I would refuse to allow the school to assign students homework. It is not simply the fact that kids are overworked. There are three other reasons why homework would be banned at school. Students learn nothing from doing homework, school already takes six hours of the day from a student, and homework is an infringement on family time. The students learn nothing from doing homework. It is not homework that reinforces an idea or a skill; it is developing a passion for something and then having the time to follow it through that does the trick. Homework is a waste of time. Schools already steal six hours or more a day from a student’s life. If they can’t do what they need to do in six hours, it is not a student’s responsibility to give them more time. Homework is not for kids to learn, it’s for schools to shift the responsibility. Teachers don’t get marked on how useful classroom time is, but kids get marked on whether they did their homework or not. That means a lot of classroom stuff that isn’t working is allowed to continue as long as kids do their homework. Homework is an infringement on family time. Many of the big media that would otherwise say that homework is important also decry the fact that kids aren’t spending enough time talking with their families. It is not possible to create an atmosphere of deep family connection when the parents and the students are all working three or four hours a night at home. You need many hours’ together, playing games, reading books, fixing the house together, going to movies, cooking for friends to have a balanced family life. Being together only on weekends is a crime. In a nut shell, students should not have homework. It is not the fact that students are overworking. It’s the fact that students learn nothing from doing homework, school already takes six hours of the day from a student, and homework is an infringement on family time. Homework should be banned from school.
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