stu­dent Shayleigh Sut­ton shares her the­ory …

Townsville Bulletin - - Youth In Print -


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

do home­work

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