If there was ever a topic that will spark debate, this is it. For decades now, homework has become accepted as being part of school life. All students across the globe — of both primary and secondary age — expect to have to do homework. But is that the way it should be?
Should Homework Be Banned to Improve Student’s Life & Health?
Homework was a staple of the public and private schooling experience for many of us growing up. There were long nights spent on book reports, science projects, and all of those repetitive math sheets. In many ways, it felt like an inevitable part of the educational experience. Unless you could power through all of your assignments during your free time in class, then there was going to be time spent at home working on specific subjects. More schools are looking at the idea of banning homework from the modern educational experience.
The problem is far from new: public debates about homework have been raging since at least the earlys, and recently spilled over into a Twitter feud between Gary Lineker and Piers Morgan. As a nation, we're falling so far behind educational standards of countries like China, it's embarrassing. Telling our kids to now give up on homework seems a perverse response to this…. Many detailed studies have been conducted, and can guide parents, teachers and administrators to make sensible decisions about how much work should be completed by students outside of the classroom. So why does homework stir up such strong emotions?
Thirty hours? For most children, mandatory homework assignments push their workweek far beyond the school day and deep into what any other laborers would consider overtime. Even without sports or music or other school-sponsored extracurriculars, the daily homework slog keeps many students on the clock as long as lawyers, teachers, medical residents, truck drivers and other overworked adults. Is it any wonder that,deprived of the labor protections that we provide adults, our kids are suffering an epidemic of disengagement, anxiety and depression? When my daughters were in middle school, I would urge them into bed before midnight and then find them clandestinely studying under the covers with a flashlight.