Why Kids Should Not Have Homework

  • I think kids should not have homework

    Kids need time you relax and unwind, if kids have to spend hours on homework then they are going to stay up late causing lack of sleep and making the brain not as capable to learn as usual. They should be able to hang out with friends. Kids need social time.

  • It is so much stress!!!!!!!

    I am a 9th grader and I rarely do homework, but I'm not being lazy. I spend my after school time doing other things like going for a walk, or sometimes doing something important, or sometimes I have a busy day, and sometimes I just need to relax! School often makes me tired and I have to rest a while before doing anything else! When I do my homework, I get frustrated because I have a lot of it. I have 8 classes each day and each class is 45 minutes long and I'm a little slower than others, so I often don't finish my class work in time, so it becomes homework. I also have problems with almost each subject: I get math homework every day and I have problems with doing it because it gets hard and I need help, but my sister and my mom are both dyslexic, making them have a hard time helping me, and my dad didn't learn what I'm learning when he was in 9th grade, so he doesn't know how to do it. If I have homework from my other classes, I have to write an essay or something (this homework is usually from classes like English and Geography) but I can't write something very long unless I'm really passionate about it. And most of all I can't concentrate!!! I recently couldn't finish a final draft of a project I was assigned where I had to write a letter to the ambassador (They weren't really letters to the ambassador, we were just learning how to write a letter to someone in authority) talking about some problem going on in different places in Africa and how we could help. I chose to write about how Nestle is draining South Africa and causing a lot of problems there and that we should put an end to it. But when I got started on it, I couldn't even finish the first paragraph because I couldn't concentrate, and like I said, I rarely do homework, because I usually spend my day doing something else and when I do, I get stressed out, so usually, even the thought of doing homework stresses me out, so I don't do it. I get math homework every day, so I can never get caught up enough, and I'm failing school because of it! My parents don't believe in ADHD medications and neither do I because we did our research and found out that they actually are really bad for you. So tell me, how in any way, is homework supposed to make my life better?! As far as I'm concerned, it makes everything worse!!

  • Homework Lowers Grades

    Homework is not healthy. You sit in a desk with bad posture all day, stay up till ten that night, and repeat the vicious cycle five more times, getting a brief two day break. After a while, this turns into stress because these children are only doing school related activities,which is very demoralizing and stressful. Some children do not have supportive parents and therefore poorly on their homework. In most schools, homework goes in as a grade. If children are too tired for excessive concentration, this will ultimately cause low homework scores. Especially for high school students, a positive grade in an adolescents record book will result in a higher chance of college acceptance. Homework should be banned.

  • Homework creates stress for the child

    Having more and more homework creates stress for the child and tires them out . Personally my child doesn't have a lot of time for homework so she's under a lot of stress to get it done correctly and on time . So I think children should not have a lot of homework . It's evil.

  • No, because we are too busy being active.

    Kids are too busy doing sports. I think that kids should not have homework. Kids need to be free. They need to not have homework over the summer or over the winter and over spring break they need to be just free. They have no right to make kids have homework!

  • Homework is usless

    I think children should not have homwork because it is usless everytime i get homwork in my class i dont do it becasue it does not help, even without homwork i get awesome grades homwork only helps if you need a lot of help. The only kind of homwork i do is the revision papers we get at the end of the chapters we do because that covers everything we did. A lot of the time you dont like homework because you dont like school so when you go home you are free from school but then you need to do homework... All it does is discourage you for the rest of the school year #NOHOMEWORK

  • Children should not get homework

    Children are at school for 6 to 7 hours and as soon as we get home we have to do more it is stupid. I think if teachers want children to have homework well why won't they just keep us in at lunch simple children go to school to learn and when we get home we want to relax and some children have no time for homework as they have chores when they get home

  • It's too stressful!!!!!!!!!

    Homework is completely and utterly stupid and I won't put up with it!!!! I think kids should have more after school time. When they do have the after school time to play with their friends and family, they can relieve themselves the stress of school because from my experience, school can be quite stressful.

  • Makes kids give up.

    Kids should not get homework because homework makes them not want to go to school and learn, it makes then give up and they don't get help. That's why I agree that kids should not get homework, because they get seven hours of school why get more hours to do homework?

  • Children should not have to do homework

    Children should not have to do homework because it causes stress to students and parents. Kids should be outside playing sport, keeping healthy and having a social life, not staying inside for 1-2 hours doing homework. Homework kills the bond between a kid and his/her parents. It wastes valuable time that youre going to want back when they're older. I believe that homework should be entirely banned or at least optional.

  • Homework: as a parent do you love or loathe it? Parenting psychologist Justin Coulson says there are no good reasons for it at all.

    Homeworkis seen by many as being essential for children’s scholastic development. But there seems to be more substantive arguments against homework for kids under the age of 14 than there are for it.

