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.
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 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.
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
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 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.