This is actually very interesting to go over.
Homework is statistically proven to reinforce the lessons a child has at school
Homework alows parents to have more insight to what the child is doing at school.
Prepares you for later life.
However, these -small- benefits are easeily outweighed by the negative effects of back strain, stress/anxiety and the potentual of easy cheating.
I myself have fallen victim to two of these, and are not alone. When a child is sentenced a homework task, he (or she) must take quite a lot of material home to study. And how does that material get home? The child carries it. Most of the primary and high school population catches the bus. In a perfect world, a bus would drop you straight to your doorstep however this is not the case, and a quantity of school children have to carry these heavy burdens all the way home. This leads to my second point- what happens when the children actually arive home.
Many students have a lot of trouble with completing homework. This pressure can make the children feel depressed, anxious and stressed. A large amount of school children even have to see a councilor from this unnecessary strain. Many cases lead to the pupil staying up late at night, cutting into their necessary sleep, to finish the homework that is putting them through much pain. Social interaction also has to be cut down to make more time for this work.
There is also the potentual for the parents to help the child get all the answers right, or for the child to just look at the answers or the internet to save time. This is entirely unbeneficial and unnecessay, as well as enforcing bad habits.
Childhood obesity is also a growing problem which is linked through research to children spending too much time at home or on the computer. And why would the children most likely be doing this? To finish homeowrk.
I refer to Milll's harm prinicple here- something must have an overwhelming harm for it to be banned. This case clearly does, and a possible help in education is not good reason enough to allow children to be exposed to all thes harmful cases.
For these reasons, we propose.
I am a debater, so forgive me if the structure isn't good for written debates. I'm usually a third speaker. =P.Btw, this was not just because I'm grumpy about my maths homework. Now way. Probably not. Maybe.
Thanks to Cat Moon & Raineesun for helping me do this XD
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