Should Schools Ban Homework?

Huh? Ban homework? When I first read Should Schools Ban Homework? in the CNN Opinion section I thought, with the current state of our educations system, the idea of no homework is absurd, but change is needed…I don’t believe eliminating homework is the answer, but rather a different approach to homework should be taken. Instead of every student getting the same assignments, perhaps students should get homework in those areas where they struggle. If a student shows mastery in a particular area or subject, why would they need to practice even more? It seems like a waste of time – time where they could be doing something active.

By working smarter and more efficiently when it comes to homework could mean more free time for students. Of course, that would mean teachers have to individually identify student weak spots, and assign appropriate homework to reinforce those skills. Likewise, they would need to identify strengths and excuse them from further practice. It’s a shift in the way things are traditionally done, but change is good and leads to innovation.

Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything. – George Bernard Shaw


(On my “Teacher Soap Box” )

The article also points out the socio-economic divide in our nation, linking it to a direct affect on how homework is completed and valued by different families.   While there may be some truth or data to back that up, the blame game needs to stop. It’s time parents take responsibility for their families, teach values, encourage education and properly support their children. Just because you live in poverty does not give you the right to teach your kids that education is a waste of time, nor does it give you the right to empower your children to be disrespectful to teachers and their peers. Education in this country is free! Embrace it and use it to gain a better life.

If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. –Maya Anjelou