Is Homework Harmful Or Helpful Video That Helps

  • No it is terrible

    There is no, nil, zero, zilch evidence that homework is beneficial! Not one tiny teeny little grain! And there is soooo much overwhelming evidence that homework is bad! Can't you realise that, people who keep saying no?
    It causes unnecessary stress levels, steals sleep, causes arguments, wastes time, hinders learning (yes, lack of sleep and being really miserable WILL hinder learning), causes obesity..... I could go on forever!

  • Ruins the chance of children liking school.

    Me, being a 7th grader, saw an article while I was searching for evidence for an essay that I am writing for a school essay which I am writing about why homework is harmful. While I was looking for other people's opinions, I stumbled across a shocking discovery; only 36% of students said that they are happy with their lives, and I can see why it is. Especially during middle school, when most people hit puberty, we need more sleep to help us grow. In fact, I once had to stay up 'til midnight to get all of my homework done! This is also ruining our chance to have fun or continue hobbies. For example, I am currently into coding, but I barely have ant time to code because the teachers are giving tons of homework to us over the weekends. It really makes me laugh about how much the teachers want you to "go outside and enjoy the fresh air" even though they are preventing us from doing this! This all adds up to children getting failing grades, even if they really try. I remember once I was so stressed out that I literally had a mental breakdown. I do not want their to be homework and would do anything for there to be none because failing grades=students hating school.

  • Lack of sleep

    Kids are staying up to late trying to complete homework that the next day they can hardly concentrate in class, for example, i get home from school at 4:30 and i have sports practice from 5:00-8:00 and i stay up until 10-11 trying to do my homework and the next day i can hardly pay attention.

  • Lack of sleep

    Kids are staying up to late trying to complete homework that the next day they can hardly concentrate in class, for example, i get home from school at 4:30 and i have sports practice from 5:00-8:00 and i stay up until 10-11 trying to do my homework and the next day i can hardly pay attention.

  • Homework is redundant and a waste of time. You face consequences for not completing it.

    Is homework helpful? Well some people may consider it a helping hand in education whilst other may consider it a waste of time. I believe it’s futile and that homework is set as part of curriculum and not in the best interest of the student. Teachers care more about whether homework is completed rather that the student even learning.

    Homework is made compulsory to students and if it isn’t completed, there will be consequences. This peruses a fear factor for students to complete it even if they do not enjoy it. Are they benefiting from homework or are they merely doing it to avoid the consequences? They are just repeating what they have been taught during school hours. Yes, practicing what you have been taught is essential in learning but if you do it involuntarily, chances of you actually absorbing the information is little. Students just want to get homework over and done with. Most of the time they don’t care if the answers are correct, they just do it to avoid the consequences. This classes the student as being underperforming. In some situation, some student may find homework to be redundant and not even complete it. They then will have to face the consequences and when they do, time is being waste in doing completely nothing. The student could have done something productive in the duration he/she was kept in detention. The student is labelled a badly behaved student just because they didn’t do their homework. Should this be the case?

    Most of the time, when homework is set, it is set in large quantity with a short deadline. This overwhelms the student. Homework goes from an “essential part of learning” to a burden. The time for the student to relax, socialise is shortened and even some cases removed. The student would have to sit for a long period of time completing the homework. This would lead to frustration and eventually the loss of interest towards the subject. The motivation of learning is reduced if a student is constantly burdened with homework. This is just for one subject, imagine what it may be like for 8 subjects. The love of learning and being educated is lost because of homework. Now let’s take another scenario. The student has homework to complete but decides to socialise with his/her friends. They then arrive home to realise that they have homework due in tomorrow so they stay up really late completing it. They have a short amount of sleep which affects their performance the next day. People may argue that deadline are usually a week long so why didn’t the student complete it beforehand. Well, many students have a bad habit of procrastinating so they leave homework till the last day. If there wasn’t any homework, they will not have anything to procrastinate about. Also, in some lessons, the deadline is the next day as the teacher believes the homework is really short.

  • Homework is downright painful.

    Sometimes I don't understand it (particularly math), my mom does not understand it, and at times my dad doesn't understand it either. Since adults make this stuff we have to deal with, "that's saying a lot." Books need to come home with the homework that show examples and not just the worksheets. I might be able to understand the assignments better if they would show us the way and examples on how to do it.

