From a Fifth Grader–Homework Is Not That Necessary

The mother of a New York City public school student sent me this piece by her 10-year-old son.

Homework is NOT that necessary!!
by Daniel Goldstein

School work is enough. School is where you do all your learning. But home? Isn’t that the place you’re supposed to relax and have fun instead of doing 1 1/2 hours worth of homework. Most children think that it’s time for a little change. At least we could have the weekends off from homework. Please take our hope into consideration!

Please Understand!

Homework is a review of the days work and a reminder of tomorrows work. We understand how important homework is but is it completely necessary? Couldn’t we get a sheet just to help, but with no work on it. Homework can also be helpful for studying for tests, but can’t we use our regular school work?

We need a break! Now is the time!

With much hope,
Daniel Goldstein

(PS: We could spend “homework hour” playing outside and getting some exercise!!)

31 Comments on “From a Fifth Grader–Homework Is Not That Necessary”

  1. Anonymous says:

    hes gonna have a problem with high school and college.

    October 30th, 2008 at 11:14 am
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  2. jjjjjjjjjj says:

    ha ha! i’m writing a paper on why homework is not necessary, and this is no help at all D; it’s funny, though. very cute. 1 or 2 hours isn’t that bad! i’m up until midnight doing MY homework (though i AM in junior high…) but still cute KAWAII!!!

    November 13th, 2008 at 12:30 pm
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  3. Anonymous says:

    blah blah blah blah blah you big babies!!!!!!

    January 23rd, 2009 at 11:23 am
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  4. HomeworkBlues says:

    Well, that was an articulate reasoned debate!

    January 23rd, 2009 at 3:54 pm
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  5. sisi says:

    this is no help at all daniel
    i can find a better reason about homework not being necessary

    April 16th, 2009 at 8:12 pm
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  6. ,,, says:

    i agree that hw is not a good thing but i can think of a better reason that we should exercise… i get like 3 hours of homework every day, plus i have to play bass and piano omg

    April 28th, 2009 at 11:14 pm
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  7. ,,, says:

    also that first comment is pretty funny

    April 28th, 2009 at 11:15 pm
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  8. Shabalaba says:

    ok this was no help
    i have to do an essay if homework is a good thing or a bad thing and i went on this page hoping that i would get a lot of information but all i get is “From a Fifth Grader–Homework Is Not That Necessary”
    more information please…

    “(PS: We could spend “homework hour” playing outside and getting some exercise!!)”


    June 2nd, 2009 at 8:58 pm
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  9. CLT says:


    It was written by a fifth grader, honey. It’s not a source that you could cite in a paper, except as evidence from the ground. And as far as the first comment, he may have a hard time in high school, but college will be like a breath of fresh air. Sure, you may have a ton of outside work, bur you’re only in class less than twenty hours a week, often much less. That’s an incredibly significant difference that the ‘pile it on in high school’ crowd seems to miss.

    June 4th, 2009 at 7:59 am
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  10. HomeworkBlues says:

    Shabalaba writes:

    i have to do an essay if homework is a good thing or a bad thing and i went on this page hoping that i would get a lot of information but all i get is “From a Fifth Grader–Homework Is Not That Necessary”
    more information please…


    Shabalaba, if what you are looking for is data and research to bolster your case, there are plenty of resources out there. Fortunately, we have authoritative voices and research on homework now, something we didn’t quite have a decade ago. Oddly, the more research we get against homework (for example, elementary homework is largely a huge waste of time), the more schools pile it on. Ironic that an educational institution designed to teach students about intellectual inquiry and how to search for information would so blatantly ignore valid research when it does not fit their agenda.

    Scroll to the top of the page and click on “Quick Facts about Homework.” While you’re up there, click on Sara Bennett’s book, “The Case Against Homework” just beneath her photo.

    Then go to Alfie Kohn’s website for information on his book on this subject, “The Homework Myth.”

    This should get you started. Be sure to cite Harris Cooper’s research. He’s the one who has found that elementary homework is a waste of time, something we parents who have already been through the mill know from first hand anecdotal evidence.

    We know here that children would be better off cultivating their love of reading in the afternoon, rather than slaving over pointless worksheets, designed more to fill out the teacher’s gradebook than to facilitate real learning and discovery. You’d learn more if you spent the afternoon at a nature center. You’d have fun, fresh air and exercise, to boot!

    June 4th, 2009 at 8:54 am
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  11. Anonymous says:


    August 31st, 2009 at 10:22 am
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  12. Anonymous says:

    This kid is an idiot and will remain so. Darwinism will take care of this problem.

    November 20th, 2009 at 7:27 am
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  13. divyajain says:

    if it is made an arduous ask for students, they wil seek other ways of fullfilling the’obligation’. mere copying sums or paragraphs from text books will never benefit students. it will be like killing time. instead, homework should be creative and fun, which motivates children to do it and sheds off ‘burden’ tag from the same.

    December 23rd, 2009 at 9:43 am
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  14. Anonymous says:

    fuck homework

    January 22nd, 2010 at 12:33 pm
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  15. kkkaaaattttman says:

    I think your right D and 1 hour drives me crazy.

    January 25th, 2010 at 10:58 am
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  16. kkkkkkaaaaatttttmmmmmaaaannn says:

    Hes right!!!!

    January 27th, 2010 at 9:09 am
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  17. asdfl; says:

    this was really dumb……i get like 6 hours of homework everyday and im only a freshman….get over it!

    February 17th, 2010 at 5:18 pm
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  18. Anonymous says:

    it’s a ten year old, my lord, chill out. you guys are hatefull

    March 15th, 2010 at 7:32 am
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  19. Anonymous says:


    March 22nd, 2010 at 12:21 pm
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  20. Anonymous says:

    yea I understand i like poop

    March 22nd, 2010 at 12:27 pm
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  21. Anonymous says:

    the person that said heyyoooo sits right next to me no joke im dead serious

    March 22nd, 2010 at 12:52 pm
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  22. Anonymous says:

    im at my house know got back from school im the guy who said the prson who sits next to that person

    March 22nd, 2010 at 2:00 pm
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  23. your mom says:

    Homework is unecessary. We do all the work in school! Why should we have to do homework! It puts pressure and stress on kids. Its also a wazte of 1 1/2 hours of our lives! I rest my case.

    April 4th, 2011 at 12:38 pm
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  24. sandy lin says:

    i totally agree with you, i am doing a paper on it right now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NO HOMEWORK

    April 19th, 2011 at 1:39 pm
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  25. sandy lin says:

    i totally agree with you, i am doing a paper on it right now! NOHOMEWORK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 19th, 2011 at 1:40 pm
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  26. Unessacary says:

    i hate homework i have to do 2 projects in 1 week! thats too much!

    April 26th, 2011 at 6:42 pm
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  27. Unessacary says:

    I think school is unessacary. We dont have to go to school! But to get educated we will just go to college! We dont need school from k-12!

    April 26th, 2011 at 6:43 pm
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  28. Unessacary says:

    We should do that in the future

    April 26th, 2011 at 6:44 pm
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  29. Anonymous says:

    I agree

    December 3rd, 2012 at 10:16 pm
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  30. Anonymous says:

    Home is not necessary.

    December 28th, 2012 at 11:09 am
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  31. Giana Lynn says:

    i totally agree with this article this kid wrote. school work is enough. we are in the building for six, seven, or even eight hours. we have plenty of time at school do to this. don’t teachers understand we have better and more important things to do? plus homework just gets in the way and is a real weight. kids need a break! homework should be banned

    April 25th, 2014 at 9:52 pm
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