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  • It reinforces the lesson

    51 63.75%
  • It teaches responsibility

    35 43.75%
  • It prepares us for real life

    21 26.25%
  • It does even more ...

    16 20.00%
  • It does NONE of these things

    21 26.25%
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    10 12.50%
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Thread: What Does Homework Do?

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    Re: What Does Homework Do?

    Quote Originally Posted by spud_meister View Post
    it got me in trouble 'cause i'd never do it
    LOL ..I hear ya

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    Re: What Does Homework Do?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cilogy View Post
    Brought up by Gargantuan in this thread.



    I'm a recent high school grad, and I gotta say that only in the last 3 three years of my public school life did my homework actually make me a more knowledgeable and productive human being. Other than that, its mostly just busy work.

    What do you think?

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    It's mostly busy work. In math it is important because repetition really helps with math concepts. It does prepare you for the continuation of this type of BS in adult life. Academics have taken over many regulatory and bureaucratic agencies and cram this crap down the throats of people all the time.

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    Re: What Does Homework Do?

    I did the IB program and our homework was an extension of the class discussion which forced us to either exercise and apply what was taught or force us to think critically and apply the lesson etc.

    Example: How to evaluate sources in history class. Go home and evaluate 3 sources on any topic.

    etc.

    Id say it was useful.

    I cant speak for domestic high school homework.

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    Re: What Does Homework Do?

    Quote Originally Posted by SE102 View Post
    I did the IB program and our homework was an extension of the class discussion which forced us to either exercise and apply what was taught or force us to think critically and apply the lesson etc.

    Example: How to evaluate sources in history class. Go home and evaluate 3 sources on any topic.

    etc.

    Id say it was useful.

    I cant speak for domestic high school homework.
    It didn't seem to help you learn to use commas or apostrophes, nor construct sentences correctly, eh?

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    Re: What Does Homework Do?

    I havent taken a grammar class since the 6th grade.

    I mind those sorts of things... on essays.

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    Re: What Does Homework Do?

    It reinforces the lesson and teaches the responsibility of time management and deadlines. In the real world, that is what most people will live with to some degree or another: deadlines.

    Also, the best types of homework will teach you how to learn something on your own in a disciplined fashion. How to break something up into smaller pieces and synthesize what you have learned, for example. Learning how to teach yourself is one of the greatest things a person can acquire.

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    Re: What Does Homework Do?

    It's something kids can help each other out with and become friends.

    Kids learn neatness and organizational skills.

    It teaches kids to follow instructions. The importance of being on time.

    Of course it's best to do it right after school so you have the rest of the day free.

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    Re: What Does Homework Do?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dezaad View Post
    It reinforces the lesson and teaches the responsibility of time management and deadlines. In the real world, that is what most people will live with to some degree or another: deadlines.

    Also, the best types of homework will teach you how to learn something on your own in a disciplined fashion. How to break something up into smaller pieces and synthesize what you have learned, for example. Learning how to teach yourself is one of the greatest things a person can acquire.
    But if you already know it, it's just a waste of time. time that could be spent doing other important things.
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    Re: What Does Homework Do?

    Some kids might need to repeat things over and over to learn them, but in most cases homework is a total waste of time. If you learn the subject matter it shouldn't matter how you acquired that knowledge. For homework to make up the majority of our grading system is ridiculous. Assign it if you must, but there's no reason to penalize kids who are able to learn in other ways.

    It doesn't teach responsibility, it teaches that mindless grunt work is more important than innovation or being right. It doesn't prepare us for real life, it turns our kids into sheeple.
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    Re: What Does Homework Do?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tsunami View Post
    Some kids might need to repeat things over and over to learn them, but in most cases homework is a total waste of time. If you learn the subject matter it shouldn't matter how you acquired that knowledge. For homework to make up the majority of our grading system is ridiculous. Assign it if you must, but there's no reason to penalize kids who are able to learn in other ways.

    It doesn't teach responsibility, it teaches that mindless grunt work is more important than innovation or being right. It doesn't prepare us for real life, it turns our kids into sheeple.
    I disagree. Grunt work is part of life. Being able to do grunt work (work you dislike) is part of learning responsibility. As Einstein said: Success is 5% inspiration, 95% perspiration. It's grunt work + innovation that makes for success. Very few people succeed because they are smart alone. Most successful people will tell you they work very hard to get what they have.

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