Canadian lawyers/heroes negotiate no more homework for their children

#1
"Usually it is the children, not the parents, who are loath to spend their evenings practising spelling and learning times tables. But a Canadian couple have just won a legal battle to exempt their offspring from homework after successfully arguing there is no clear evidence it improves academic performance."

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Their argument was the lack of studies supporting the effectiveness of homework on grades, apparently, so their kids don't have to do homework anymore. They just have to turn class work in on time, come prepared, study for tests, and practice instruments and read at home.

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#2
Nonsense -- homework is great.

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#3
ehn im in university, dont do my hw, i fail cuz i dont kno the knowledge.
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#7
I was gonna say "You should practice spelling more when you spell 'practicing' 'practising'"

Then I remembered it's the British spelling.

Damn Brits, ruining my jokes.
#8
Their kids are ten and eleven; this is, at the current time, actually the right move for them. It'll be a couple of years before homework is actually effective, according to studies.

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#9
I personally like getting homework simply because I'm able to understand everything more completely. Even if a teacher explains the work well, I need to be able to reassure myself by working through questions on my own.
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#10
Homework does play a big part in helping students understand their course material better.

But. it. ****ing. sucks.
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I personally like getting homework simply because I'm able to understand everything more completely. Even if a teacher explains the work well, I need to be able to reassure myself by working through questions on my own.

But my grade suffers when I don't do the problems. Even when I show up, and score perfectly on the test...
#12
I save pretty much all of my homework until literally the night before, and I'm a straight A student. I don't do homework until I feel I NEED to do it.

LEVEDIT: That isn't to say I don't believe we need it. I mean, those kids will have to work their asses off at school to get all their work in on time, as opposed to doing some at home and finishing it when it needs to be done... and if they choose to do some work at home when they DO fall behind... what's changed, you know?
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#13
these parents are gunna regret this when their kid becomes a spoiled whiny bitch
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#14
Homework may not provide academic improvement when you're 10 or 11, but when you're taking higher level courses, it's a good idea to at least do a browse the homework assignments so you know what the fuck is going on.

They're better off doing the homework now, because that shit isn't going to hold up in high school, and certainly not in college. The homework may not be affective at this point, but it's worthwhile in that it instills study habits that will be necessary (or at least beneficial) in the future.
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these parents are gunna regret this when their kid becomes a spoiled whiny bitch

What does that have to do with homework?

10 and 11. What grade is that like 5th? I NEVER got homework in 5th grade.


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#16
I think that's how it should be for the most part.
I've wasted so many stressful hours throwing together projects that mainly involve application of my creativity and involve almost no application of knowledge on the subject. What purpose does spending 6 hours sculpting a Mayan pyramid serve?

In my opinion when it comes to the core subjects, homework should involve studying for tests, and straightforward worksheets for practice, not this other crap I have to spend the majority of my homework time on.

I suppose it does prepare me for being stressed as balls in university though.
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#17
That kid is gonna be ****ED in college. Or if he takes AP for that matter. I was smart enough in most of high school to get away with test scores alone but when I started college I quickly realized I could not pull that shit off.
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#18
you know these kids are probably going to be bullied for being mommy and daddy's bitchs haha. Really i would probably pick on these kids i am not going to lie... what makes them so ****ing special...
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That kid is gonna be ****ED in college. Or if he takes AP for that matter. I was smart enough in most of high school to get away with test scores alone but when I started college I quickly realized I could not pull that shit off.

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When I did not keep up with the reading and notes in my AP Psychology class, my test grades were generally a whole letter grade lower than when I did, even though I took notes on my teacher's lectures every day.
College is even worse. In high school I was assigned the readings in chunks of 4-5 pages per night; now I'm assigned a chapter or two by next week--I'm terrible with time management/procrastination, so I've really had to make an adjustment. (In fact, I should be getting some reading done for history, sociology, and/or English right now. >__>
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I personally like getting homework simply because I'm able to understand everything more completely. Even if a teacher explains the work well, I need to be able to reassure myself by working through questions on my own.

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That kid is gonna be ****ED in college. Or if he takes AP for that matter. I was smart enough in most of high school to get away with test scores alone but when I started college I quickly realized I could not pull that shit off.

Still works for me and I'm going to a private Uni that's over 35k a year.

Some people learn differently. Don't force everyone to do homework.
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Homework, for the most part of early schooling is busy work.