  • Stress on you and your children!

    Your kids already go to school for about 8 hours, and when they get home all of their energy is gone away from working all day. Don't they already learn at school? So what's the point of doing it at home? I know some parents let kids cheat from the Internet. Overall nobody is learning anything, it's just more stress for everyone.

  • Teachers fail at teaching

    If teacher teach us enough, we shouldn't need homework you can claim that it's practice, but don't we practice ENOUGH during 8 hours of school?! If teachers really taught us, we wouldn't need homework, or papers. And besides, who remembers homework the day after. It's such a chore, we don't even take time to remember what's actually being taught. Heck, just search it on the internet.

  • Super Unhealthy Conditions

    Because it Causes too much stress and you don't get enough sleep because you are trying to finish all the homework you get. Grownups are constantly reminding kids about how they are supposed to stay healthy but what they don't realize it that its almost nearly impossible to exercise when our schedule is full trying to get our homework done, and its hard to eat breakfast when you go to bed late and wake it to get ready in 10 minutes, and its SOOOOO FFFRREEAAAKKEENNN HHARRRDD TO GET ENOUGH SLEEP WHEN YOU HAVE MOUNTAIN LOADS OF HOMEWORK HANGING OVER YOUR SHOULDER PULLING YOU DOWN TO THE DEPTHS OF FAILURE AND DESPAIR!!! HOW CAN THE GOVERNMENT POSSIBLY EXPECT US TO COMPLETE HIGH SCHOOL IN THESE HORRIBLE HEALTH CONDITIONS?!?!? THE EXPECTATIONS OF THE GOVERNMENT ARE ABSOLUTELY STUPID! Kids these days are constantly developing scars from the depression they have to face when they fail in school. We can save lives if we just try and i mean TRY to change the current school conditions. People are facing suicide every day! Why not try to save them?

  • To much stress

    Many kids commit suicide because of stress. I know this being a successful NASA scientist. So don't let them do homework because kids who play assassins creed and watch TV scored highest out of 100 kids. Only 5 that did homework got 20% at least the kids who didn't average got average got 80%. So do you want your kids to be smart.

  • Previously published on Family Footnote.

    There has been debate over the last few years regarding homework. As an educator and a parent, I feel like I have multiple personalities in this area of life.

    I vacillate between wanting my students to extend their knowledge beyond the classroom with savoring the quality non-school related time with my own children when they are home.

    Throughout the years, my children have had many teachers, each holding a different philosophy regarding homework. As a high school English teacher, I put a lot of thought into what my students take home with them, and I am always questioning what I want them to gain from the work. This is not a new debate, but I had never dug into the research before now.

    What I found will definitely impact my practice as an educator.

    As a Parent

    I appreciate what my children’s elementary school has done regarding homework. Each of my kids has had homework in elementary school, but I have always felt that it was balanced.

    The first aspect of homework I loved as a parent was that it was predictable. My husband and I always knew if they were receiving a spelling list, a math practice, or a reading assignment each week. It happened on a regular basis, and we understood to look for these items in their backpacks. The only additional assignments were ones they could not complete during class time. This happens sometimes as my children can be chatty and their work doesn’t always get finished during the time allowed in class.

    When it comes to homework in elementary school, an article by Time magazine called Is Homework Good for Kids?, mentions two different views. Many educators believe homework should take about 10 minutes per grade level. A 3rd grader would be fine spending 30 minutes of studying a night, whereas an 11th grader may be expected to complete an hour and a half.

    Some of my friends who have third grade kids at home are spending 2+ hours on work at home each night. Their complaints are that some of what is assigned is lengthy and in the form of benign worksheets that don’t seem to extend knowledge. My children have been blessed with the 10 minute per grade rule, but even that much can be a struggle for a second grader. 

    However, in another study done by Duke regarding achievement and homework completion in 2006, they found that students who had homework each night were oftentimes higher performing.

    “Duke University psychology professor Harris Cooper, who found evidence of a positive correlation between homework and student achievement, meaning students who did homework performed better in school. The correlation was stronger for older students—in seventh through 12th grade—than for those in younger grades.”

    This Duke study led me to more questions. I know that some homework is essential, but I found it hard to believe that they could prove that more homework completed meant that the student was automatically a higher achiever.

