Less Homework For Kids Pros And Cons

Homework is used as a resource to reinforce and integrate into students' minds what the teacher(s) taught in class. The motive behind homework is to make students better understand the subject of what they learned, but is that certain motive always significant? Yes, homework helps with refreshing your memory on what you learned in class so you can be prepared for the tests, quizzes and sometimes life, but is homework actually worth it?

Pros

1. Responsibility

Completing a homework assignment may be beneficial to a student's future more than some may realize. When students get older and are told to do certain tasks for their job(s), it will be their responsibility to complete said tasks. HW, in a way, trains them to know that if they're designated a certain task, it must be completed or trouble will follow.

2. Being Prepared for Tests and Quizzes

Most assignments help students with preparation for future tests and quizzes. Some teachers even take the same or similar questions you see on homework assignments and use them for future tests/quizzes.

3. Teachers Can See Progress of Student

If a student isn't doing well on their homework, the teacher will notice and reach out to help them if they see fit.

Cons

1. Stress

Some teachers give an abundance of homework knowing damn well that their class isn't the only class students have to worry about. This leads to stress, lack of sleep and frustration - a bad combo.

2. Less Time To Socialize

If you have a pile of responsibilities to complete, how can you find the time to socialize with others? Being swamped with too much homework and no time to do anything else could resort to complications later on in life.

3. Less Family Time

In a newspaper article I read a few weeks ago, parents were complaining about how much homework their kids have to endure which cuts back on their family time. Family time is very crucial and should always be valued. No one should be getting so much homework that they can't spend time with their loved ones.

It’s been said that Roberto Nevilis, a schoolteacher from Italy, is the inventor of homework. According to some websites, he used homework as a method for punishment. If this is true, the same tactics are still used today. When students talk too much or misbehave in class, teachers threaten to give more homework. Though they may think this a good method, it’s not. This encourages their students to go online and look up the answers if they feel like their workload is too much to bear. Educational assignments should never be used as a form of punishment – it should only be used to instruct students and further their knowledge. In my opinion, homework is a good thing BUT to a certain extent. Teachers shouldn't over assign work knowing that too many assignments can lead to students being overwhelmed. To all students: good luck with school in September!

To all: have a great week.

    

Do you think homework is good for kids? Should it be abolished? Find out the pros and cons of homework for students and join our education poll and debate. 

Should kids have homework? 

We are debating many contentious issues concerning education such as the use of computers, school uniforms, and homeschooling. Now we turn our attention to another longstanding debate: Should students have homework?  Homework is a widespread practice in both public and private schoools. If we were to conduct a poll among children anywhere in the world on whether keeping or eliminating homework, an overwhelming majority of them would probably vote to abolish it. For kids, these assignments reduce playing time and can be a source of stress. But education has to be decided by adults, that's why we analize here the pros and cons of doing homework as a form of supplementary education.

 

Pros and cons of homework

Pros

Some researchers have identified a strong correlation between homework and academic success. Harris Cooper, professor of psychology and neuroscience at Duke University, led a meta-analysis in 2006, "Does homework improve academic achievement?," which showed that homework can improve students' scores on class tests. The study demonstrated that accross different topics, including Math, English, American History, and Social studies, student who had done homework performed better than their classmates who had not. 

In addition to improving grades and results in standardized tests, there are many other pros to homework such as:

  • Homework provides parents with the opportunity to participate in their children's education.
  • Possibility for kids to further explore a subject at their own pace. Not all children have the same capacity to assimilate all the information covered in class.
  • School assignments can help develop a sense of responsibility and time management.
  • It facilitates rote learning.
  • It reduces the time kids spend watching TV as well as playing video games and with their cell phones.
  • Homework is an opportunity to practice some research and study skills and deepen understanding of some concepts which cannot be fully developed in class.

Cons

However, some voices have started to point out some disadvantages of doing homework and questioned the traditional education model in place. Some of them claim that homework should be abolished. The publication “The End of Homework: How Homework Disrupts Families, Overburdens Children, and Limits Learning” by Kralovec and Buell (2000) has brought into the discussion a very interesting new angle. Kralovec and Buell argue that homework contributes to a competitive culture that overvalues work to the detriment of personal and family well-being. Moreover, there are several other problems associated to homework, such as:

  • Homework is very unfair because economically disadvantaged students can’t study at home with the same conditions and support as the wealthier children.
  • Too many school assignments can excessively reduce the time for playing, doing sports or simply interacting socially with friends and family. Homework can also interfere with kids' household chores.
  • Cheating is easy. Often students simply plagiarize their assignments from others or from the Internet and therefore the learning objectives of homework are not fulfilled. In occasions parents or older relatives do children's coursework.
  • Sometimes homework is not well designed and do not really contribute to learning. In other cases homework is not marked shortly after being submitted and, therefore, feedback does not reach students as soon as it should. Students may get frustrated and lose interest.
  •  It may keep students up late at night, reduce their sleeping time and therefore their performance in class the following day.
  • As Galloway et al (2013) show, homework can be a source of stress and physical health problems for children.

To summarize, there are several pros and cons to the use of homework as educational tool for children. What side of the debate are you on? Do you think homework is overall good or bad for the development and education of children? Vote and tell us why (see below).

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