Against homework

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Kids' homework

Homework is considered a part of every school. In the 1950s in the US, with the pressure of competing with USSR, the amount of homework was increasing to keep up the race in the Cold War. Homework was seen as a way to add more school time and helped students not to forget their lessons (Kralovec, 2007). Unfortunately, homework has more disadvantages than advantages. There are some extremely negative effects which should be examined carefully: Damaging students' health, decreasing creativity and innovation and destroying family life. Thus, students from kindergarten to the end of high school should receive the minimum homework.

It is hard to believe that students' health is getting worse while humans are in the millennia of technology. Unfortunately, according to the Foundation's 2006 poll, 80% of students do not get the recommended the amount of sleep. At least 28% fall asleep in school and 22% fall asleep while doing homework (Bennett & Kalish, 2006).

Doing homework is a routine activity of children in every household. Teachers are also comfortable with homework and expect it completed for the following day while children spent almost all night to finish it. Then the day after, many students who did their homework fall asleep and miss the lessons. It is a circle which has no stopping point, and students will be stuck until their parents do something. In addition, the amount of time students spend to play sports has decreased by 28% for fifteen- to seventeen-year-olds and it is worst for children who are at six- to eight-year-olds when over half of them could not play sports because of homework (Bennett & Kalish, 2006). As consequence, 73% of students who do not get enough sleep at night report that they are being unhappy, tense...