Saturday, September 2, 2006

The myth of homework

[Image: Time logo]In the most recent issue of time magazine, there was an article about how homework, to some extent, does more harm than good when it comes to education; when it comes to ruining your life, it's perfect.

In the article it mentions how so much homework actually hurts your grades more than it helps. Basicly what they get at is that teachers now assign so much homework that you burn out and start to hate learning. They said in the article how nations that score better than the US, like Japan, assign less homework, while others that score lower, assign loads.

To me, homework is wrong for a variety of reasons. For one, there is so much that teachers assign that you burn out to the point that you don't want to do anything. It is also hard to put forth effort when you learn just as much from it as you would have if you just stared at the wall. Then, of course, there's always the fact that doing it does so little in terms of helping your grade.

From all of my classes last year, most everything that I learned came from sitting in class and just soaking in the information, everything beyond that was a waste. The only time that I can think that homework actually did any good was for chemistry while doing stoichiometry, and that was because the only way to really know what you're doing was to do it over and over until it made sense.

Maybe someday people will notice that homework kills your brain and ruins your life. It makes so much more sense to pile on it in class, but you have to leave it there, never take it home.

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