Is Homework Ban the Beginning of a National Revolution?

Yesterday, the CBS Nightly News picked up the story of the homework ban at The Oak Knoll Elementary School in Menlo Park, California, and asked whether Oak Knoll is at the forefront of a homework revolution. I hope so. After a short ad, you can watch the story here.

294 thoughts on “Is Homework Ban the Beginning of a National Revolution?

  1. And It ripoffed all the time in the books fucking family with its like bringing all the fuck to home and that sucks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Infact I am starting to make a new link on my website FUCK YOU HOMEWORK! And I voued that whenever I get out this grade I’lll
    hurt whoever invented homework its terable!

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  2. Homework should not be banned, but lessend! I have at least 3 hours of homework a night! 30 minutes to an hour a night would be nice!!!

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  3. In my personal opinion homework is useless and couldn’t help people at all. it only stresses the living life out of students and make them pissed off all the time. and every year they are adding more pages to the books that already have a thousand pages which isn’t helping us at all home work is not helping anyone and should be banned before all students get depressed.

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  4. You only live once.
    Life is shorter than you think.
    So get educated but also have fun in your life.
    Bottom line School is for learning and home is for fun.
    Homework is a waste of our lives.
    BAN IT !!!… FULL STOP.

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  5. The world is made up of two types of people.
    Those who love homework and those who hate it.

    Could those who love it stop telling us how good it is.
    Better still could they shove it up their own arses.

    Thanks

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  6. Personally, I despise homework. I have netball and basketball everyday of the week, except one. On that day that I have to do my homework, it takes me about four hours to complete! (I’m seriously not exaggerating) Our school says 30 minutes a night is enough to finish our homework. But at the standard they require? No way.
    I don’t mind a little bit of homework, but the teachers give WAY too much. Is it an actual law or something for the teachers to give us homework? If I ever became a teacher, I’d never give my students homework. There’s way to much pressure for everything anyways…

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  7. i hate homeworks nd i wnt dis f ucking sucking irritating and mind eating thing to just go to hell…!! y r they made..to make poor children dead while dey r alive..!! oh gwd!!

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  8. If homework really is a necessity I think schools need some kind of stricter rubric as for the actual content, competencies and demands for each homework so they are actually a productive work. (i.e. when you have to answer questions and answers from a book, don’t you think it’s a waste of time and energy to have to copy all the questions on looseleaf, rather than just your answers? I’ve wasted many, many hours of my life just copying by hand…) People complain about homework because, guess what geniuses, IT REALLY DOES WASTE YOUR TIME. There are so many homeworks that I feel like they were a total freaking waste of time, and I didn’t learn anything from them (or anything useful).

    Teachers should know well enough to give GOOD homeworks, not just ANY homework because they’re supposed to give it.

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  9. Ha, ha, reading this makes me realize all of the grammar mistakes I did, especially after all the people who complained about grammar errors in previous posts. But… honestly? Giving me more homework isn’t going to improve my writing as much as simply proofreading what I wrote before posting. Give me a break.

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  10. Homework is fucking shit and is uncool!!! 😦 I just wish someone would stop homework foreverrr!!, cuzmy homework is so hard that i will die to stoppp!!! and of COURSE CHOPS AWAY MY TIME FROM THE COMPUTER AND PLAYSTATION SO BOO!!! HOMEWORK YOU STINK 20 RATE!!!!!!

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  11. HELLO WE HAVE SCHOOL WORK WHY DO WE HAVE TO DO ALL THIS STUPID JUNK AT HOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I HAVE HAD IT WITH HOMEWORK AND IF I FIND OUT WHO MADE HOMEWORK AND THINKS ITS A GOOD IDEA WELL BOO-HOO!!!!!

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  13. Homework is damaging the education school system and relationships between families because it’s not only long but crazy and HARD!!!!

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  14. Thanks to homework it made my mom strict and made my sister angry and made my life crap!!! Whoever thinks homework is good for you because it will help ou learn BOO-HOO BURN TO HELL!!

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  15. Everyone it’s not Henry Hemlich’s Fault don’t blame the innocent man who invented homework blame your teachers!!!!!!!!!

