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Debate Schools should give less homework.

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 zanesaaomgfan posted over a year ago
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zanesaaomgfan picked Depends...:
To me, certain subjects like social studies, English, and science give way to much homework and it's way too much to complete in ONE NIGHT.

I think, most people who leave school want to come home and relax and not worry about homework and stuff like that. Some teenagers wanna do something FUN after school! And we have to do homework?

Too much man... Who wants 20 homework assignments due the next day? Not me.
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xxXsk8trXxx picked Agreed:
Have you ever seen the movie Race to Nowhere?
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zanesaaomgfan picked Depends...:
^ No.
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thejokercard picked Depends...:
It depends on how much homework a teacher gives out a night and the level of the course
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bri-marie picked Depends...:
Homework is a very effective study tool - I actually wish more of my university courses offer homework the way high school did. It's also a very effective (believe it or not) way for both the student and teacher to see how well the student understands the material. I've seen schools where teachers don't give any homework (or where majority of the students don't do it) and there is a big difference, grade wise, between those schools and the schools where teachers assign a lot of homework.

But I do agree that many teachers go over-board with the assigning of the homework (for both good and bad reasons). Some teachers use homework as a learning tool (I know one teacher who would teach Unit 1 in class and then assign Unit 2 for homework on the premise that the students would teach themselves).

Depending on the teacher and the school system in general, I can both agree and disagree that teachers should give less homework.
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Dada picked Disagreed:
I disagree, but it depends on the school. I've heard from some people that they get so much homework they spend their entire day on school work. I have never gone through that. I think high schools should give about an hour's worth of homework per night. I think two hours or more would be too much and no homework makes it seem like you go to school for no reason. There are also extra curricular activities that many people (including me) enjoy. Some people are in honors and sports so they go to sleep super late each night. Schools should be considerate of this as well as the fact that we need some time at home for ourselves.
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zanesaaomgfan picked Depends...:
^ Yes, I agree, but I'm in all regents classes and in my middle school, I get so much homework and right now, I SHOULD be doing some so I can get to go to the city on Saturday. Although, I won't, I still think we get too MUCH homework.

If you would go to my school, you'd see big heavy backpacks on people's back AND true fact, most of it is OUR HOMEWORK! They say:
'Don't throw it away, you'll need it for a test' or some crazy bullcrap like that. If someone throws away papers they need, let that be their problem. Someone actually has NO time at home at my school. They have to go to activities and by the time they come home, it's time to go to sleep. And so far, he has detentions for missing assignments. It's not HIS fault! He has a job too! He's gotta make money for the dang family!

Anyway, I still think for those who need it, should get the extra work. For some subjects, I'd take extra work, might not do it though. Also, I am (or I think I am) dyslexic and when you give hard homework, it's tough stuff! I remember in 5th grade, I stayed up until 1 A.M JUST to complete missing assignments AND homework. Not to mention is was nearly 7 assignments!

But still, it's allot of homework and they need to cut down on it. Save some trees, you know?
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Cinders picked Depends...:
Teachers are asked to differentiate homework load on a case by case basis. That doesn't mean always giving less homework. Sometimes, it means giving more homework. Most of these requests come from parents and families, but inevitably, the teacher must make the decision about what his students can handle.

In the elementary school, most grades (with the possible exception of fifth grade) generally give a half hour of homework a night, an hour tops. By middle and high school, the homework load obviously increases. But if by high school you are doing three hours of homework every night, in my opinion, that is far too much, even for over achievers, especially if you want students to get involved in after school activities and community work and other things that colleges look for. Students often have to give up these extracurriculars because they have too much homework to do, or are on academic probation for not completing their homework, and this should not happen.

There's a brilliant movie - "Race to Nowhere" - that addresses the stress that standardized tests and other things are putting on our students, and how it is not the way to help them learn. Studies have shown that after a certain amount of academic reading at a time, students plateau and don't do any more learning until they're rested.

EDIT: Love that xxXsk8trXxx brought up Race to Nowhere before I did. Glad someone saw it through the corporate veil of Waiting for Superman.
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MCHopnPop picked Depends...:
In DO agree..but I guess it depends,because to Adolescents attend school for EIGHT hours (or less/or more) depending on type of school..and grade</i> but where I live it's eight,so I'll so it as an example,they learn for a good part of the day (with Lunch,Possibly a Free Period,Gym etc) Many Teachers expect way too much out of their students,I know they'll say "they want their students to be the best they can be" but I think TOO MUCH Homework,+ School Hours,I know learning IS Important but we don't need it in lives 24/7. >.> School is long and hard,I think MANY teenagers want to come home and relax but with all the homework it's just hard..some homework I guess is good,but too much is just too much.
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zanesaaomgfan picked Depends...:
I also like to say that in my school district, they might be cutting ALL the extra classes. (Ex: Music, band, orchestra, art, etc.,) and IF they did, we'd have STRAIGHT school which leads to longer classes and MORE homework.
I think if they DID take them out, school would be LONGER and we'd get more homework. We also get homework for gym at the end of the unit here in my middle school. Teachers DO want the best because WE ARE the next generation.
But they also have to see, our future starts in our childhood. If we don't have a good childhood, the LAST thing I want to remember is that WE had loads of homework and bad backs! (My doctor was surprised to see my cousin's back).
But MCHopnPop is right. We don't need homework 24/7 in our lives.
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Cinders picked Depends...:
"in my school district, they might be cutting ALL the extra classes. (Ex: Music, band, orchestra, art, etc.,) and IF they did, we'd have STRAIGHT school which leads to longer classes and MORE homework."

