When I first began to teach, I was completely convinced that homework was a necessary daily part of school. Sure, I had had teachers of my own who would assign homework religiously, day after day. Due to my experiences as an educator and as a parent, however, I have come to the realization that assigning regular, daily homework does not automatically equate to higher student learning.
There are educators out there who have a special section on their blackboard with the day’s homework assignment. The assignment is completely independent of whatever students are working on in class and is usually due the next day. These homework assignments often involve several hours outside the classroom. Most teachers will assign separate homework every day of the week. I do not agree with this viewpoint.
Most assigned homework wastes a tremendous amount of time and restricts students from pursuing outside activities and passions such as sports, independent reading, music, dance, etc.
2. Less Family Time
Excessive homework, also known as "busywork" in my opinion, prevents students from spending quality time with family and friends and cuts into important things like the family sit-down dinner.
3. Stress & Frustration
Excessive homework causes stress and frustration for both students and parents. I remember when my daughter would come home every night with a multitude of worksheets to complete. She’d begin at 5:30 and many times would not be finished until 7 p.m. Often, homework ended in tears and anger. With so much stress related to the activity, students can easily be turned off to learning and associate learning with torment thereafter.
4. Studies Do Not Prove the Necessity of Nightly Homework
There is no legitimate study proving that homework helps kids learn. See the Time Magazine article on the subject.
5. "Busywork" homework is pointless
Especially in high school, students need homework that is meaningful. Like I said, background readings are important. Tons of busywork and worksheets that teachers rarely grade are a travesty.
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