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  • It teaches responsibility

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  • It prepares us for real life

    21 26.25%
  • It does even more ...

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Thread: What Does Homework Do?

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    What Does Homework Do?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gargantuan View Post
    Do you think it does any of the following?
    - Reinforces the lesson
    - Teaches responsibility
    - Prepares us for real life
    - And more?
    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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    Re: What Does Homework Do?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cilogy View Post
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    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?

    [Sorry if this is already a poll, feel free to delete or move this thread.]
    Well, it depends what homework they give you. However the idea of homework is good.
    1. First off, college and real life requires you to do work on your own. Homework is just that, work you do when you're not at school. It teaches responsibility.
    2. Homework is good for learning if done correctly.

    The problem in many schools in the US, is that homework counts more like extra coursework who counts a lot. Students should start learning to make their own homework because they need to do them to be able to learn the material.

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    Re: What Does Homework Do?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cilogy View Post
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    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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    I voted "it reinforces the lesson" and "it prepares you for the real world."

    It reinforces the lesson because you're doing school work outside the school. Schools only have a limited amount of time within the school to teach certain subjects. Doing work at home gives the student extra time to learn about subjects. Also, they can work at their own pace at home, which allows them to better learn things according to their individual learning style. This increases how much they are able to learn on the whole.

    It prepares you for the real world because even though you're going to be hired to work a certain number of hours a day you're going to have to take some work home with you at some point. You might strive to categorize your life at home with your work life, but at some point the two will mix and it won't be helped. Best go ahead and get used to that.

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    Re: What Does Homework Do?

    It really depends on the school, the teacher, and the class itself.

    Some of my High School teachers have me damn good homework, even though I hated it. But some gave me homework because it was in their job description.
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    Re: What Does Homework Do?

    I say it depends on the homework too. Good homework forces you to go deeper into the subject you learn. My biology teacher had us look out for, and cut or print, articles that are related to biology or life sciences and write a few sentences of our take on it. I still look for articles to this day. Some teachers just give worksheets for homework because they are expected to give some homework. Those, more often than not, are an annoyance.

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    Re: What Does Homework Do?

    It keeps us up late into the night, that's what it does Honestly this question really depends on the class and teacher. In my Chem 2 class homework serves to teach us the lesson before the professor actually talks about what we need to know I would say that typically homework is for reinforcing what it taught in lecture, and to give students more material that goes towards their final grade.

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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?

    [Sorry if this is already a poll, feel free to delete or move this thread.]
    School doesn't end when the bell rings. Mentally you're almost always 'in class' and homework is supposed to enable that.

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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?

    [Sorry if this is already a poll, feel free to delete or move this thread.]
    There's a similar thread in the education forum so I'll just copy and paste my post from their.

    I think it does all of those. When you go over the same subject in class and then again that night I think it reinforces the lessons learned in class. It teaches responsibility because your teacher isn't there to make you do your work you have to choose to do it. And I think it prepares us for real like since it teaches responsibility, plus some stuff you learn in school you need for real life.

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    Re: What Does Homework Do?

    The biggest problem with homework is if you understand the content, it is a waste of time. Personally, I don't have enough time to do all my homework, even if I work from the moment I get back to the time I go to sleep, because I have about 4 hours to do homework, when I count eating time, and personal hygiene in the time I have.

    The stuff I lose out on while I'm doing homework is looking ahead at material we are going to learn, and I'm also getting ready for the SAT I and II subject tests, and my Mock Trial team is going to State (I'm the Pre-trial Attorney, and Expert Witness for Defense, and a team captain), so I have almost no time at all. Weekends are the only time I have anything close to a life.

    Homework should only be necessary if you do not understand the concept. As such, teachers should give daily quizzes on material studied the day before, and if a student fails the quiz, then they get homework for the material on the test. Then, next week, the students should get a quiz for all material studied the week before. Any material you fail on, more work. Homework should be to reinforce lessons for people who need reinforcement, not just something to be handed out liberally to occupy students at home.
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