student Shayleigh Sutton shares her theory …
NO MORE HOMEWORK
I strongly disagree with the policy that children must have homework given to them by teachers. Seriously, who would want to go home from a tiring day of school knowing there is more school work to come… in their own house!? Not me. All homework does is put more pressure on children and parents and causes confl ict between families. Does homework help children get outside, run around and get fi t? No! Homework puts more pressure on children and parents. Do you want to know why? Sports, music lessons and more interrupt the time that children have at home after school. So why would anyone want to spend one night doing more than necessary just so they don’t have to come home from sport and music lessons another night knowing they have to hurry and do their homework before getting ready for bed? Noone, that’s who. Rushing to do it doesn’t help because it won’t get done properly. It puts pressure on children to get it done and still fi t in their activities, while parents fi nd it frustrating having to remind their children to do their homework, which leads to my next argument, family confl ict. Family confl ict is a horrible subject to talk about. No family wants to admit they have it in any of its forms, but every family has it, for many diff erent reasons. Homework is one reason for family confl ict. Everyone knows homework is not a priority for children, but parents know it needs to be done. Parents force their children to fi nish their homework; which leads to children screaming, crying or chucking tantrums because they do not want to complete their homework. In some cases, homework can cause violence or in a worst case scenario, law enforcers being called by next door neighbours who fear children are getting hurt due to all the yelling. Homework is not good for families. You hear people complaining about children not being fi t and healthy, and yet, does homework help us achieve fi tness? No! Homework takes up the time that children could be doing physical activity. While a child is doing homework, their time could be spent out on the trampoline, running and playing. Homework is one of the causes of obesity, because children are sitting down, doing homework. So why still have it? In conclusion, homework does not make us fi t and healthy and it causes confl ict and pressure on children and parents. How much longer are we going to be slaves to homework and its consequences? It’s time we stand up and say “ no more” to homework. Stop homework! [ SHAYLEIGH SUTTON, Year 7, Oonoonba State School.]
It ’s time to stand up and say no to homework.
NO HOMEWORK … 11-year-old Shayleigh Sutton with her brother Lochie King, 9, of Alligator Creek. Shayleigh wrote an article arguing that homework is not good
Oonoonba State School student Shayleigh Sutton
disagrees with primary school students having to