Spencer, J. (2011, September 19). Ten reasons to get rid of homework (and five alternatives). Retrieved from http://www.educationrethink.com/2011/09/ten-reasons-to-get-rid-of-homework-and.html
Ten Reasons to Get Rid of Homework: This article, by John Spencer, puts forth reasons for teachers not to assign homework to students. His reasons cover multiple areas of schooling and argue for the abolishing of homework altogether. The most prospective reason in his article, in my opinion, is the "Inequitable Situation" reason presented by Spencer. According to him, many students have a disadvantage in that their parents do not provide the support needed for them to complete their homework at home. Many students have parents who are either too busy, too tired, or unwilling to assist their children in their work. The students with parental support gain the advantage in this case.
The least prospective reason, in my opinion, is that "Most Homework is Bad". Spencer argues that most homework recreates the school environment at home. What he fails to realize is that homework is the reality of schooling and always will be. Students must be prepared for intense homework if they plan to succeed in college and for a teacher not to assign homework implies that the teacher isn't looking out for his/her students' future and best interests. What a shame.
Five Reasons To Keep Homework: I've chosen to defend the use of homework by giving five reasons on why it should stay within our schools.
1. Homework promotes discipline and growth - Without homework, students can lose their sense of discipline and slow their academic growth. Do I believe that kids should have time to be kids? Of course, but there are many hours in a day and kids should devote some of their time to doing assignments.
assignments address the problems facing our world today - If large
assignments like essays and reports were done away with, then there
would be two major problems as a result. First, what's to keep the
students from doing any work at all? When I was in school, it was very
easy to coast by and let other students participate while I sat back and
listened. If a teacher called on me, I would say something similar to
what another student said. If I had done all my assignments, I would be
more motivated and more ready to participate in class. Second, without
dedicated time at home to perform research, read, and write reports,
students will lose out on examining many issues that are facing the
world today. I know that if I was in school, I would rather watch
television than read the news and find information about important
topics. If there are no assignments, why should students care to engage
in such information?
provides additional feedback - Homework can be used to gauge student
knowledge and understanding. Without homework, the teacher must perform
additional steps and allocate additional time to figuring out whether
his/her students are grasping the material. With homework, the teacher
can spend time outside class grading and seeing common mistakes and
subsequently plan to address the mistakes in later classes.
is a great way for students to practice what they've learned - Students
need time to digest what they have learned in class each and every day.
Once they get home, students can play for awhile and relax and then
begin to work on their homework. By doing homework, students can
practice what they have learned and become better at what they do. After
all, practice makes perfect and one hour periods each day do not
provide enough time for students to practice the material.
assignments promote collaboration - Some assignments can given as group
assignments, where students get together and collaborate to form ideas.
These assignments are fantastic ways for students to build relationships
with their peers both in and out of the classroom. Let the students
build things and perform experiments outside the classroom to solidify
their understanding of the material and engage in collaboration. These
assignments can show students the real world benefits of education,
which often may not be present in the curriculum.