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  • NO, that is stupid.

    There is "homework" in college. IF YOU TEACH KIDS HOW TO BE INCOMPITENT AT A YOUNG AGE, THEY WILL BECOME INCOMPITENT ADULTS. WE NEED TO UTILIZE OUR BRAINS HERE PEOPLE. HOW COULD THIS EVER BE A FEASABLE IDEA IN ANY SOCIETY? HOMEWORK PROMOTES THINKING OUTSIDE OF THE CLASS ROOM!!!! JEZZ.

  • Maybe some should

    I do not think that all homework should be banned from school. Sometimes I believe that some homework should be banned because it is a lot of work and kids are gone all day at school and some have stuff after school. A lot of kids don't have the tools to get work done at home either. Overall I don't think that all homework should be banned, just some.

  • No it shouldn't.

    Homework is an important part of education. The only way students will perfect their skills is by going home and practice what they learned. Homework does not have to be anything lengthy, it can be short and simple. It is important for teachers to see if students can do it on their own.

  • Homework is important

    Homework is very important for the student, it helps him to understand the material well..
    And important for the teacher to know the weakness points founded in students.
    Also. Homework prepares students for exams and be able to answer the exam. In my point of view, homework shouldn't be banned.

  • Why should it be banned?

    Its supposed to test whether or not we are able to complete our schoolwork on our own, and it teaches us responsibility. Most people in my grade would probably love for it to be banned, but in my case, I actually want to know if I'd b able to complete my work without a teacher holding my and the whole time.

  • Grades, responsibility, and

    Honestly, homework may be awful, but it is also very helpful for your grades. As long as it doesn't take hours and hours every night. Students need to be responsible and get it done. Homework can help your bad grade, and catch you up on things. Homework is a good thing.

  • That's just repugnant

    With the risk of sounding old fashioned, how are kids able to then recollect and revise what it is they had just learnt - be it a week, month or even several months ago. Despite me hating them when i was younger i knew and still know they serve a clear purpose. They are just a significant as the educational systems themselves

  • Banning homework is a plan for disaster.

    Homework that is used to supplement education is a good thing. It helps children who don't learn well inside of the classroom environment and in many cases allows them time to internalize what they have been taught. However, homework that is given because of an inadequate educational system is bad in that it makes the parent (or caregiver) the primary source for information. When that person may or may not be able to properly convey the reasoning needed for "learning" to occur.

    Not all families are cohesive and not all individuals are intellectually capable of teaching. On the same note, not all children learn well in a school environment. As an example, kinesthetic learners need more than just audio/visual stimulation in order to learn. Not all classroom education is able to provide this within the confines of a normal school day.

  • Yes and No

    Hey,
    Please answer this question!!! If both yes and no, please select no and type YES AND NO as your supporting headline. I believe both since children need a break, but the pace of learning would be much slower without it.
    Thanks sooooo much! This means a lot to me.

  • How long is your child’s workweek? Thirty hours? Forty? Would it surprise you to learn that some elementary school kids have workweeks comparable to adults’ schedules? For most children, mandatory homework assignments push their workweek far beyond the school day and deep into what any other laborers would consider overtime. Even without sports or music or other school-sponsored extracurriculars, the daily homework slog keeps many students on the clock as long as lawyers, teachers, medical residents, truck drivers and other overworked adults. Is it any wonder that,deprived of the labor protections that we provide adults, our kids are suffering an epidemic of disengagement, anxiety and depression?

    With my youngest child just months away from finishing high school, I’m remembering all the needless misery and missed opportunities all three of my kids suffered because of their endless assignments. When my daughters were in middle school, I would urge them into bed before midnight and then find them clandestinely studying under the covers with a flashlight. We cut back on their activities but still found ourselves stuck in a system on overdrive, returning home from hectic days at 6 p.m. only to face hours more of homework. Now, even as a senior with a moderate course load, my son, Zak, has spent many weekends studying, finding little time for the exercise and fresh air essential to his well-being. Week after week, and without any extracurriculars, Zak logs a lot more than the 40 hours adults traditionally work each week — and with no recognition from his “bosses” that it’s too much. I can’t count the number of shared evenings, weekend outings and dinners that our family has missed and will never get back.

    How much after-school time should our schools really own?

