Login/Sign Up




Is homework harmful or helpful?
Education

tuesdaydebate
Jul 13, 2010
13 votes
9 debaters
2


+ Add Argument

2
Harmful


ezpzbutton
Jul 14, 2010
2 convinced
Rebuttal
Helpfulness of homework is situational. If you are a lazy person with a lot of free time, homework can be a motivator for you to study. But if you are one of those self-learning types, and don't have a lot of free time, homework can often be a chore.
But let's not assume you have all the time in the world and you can spare some of that for homework. Oftentimes, homework is not individually tailored and does not reflect on individual needs. That means it's bound to be less efficient than if each person studied in their own ways. Like if the homework is too easy and mundane for a person who's already mastered the material. Complete waste of time in that case. And if you're a busy person, you may sometimes have to stay up late at night to finish homework - losing precious sleep time and hurting your health.
Not only that, homework, if it is being graded, puts unnecessary pressure on the students. A class should be designed to put minimal pressure on the students because stress created by pressure leads to worse learning and worse performance. You can do all the grading you want with tests, but not with homework (in many classes, teachers think they are being nice when they give graded homework as sort of safety buffer for those who are bad at tests but are hardworking and willing to spend a lot of time on homework- that is just stupid; a class is about learning the material and being graded on what has been learned, not how much effort has been put in).

 
felixblacke
Jul 14, 2010
0 convinced
Rebuttal
Before doing a quick google of this I was convinced that homework was in part responsible for improved education. However, while not being able to find any definitive results in support, I found a couple papers that highlighted the prominent studies in this argument. It seems that the results run he gamut from helpful to detrimental. This would seem to indicate no causal link between the assignment of homework and the benefits many suggest. If there isn't a link between homework assigned and a positive increase in learning it seems pointless to assign that. Getting rid of homework would free up time of children. Which, when coupled with extra curriculars, could lead to the childs better understanding of who they are. This would also free up the time of the professor to create more effective lectures which is directly connected to learning. The negative side to getting rid of homework would be the possibility of a lazier generation of children. But that ultimately rests in the hands of parents to motivate their kids to succeed. Edit: Here's that article I found. http://www.alfiekohn.org/teaching/hwach.htm

 
blackkodiak
Jul 14, 2010
0 convinced
Rebuttal
Actually, yeah, I don't particularly see huge value in homework myself.

 
ilcmcdt
Jan 09, 2012
0 convinced
Rebuttal
Overall, coming from a 13 year old 8th grader, homework is more harmful that helpful to me. I know some people who are in lower classes need homework to help them study and review material that has been gone over in class. However, school is a 7 hour long day. Homework can take longer for a lot of people. Some people have to spend most of the afternoon and weekend doing homework, and it is unfair to others who can finish it in 30 minutes or sometimes less. My homework almost always takes less than an hour each night, but only because I rush through it, so I could get more free time. Teachers who give more homework are more likely to lose trust and respect from their students. Teachers get almost 4 hours a week in my school to teach us the material for the week and it is pretty annoying when you have to work more on top of that. Sometimes without a teacher available, homework can confuse students. Homework takes away a lot of time from students that they don't have. We have to wake up at 6:30 A.M. so we are very tired by the time we get home. On top of sports, extra-curricular activities, and hanging out with friends, it is a long and tiring school year for everybody. Homework makes everything just a little bit more stressful.

 
+ Add Argument

11
Helpful


massiveschlong
Jul 14, 2010
0 convinced
Rebuttal
Homework is helpful, but only in some cases. Generally there are two types of work assigned - problem sets and "busy work". In courses like mathematics, physics or computer science, one gets assigned problem sets which are focused on the reinforcement of the new material. Since such courses are focused on the understanding and application of the material - extra practice is helpful in fulfilling the desire educational goal.
On the other hand, the courses such as English or History do not require homework to reinforce the concepts. These courses are notorious for the "busy work" students are assigned whenever they are a part of such course.In this case homework is harmful and it only wastes the time of the students.

 
gmlawton
Jul 15, 2010
0 convinced
Rebuttal
Homework, when used well, can be a great tool for learning, and should be used as a small part of a teacher's arsenal. If used in the right way, the good can outweigh the bad for most students.

Homework encourages students to interact with the material before the test, but with no pressure, to show them if they really understand the material. If they don't, they can always ask the teacher later. This reduces the temptation to "cram," as well, so as to avoid the social stigma of being someone who skips out on homework.

Additionally, homework can be a powerful diagnostic aid to teachers, who can use it to judge the effectiveness of their lessons.

We also need to bear in mind that all students are different, and learn better through differing methods. It is the teacher's unique challenge to provide a lesson plan that provides the greatest benefit to all of his/her students. Some students learn better through hands-on activities, some through reading, some through hearing it explained, still others from doing it by themselves, and putting the pieces together by themselves. Homework can be a great benefit for students in the latter category.

 
immy1000
Nov 02, 2011
0 convinced
Rebuttal
homework is obviously helpful. Firstly it enables teachers to know which students are ready to move onto the next topic and which aren't as in a busy classroom its hard for a teacher to know who's copying who. Secondly it lets students prepare for adult life by teaching them disipline. Thirdly it teaches children to do well in exams and even if the student can do the work it never hurts to practise. There was one comment that said "in english and history students don't need to do any homework", in GCSE exams you have to write at least 2 essays in the english language exam and at least 3 in the literature exam, how will children be able to do this if they have never done it before??? Homework aides spelling and expands vocabulary. Next, for history revision is obviously needed for exams and this entails some form of "homework". To some students it might be boring, for some tedious but you cannot get past the fact that it benefits their schoolwork and exam results.

 
danaerzakova
Nov 21, 2011
0 convinced
Rebuttal
Practise is a half of the success. Doing homework might be harmful, since you do not understand some material,however, it is the best way to improve your knowledge. While doing homework, students understand not only one particular material, but also other that they learnt before.To give all power to understand the material will be encourage in the nearest future, when test results will be available.

 
Samina Janjua
May 12, 2013
0 convinced
Rebuttal
Homework is helpful because if you won't give homework then whatever is learnt will be not in my mind and there will be no revision of what you have done so it is helpful.


 


Use these tags to find similiar debates

BBC britain british children college degree education English Frankie government grades great britain health information kids language learning life money school schools socialism Society student students teach teacher teachers uk university VanCam youth