    Here's a scenario: As a typical parent-teacher meeting concludes, the Grade 5 teacher thanks parents for attending and asks for any questions about how the class will operate during the year.

    One mother asks the teacher to ensure the children receive plenty of homework to help them prepare for the upcoming NAPLAN test later in the year.

    Heads nod in agreement and the teacher confirms the state Education Department requires homework to be assigned to all students. But is homework as useful as we like to think?

    No science backs up homework benefits

    For young children (under 14-15 years) there is absolutely no scientific research which supports the inclusion of homework in their extra-curricular activities. Indeed, “there is no evidence that any amount of homework improves the academic performance of primary school students”, according to Professor Harris Cooper, one of the most respected homework researchers in the world. Cooper indicates that while he is personally pro-homework, there appears to be no academic advantage for children to do homework. In many studies the relationship between homework and “learning” (often defined as grades or standardised test scores) is negative.

    Homework is a burden on teachers

    Teachers acknowledge that they do not enjoy the ongoing administration and follow up homework requires. There is a lot of work associated with homework outside the regular classroom teaching requirements, including coordinating homework, marking homework, giving homework feedback, and so on.

    Homework creates stress for children

    It might be tough for teachers, but it may be even tougher for children, even when only in small amounts. After a full day of class work, children might find their learning enhanced if they could truly call it a day when they get home, rather than re-opening the books and doing more.

    Research has demonstrated that it “overwhelms struggling kids and removes joy for high achievers.” A 2002 study found a direct relationship between time spent on homework and levels of anxiety, depression, anger, and other mood disorders and issues.

    Homework creates an extra burden on parents

    Many families find that homework occupies a significant component of their afternoons. An education involves more than just schoolwork. Extra-curricular activities provide teaching opportunities for children as well as the chance to develop other skills, talents, and intelligence. Homework impinges on the opportunity parents have to expose their children to activities such as music lessons, cycling, swimming, church activities, and more.

    Additionally, kids enjoy being kids - swimming in the pool, playing with friends, having free reading time, going shopping, contributing to the home with chores and cooking, and so on.

    Homework is not inspiring

    Homework may be the most reliable extinguisher of the flame of curiosity. 

Homework, according to the best research available, neither enhances children’s depth of understanding, nor does it increase their passion for learning. If children understand the work at school, mindlessly repeating it at home may not have any useful impact. And if they have not understood the work at school, then repeating it at home may only make things worse.

    And as indicated above, some research actually indicates that the provision of homework actually impacts negatively on some standardised testing.

    Kids can learn the habits when they NEED them

    There is no evidence to support the belief that homework helps students develop the characteristics it is often suggested will be useful, such as ability to organise time, develop good work habits, think independently, and so on. It doesn’t seem to prepare them for “later” either. Children have demonstrated that they can usually adapt pretty well when they turn 14 or 15 without having eight years of practice under their belt before it all starts.

    Indeed, if we were to run with the 'better get used to it' logic, there would be little point raising children with love because sooner or later life in the real world will not be loving. Hence they’d better get used to it. Obviously this is absurd, but hopefully it illustrates my point.

    Homework may have a negative impact on learning

    A respected US professor of education stated: “Most of what homework is doing is driving kids away from learning.” In spite of the significant concerns about homework, there are two important exceptions to the research and statements outlined above. These are:

    The exceptions to not doing homework: reading

    Research powerfully demonstrates that reading should be strongly encouraged at home. Children should read every single day after school and before bed.

    There should not be any timing of the reading or dictating the number of pages to be read. This removal of autonomy turns reading into a chore, rather than a pleasure. Instead, guide your children toward books that they can genuinely enjoy and learn from. They will gladly immerse themselves in books and often only resurface when it’s time to eat! Also note – research abundantly demonstrates that the best way to make students hate reading is to make them prove to us or others that they have read.

    On a related note, the use of rewards for reading – such as stars, goodies, money, and so on has been clearly demonstrated to have a detrimental effect on motivation for reading. Children will read easy, short books to obtain rewards, rather than books that they are interested in and that challenge them. However, you may wish to let your children know that when they have completed a book they are reading, you will gladly buy them another one immediately. Research indicates that this is highly motivating.

    The other exception to not doing homework: projects

    Another form of “acceptable” homework – or homework that does not appear to reduce motivation for learning or interfere so much with family activities – relates to projects from school that interest the children.

    Actively encourage research, projects, and writing speeches. This helps the children in information gathering, critical thinking, logical formatting of content, and presentation skills. Plus it gets them actively “discovering” in their learning, and sinks much deeper than much other “busy” work.

    So, this afternoon, let the kids play. Wrestle with them, cook with them, READ with them, sing with them. Play Monopoly if you can't bear to see them not doing some kind of maths. Teach them checkers or chess, or how to play Mary had a Little Lamb on the keyboard or recorder. Take time to enjoy them rather than confining them to their room to do homework. They'll learn more in 20 minutes with you than in an hour revising homework sheets.

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