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  16. 90% of it is busywork. Pure busywork. I learn more at home surfing the internet than I learn from homework, possibly even along with school. They say it reinforces learning, but it doesn’t. All we want to do is get our homework done so we can savor the precious 20 minutes. of free time we have. After that, we forget about all the things that we learn. And as soon as I get to school, happy homework is temporarily over, the teacher says “Alright, tomorrow we are having a test. Study hard.” No warnings or anythings. I’m exaggerating a little bit, but I’m trying to prove my point. So on top of our regular homework we have to make flash cards and study until 3 AM. Then, up at 6 to cram as much studying in before leaving for school behind heavy eyelids. Arrive, and fail the test because your brain isn’t working because of lack of sleep and REAL mental stimulation. People say that homework is mental stimulation, but it isn’t. Mental stimulation is things we choose to learn. All homework teaches us is that adults don’t care. There are a few that do (bless them), and are on our side in the debate against homework. Adults mean well. They want to watch us go off to good colleges, and want to see that neat line of A’s on our report cards. There is something satisfying about that to them, seeing that they have raised their children to be intelligent and hard working. In one respect, they have. But they never ask what we think about it, because they assume we feel the same satisfaction to know that our hard work on homework pays off. In a way, it is satisfying. But only for a few moments. Then we are thrown into the next quarter, where the pressure cooker turns right back on, perhaps hotter than ever. Suddenly that line of A’s and B’s means nothing. They’re just simple letters on a piece of paper meant to represent our intelligence, printed in ink and written formulaically Which is what they are. We won’t remember that report card in a few years. We’ll only remember the homework and tears, the way we stayed up all night doing a report on a famous composer we don’t even know the name of now. I’m writing this to all the adults that come across this website. Is this how you want us to remember our youth and childhood?

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  17. Homework isn’ t that bad. Those who say it is may need to find some balance in their life. Others may just have a bad teacher. I believe that homework should never be more than an hour, and honestly some kids probably spend more time watching pointless TV than that so it shouldn’t be interfering too much. And for those who say homework sucks, I have sympathy.

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  18. it took a long time to ban corporal punishment in schools.
    it took a long time to ban forcing left handed kids to write with their right hand in schools.
    it took a long time to ban 1/2 day school on Saturday.

    It may still take some time to ban homework because the same unenlightened mindset of the pro corporal punishment and no lefthanders teachers and parents are still around.

    forcing kids to WORK at home while us adults relax is nothing short of modern child slavery.

    a visonary leader is required to stop this child abuse.
    ordinary people just dont get it.

    child centric?

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  19. To be Honest what is the point of giving us homework when we already have school seriously homework is shit the only reason I go to school is because of p.e. because we don’t get any homework.

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  20. I thought people pay good money for TEACHers to teach us, not for them to waste money on paper and force kids to learn at home.

    So many teachers say that we need to get outside more, but how can we when we have to stay inside getting a sore gluteus maximus doing homework!

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  21. I absolutely hate Homework, most high school students have a job, so they find it hard to fit in homework, sport/recreational activities, sleep & a small amount of free time. School takes over our lives. They decide what we wear.

    Put an end to homework now.

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  22. Since when to people “pay good money” for teachers to teach? Last I checked, public education was FREE (notwithstanding the minimal tax dollars that are collected, which definitely do not cover a teacher’s salary). On average, teachers get paid anywhere between 32,000-40,000/year, which if you divide it up between the number of hours per day they spend in the classroom only (and NOT including their own prep work time) and number of students per class, equals out to be about $3/hour.
    I am seeing LAZY written all over this last post. I played football, basketball, and baseball, worked 15 hours per week in high school, was an honor roll student and always did my homework and had plenty of free time for whatever I wanted to do on the weekends.
    Whoever told you all that life is fun and games and relaxation must live in some backwoods hippy compound. You need to WORK to have nice things in life, sometimes more than you get paid salary to do. If your laundry is piled up are you going to neglect it because “this is your time to relax”? The American society has turned into lazy complainers. Period.
    No, not all homework is meaningful or enjoyable, and maybe teachers should rethink the kind of homework they are sending home. But I do many things everyday that are a hassle and things that I don’t like because its a part of LIFE.

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  23. I wake up in the morning, trying not to fall asleep in the shower. I drag my sorry ass to school just to do a shitload of work. Then I go home, hoping to get a break and chill out from a long tough day at school, only to find I have a pile of homework waiting for me.

    I never ASKED to go to school. I never ASKED for homework, I never ASKED to learn stuff I’ll never use for the rest of my life…

    So why the hell do I have to do it.

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  24. .Why Homework Should Be Ended.

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    # 1: Homework has little educational worth and adds nothing to the time spent in school. Some schools and some countries don’t bother with homework at all, and their results do not seem to suffer from it. Studies show that homework adds nothing to standardised test scores for primary/ elementary pupils. International comparisons of older students have found no positive relationship between the amount of homework set and average test scores. If anything, countries with more homework got worse results ! .

    #2 : Homework is almost always done when a child is already tired from a long day at school. As a result few students are at their best when they sit down in the evening to yet more work. Homework ends up being done in a hurry, by students fighting fatigue, and poor quality work is produced. Worse still, students who have been up late trying to finish off their homework, then come tired into school the next day, and so are less ready to learn. Really, what is the point? .

    #3: Setting homework does little to develop good study skills. It is hard to check whether the homework students produce is really their own. Some students have always copied off others or got their parents to help them. But today there is so much material available on the internet that teachers can never be sure. It would be better to have a mixture of activities in the classroom which help students to develop a whole range of skills, including independent learning.

    #4: Homework produces large amount of pointless work of little educational value, but marking it ties up much of teachers’ time. This leaves teachers tired and with little time to prepare more effective, inspiring lessons. The heavy workload also puts young graduates off becoming teachers, and so reduces the talent pool from which schools can recruit.

