A very good morning to everyone of you.

My name is Connie. Of course, assignments will always be compulsory for the students in their whole education life. I am pretty sure that everyone of you will face the same struggle and stress to finish all these assignments. Now, I would like to ask you a question, do you really think that all of these assignments is necessary for students? In fact, in 1901, they even established a law in California to limit the amount of homework that teachers could assign. Hence, in my opinion, I strongly believe that assignments should be banned! And now, I’ll like to tell you the reasons that why assignments should be banned!  First of all, we can’t really get any academic benefits from assignments. Why would I say so? In 2013, a study to figure out the relationship between homework and high school students was carried out by an Indiana University researcher which named Adam Maltese.

Yet in that study, he also found a little correlation between more homework and better math and science grades. At last, he end up with a conclusion that perhaps homework “is not being used as well as it could be”. In fact, countries that assign more homework don’t see to perform any better than those with less homework.  A Stanford study found that, little homework was assigned in counties like Japan, Denmark, and the Czech Republic yet their students outperformed than those students in countries with huge amounts of homework such as Greece, Thailand, and Iran.  In fact, Japan and Finland students which have a better score in international level, one has instituted no homework policies at students younger levels while the other one limits high school homework to half hour per night. Furthermore,it is 21st century now.

There is so much of material available on the internet that the students can just do the copy and paste. The easy way of just doing the copy and paste work will not make any improvement of the student’s academic knowledge.  Besides that, assignments really use up most of the time of the students. I have conducted a small survey, which consist of 22 university students which aged 19 to 25. In the survey that I conducted, there is only three of them spend less than one hour in per day to do their assignments.

But there is 9 of them spend 2-3 hours per day while 10 of them spend more than 3 hours per day to do their assignments. Students usually go to school for about 8 hours, sometimes there are in between hours, yet in those hours, it is practically impossible to finish all of the assignments they got. Hence, they yet still need to complete their work in the little free time that they left.

 Moreover, students will not having enough bonding time with their love one while most of their free time is occupied by assignments. As we know, family and friends will always be the most important person to us. From the website named informED , that’s an article supporting this view. In that article, it show a Family studies at the University of Michigan, which said that family time is extremely important to achievement and behaviour of students.  In the study on family meals, it suggest that students who have dinner with their family will have better academic scores and behavioral outcomes.  Perhaps this is only a correlation, but family time is undeniably important to child development.Well, to sum up, it is proved that assignments will not really help students to get any academic benefits and yet use up most of their free time .

Of course, I know that it won’t be easy to ban the assignments in the education system nowadays. Perhaps ,it is more better to replace assignments with useful tutorial class so that the students can straightly do the exercise in the class with the lecturer and get discussion right on the spot. Thank you. 


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