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woody92
January 4th, 2010, 03:25 PM
Should students be given more or less homeworktasks to complete outside of school? Or are such tasks pointless?

I think that homework shouldnt be cut down, and, no, I dont think that they are pointless.

What are your veiws?

Arrowban
January 4th, 2010, 03:34 PM
I think the whole homework system is broken in my school. It varies between schools. In some classes there is paper homework and in others it is completely laptops. It is terrible because then you are in a mix of both. You are trying to remember what to do for about 5 classes. Like today I have to do a powerpoint for Science and then due in two days I have to hand in a 10 page short story I have to write for E.L.A (English Language Arts).

So my view is it should be cut down. Plus. I know almost all of the curriculum but I get so much homework and such variations between it that I can't balance it out. It is terrible.

Perseus
January 4th, 2010, 04:06 PM
The amount of homework I had last semester was just fine and reasonable. I don't think it should be changed unless you're overwhelmed to the fact that you have no life, basically.

Sage
January 4th, 2010, 05:11 PM
Less but more thought-provoking homework.

Dakota
January 4th, 2010, 11:57 PM
Less but more thought-provoking homework.

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Back on topic, no it shouldn't be cut down. Homework isn't a really BAD thing. Really, it's just a way to reenforce what you already know so that you can fully understand it. I'm not saying it should be increased, but I think it's good where it is. However, this is coming from a homeschooled student. It comes differently from a child going to a public school. But it does varry between states and countries on how much homework is given to students.

In conclusion, I say that it varries. One school can have different homework regulations than the school less than five miles from it. If the homework is too much, lessen it. If it gets too less, then increase it. But don't overtly reduce or increase.

AllThatIsLeft
January 5th, 2010, 12:07 AM
How I see it, there should be the same amount of work, but more IN-CLASS time to do it. I know for a fact when I was in school, i did not care about school after I got off it. But while I was at work, and they gave me a reasonably tight deadline, I would work my ass off.
Also, math homework? That shit is homicidal, there has to be a better way to have that same amount of work, but not so painfully accomplished

2D
January 5th, 2010, 12:12 AM
I believe that whole public school system needs to be re-thought. It's just a mess.

Triceratops
January 5th, 2010, 09:49 AM
The appropriate amount of homework should be set, in accordance to the student's topic of studies and target grades.

Atonement
January 5th, 2010, 10:10 AM
I think it depends on the teacher and their style of teaching. I have a government teacher who gives tons of pointless homework that takes forever. It is a waste of time and teaches us nothing but make us busy. Busy-work. Ugh.

On the other hand, there is a US history teacher who gives the appropriate amount. We always learn something, and we rarely waste our time on things that won't be tested or checked. I like homework that isn't checked because it doesn't have to be perfect, but they give us the correct answers if we have it complete, and we learn from our mistakes. If we don't have it done, no harm, no foul, you just don't get the material. Which means you teach yourself and if you fuck up, its your fault.

Aspiringanonymous
January 5th, 2010, 06:52 PM
This semester, I encountered the greatest blessing of a teacher that the high school system could ever have.

In his classes, all homework - and even attendance - is viewed as optional. Students could get up in the middle of a lecture, pack everything and dismiss themselves without being penalized. Our course grade comes from tests and exams only; no homework checks, pop quizzes, lengthy pointless assignments or any of that. The only classes you are required to attend are exam sessions, he says, and do as much homework as you feel is necessary to prepare yourself, but I could care less whether or not you do a single question. If I see that your work habits are significantly lacking, and your test scores are reflective of that, I have a right to kick you out - you won't be able to survive in university anyway.

A couple of times, for the pure sake of curiosity and a reason to poke fun at us, he walked around the room and asked to check everyone's homework, claiming that out of thirty students, seven at most had it complete. And he was correct. Not surprisingly, the seven highest-scorers in the class.

Less but more thought-provoking homework.
I believe that whole public school system needs to be re-thought. It's just a mess. Agreed.

Zanra
January 5th, 2010, 07:15 PM
Theyshoul be given less homework, but more activities in class. I'm not saying class work but interactive activities. It is prooven that students learn better when doing group or class activities

deadpie
January 5th, 2010, 07:20 PM
I don't have homework at my new school. At my old school the homework wasn't what bothered me, it was those goddamn pop quizzes with fill in the blank questions.

