Recent controversy over whether students should have homework has been sparked with the release of a letter from a second grade teacher to her students’ parents. This letter states that the students will not have any assigned homework during the year and will only have to do what they didn’t finish in class.
The purpose of this letter is for students to spend time doing things that relate to their success. Examples include eating dinner as a family, playing together, reading together and going to bed early enough to get plenty of sleep. Homework has caused the a reduction of time for activities such as those listed for all types of students, elementary to high school.
I agree with this letter for younger students. Young kids shouldn’t have to spend a lot of time doing homework when they could be building bonds with family and friends. Kids should have time to play, read and do something that makes them happy and build success in their social and academic lives.
In middle school, the homework issue becomes slightly more complicated. Having loads of extra homework is not helpful because it can reduce play time, take away from family and friend time or even sleep all which are important to the development and growth of our youth. In another way, homework can be seen as helpful to prepare for high school, gain reading skills outside of class, and also gain study skills through reading and practice.
For high school, it is also hard to say there could be no homework. Most of the time, homework is stuff that cannot be done during class due to the small amount of time, such as reading a book or textbook, practicing skills or even learning certain topics. There are some cases where homework is just busy-work, but it is still good to have that practice in a quicker paced class.
Homework has been taking up the time of many students, and the recent news with this letter has only brought more worries about it. It is easy to take away for younger students, but as school work becomes more difficult, it is harder to say there can be no homework.
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