. However, as an instructor at a community college, my concern and disappointment stems from students largely not being able to study effectively outside of our face-to-face time. My colleagues and I see too many students unable to absorb or even complete the required readings. College students simply must be able to do this; there isn’t enough time for my students read two books of the Aeneid and then discuss it inside of an hour and a half class session. Does that mean we do away with homework up to a certain point? I don’t know. I do know the students get at the beginning of each semester are not ready.

    • paige f

      really i think homework is great

      • Your an Idiot Paige

        You are the biggest idiot I have ever met.

    • dancinggirl1555

      That’s an important argument in favor of selectively assigning homework in 7-12 that has a significant purpose which the teacher can guide them through. Assigning the writing of one essay that they spend the year researching and writing, submitting drafts to the teacher for review and correction, would do more to prepare them for college than a host of other assignments.

  • Let us keep in mind what the final goal is here-students understanding and using concepts and skills. As a math teacher, I appreciate the concept of practicing skills. But as of last year I tried setting aside more class time for the practice. Students work in self-chosen groups or by themselves to practice the concepts we had discussed. The assignment is used to make sure we understand and can use the ideas and skills. I am there to help if help is needed. The solutions are on the podium to check and I expect them to check. If they aren’t right, they go back to figure out why or ask. I feel better about giving differentiated assignments (some beg for the harder assignments!) because I know that they are working with others and that I am available. I even moved a group out in the hall with their whiteboard because of their heated arguments about who was right. Almost everyone hands in their assignment and almost everyone does well on it (including showing their work), even though it does not count for very much of their grade. We have frequent short quizzes (2 or 3 a week) that are worth more to check for individual understanding and unit assessments that are worth a lot (with a cumulative page every time) to check for longer-term learning. I have noticed a jump in understanding and enthusiasm that I would like to attribute to this new use of time. Perhaps we did not cover every single page of the book, but we got the important parts and they understood it. There is no more ‘gotcha’ in the classroom; we are all working to learn as much as we can, as well as we can.

  • Jarrett

    I disagree with eliminating homework altogether. I feel that homework should be assigned on an “as necessary” basis, to serve as practice time for things previously taught and learned in class that students need to practice independently. This meaningful homework should be appropriately challenging, time-considerate, and clearly relevant to class concepts. Assigning homework for the sake of routine procedures, gradebook entries, or punishment is unfair to our kids and their families, and is a disservice on many levels to all involved in the long run.
    I agree that homework should not be used to determine a student’s overall course grade. I feel that homework should be considered as a means of formative assessment. Homework should be graded and reviewed aloud with the class for the purpose of teacher and student feedback, but a student’s course grade should not be directly penalized for failure to complete homework, or incorrect answers on homework assignments. We are not using homework to evaluate a student’s mastery of what was taught, we should be using homework to evaluate student progress in learning and understanding what was taught so we can adapt our instruction accordingly.
    The conspiracy theory mentioned in previous comments is intriguing, but I feel it may be a bit unwarranted. What hard evidence is there to substantiate this claim? Sometimes the belief in conspiracy theories such as this supports the already hard to break poverty cycle.

    • no

      you are being dumb

      • aaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

        pee pee

    • Anna

      What about students who don’t do homework? How can you evaluate a student’s learning if they simply don’t do it?

  • Mr. Joe

    I believe we need to find a solution that is somewhere in the middle.

    Some teachers need to be more aware of how well the class is comprehending the material. If the students have already mastered the concept, but are sent home with busy work anyway, how is that a benefit to them.

    Homework can be used to assess a student’s understanding, but shouldn’t be, as the students’ home life can have an impact on the students’ homework assignment.

    Reinforcement is key, but I’ve seen few students that really benefit from rushing through homework relating to a concept they learned that day, while others may not even finish it in the first place.

    There also has to be consideration for grade level and the type of homework involved. Elementary students are not going to benefit from extensive homework as much as a student in high school. Busy work should be eliminated, while there is definitely merit is using home time to finish an essay.

    In regards to that, I think that complete elimination of homework would be a disservice to the students. If a student had never had homework in their life, how well prepared do you think they are going to be for college, where the student is completely accountable for spending necessary after school hours working on recently taught concepts?

    Lastly, I just wanted to share an observation I had a few years ago while living in Indiana near my nephew, who moved there in the middle of his sixth grade year. His school had restrictions to homework. No teacher could assign more than 10 minutes of homework per subject. Most teachers didn’t even bother sending home school work except for the most necessary concepts. He had math homework every day, and social studies review material to study before a test. He rarely had any other homework outside of those two classes. What did this result in? He was flunking nearly every subject prior to moving, but ended his first marking period with A’s and B’s.

    This may be an isolated incident, but the change in instruction was a great benefit to him. He spend less hours worrying about homework outside of school, which left him feeling more positive to return to school the next day. And, inside of school, teachers spent less time using corrective measures when he wasn’t able to finish an assignment.