INFERNO
January 5th, 2010, 11:01 PM
I think the homework system should be revised because there's such as discrepancy between courses. In high-school, our teacher for biology and chemistry (same teacher) gave us shitloads but the teacher for math wouldn't give anywhere near as much. I don't think homework is pointless and I do think that one should be given work to do outside of class. You can have work to do inside class but then also have homework. The problem though is sometimes it just comes down to the quantity of work and less of the quality, which is not that great. The teacher for math wouldn't give us as much but he'd give us more though-provoking ones whereas the teacher for chemistry and biology would give some though-provoking but a lot of it was just fluffy content.

You are trying to remember what to do for about 5 classes. Like today I have to do a powerpoint for Science and then due in two days I have to hand in a 10 page short story I have to write for E.L.A (English Language Arts).


That's not the fault of the homework system, that's your own fault. Get an agenda and simply mark the stuff down. If you don't take the initiative to write the stuff down and organize your time, that's your fault, not the fault of the school and homework system.

The appropriate amount of homework should be set, in accordance to the student's topic of studies and target grades.

I'm not entirely sure what you mean by the bolded part. Are you saying that if the student wants, say, an A then they get 40 questions while the next student wants just a B gets 30 questions? I don't think the teacher should cater to the grades the students want. I agree with giving a set amount of homework for each topic or course but the bolded part then seems to just throw that entire idea off.

Mr. Smithers
January 5th, 2010, 11:29 PM
It wasn't until I got to college where homework just became really annoying. But I guess if it weren't for homework or studying you probably wouldn't pass the class. But less homework is alright. Nobody that I know likes to study all the time.

CairAndros
January 11th, 2010, 12:54 PM
I personally think it depends on the level of course you are doing. For example I am in the second last year of secondary education in Scotland and the courses im doing are one level below first year of uni difficulty. So the homework we get is proportionate to that difficulty. Or it should be issued with regard to how you are doing with the current part of the course, i.e. if you are struggling more homework for you but if you are doing well then less homework.

Triceratops
January 11th, 2010, 02:59 PM
I'm not entirely sure what you mean by the bolded part. Are you saying that if the student wants, say, an A then they get 40 questions while the next student wants just a B gets 30 questions? I don't think the teacher should cater to the grades the students want. I agree with giving a set amount of homework for each topic or course but the bolded part then seems to just throw that entire idea off.

The majority of what I meant was that the higher ability the student is, the more difficult the homework should be. However, coming to think of it, I don't believe an F grade student should be aiming to do the same amount of work as an A grade student would be doing, in order to achieve their target grade - or possibly higher.

TigerLily
January 11th, 2010, 03:31 PM
My school is ridiculous.
There's a homework timetable thing, which dictates that you get 3 pieces of homework 3 days a week and 4 pieces 2 days a week, and each piece should take half and hour. So its like, 2 hours + a night basically, if you don't want it to be completely awful.
It's just a joke. But then again my school's private uber academically-obsessed, so it's not an accurate reflection. It cuts down on so much of my time though, when I have shitloads of other stuff to do, and I often end up staying up til ridiculous hours just to get it done =/
And if you don't hand it in on the due day its a detention, repeated 'offences' are a suspencion.. so it's not exactly avoidable either.
Grr >.<

JackOfClubs
January 11th, 2010, 08:38 PM
I actually don't think that my school gives too much homework. Except for today and tomorrow. I have a PowerPoint, Spanish story, and questions on Julius Caesar due on Wednesday. :(

Anyway, I think people should be given homework based on how they receive the information in class day, what level (A, Regular, Accelerated, AP, etc) class they are in, and how they behave in class.

Zephyr
January 12th, 2010, 03:57 AM
I'm a fan of in-class activities and labs. People do learn more when they're working on something together because everybody has something to contribute, for the most part. My Physics instructor last year brought up a good point though: Groups of 3 work the best. When you have anymore than 3, chances are that the fourth person will do little to nothing and the group will have to carry them through the term.

When it comes to homework, it's pretty minimal because we're a commuter college, and some people seriously travel as much as 100 miles a day just to come to class. The system I described above is pretty standard for most courses taken at my college.

My personal take on homework though: I'm not a fan of it unless it's for classes like math or physical science where you actually need to practice it. Otherwise you're just wasting ink and paper where an in-class activity could have been done instead to make sure that everybody comprehended the material.

Tiberius
January 12th, 2010, 05:19 PM
My view on homework in the New York public education system is this; homework is about 90-95% of the time a complete waste of time and resources. If the teacher can't instruct students in class time so that they at least grasp/understand the concept a class or two, then they shouldn't be teaching.

