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homework should be banned: Kids Prespective

Updated on January 30, 2014

Homework makes kids sick

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Homework patterns of developing nations

Most students consider home work as headache, especially during holidays. For them holidays mean playing around and enjoying. So, most of them consider holiday home work as cruel punishment. The winter break is over and the classes have started. Probably, you will find some students making silly excuses like “the dog eating their home work,” or the winter storm blowing away the homework. What can you understand from all these silly excuses? A recent research on home work and kids show that too much home work is a bad thing. An article in the 2009 Issue of Los Angeles Times suggests that as a step towards social development of children some districts have cut down the homework. Really this is indeed a warm gesture from the school and district authorities. A fine example of this is a San Ramón valley district which modified the homework policy. According to this policy, children should not be burdened with homework on holidays and weekends, except for reading.

The U.S National Educational Association also recommends no more than ten minutes of homework per grade level per night. Really homework is not at all a “welcome guest “with the children. Home work has fallen in and out of favor since the decades. Long back in 1901, California Government established a law which limited the amount of homework that should be given to students. But the scenario now is not much in favor of students. There is information overload, packed up schedules and more and more children turning into couch potatoes. It is high time authorities and educators start rethinking about home works and holiday assignments.

If you are an educator, then here are 20 reasons which show you why you shouldn’t assign homework on holidays. Most probably, one of your students may take a print out and show you this list of reasons why you should not burden them with homework on holidays.

First of all, Students are always learning something in the 21st century. A recent article in Mind shift shows that homework will become obsolete in the next decade. Thanks to the modern technology known as the Internet, learning is accessible 24/7. In fact, learning never stops. Facilities like access to software programs, worldwide connections and online academic universities like Khan Academy, learners can access study material anywhere and anytime

Mind shift opinions “the next decade is going to see the traditional temporal boundaries between home and school disappear”. The emphasis should be on closing the gap between home and school, students must be encouraged to do things which are interesting to them during holiday break.

Duke University has conducted several studies on the relationship between home work and achievement. A 1988 university study shows that homework did not benefit students at the elementary level, while the middle levels students had some mild benefit from holiday assignments.

Another recent review by researchers at University of Duke shows that homework was beneficial, but over load of assignments is counterproductive. The home work was beneficial for olderstudents than young ones. The study was completed by Harris Cooper, a leading homework research and author of “The Battle over Homework: Common Ground for Administrators, Teachers, and Parents”. According to Cooper, teachers teaching at the younger level may assign home work to younger students for improving their studying skills. He also emphasizes that nature of the home work should be short and uncomplicated. At the same time it should also involve family’s interests and engage the students.

It is also seen that students of countries which assign more homework do not over perform than the countries which assign lesser homework.

Stanford University recently conducted a study by taking some countries. Here the countries like Japan, Denmark and Czech Republic assigned little home work, while countries like Greece, Thailand and Iran assigned loads of homework to their students. But the students of the former countries tend to perform better than the latter. Even students of America and Britain assigned loads of homework to their students. They tend to score less on an international average.

Japan has taken a step further forward by opting for a lesser home work policy. At the same time the country encourages students to spend more time with family and pursue hobbies and interests of their choice.

Finland is yet another country which welcomes lesser home work. In fact, it is national leader in International events limits home work to half an hour per night. Here, other factors like the length of school day are also taken into account.

On the whole, it is interesting to see the whole issue in a new world prospective.


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      SolveMyMaze 3 years ago

      Interesting hub. I believe the amount of homework that's given should be relative to the source material. There's no need to pile on plenty of homework for trivial topics, since it makes the child uninterested in the subject. I always favoured doing less homework per subject since you could devote more time to it, rather than rushing through it all so you could do it for your next subject.

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      Modern Man 3 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      I agree with SolveMyMaze, there's definitely no need to pile on plenty of homework for trivial topics. I think that students should be given homework that interests them and hones their natural skills and abilities.

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      Aditya Pullagurla 3 years ago from Sydney

      Even i think its such a waste of young lives trying to do uninteresting stuff

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