For many adults, homework was just a way of life when they were kids. It meant a couple hours of looking at the schoolbooks before being able to watch a movie or favorite television show. The benefits of having homework sent with students has been debated for several years and there are some definite advantages and disadvantages to the idea of banning homework. Here is a closer look at this potentially controversial subject.
The Pros of Banning Homework
1. Homework reduces family time.
Most parents have to work full time in order to support their family today. In the American middle class, tangible wage increases haven’t been seen in 30 years. Single parents are working two or three jobs to make ends meet. Two-parent homes have both parents working during school hours. Sending homework home takes time away from needed family time.
2. Modern assignments might not match up with a parent’s knowledge.
Curriculum has changed over the years and the way information is being taught may be a lot different than a way a parent learned that information decades ago. Banning homework would eliminate the potential inconsistencies that may occur between two different teaching styles.
3. Homework doesn’t always create learning circumstances.
Although group study can further learning opportunities, it can also further cheating opportunities. If one or two students in a group of friends are good and the subject, it would be very easy for the rest of those friends to simply copy the data and present it as their own.
The Cons of Banning Homework
1. Homework gives the chance for a student to learn lessons in a more comfortable environment.
Sitting in a classroom all day is not always the best way for a student to learn. Some kids learn better visually than verbally and vice-versa. Homework allows the student to go back over a day’s lesson in a way that best suits their learning needs.
2. It lets parents see the quality of a curriculum.
Without homework, the only real way for a parent to see what is going on at school would be to stop and observe the classroom while information is being taught. Even parent-teacher conferences would only give parents a small glimpse into the quality of education their child is receiving.
3. There is the potential to bring families closer together.
Children who need help with their homework will likely ask their parents for assistance. This creates a natural bonding moment where parent and child can work together to solve difficult problems. Without homework available, bonding moments may involve technology and social media interactions more than verbal or personal interactions.
Most people don’t like to receive homework. The idea of banning it makes a lot of eyes light up at the prospect of never needing to do it any more. By weighing the pros and cons of the subject, families and schools can find the best course of action to pursue.