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Old 12-04-2012, 11:56 PM   #16
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Default Re: No More Homework!

Not sure about this one..

Most brains learn by repetition and it's not until you truly study something do you understand it. If homework were reduced to say 1-2 hours a night at best, that's a different story, then again not sure how much is given out these days.

The core skills, such as math, english, history and science should probably be the only subjects to be given homework and even then you dont need a lot.
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Old 12-05-2012, 12:26 AM   #17
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Default Re: No More Homework!

Originally Posted by Rake2204
I agree that repetition is beneficial, but how much is too much? At what point does it become overkill? Is there such a thing as too much? After 8 hours of school, do first graders require more school-mandated repetition every evening at home? And would that repetition be the most beneficial use of a youngster's spare time outside of school?
You're only looking at one aspect of the problem. The time consuming part. That does not have to be solved by eliminating homework altogether. Yes it requires repetition, even for first graders. My friend is an education major and she says that the common rule of thumb is 10 min * grade level through elementary school. 10 min of homework to get down the ABC's or arithmetic is not that time consuming. The ABC's and counting numbers(don't remember what you learn in first grade) is integral for later education and needs repetition.
Surely so. My question would be why this repetition cannot occur within an eight hour school day. Certain forms of studying will always be necessary in my opinion, but endless streams of homework and work sheets, notsomuch. And I understand that may be why you mentioned reform as opposed to outright reduction or removal. I just do not believe two additional school-at-home hours should be regularly slapped onto the eight already spent.
Repetition is done in elementary school as I remember, but not as much in high school because the complexity and amount of material increases. If poorly constructed, time consuming busy work is assigned, then the problem is not the concept of homework, but the quality.
In your opinion, what are the positive effects of homework? You mentioned preparing a student for organic chemistry classes in college. Beyond that, what do you believe homework prepares students for? Do you believe there are any adverse effects of homework? If so, please elaborate.
Homework teaches character to suck it up and do something that isn't fun, proper time management, and most importantly, reinforcing the material that was taught that day through repetition.
I took four ap classes my senior year and the workload wasn't too much. It was nothing compared to my third and fourth year in college with a major in biochem. So far in med school, it has been nothing but tedious memorization and it's terrible, but my choice of taking heavy workloads has served me well in giving me the necessary habits and work ethic to memorize all this shit right now.
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