Is this because of budget reasons? Or because your school isn't meeting AYP or some other standard? Because I just sat in on a budget meeting, and one of the proposals was to either expand our art program (which right now consists only of art) by hiring a new art/drama teacher to teach some drama classes for the middle school. Being a drama major, I was super on board with that idea, because I remembered how important the subject was to me in middle school. HOWEVER, if we did that, then we wouldn't be able to hire either A) a reading specialist to be an interventionist with poor reading skills for students in all grades OR B) A school counselor to be a resource for our middle school students for any issue from abuse to fights with friends.

I felt like I was making Sophie's Choice. I didn't want to sacrifice the arts for reading and counseling, but those issues are clearly more important. And, when they voted, they chose not to hire a drama teacher. Which hurt me as an artist, but as an educator, I understood.

But THAT was a budgetary decision, and if things work out, we actually might have enough money to hire a drama teacher next year after all (fingers crossed). It was not a decision made because my school was not meeting standards in math and reading. If it were, I probably would not have voted for nixing our art program, because I think that art and drama can often help supplement math and literacy by teaching similar skills. Shakespeare, for example, can easily be taught in drama. My drama teacher, not my English teacher, was the person to finally teach me how to read, understand, and perform Shakespeare, because you have to understand what you, as an actor, are saying if you're going to communicate it to the audience. Because of her, I now have a deep and inappropriate affection for the Bard.

Not to mention that art is the perfect vehicle for which to teach geometry.

The point is, I do understand cutting programs for budgetary reasons, but I do not agree with cutting programs to meet state or national standards. In fact, I have a beef with state and national standards in general, but I won't get into that. (Note: Google "Race to the Top". It's the new No Child Left Behind, but jazzed up by the democrats and slapped with a new brand.)
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-sapherequeen- picked Agreed:
Usually, I'd be logical and say "depends".
But Fuck it.
Less homework, please.
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Monrose picked Agreed:
I never do homework unless I have to, and I get good grades. In our school, we can decide if we want to do them or not. I like that. I choose not to...
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LoopyLuna96 picked Depends...:
I'm fine with the amount of homework, but only if it's useful work that will help me pass the GCSE. Most teachers (at my school, anyway) seem to give out homework for the sake of it, because our homework timetables say we need homework for a particular night. I think homework like that should be banned, but useful homework is fine.
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taylorfan1234 picked Agreed:
Monrose you are soooo lucky. Friday I was assigned homework in every class AND I have 3 projects all due Monday!!! Im freaking out!!! Its WAY too much!!!
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Cinders picked Depends...:
"...only if it's useful work that will help me pass the GCSE."

The fact that students now define "useful work" as whatever will help them pass the test further underscores what emphasis on testing has done to our educational system.

Ideally, teachers and students ought to define "useful work" as whatever helps foster a deeper understanding of a subject matter. Alas, this is not the case.

Though I know you live in the UK, LoopyLuna, and have a different system, I think that several countries have an over-dependence on standardized assessments. Education shouldn't be about passing tests - but that's what it's become. I don't blame you for it, either. The importance we as a society place on these things is what I blame.
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youknowit101 picked Depends...:
Some homework is good for you. A short worksheet to review and reinforce the day's lessons, and an occassional essay or project is good. Hours of homework only drains the student and makes them tired of the subject or lesson.

Some studies showed that we retain more information and understand better after taking a break from it, so homework does make you smarter. If you don't do at least some of it you're more likely to forget what you learned.
About an hour of homework most evenings and maybe an essay or project every weekend should be good.

I think some teachers give way too much homework, but a lot don't give enough.
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Italktosnakes picked Depends...:
I don't think they should have a homework schedule (for example, I get biology homework on a Monday, Tuesday and Friday, and Chemistry on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday). I think we should only get it if the teacher generally believes it will help us for next lesson, exams, or life in general.
My Dad (who is a headteacher) told me that he thinks homework is the most pointless thing ever, but he has to give. I don't agree with the fact that pupils should HAVE to have homework, they should try and do most of it in the lesson, when we have the teachers to help us. ;L x
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zanesaaomgfan picked Depends...:
I think(new opinion) that homework should count for 10% of our grade(like my spanish teacher has it) and other things like tests, quizzes, etc. should count for most of out grade (I exclude class participation, I HATE the idea of it. Plus the idea that I'm the most quiet in the class). I think homework should count as less percent of our grade and if teachers will grade it, they should warn their students.
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pandawinx picked Agreed:
HELL YA!!! :D
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tiagih picked Depends...:
I personally learn better when I get to do things hands on but some people may learn better in quiet and structured type of setting
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