Kids should have less Homework!
By: Kennedy Topping
Homework is a regular normal part of a student’s life. All kids have homework from grade 1 until the end of college. But as students move from grade to grade, the more homework they get. I think kids should have less than 60 minutes a day. Less homework means more time with family and friends, no after school activities being neglected, and there will be no need for kids to bug their parents.
The first reason why kids should have less homework is we need to spend more time with family and friends. If a friend from out of town is coming you will want to spend time with him/her. But what if you have a pile of homework how are you going to spend time with them? Or what if someone in your family is sick? If they have cancer you will want to be around them for their last few days But, once again how a you going to do that with a pile of homework? Clearly homework gets in the way of spending time with family and friends.
The next reason why kids should have less homework is so no more after school activities will be neglected. Most kids do after school activities like dance and soccer. With less homework, kids can get the work done before the activity. This would mean less teachers getting mad at students. I remember when I had so much homework I had to miss a game of Soccer. Just last year I remember that I couldn’t go to guides because of how much homework I had that night. Once again I have showed you why kids should have less homework.
The very last reason why kids should have less homework is so you won’t have to bug your parents to help you. With less homework it’s less overwhelming for the kids. It also gets done faster. Plus parents will have more freedom to do what they need to do. For example talk on the phone or making dinner. So having less would be better for the kids and their parents.
So, as you can see I have showed you just some of the many reasons why kids should have less home work. Just to recap three of the reasons the first is we need to spend more time with family and friends, the second is so no more after school activities will be neglected and lastly so we won’t have to bug our parents to help us. So teachers I hope you will think about how much homework you give us!
Posted January 17, 2013 by kennedyjv6 in category 2012-2013 Posts, Writing Workshop
Some Reasons Why Kids Should Have Less Homework
There’s no secret that the education system is very competitive. Like the child’s first steps or first utterance of the words momma or dadda, a child’s first day of school is a life changing event. children have an easy time at the beginning of their academic life and begin to catch on slowly. A daily routine begins to form and thus begins the next decade and a half of learning.
Parents get wrapped up in the routine and it doesn’t take long for them to accept that as normal. Within it are daily studies that the student takes home to complete for a grade and now the pressure is on to do well. At this point it doesn’t matter how much work the kid has, the more of it the better. There is a fringe view that says kids should have less homework. Here are the reasons why that would be something to consider.
What Homework Impacts/Produces
The schools are very aware of the impact homework has on children and family lives. This is why they’ve created programs that help get the child through those humps with tutors, counselors and even extending school semesters, all with the purpose to encourage more homework. Here is what more homework impacts and even an example of the results it can produce.
- Family Time
- Too Much Pressure
A parent has a busy schedule until their child catches up with them. Being able to form a different schedule around each other can be stressful. Homework is like the extension of school where it is no longer kept out of family time. It’s like a imposter in the child’s life.
Is the idea to produce workers for the state or produce well-rounded individuals? Spending more time with family would produce the latter, which eases the child into taking life more seriously and learning more valuable life lessons with the family than through the pressure of producing ‘machines.’
Too Much Pressure
Children have a lot to learn about life, even going on into the rest of their lives but even more so at an early age. The pressure brought onto kids about completing homework is often too much and not measured by the student so much as by the competition. Keeping these things at a competitive level is disproportionate to what the student can handle, often resulting in behavioral problems with the school and the family.
More homework doesn’t always have the result the people who give it expect. More homework might entice the student to take shortcuts in their study and get by through cheating to spend more time doing the things they want to do, being a kid.
Many schools under parental pressure, are weighing in for less homework on their kids. It’s even gotten to the point where laws are being considered to support this option as there are also special schools that have moved on with a ‘no homework’ model. As the mindset begins to change, the system which produces students who achieve will change too.