    Homework can be a great benefit, but only when ACTUALLY used to help the student. A vast majority of students hate taking homework home. This can give them a negative attitude towards the subject. If a student learns to dislike something (say English), how effective is an educator’s instruction going to be when the student is disengaged or demoralized?

    • dancinggirl1555

      It’s not an isolated incident at all, Mr. Joe. Those who received their K-6 education prior to around 1966 received a superior education, sans homework (like not a single homework assignment ever), than anyone has received since. Making those kids drag around those heavy backpacks in K-6 is criminal and totally unnecessary, as was proven prior to 1966. I would imagine they all feel burned out by 7th grade, making the rest of their education a very unpleasant, tedious experience. BTW, just so you know…it’s “fewer” in number and “less” in quantity, as in fewer cars means less traffic. So, fewer hours worrying about homework means less time is spent feeling negative.

      So, start a movement in your community to end homework in K-6 and promote selective homework in 7-12. Between the pre-1966 experience and studies done since then, there’s more than enough evidence to support you.

  • makayla

    i think we should not have homework if teachers cant teach all they need to teach in
    6 1/2 hours to bad they have no right to give kids the rest of the work the could not teach that day

    • dancinggirl1555

      How should they teach you to write? Did you know that the quality of your thinking (cognition) depends on how well you’ve mastered your native language? But, homework only helps in your situation if the teacher corrects it and has you rewrite it, so your brain gets accustomed to writing correctly.

  • Ariana

    homework and kids no

  • ben

    i think that there should be no home work EVER AGIN!!!! — 8TH GRADER:0

    • RatedEForEveryone

      A very poorly educated eighth grader.

    • dancinggirl1555

      And the fact that you, as an 8th grader, still don’t know how to spell “homework” and “again?” What should be done about that?

  • All in Favour of Banning H.W.

    Eliminating homework sounds grand. Homework altogether is a waste of time, paper, money. If a student does not understand the concepts being taught, comes to a teacher, still does not understand it, has homework over it.. well, that would be an issue. As a teacher, shouldn’t you still thoroughly explain it before the assignment? … And homework just itself, little or vast, is just an outrageous idea. Most kids in America go to school, pre-k to twelfth grade. Thats seven hours per day, 5 days per week for hmm, i dont know, around 40-ish weeks for 15 years minimum–the choice for going to college is theirs or their parents. So, homework is just extended school. Kids hate school now, know why? Because of homework.

  • Homework sucks

    Homework in my opinion has ZERO positive effect! Here’s a list to prove it:
    – Less time to sleep
    – Less family time
    – Less time to do extracirrucular activities
    – Most HW is “busy” work that serves no purpose
    – Doing homework makes you want to not go to school and learn
    – Doing homework makes you want to kill yourself (that’s how I feel right now I’ve got two projects to finish atm)

    – Any claims that homework helps you master the material is bs for me. Give me a textbook and the test date and I’ll get an A on that shii easily. I’m not some stupid idiot either I’ve got a 4.14 gpa and I’ve got the guts to take 6 ap classes my senior year. Homework can go f itself

    • dancinggirl1555

      Based on my own experience as a student, when an A was 95-100 and a B was 90-94, anyone who has over a 4.0 is being graded too easily. Further, if students have time for AP classes, the school isn’t doing its job. When I was a junior and senior, school ended at 3:30, we had only one 50-minute study hall, and there’s no way any of us would have had time for AP classes. For most of the year, what free time we did have was spent practicing our tumbling for the annual circus every spring. If a high school is giving its students all the subjects they need, there wouldn’t be time for AP classes. What if your school is giving you the impression that you’re a better student and smarter than you actually are? After all, if the tougher grading system that used to be in place is applied to your current grades, your GPA would be significantly lower than its current 4.14.

  • Dallas t.

    This is a legit great idea. I don’t do very good in school because of homework and the reason why I don’t do homework is because I don’t understand it. ” Ask the teacher for help.” I tried it. It didn’t help. She/he just explains what they explained in class which is what I was confused about in the first place. My parents don’t understand it and common core is expecting to much which might be why we are one of the lowest academic countries… Just let that sink in…

    • Dallas T.

      And let’s not forget how teachers have 1 hour a day, 5 days a week for about 200 days to teach us what we need to know… If you can’t do that, then why are you a teacher?

  • Bob Mcliner

    I think kids should not have homework. It stresses them out. For example when my son forgot his homework at home and his teacher called him to answer a question… he couldn’t. Then he felt embarrassed.

  • CatyFriend

    I absolutely hate the idea of homework we have to sit in class for 8 hours and then go home and do more work we should ban homework everywhere!!!

    • dancinggirl1555

      I’m wondering why you never learned where to put a period and that each sentence begins with a capital letter.

