PLEASE STOP GIVING KIDS HOMEWORK
Homework should be banned because Some high school students have to clean their house all by theirselves and some live with a single parent. Schools need to understand that some families are unstable. I'm 17 and I have a part-time job and what's hindering me is homework, it takes away 70% of my grades in each class. Why must we sit behind a desk pushing pencils when we have already learned something in the class-room? They might as well give us iPads as textbooks. I'm sure school districts can have restrictions on the iPad's so that way students can find the iPad's useless to their personal lifestyle.
I think homework should be banned because it completely stresses students out. I'm in high school and if there wasn't homework it wouldn't affect me negatively it would relieve a lot of stress that's put on me. my younger brother is also in grade 6 and I find it ridiculous that he is getting an hour or two of homework almost everyday as well.
Homework is essential for students to practice what they have learned and/or extend their thinking. They can't write a term paper in class. If students don't have homework until they get to college, they will be so shocked when they are presented with college homework that they will probably not make it through.
Homework should not be eliminated. Kids have too much time on their hands to play video games, etc. They need to be challenged to be able to compete in the future workplace. As it is many kids can barely speak or read properly. Many kids can't do common math without the use of calculators, or in the case of giving change, without being told the amount! Sorry to sound harsh, but kids today don't have the right kind of skills to be successful.
I agree with Keith. Pages of math questions and other routine tasks should be done in the classroom. On the other hand, reading, whether it's a novel or history or psychology, etc., is best done at home where there's relative peace and quiet. Any questions on what is read can be noted and asked the next day at school. But the most important thing to me is the distance between a book and the classroom. I firmly believe more children will become dedicated readers later in life if reading is more connected to home.
I think completely eliminating homework is a horrible idea. Homework is an indicator of a child's understanding of the lessons being taught in the classroom, a way for teachers to determine if a student possibly requires additional help. Waiting for a quarterly test to be given is too late to find out that a student has no grasp of what's been taught. By that time they've lost the foundation on which future lessons will be built.
That being said, I do think the amount of homework that students are receiving these days is outrageous. Very young children do not have the stamina or attention span for more than 30 minutes or so of homework. As they get older and progress to higher grades the homework should be increased but within reason. The concept of highscool students being required to do hours of homework EVERY night is unreasonable. It just turns them off wanting to receive a good education, impedes their sleep and discourages extra curricular activities (like jobs, sports or school clubs). As students get older it's important that they have time for other life activities outside of schoolwork.
I don't know what the answer is, maybe the school day/year should be a little longer (not much, maybe 20-30 minutes), each class a little shorter so that every student has a study hall period in which they could complete some of their homework. Maybe students involved in physical sports such as football, baseball, field hockey - where they're already getting exercise - shouldn't be required to take a gym class and should be allowed a study hall period instead to balance the homework load with time required for their sport.
Maybe the entire curriculum load should be re-evaluated. Are we just trying to K-12 education to complex?
I do agree that if all teaching and homework were to be done in the classroom, it would be an extra burden on the teacher. However, I do believe the homework load should be lightened. For a high school student to receive homework in every class, from every teacher, on every night, it is overwhelming. I don't know the answer, but maybe they need to try some kind of schedule. Homework from different classes on different nights. Would keep the students from getting burned out so quickly.
I think the idea of homework is that it is types of work that are not appropriate to the classroom, and should be done privately. For example, reading a book is better done at home than sitting in a classroom, leaving the paid teacher with no teaching to do.
Teachers are already stretched to the maximum trying to teach the required curriculum and now we are placing the additional burden on them to get all done during class time. We should require every parent to spend one hour a week in the classroom to help make this happen.
Another option (which may help with greater student focus in the classroom, as well): incomplete schoolwork is taken home to be completed, but that runs the risk of outside help. An exception would be "special projects." which may sporadically require extra commitment outside class time.
But, consistently long homework assignments can play havoc with family life, and how much of it is the kids' work??? Plus, often it seems assignments may just be busy work, ie, word searches.