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Discussion Homework Should Be Banned Debate

Homework or rather busy work is not as useful of a tool as it may seem. There is no clear evidence supporting the claim that homework improves the grades or the understanding of the students. It is simply a ploy to help teachers assess their students. But couldn’t this assessment happen in another form besides hours and hours of pointless busy work. Here are five good reasons why homework should be banned from schools.

  • Practicing incorrectly only enforces bad habits.

    Many students do their homework incorrectly and many don’t have someone at home to help them do it correctly. That means that they are really practicing completing the problems incorrectly. If they practice the problems incorrectly, they are just enforcing bad and incorrect problem solving techniques. Once they have learned incorrectly, it is hard to change those bad habits.

  • Children need time to play outside.

    Children are stuck inside all day and get only a little activity during the day unless they have gym class. When they get home, they are asked to sit and do their homework. By the time their homework is done, it’s time for bed. These children have no time to play outside or be active at all. If they play any sports, they have to rush to get their homework done, which doesn’t help out either.

  • It gives the teachers more work.

    Teachers should spend more time on their lesson plans than on grading homework. They have enough responsibility without having grading homework on top of it. Teachers have to work a full day and then go home and grade homework. Most teachers are underpaid and they work a regular shift and still go home to grade papers

  • It is difficult for the parents.

    Helping your child through the very complex parts of their homework is a nightmare for parents. For most of them it has been a super long time since they learned how to do the problems. They may not even remember how to complete it

  • Homework is stressful.

    Homework can be very stressful. Having that much stress at this young age is not good. Some students are not getting the rest that is needed. Stress is unhealthy and leads to a lot of health issues. Not to mention the stress the parents have to endure when dealing with getting their kids to sporting events, band concerts, and plays. There is simply not enough time in a day for a full day of school and a full night of homework.

  • Hello. My name is Aleena Kelkar and I believe that homework should be banned.

    Assertion 1-Homework leads to overwhelmed,cranky kids.

    Reasoning 1- Kids are already tired from school, so homework puts extra pressure on them. This results in stressed out kids.

    Reasoning 2- Not completing homework affects your grades, which puts stress on you to make up for it.

    Reasoning 3-You spend a lot of time(about 45-50 mins) on homework, which gives you less sleep. You then wake up cranky.

    Evidence 1-. According to the National Sleep Foundation’s 2006 poll, 80 percent of teens don’t get the recommended amount of sleep. At least 28 percent fall asleep in school and 22 percent fall asleep doing homework.

    Evidence 2-According to the American Psychological Association, typical schoolchildren today report more anxiety than did child psychiatric patients in the 1950s.


    Assertion 2-Homework is a waste of time.

    Reasoning 1-It is repeating what students have learned in school, which is not useful to students.

    Reasoning 2-There is no relationship between homework and grades.

    Reasoning 3-Since there are no teachers to supervise, students can learn to do homework the wrong way and waste time.

    Evidence 1-According to a 2001 review of more than 120 studies of homework and its effects by Professor Harris Cooper of Duke University, the country’s leading homework researcher, and his updated 2006 review of an additional sixty studies, there is very little correlation between the amount of homework and achievement in elementary school and only a moderate correlation in middle school.

    Evidence 2-Many countries with the highest scoring students on achievement tests, such as Japan, Denmark, and the Czech Republic, have teachers who assign little homework. Meanwhile, countries such as Greece, Thailand, and Iran, where students have some of the worst average scores, have teachers who assign a lot of homework.

    Assertion 3-Students get less exercise and fall sick.

    Reasoning 1-They are spending too much time on homework, so they get very little time to exercise.

    Reasoning 2- They get too tired to play outside after homework. There brains are tired from homework and they do not feel like doing anything after it.

    Reasoning 3-Their sleeping time and eating time become very erratic because of the amount of homework and eventually fall sick.

    Evidence 1-Kids are more sedentary than ever before, and homework is a contributing factor. Since 1981, the amount of time kids spend playing sports has decreased by 58 percent for six- to eight-year-olds, 19 percent for nine- to eleven-year- olds, 43 percent for twelve- to fourteen-year-olds, and 28 percent for fifteen- to seventeen-year-olds

    Evidence 2-According to a 2004 report by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) of the Department of Health and Human Services. Even since 2000, there’s been a significant increase: 17.1 percent of American kids between the ages of two and nineteen are now considered overweight.


    Once again, my name is Aleena and I believe that homework should be banned.

    Side: Should be banned

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