Should Homework Be Banned? A Debate

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Is Homework Helpful or Harmful to Students? Very few students actually want to complete the homework that is assigned to them on a nightly basis. Sure, there is the odd (not odd peculiar, but odd the numerical value meaning not average) student who wants to complete extra assignments because they especially enjoy the subject (Smith, 2007), or they need the work for college prep (Barrientos, 2010), but, in general, no student wants to do the work. And there are good reasons for this. Play time for any youth is an important part of the day, as it is for adults. It allows the individual to wind down from a long, stressful day and it recharges the person so that they can return to their work the next day. Without this "play" time, a person will not be able to release the stress they feel, and carry it forward to the next day. So, it could be said that adding to the work a child does is adding to this stress by taking away from the down time. Arguments like this one are being made with more frequency as more schools and districts adopt low or no homework policies. The argument is that homework provides little benefit and should be banned to improve the quality of education within the school (Sorrentino, 2007). Of course, there are many counter arguments to this which have recent research backing the fact that homework is not only beneficial, it is essential. This paper takes on the debate and looks at both sides, demonstrates the reason why homework is more beneficial than

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