  • Jen

    I agree Catyfriend. I am a parent of 4 Children – I would much rather have my kids play outside and exercise and read for 30 minutes before bed.

  • Rukmini Sharma

    All I ever do is homework, and I get good grades but I don’t have time to do any after-school activities. It is really annoying, but all that I would like to see would be a little less homework rather than completely abolishing it. If students can’t reinforce what they learn at home, they will have to do the practice at school and lose learning time for new concepts.

  • Ninth Grader

    I completely disagree with the idea of homework, for the simple reason of it ruining my personal interest in learning and its affects on mental health. I get three to five hours of sleep every night, am extremely stressed every day, and no longer get to partake in family movie night. Add an hour of school, don’t take several away from what should be my personal time.

    • dancinggirl1555

      You make some very good points, and to ensure your learning continues, may I offer the following: 1) it’s “effects” not the verb “affects,” 2) there’s no reason to put the comma after ‘homework,’ 3) phrasing should be “for the simple reason that it is ruining…,” 4) instead of a comma after “school,” there should be a semi-colon. Other than that, you wrote better than some of the Internet writers being paid for their writing. Thank goodness for that.

  • a stressed student

    Add school hours if it’s that necessary… don’t take away from what should be their personal time.

  • me

    no H.W.

  • bob
  • Person

    We want to separate are home work (chores) and are school work.

  • john schmitt

    many countries ahead of us don’t have homework or standardized tests

  • BoB

    At the least homework should just be an optional practice tool and not graded take home work

  • Christina Knapp

    Students should not have homework for many reasons!!!

  • jackie

    yeah our country is not that smart because we get everything handed to us these days,and we don’t work for anything anymore.instead of getting smarter in the future we got dumber.

  • Gabriel Gosnell

    so how come i still have homework

  • Paul Martenis

    The blanket term “homework” does not begin to encompass the variety of work, good and bad, assigned by teachers for students to do outside of class. If we start paying attention to distinctions among various types of homework, I think we will have an easier time seeing what kinds of assignments are worthwhile (or not).

    • dancinggirl1555

      Your point is well said and exactly the perspective everyone should have for grades 7-12. For grades K-6, any homework is pure insanity and proven totally unnecessary by the superior K-6 education received by students prior to 1966 sans a single homework assignment.

  • Hannah Ruth Kirchner

    My son’s school doesn’t provide homework, just 30 minutes of reading a day. I find that he is capable of more, and I’m not positive the rigor is there. I don’t create busy work, but I focus on areas I think are important, using “I can” statements so he understands expectations for mastery. My sixth graders does up to 30 minutes of math, 15 minutes of LA, and 10 minutes of typing practice several days a week.

    I found that it has helped his organizational, executive functioning, and thinking skills.

    Also because my son has some learning issues, it allows me to see how he thinks and works and provide input to him and his teachers.

    I find that over the years, I have been my son’s best advocate. I stay involved until I can back away. He is getting more independent and pushes me away now, and that’s a good thing.

  • Alice Zhou

    I think homework is necessary. The practices are necessary.
    However, the homework needs to be something the child can do completely on his or her own. My 2nd grader’s teacher likes to give homework that require parents to do most of the leg work, like finding news articles, reading to them the child (newspaper articles are way above 2nd grader’s literacy level) and then helping the child write about them for a class presentation. This is not just unfair to the children who don’t have parental or other one-on-one guidance, it is also cutting into the children’s sleep hours in families where both parents work, like mine. My husband and I both get off work at 6pm and we all get home around 7pm. My kids’ school starts at 8am. Two hours is all we have before bed time and we have to fit in dinner, bath and other bed time routines.

  • dancinggirl1555

    But, then what should we do about your not knowing the difference between “ban” and “band” and that you don’t know how to write the contraction “I will,” which is “I’ll?”

  • dancinggirl1555

    To ensure your learning outside the classroom continues, the difference between “effect” and “affect” is that the former is a noun and the latter is a verb. Thus, in your sentence, since “negative” is an adjective which describes a noun, the correct term is “effects.” So, you could have written: “There is no need for homework that affects us with its many negative effects.”

  • Human

    Logically, if homework can be completed at home using prior knowledge, nobody is learning anything. Reinforcing, maybe, but the amounts of homework people are assigned to review what they already know are ridiculous.

  • ARYONA

    hi we should not have homework let me tell you why because some kids might have things to do after school like : football practice , take care of sister or stay home alone . and more . to me homework is a test because all you do is learn it at school then its like the teachers wont to know you get and don’t get right . i think homework should be stopped! i”m a kid and i”m not just saying we should have homework because i dont wont it i have why we should not have homework . i think no homework in grade school. make a rule NO HOMEWORK !!!! THANKS SO MUCH .

  • chris

    I agree with Jarrett also homework increases grades and helps you getting through bad teachers and classes

  • lucas

    we should not have homework

  • lucas

    why do we have homework 🙁

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