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Should Kids Have Homework?

Homework is an academic institution, but should it be? There’s a growing trend of schools cutting down on homework or cutting it out altogether. What’s your take? Should kids have homework?


  • Homework reinforces classroom instruction. Students need to practice what they learn on their own time, at their own pace.
  • Homework teaches responsibility. The responsibilities of homework mirror the responsibilities adults face at work and at home every day.
  • Homework prepares kids for higher grades. If students aren’t given homework in elementary school, they won’t be able to handle middle school, high school, or college.


  • Homework is busy work. Many teachers take a one-size-fits-all approach, and their assignments are rarely appropriate for the student’s specific needs.
  • Homework stresses the family. Over 90 percent of American children say their parents are involved with their homework, according to a study by the Indiana University and Purdue University schools of education.
  • Homework squeezes out play. Unstructured play aids the development of academic and social skills.

What's Your Opinion?

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Should Kids Have Homework?

Opinions (9)

  • No

    wlinda: No - I think unstructured down time is far more important for little ones. If something can't be adequately covered during the school day while they are fresh then going over it again at night, while tired, is not likely to give enough benefit to make up for lost play time.

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    Voted: No, Oct 28, 2013
  • No

    MsHolter: Homework causes high levels of stress in children. Schools often give too much homework, and the students don't have time to spend with their family or friends, which is an essential part of growing up. If teachers aren't confident enough about the instruction they give in the classroom then they need to work on their lesson plans, not force students to do it on their own.

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    Voted: No, Oct 31, 2013
  • No

    KatieSwackhamer: Very Little homework if any...I'm a teacher and my students work hard all day long and learn a lot in my class.  They need a chance to "play" at home and not be stressed with lots of busy work.

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    Voted: No, Nov 4, 2013
  • No

    oapollo: kids shouldn't have homework because when you go home for the rest of the day it is your break from work.

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    Voted: No, Dec 2, 2013
  • No

    LydiaHiott: I did not have homework until the second half of my fourth grade year.Then, it was very little and I graduated Summa Cum Laude! I teach school and see the benefits of having the time to interact with their families and play extra curricular activities. I also see that the teachers who give the most homework are the least effective teachers! NO to homework!

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    Voted: No, Nov 3, 2013
  • No

    Chloe_Roberts_violin~playa: I think yes. And no. Yes because it develops the mind and teaches you what you learned in class. No,cause it is a time taker..and sometimes it's a the way...SUCKS because I usually end up getting a bad grade and then it lowers my overall grade.YES homework helps lots NO I'm not complaining...but I AM making sure you think about it!!

        Please and Thankyou for reading this, A 7th grade girl

    P.S I'm going to get to my homework before my grade get's any lower for late tuned in work...

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    Voted: No, Nov 25, 2013
  • dominiccheang: Try to compare your working hours in office and the number of hours your kids stay in school every day. Are you willing to work extra hours at home for your company if you can finish your job in your office? If your boss tells you that if you don't spend time to do your job at home, you won't be able to handle the company's business. Don't you think he is ridiculous? Why does a kid have to do his homework at home, sacrificing the time he should have for fun and his interests? "Serious in learning at school; serious in playing after school."

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    Nov 2, 2013
  • No

    taytaythug_love: i think that they shouldn't have homework at all because they are over scheduling all ready and they procrastinate from doing it and its bringing down there grades

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    Voted: No, Oct 31, 2013
  • No

    MontereyJudys: I feel like there is an inverse relationship between how effective a teacher is and how much homework is assigned to students (in elementary school especially, less so in high school.)  If a teacher is able to get his/her job done during the school day there shouldn't have to be extra work home.  If class size or classroom management is a problem then homework is a necessity.

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    Voted: No, Oct 30, 2013
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