    #5: omework puts students off learning. Studies have shown that many children find doing homework very stressful, boring and tiring. Often teachers underestimate how long a task will take, or set an unrealistic deadline. Sometimes because a teacher has not explained something new well in class, the homework task is impossible. So children end up paying with their free time for the failings of their teachers. They also suffer punishments if work is done badly or late. After years of bad homework experiences, it is no wonder that many children come to dislike education and switch off, or drop out too early.

    #6: Homework takes a lot of time up. Being young is not just about doing school work. It should also about being physically active, exploring the environment through play, doing creative things like music and art, and playing a part in the community. The time spent doing homework could be used to get a part time job, do chores, and participate in sports. It is also important for young people to build bonds with others, especially family and friends. These activities are all much more productive than doing homework. Merely prolonging the school day does not improve knowledge acquisition, but it does prevent the student from doing all of the other things that a young person’s life is supposed to be about.

    #7: Homework is a class issue. In school everyone is equal, but at home some people have advantages because of their family background. Middle-class families with books and computers will be able to help their children much more than poorer ones can. This can mean working class children end up with worse grades and more punishments for undone or badly done homework. On the other hand pushy parents may even end up doing their kids’ homework for them – cheating. And homework is one of the most common causes of family arguments.

    #8: Homework is not given because it is neccesary for learning: Rather, it is given because it is a tradition. Teachers do not assign homework because a certain lesson is important enough to continue at home, they have already decided that children have to do something at home every night, and they decide later what that something should be. This results in less productive assignments that have very little, if any, educational value. Whether or not they need it, most children come home with a backpack full of homework.

    #9: Homework is given out far to much, often for no reason. Homework should only be assigned when a student does not finish their classwork, or when they must study for a test. Outside of these situations, homework is pointless work that often just puts kids off learning.

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  25. That is my reason to end homework. There is only one thing in the world that I hate. I dislike justin bieber songs, I dislike wars, but I hate homework.

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  26. It causes too much stress for the student! The students don’t even learn anything as most of the time homework consists of countless questions. And I believe that time outside of school is time for what the student wants to do.

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  27. what i have notice is that homework is no longer homework, in fact most my homework is a lesson we didn’t get done during class, Do you know how many times i didn’t get my homework done because i didn’t how to do it and the teacher says “you should have payed attention to the lesson” even though the homework was the lesson. I get homework in EVERY subject besides study hall totaling up to around 3-4 hours a night. And most of the homework is worksheet that we do the NEXT class. Also i barley have anytime to get my homework done, i have to get up at 5:30 am every day to get my stuff set up, eat breakfest, freshin up then i leave for school at 6:30 and i get there at 7:30 and im at school until 3:30 then i leave and i get home at 4:30 and i have to do chores which usually take around 45 mins and i eat dinner at 6:00 and eating dinner takes around a hour then i take a shower and that takes around 20 min and i finish at around 7:30 and i have only around 2 hours to get 4 hours of homework done. so i don’t have time. also homework counts as 50% of my grade so i have to do it but since i don’t have time, im failing 2 of my classes. and they blame me for it.

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  28. what i have notice is that homework is no longer homework, in fact most my homework is a lesson we didn’t get done during class, Do you know how many times i didn’t get my homework done because i didn’t how to do it and the teacher says “you should have payed attention to the lesson” even though the homework was the lesson. I get homework in EVERY subject besides study hall totaling up to around 3-4 hours a night. And most of the homework is worksheet that we do the NEXT class. Also i barley have anytime to get my homework done, i have to get up at 5:30 am every day to get my stuff set up, eat breakfest, freshin up then i leave for school at 6:30 and i get there at 7:30 and im at school until 3:30 then i leave and i get home at 4:30 and i have to do chores which usually take around 45 mins and i eat dinner at 6:00 and eating dinner takes around a hour then i take a shower and that takes around 20 min and i finish at around 7:30 and i have only around 2 hours to get 4 hours of homework done. so i don’t have time. also homework counts as 50% of my grade so i have to do it but since i don’t have time, im failing 2 of my classes. and they blame me for it.

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  29. I hate homework we have about 2,3 or 4 sets of homework a night usually for the next night and we don’t get much chance to just hang out with friends and have fun. Plus we are only Y7

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  30. Adults have screwed up our world so bad that they load us with all the stuff they wish they had learned so we can fix this world for them

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  31. How does my school expect me to
    1. Do ALL THE HOMEWORK (~4 hours)
    2. Take a shower
    3. Do other activities
    4. Have a decent break and have a decent weekend (weekend homework ~5 hours)
    5.Be able to go to bed at a decent hour
    6. Get up early enough not to get detention

    And just to make matters worse I AM ONLY IN 7TH GRADE
    Let alone being able to have any fun in my life without being anxious or worried about something school related.
    Thank you for partially ruining my adolescent life (school that I go to)…

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