The Downfalls of Homework (researched)

This post is going to be researching the negative aspects of giving out homework instead of looking at it from a first hand perspective. Here is a list of 12 cons that you may not have thought about when it comes to giving out homework.

  1. Children benefit from playing – with too much homework, a child doesn’t have enough time to play and that can impact their social development. Low levels of play are associated with lower academic achievement levels, lower safety awareness, less character development, and lower overall health.
  2. It encourages a sedentary lifestyle – long homework assignments require long periods of sitting.
  3. Not every home is a beneficial environment – some children have highly invested parents that are more than happy to help their child or get a tutor in order to help their child succeed. Some children do not come from homes like this,, and they may be offered little to no help at home.
  4. School is already a full-time job for kids – At my school, the bell rings at 8:42 and then again at 2:37. That is almost 6 hours of work that kids as young as 5 are putting into their education everyday. Add in extra-curricular actives that schools encourage, such as sports, musicals, and after-school programming and a student can easily reach an average of 8 hours of education a day. Then add homework on top of that? It is asking a lot for any child, but especially young children.
  5. There is no evidence that homework creates improvements – Survey after survey has found that the only thing that homework does is create a negative attitude toward schooling and education in general.
  6. It discourages creative endeavours – If a student is pending 1 hour each day on homework, that’s an hour they are not spending pursuing something that is important to them. Homework can take away time from learning an instrument, painting, or developing photography skills as well.
  7. Homework is difficult to enforce – Some students just don’t care about homework. They can achieve adequate grades without doing it, so they choose not to do it.
  8. Extra time in school does not equate to better grades
  9. Accurate practice may not be possible – If a child is struggling with their homework then they may ask a parent or guardian for help. This can cause more confusion because the person may attempt to explain it to the child in a different way than the teacher. The teacher will then have to re-teach the topic which may result in a prolonged learning process.
  10. It may encourage cheating on multiple levels -Some students may decide that cheating in the classroom to avoid taking homework home is a compromise they’re willing to make. With internet resources, finding the answers to homework instead of figuring out the answers on one’s own is a constant temptation as well. For families with multiple children, they may decide to copy off one another to minimize the time investment.
  11. Too much homework is often assigned to students
  12. Homework is often geared toward benchmarks


20 Pros and Cons of Homework


4 Replies to “The Downfalls of Homework (researched)”

  1. i really like this list!! it does a good job of covering all the reasons extra homework is unnecessary. that being said, i wish it was discussed from the perspective of personal responsibility. when i was doing my practicum in grade seven i never assigned *extra* homework, but if students didn’t finish things in class after plenty of time had been given, they had to finish it in their own time. i think this is a good incentive to keep students on task during class time and it also is a bit of a wake up call to some older kids that class time needs to be used responsibly. i’d love to learn more about this side of the coin!!

    1. I like the idea of giving homework only for when they hadn’t finished something when given tons of time in class! This gives motivation for the students to also finish something so that they won’t have to do it in their own time.

  2. I love that you included the link so we could see both sides! I personally feel that homework should only be used if they have not finished their work in class when given the time already, not extra that they have to take home. I love that we are starting to understand the importance of kids staying kids!

  3. The list is great! I enjoyed reading these as I had all the same ideas and used some of these for my excuses when my parents tried to make me do my homework and all I wanted to do was play outside. I think some teachers assign an unnecessary amount of homework sometimes. I also feel that students should only be getting homework if they are getting ample time in class to do the work and are wasting the time.

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