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Homework Time Reduction Speech (Must read whole thing to understand fully.)

  • #1

    Alright so now I've been thinking very deeply about homework and whether it should or should not be abolished. I have all A's in a difficult school system. I'm a good student. I'm not a typical person. In fact, most of my activities are what adults do. Playing chess, etc. I've seen many other people on Yahoo! Answers giving reasons why homework is both good and bad. My opinion altogether is homework should stay, but only be limited to 1 hour per day regardless of if you're in high school or elementary school, and here are my reasons:


    What has really irked me in my experiences of school is homework. I've always thought why do I have to now do homework when I just did that for so many hours in school. I have to wake up at 6 o'clock and come home at 3. So I've just sacrificed 9 hours of my personal life. Which is more than half of the day (excluding sleep time). The average person, or at least I am awake 16 hours a day. So now I only have 7 hours left of my time. Bed time I'm estimating 9:30 because even though people say they stay up. I wish I could. You need sleep with teachers waking you up at 6. When I come home from school or whenever anyone comes home for school rest time is needed. Exercise and taking a shower, eating a snack will all take 1 hour. So there. Now only 6 hours are left and it's 4 o' clock Now this is the point. Teachers give about 2.5-3 hours of homework per day in high school on average. So already it's 6:30-7:00. Then after dinner and instrumental practice you can easily reach 7:30 - 8:00 which means I only get 1.5 - 2 hours of my real personal life (excluding relaxation time after school). This is really something that irritates me. WHY do I not have enough time for what I want to do. It may seem like a lot. But in reality it's not. Because I have to study chess (I'm a chess player and really like playing chess, so I need/want to study to get better). Okay, I like chess study. but after an hour of chess study (I need an hour), I only have roughly a half hour maybe 1 if I'm lucky to spend time with family, do anything else I want to do (I also do card magic tricks). And really 30 minutes to an hour of just time to do my things just doesn't seem good enough. 


    But there's another end to this argument. That is that students need to study for tests/quizzes. They need a little review of what they did in school. They need a little practice of what they did in school. These are all valid arguments to support homework. I agree, you need to study or else you're not going to get good grades. And sometimes a little review won't hurt, right?


    So my conclusion about all of this is that, homework should not be completely eliminated, but should be reduced to 1 hour or maybe 1.5 hours if it's a very busy time. But I wouldn't go past 1.5 hours. The reasons are that first of all its flexibility. Notice how in the long paragraph above, I didn't mention other activities. People have sports. People do other things. It's not all just home and school work. My chess club meets 7:30 PM every Tuesday, and now because of the 2.5 to 3 hours of homework, I'm on a very tight schedule every Tuesday. I cannot stay after. I have to do homework. And homework is mostly all I can do that day. I even have to eliminate violin practice most days, and staying after for school activities is completely out of the question. This is very inconvenient because what if there is a very important activity like orchestra on Tuesdays, and now I can't participate in that. Or I have to give up my chess (something I REALLY don't want to do.) If homework time was reduced to 1 hour a day, I can easily stay after, get my homework done. Or I would even have the option of not staying after, just getting my homework done say 4-5 o'clock. Then relax and get to do a little bit of other stuff. See, before I barely have enough time to do even my homework on chess club days, but with homework time being reduced to 1 hour, my schedule is very flexible. 


    The second reason is that 1 hour is sufficient to get things done. The only thing teachers will have to do is plan their test/quiz days a little more carefully in order to not have too many on the same day. But let's say you have a quiz in math and science (so that would count as busy). I guess you could say you need an hour and a half maybe of homework for that day, but 15 or 20 minutes per subject with no quiz or test should be enough. 15-20 minutes for say social studies is enough time to review what you learned, or practice note-taking. 20-30 minutes for math should be enough to review and practice the kinds of problems learned in school. For Spanish you don't need much time. Only 10-15 minutes is needed and that's about the amount of homework we get in that class already anyways. English class could may assign one chapter of a book: 15-20 minutes. Science could assign maybe 15 minutes of reading a section in a book or something. I should note that one class should always give a break. The breaks should be rotated so one day science doesn't give homework, another day english doesn't. If you add up the times the most homework students should receive is 100 minutes which does pass the 1.5 hour mark, but only by a little. And this is if the day is VERY BUSY because a lot of days, 2 subjects don't even assign homework or don't need to, or time in school is enough to get homework done. Also, when studying for quizzes/tests, homework is not given that day. And the needed time to study for a quiz/test is 15-20 minutes a day for maybe 2-3 days at most. It may seem like not enough for parents/teachers. But what you guys forget to realize is that homework is only meant for review and practice. Most of the learning is done at school. Homework is only supposed to be a cherry on the ice-cream. Just a supplement. Not a main part of school. And 60-100 minutes of homework per day is sufficient enough to do just that. 


    The third and final reason that is pretty easy and short to explain is that students finally get enough of their own personal time. With homework time being reduced from 150-180 minutes to 60-100 minutes. Students will gain at least 50 minutes of personal time per day which is already quite a lot, and on average, 65 minutes per day. In this extra time, finally can I spend time with family, do card magic and other things. Time management is also made easier. Also, homework completion rates will increase due to less frustrations and less amounts of homework. At the same token, teachers and parents will receive their share by efficiently and effectively educating students. I think this is the way to go! 


    Now if there is someone that can please explain to me anything I'm missing, please tell me.  Share your ideas in response to this speech. I will be happy to know if there is anything that I'm missing that I can maybe think of a solution to. 


    Thank you!

  • #2

    I entirely agree.

    As for me, no matter how much homework and projects have been given, I seem to always have tons of spare time (resulting in quite a few overdue book reports and other assignments! That's due to my own carelessness though, which can be easily remedied. When it is remedied I would have a lot more spare time!). 

    At home, I also have a bunch of time-consuming hobbies -- composing music, writing novels, playing piano, watching anime, drawing manga, playing chess, etc. However, I always have time to do any of three listed above at any given time, maybe because of my lack of participation in extracurricular activities. From a rightist's point of view, I would live an okay school year. Here, they generally give about an hour of homework, which, for me, would be done in half an hour at most. They occasionally give hour-long or two-hour-long assignment too, but those are mostly culminating activities and assigned less often. 

    Not sure about your situation, but all the advice I can offer is this: if homework drags you down, considering giving up some of your lesser-liked extracurricular activities, but still keeping the ones most important to you (just don't have too much!). Or, tell the situation to your teacher if the above advice is not plausible. I'm sure the teacher will understand. 


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