If the kids didn’t get the topic by the end of class then they should have homework, but if they did understand it, then what it the point of having it. That just takes up their time to spend time with friends or family. Why should kids get homework on weekends as well? The weekends are the days when kids actually get to do something besides school, they get to have fun or rest. And they should be aloud to do that. The kids go to school to learn and do good quality work, but when they do work at home they just do sloppy work and don’t get a lot of the questions right. And that is because they have other things to do. Homework should be band.
I disagree with eliminating homework altogether. I feel that homework should be assigned on an “as necessary” basis, to serve as practice time for things previously taught and learned in class that students need to practice independently. This meaningful homework should be appropriately challenging, time-considerate, and clearly relevant to class concepts. Assigning homework for the sake of routine procedures, gradebook entries, or punishment is unfair to our kids and their families, and is a disservice on many levels to all involved in the long run.
I agree that homework should not be used to determine a student’s overall course grade. I feel that homework should be considered as a means of formative assessment. Homework should be graded and reviewed aloud with the class for the purpose of teacher and student feedback, but a student’s course grade should not be directly penalized for failure to complete homework, or incorrect answers on homework assignments. We are not using homework to evaluate a student’s mastery of what was taught, we should be using homework to evaluate student progress in learning and understanding what was taught so we can adapt our instruction accordingly.
The conspiracy theory mentioned in previous comments is intriguing, but I feel it may be a bit unwarranted. What hard evidence is there to substantiate this claim? Sometimes the belief in conspiracy theories such as this supports the already hard to break poverty cycle.