Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Homework

        Homework Banned from Schools


Children under 14 should not have homework because it causes too much stress for children and their families, it cuts into children's free time for sports, and it doesn't help children's education.
First reason i have is it causes too much stress for children and their parents. Many children today in society play sports. But studies show that children are dropping out of sports because their teachers are teaching them homework is more important than sports. They pile the students with homework that seems to take hours to finish. This can have a big affect on the schedule the parents normally had. This causes stress on the parents side. Also homework causes stress on parents because it is sometimes wrong and is taught a different way.


Homework also causes stress on students because students have so much to do in each of their classes, they tend to not do their homework. Studies from children hospitals show that homework raises the risk of a heart attack at an early age. Also stress from the homework causes “obesity, headaches, and alzheimer's disease” from the webmd site. There are many others but these are just the basics. Also homework may cause a child to act different at home away from school. Healthline, a health organization, has done studies on kids that says more than 2 hours of homework is bad for your health is “counterproductive”. “Education scholar Denise pope has found 4,017 students from 10 high performing upper middle class california communities that have their student doing over Does Homework Improve Learning? 3 hours of homework”. These students had health tests and the health tests said that they were very stressed and had reduction in health. 56% of the students said homework was a big stress and took up most of their free time. 43% said test were a stressor. Less than 1% said homework is not stressful.


My second reason is it doesn't help children's education. Homework is the stuff kids have already learned in class. One expert from 1985 concluded “Their is no good evidence that homework produces better academic achievement”. “Four years, Harris Cooper, an educational psychologist, attempted to sort things out by conducting the most exhaustive of the research to date” says Alfie Kohn doing a report on “Does Homework Improve Learning”? “Cooper has included 17 research reports that contained a total of 48 comparisons of students who have and students that don't have homework. There was a 4% difference in the studies that show kids that do homework have the same chances at getting a higher academic achievement than the kids with no homework.” from the article of Alfie Kohn. Homework was a big mistake when it was made. Sometimes homework is misleading. Common core for instance. It has been misleading because it may show you how to do the math but it is often wrong.


Cooper did another test on students to see if there was any difference in test scores in 1998. He used second graders all the way to twelfth graders. Cooper and his students looked at how much homework the teachers assigned in each class. He found 8 different results from his studies. Here they are beneath.


Younger students
Effect on grades of amount of homework assigned              No sig. relationship
Effect on test scores of amount of homework assigned            No sig. relationship
Effect on grades of amount of homework done                   Negative relationship
Effect on test scores of amount of homework done             No sig. relationship
Older students
Effect on grades of amount of homework assigned              No sig. relationship
Effect on test scores of amount of homework assigned            No sig. relationship
Effect on grades of amount of homework done                   Positive relationship
Effect on test scores of amount of homework done             No sig. relationship
These results of the comparisons show everything as negative but the older student that get more homework and have a tiny bit more of a chance with academic achievement.


For my third and final argument homework gets in front of children's sports. Many children in highschool and middle schools have more than three hours of homework. This causes student that do soccer and other sports to miss practices and games. Teachers for years have been saying homework is more important than sports. Its not true and because of what teachers are teaching the student is getting passed on from family to family and they break little kids hearts and having them miss their game. Homework is not as important because your kids health is just as important and even more. Children at this age should be active and have fun until college thats where it gets serious










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