Advocates of homework say that it effectively tutors a student in the topic and helps them practice it outside of school. However, I think that it's a bunch of shit, a student who doesn't get the concept in an hour of teaching won't exactly understand homework on it and ends up wasting hours of time trying to do it.

It shouldn't be the schools prerogative to force students to help themselves by studying outside of class. What they should be doing is getting better teachers and doing a better job teaching students in class and encouraging them to stay after school to get any extra help or study time that they otherwise couldn't get. It's the students prerogative to get the need help they need, the school shouldn't be forcing them to get it.

Perseus
January 12th, 2010, 07:38 PM
My view on homework in the New York public education system is this; homework is about 90-95% of the time a complete waste of time and resources. If the teacher can't instruct students in class time so that they at least grasp/understand the concept a class or two, then they shouldn't be teaching.

Advocates of homework say that it effectively tutors a student in the topic and helps them practice it outside of school. However, I think that it's a bunch of shit, a student who doesn't get the concept in an hour of teaching won't exactly understand homework on it and ends up wasting hours of time trying to do it.

It shouldn't be the schools prerogative to force students to help themselves by studying outside of class. What they should be doing is getting better teachers and doing a better job teaching students in class and encouraging them to stay after school to get any extra help or study time that they otherwise couldn't get. It's the students prerogative to get the need help they need, the school shouldn't be forcing them to get it.

What do you think when it comes to foreign language? Homework actually helps you in a foreign langauge because you're applying what you learn and stuff, i.e. you read it, write down the words in sentences, and other stuff. Same with math, you're doing what you learned in the class so you remember it because not applying what you learned(unless you don't understand) helps you, well, at least in my case.

Tiberius
January 12th, 2010, 07:50 PM
I said "90-95%" of the time homework is a waste. Math and LOTE fall into that 5-10% range where it's actually useful and should be used. LOTE could be argued by someone like me since I don't usually need to do homework for it to learn it, but my teacher sucks this year so I have to do more of it that I would normally need to.

soccer
January 12th, 2010, 08:01 PM
Well, I can't complain about my homework right now. I have had none for the past weeks due to midterms, but when I do get homework and projects it is like I am writing a novel of equations, essays, and workbook pages. This is not a great way to learn, taking in so many subjects at once. It gets confusing.

So what I am saying is that teachers shouldn't give less homework but instead give homework on one subject per week and change each week. Yes, this might be a bad idea, but school would be so much easier to follow by just concentrating on one subject not multiple.

I am not bashing homework because I think it's necessary. Homework is practice and practice makes perfect. I just they way it should be given should change.

Perseus
January 12th, 2010, 08:14 PM
I said "90-95%" of the time homework is a waste. Math and LOTE fall into that 5-10% range where it's actually useful and should be used. LOTE could be argued by someone like me since I don't usually need to do homework for it to learn it, but my teacher sucks this year so I have to do more of it that I would normally need to.

Oh, my bad. I read your post and just completely ignored your numbers.
But my post still stands about me, though.

Random_oso06
January 12th, 2010, 08:34 PM
meh i say it depends on the school or the class you have, if the school is high up and you have to be really smart to be in it of course you'll have a lot of homework, and it even works with classes too with english, history, math, science you'll expect to get homework for it

and besides they give homework so they could have grades in the grade book or thats what they do in my school lol

with me i have a lot of homework to do but sometimes its my fault because i procrastinate a lot lol but thats why i have a planner

Rebecca L Vaughn
January 12th, 2010, 09:06 PM
In my opinion, you should have a decent amount of homework. I don't think it is completely pointless because you can get more knowledge out of it. But on the other hand, somedays I get home from after school practice at about 6:30 p.m., then I have to eat and take a shower. By the time I would be ready to do my homework it is 7:30, but I still do it because it has to be done.

jaynewk09
January 17th, 2010, 04:29 PM
Homework should be cut down.

obiwan94
January 19th, 2010, 04:08 PM
lol, you're asking a biased audience...do I like homework...no way, do I want less? Hell ya! Do I accept that it serves a point? definitely, and so I'll put up with it and do it to the best of my ability

Giles
January 19th, 2010, 05:46 PM
I think it completely depends on the school, the class and the teachers.
If the school/teacher/class is crap then you might need the homework to catch up.
On the course I'm taking I need to do some homework, one teacher is amazing and we are way ahead. The other is useless and we need to do much more work at home than in school - we're basically doing the schoolwork at home.