    The article went on to quote Cathy Vatterott, a professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis who had my same concerns. “Correlation is not causation,” she said. “Does homework cause achievement, or do high achievers do more homework?” This is the heart of the debate.

    Do students benefit from doing homework at home, or can long nights of homework begrudge children from learning? Should they be enjoying their families, playing, running off that energy? A teacher in Texas agrees that they should be sent home with nothing to complete from the classroom.

    In August of 2016, a Texas 2nd grade teacher by the name of Brandy Young vowed a “no homework” policy to be law in her classroom. She sent a note home to her students’ parents asking them to read, play, and be together rather than completing curriculum at home. She received as many praises as she did criticism, and many people are anxious to see how this year went for her students.

    I applaud this level of consideration, although I don’t feel that small bits of homework are bad. As a parent, I appreciate the communication of expectations. If my kids are doing homework, I enjoy that it is predictable.

    Communicating with parents that yellow papers are homework, that a spelling list will be sent home every Monday, or that the white papers are for enrichment, and not necessarily a grade helps us keep our children focused on a common goal. I find my kids don’t mind completing these tasks at home.

    If they do have homework, I want them to become more intelligent from it; I don’t think they should complete it just because. Becoming a parent has absolutely helped me become a better teacher, and I have a different perspective on homework than I initially did when I was a 22-year-old, fresh out of college.

    As a Teacher

    Homework has been a battle for me since day one of teaching. I find that I give homework for two reasons: to extend knowledge and to finish what we could not in the classroom. The teachers with whom I work would tell you the same.

    The struggle I find myself in consists of extending their knowledge in reasonable levels without overwhelming, but maintaining high expectations that mirror what will be expected in college.

    In the article Is Too Much Homework Bad for Kids’ Health by Sandra Levy, she found that it very well could be damaging to send home too much to complete. Many students surveyed in the study reported completing over three hours of homework a night, and many were active in extracurricular activities or busy with part time work.

    “The data shows that homework over this level is not only not beneficial to children’s grades or GPA, but there’s really a plethora of evidence that it’s detrimental to their attitude about school, their grades, their self-confidence, their social skills, and their quality of life.”

    Could we, as educators, be causing our students unneeded stress based on our expectations? I turned to my own students for answers, understanding completely that the week I was requesting information was a tough one. It was right after daylight savings, directly after prom, days before the end of quarter 3, and during “Tech Week” for my thespians. It’s beneficial to keep in mind what is going on in their world when they respond to me about their opinions regarding school.

    When I asked my juniors and seniors, on average, how many hours of homework did they do per night from 9th grade on up, most said two or three hours. When I polled my sophomores who were enrolled in an Early College High School program, they agreed that three to four hours was accurate. Most of those high achieving students admitted that many nights, they didn’t get it all done due to activities or exhaustion.

    In addition, these studies have not specifically outlined the unique challenges of special education students, students who speak English as a second language, or students who struggle socioeconomically. Students with these obstacles outside of the classroom are already experiencing a different kind of stress each day, and if grades are largely homework-dependent, they can fall behind based on expectations that reach beyond the classroom walls.

    Many school districts are doing what they can to level the playing field. My district has chosen to give each high school student his or her own laptop, some districts are extending the school day by an hour, and even others are redesigning their entire curriculum to be project-based where many subjects center around a common theme for the day.

    Throughout all of my research, studies found that teachers wanted to keep expectations high and extend knowledge; however, the data proved that too much homework was detrimental to their mental and physical health.

    As an English teacher, I still battle with how to get the literature read if we do not have homework. One California educator I respect immensely named Catlin Tucker has forgone many novels and has dug deeper into those texts. This is not something I am ready to do, but I applaud her efforts to balance the school-home-activity-work life of her students.

    I’m finishing my 15th year of teaching, and I still do not have the right answers. All I can do is try to make sure I am capitalizing on classroom time with my students and that I am assuring the homework I do assign aids in their knowledge and ignites their curiosity to learn more.

    It is my hope that If they see the purpose in what I assign, the stress could be lessened and achievement can soar. The balance is just as hard for teachers to find as it is for students, but I can tell you that becoming a parent has given me a valuable perspective of what it’s like for kids to come home with a heavy backpack.


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