    In the midst of the madness last fall, Zak said to me, “I feel like I’m working towards my death. The constant demands on my time since 5th grade are just going to continue through graduation, into college, and then into my job. It’s like I’m on an endless treadmill with no time for living.”

    My spirit crumbled along with his.

    Like Zak, many people are now questioning the point of putting so much demand on children and teens that they become thinly stretched and overworked. Studies have long shown that there is no academic benefit to high school homework that consumes more than a modest number of hours each week. In a study of high schoolers conducted by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), researchers concluded that “after around four hours of homework per week, the additional time invested in homework has a negligible impact on performance.”

    In elementary school, where we often assign overtime even to the youngest children, studies have shown there’s no academic benefit to any amount of homework at all.

    Our unquestioned acceptance of homework also flies in the face of all we know about human health, brain function and learning. Brain scientists know that rest and exercise are essential to good health and real learning. Even top adult professionals in specialized fields take care to limit their work to concentrated periods of focus. A landmark study of how humans develop expertise found that elite musicians, scientists and athletes do their most productive work only about four hours per day.

    Yet we continue to overwork our children, depriving them of the chance to cultivate health and learn deeply, burdening them with an imbalance of sedentary, academic tasks. American high school students, in fact, do more homework each week than their peers in the average country in the OECD, a 2014 report found.

    It’s time for an uprising.

    Already, small rebellions are starting. High schools in Ridgewood, N.J., and Fairfax County, Va., among others, have banned homework over school breaks. The entire second grade at Taylor Elementary School in Arlington, Va., abolished homework this academic year. Burton Valley Elementary School in Lafayette, Calif., has eliminated homework in grades K through 4. Henry West Laboratory School, a public K-8 school in Coral Gables, Fla., eliminated mandatory, graded homework for optional assignments. One Lexington, Mass., elementary school is piloting a homework-free year, replacing it with reading for pleasure.

    Across the Atlantic, students in Spain launched a national strike against excessive assignments in November. And a second-grade teacher in Texas, made headlines this fall when she quit sending home extra work, instead urging families to “spend your evenings doing things that are proven to correlate with student success. Eat dinner as a family, read together, play outside and get your child to bed early.”

    It is time that we call loudly for a clear and simple change: a workweek limit for children, counting time on the clock before and after the final bell. Why should schools extend their authority far beyond the boundaries of campus, dictating activities in our homes in the hours that belong to families? An all-out ban on after-school assignments would be optimal. Short of that, we can at least sensibly agree on a cap limiting kids to a 40-hour workweek — and fewer hours for younger children.

    Resistance even to this reasonable limit will be rife. Mike Miller, an English teacher at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, Va., found this out firsthand when he spearheaded a homework committee to rethink the usual approach. He had read the education research and found a forgotten policy on the county books limiting homework to two hours a night, total, including all classes. “I thought it would be a slam dunk” to put the two-hour cap firmly in place, Miller said.

    But immediately, people started balking. “There was a lot of fear in the community,” Miller said. “It’s like jumping off a high dive with your kids’ future. If we reduce homework to two hours or less, is my kid really going to be okay?” In the end, the committee only agreed to a homework ban over school breaks.

    Miller’s response is a great model for us all. He decided to limit assignments in his own class to 20 minutes a night (the most allowed for a student with six classes to hit the two-hour max). His students didn’t suddenly fail. Their test scores remained stable. And they started using their more breathable schedule to do more creative, thoughtful work.

    That’s the way we will get to a sane work schedule for kids: by simultaneously pursuing changes big and small. Even as we collaboratively press for policy changes at the district or individual school level, all teachers can act now, as individuals, to ease the strain on overworked kids.

    As parents and students, we can also organize to make homework the exception rather than the rule. We can insist that every family, teacher and student be allowed to opt out of assignments without penalty to make room for important activities, and we can seek changes that shift practice exercises and assignments into the actual school day.

    We’ll know our work is done only when Zak and every other child can clock out, eat dinner, sleep well and stay healthy — the very things needed to engage and learn deeply. That’s the basic standard the law applies to working adults. Let’s do the same for our kids.

    Vicki Abeles is the author of the bestseller Beyond Measure: Rescuing an Overscheduled, Overtested, Underestimated Generation, and director and producer of the documentaries “Race to Nowhere” and “Beyond Measure.