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Advantages of homework
  1. You don't have to wait for everybody in the classroom to do everything themselves, but you can do work at home at your own speed.
  2. You can practice what you learned or practice the skills that you learned inside of school that day.
  3. You don't have to stay in school long enough for the teacher to go over every single thing (which would take two or three times as long as if you had homework).
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  • Homework is a review of what you learned in school that week: It is 51% pointless, and 49% important.
  • Homework doesn't help with anything, and yes it is pointless!
  • Yes, because if you went over it in class you should know it.
  • No, homework is not pointless. Homework may seem like a waste of time in elementary and middle school, but in high school, it is very important to memorizing things, especially in math and science.
  • Homework is meant to help you practice the things that you will need in a later time. Just like you have to practice to be good at sports or music or art, you have to practice to be good at using your brain! Even if you don't think something is important, the teachers know that you will either need that information after you graduate, or you will need to know the mental process that you have learned while doing that work.

    For example, you do lots of work where you have to read something and summarize it, or pick out the important things. This teaches you to understand what you read, which is important for things like understanding your job, figuring out how to put things together and work them, knowing what to do if you have a problem, etc. Math is important in figuring out your budget so that you don't run out of money, and making sure that you are not cheated when you get paid for something or when you buy something.

  • Depends on the homework. Some of it is pointless, some of it is practice and you won't pass the class if you don't finish it. Trouble is, it doesn't matter if the homework is pointless or not, you still have to do it to pass. So just do it and get it over with.
  • Although we don't like doing it, it is important to do homework in order to reinforce what we have learned and to find out what things we are not so sure about. Homework is practicing. Athletes have to practice and train when they are not actually competing. Homework is doing the same thing. To practice what you learn, you need to do homework. It is not much fun, but it is important to do it for your education. Education is one of the most important things you need.
  • It's the practice that your teacher thinks you need in order to master the subject matter or the process that he or she is responsible for teaching you. It is also a way of checking on each student's progress long before test time. And it's a way of proving that you did the work, just in case later on someone thinks you didn't.

    Some of it is interesting, some of it is exciting, and some of it is actually fun. Besides, it exposes you to things you might be good at but aren't going to find out about by doing nothing.

    Unless you are very rich or stand to inherit a lot of money so you never have to work, your time in school is probably the last time you are going to spend most or all of your time on nothing but yourself. That's what school is. It isn't for your teachers, who already know the subject, and it isn't doing much for your parents. It's all about you, giving you the knowledge that your culture has agreed you need in order to take care of yourself and contribute to society. (Of course, it's also designed to turn out good little citizens and deliver a supply of workers to the workforce.)

  • After school, you are going to be expected to spend an awful lot of time doing what somebody else wants, for somebody else's profit or benefit, which is what a job is. So if you're smart, you'll get all you can out of school and give yourself the greatest possible number of options for afterward. Use school to open doors, not close them.
  • The point of everything you study isn't necessarily obvious while you're studying it, and it is not necessarily useful. Usefulness isn't everything. Some of the best things in life aren't useful in any practical sense. Take music, for example. Utility is not the same thing as value. The value of what you learn is not just for your work but for your life.
  • Homework helps teach responsibility and work ethics. It is important because it teaches you self-motivation and focus. It is designed to make you do your own work, outside of a normal learning environment on your own, out of your own free will. Which is why kids hate it so much. We go to school to do that, why do we have to do it at home as well?
  • Although it helps review lessons learned earlier that day or week, or chapter, etc., it is mainly targeted towards work productivity and responsibility. As children and young adults, a lot of the time we cannot grasp the intentions or meanings of homework (thinking it's pointless and the teachers just hate us), but really, it helps us exercise focus, problem-solving, productivity, accountability, time management, and responsibility that will help us as adults, facing work and everyday tasks.
  • Homework is boring, and especially when you have to do it in Welsh.
  • It is good because it makes us understand what we learnin school.
  • Homework is not pointless, but in some cases it is. It isn't because you can go over what you have learned and the more you do it the more you know it and can review it. On the other hand, it's pointless because most people don't do it and people have more important things to do. Like looking after a little sister because their mum isn't very well or something like that.
  • Homework is not weird, but it helps you learn more stuff and new things! So when you grow up, you would help you with your job.
  • Well I think homework is pointless because it is just repeating what you did at school. And you could be doing better things.
  • All the advantages of homework can be obtained with initiative. So yes it is pointless. Homework also induces stress. All who say homework teaches you responsibility need to know it takes even more responsibility to learn without the losing good grades if you don't. And the mere fact that it is graded proves that its grading is either contradictory or unnecessary. Plus think of how much time, money, paper, and pencil carbon we wasted on homework. Only two types of homework have ever helped me and those are summaries and outlines, but they are only good the first time per section. You might say I am a kid trying to get out of work, well that's part of it if you mean labor by work, but if you say I'm just a kid trying to get out of work, it's not just that I'm trying to get out of labor meant by work, it's pointless labor too.
  • Yes it is pointless! You know kids are staying up late to get their homework done but they don't get enough sleep! You wonder why kids in school are putting their heads down, it's because they stayed up doing homework! It also causes obesity. While kids are inside doing homework they can't go outside and play to get exercise so they get fat, maybe, maybe not. And childhood is something you can never get back! Ban homework! Teachers say it's a "review" of what you did in class! Sometimes I wonder if they do it to torture us.
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