The reason why teens go to school in the first place is to gain knowledge that they can apply later on in life. That is the whole point of education. The opposition side is implying that ‘something more productive’ is that teens go out and make money which is kind of not the point because they need to go to school to have a lifelong career and a stable job in the future. Therefore, telling them to make money is a completely different and rather useless matter in this argument as we are discussing the well-being of teenagers who go to school. Even if the opposition states that ‘1 in 2 teens have a source of income through labor’ that may only be the case in the American country due to its capitalism form of culture. In other cultures, namely Asian or European, it may be a completely different case.
For the pro’s defense, this side never mentioned that homework keeps kids out of trouble. Kids will make trouble regardless of whether they do their homework or not. If they are trouble-makers then they make trouble and homework has nothing to do with the nature of someone making trouble.
The article that the con has presented clearly says that "Only senior students in Years 11 and 12 benefit from after-school work, associate professor Richard Walker said." which in fact, shows that homework does have an effect. And if it does have an effect on Years 11 and 12, the reason why it may not on the lower levels is because perhaps they are not focused enough and dont commit their time on it because of a lazy attitude. Furthermore, the second article is in contrast to the first article posted by the opposition side. The latter article states that the more homework, the lower achievement results whereas the first article states that countries such as Japan or Korea have more efficient students due to their strict school constantly making them study. The pro's side suggests that the opposition fully understand the given evidence before copying and pasting it as an argument.
As the con’s side demands reference, here is the reference I have chosen to prove that a myriad of teens do spend time on social media.
Social Network Statistics
Total percentage of 18-24 year olds who already use social media
Total amount of minutes people spend on Facebook every month
Reference:< N.A. (January 2014). Social Networking Statistics. Statistic Brain. Retrieved from http://www.statisticbrain.com...;
The percentage of teens using social media is near to 98% and these teens spend 700 billion minutes every month. The opposition side mentions that we are wasting our two hour a day sacrifice of doing homework when average teens spend 700 billion minutes in the internet every month. Teenagers are already locked up in their rooms which exonerates the idea of homework fomenting that effect. Talk about a waste of time?
In conclusion, homework does have a positive effect in the lives of many people. This is because homework is a good way of covering what people learn in class and serves as a learning pathway for students. If done well, students learn to feel good about their accomplishments and therefore will only have inspiration to work harder. As increasingly difficult homework gets, students learn perseverance to accomplish more challenging problems. Homework will make a positive effect not only in the knowledge but also the attitude of a proper learning individual.
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Secondly, I presented the solution to education, it needs to appeal to students. Science proves that homework doesn't accomplish anything. Why? Because nobody wants to sit at home and study. It is so easy to daydream, get distracted, or choose not to do it. At my old school, I was in a 12 person grade. My entire grade scored in the top 2% of students in the state. We enjoyed school, and not to mention I never had homework, not one day. The problem with education is it doesn't interest students anymore. You want to get better at something you like, its common sense. You want to know more about things that appeal to you, and homework doesn't really appeal to students. It never has, it is a complete waste of time.
We need to make education more interesting to students, which CAN and HAS been done, especially at my old school.
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The benefits of having homework. There are so many benefits to do having to do homework, that it should not even be an issue in the first place. Homework not only helps students at school, but also strengthens their work ethic, which is helpful after school.
Studies have proven that homework does improve the stability of students in school. According to Cooper’s much-cited review of homework studies, there have been 20 studies since 1962 that compared the achievement of students who received homework and achievement of students who did not. Results are that 14 of the studies showed benefit in doing homework, while 6 did not. This further strengthens the statement “Time spent completing homework is time well spent.".
Homework is an important and valuable component of learning. It teaches the students important life skills that they will need to apply even when they become working adults, especially time management, prioritizing work, as well as values, namely responsibility and self-discipline. By doing homework, they will start to develop time management. They will start to allocate their time for leisure pursuits and completing their homework. Through this, the students will be able to learn the value of self-discipline as they try to refrain themselves from playing until they have completed their assignments. They will also develop a sense of responsibility by knowing the need to finish homework in time and contributing to group work or projects. If homework is not given at all in school, when students enter the working life, they will not be adapted to the heavy workload and deadlines set by their bosses.
In addition, the number of hours spent in school is only a few hours, which is most likely insufficient for the teachers to cover fully and properly the topics that students need to study. Hence, some students may not fully understand the topics that the teachers taught in school and they might have problems learning well and coping with the syllabus. Setting homework and assignments extends the student’s study beyond what they learn in school and allows for a wider and deeper understanding of the topic. With homework, school hours are also put to good use in which teachers can spend their time teaching well instead of giving the students class work to do, and students can avoid distractions from others when they attempt their work at home. They can also catch up on missed classes by doing homework.
Homework is useful to inform teachers of the students’ weaknesses in certain topics, giving them a chance to improve and acquire new skills. If there is no homework, teachers would have to base majority of the students’ standards on tests alone, which is not reliable at times. In fact, teachers should plan lessons according to the students’ abilities; this can be effective as students will be able to learn more efficiently and not do the same homework planned for the whole level. It will be of not much use as it does not cater to the students’ needs. However, we understand that the undesirable situation is present, especially in Singapore schools where students are ‘spammed’ with homework and not given any leisure time. But keep in mind that this situation does not happen across the globe. Actually, we should ‘blame’ those teachers that are not that receptive to ideas and refuse to cut down the workload. Only real (caring) teachers will change for the students.
Homework provides students with sufficient practice for what they have learnt in school so that they can build a good foundation for that topic. With a good foundation, they can progress better in school and achieve better results for their tests and exams. It also lets students revise and recap what they are taught and more importantly, homework gives an early warning to students who do not understand certain key concepts so that they are aware of it in the future. However, if there is no work assigned, most students would not listen in class. They would not bother about studying or revising what they have learnt and this is certainly not beneficial to them. Having homework keeps the student busy so there is equilibrium between leisure and studying time. If there is too much leisure time, students would only play, go out with friends or have nothing to do instead of studying.
Having homework also lets students explore about the topic themselves and even learn more about it which is not being taught in class. They will also learn how to use certain resources such as the internet or library to research for information to aid them in their homework. Through this, students can gain additional knowledge outside school hours and be able to apply them in future.
However, I agree that homework should not given to an extent that students have no time at all for their leisure activities and deprives them of their sleep. Too much homework can indeed increase the stress of students and this can affect their mental health greatly. Hence, homework should only be given to a moderate extent, not totally abolished, as it does help students in their learning.
Thus, homework is indeed very beneficial to students as it can affect one's learning and even his or her future. We cannot deny the fact that the benefits of homework far overshadow its cons. Despite this fact, there are many people suggesting the abolishment of homework. Why is such a ludicrous question posed when having homework is what it takes to succeed in school and perhaps when students grow up?
Considering all of the complaining about homework, there is a great benefit to doing homework. School kids are too coddled today for one thing. Homework, builds a study ethic which can translate to a work ethic later in life in college and at jobs.
Yes there are after school activities, but homework will keep a child studying and learning instead of playing video games. Time management is another benefit of homework. Kids will learn to take an hour to do their homework instead of wasting their time, which is a great trait to learn when they get older. Not to mention, doing homework in the quiet of the child’s own home can be far easier than sitting in a study hall. Plus doing homework with friends can be also beneficial.