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Should high school students have the option to skip homework?


High school students who bail on their homework in the Council Bluffs Community School district in Idaho now receive a percent of the credit instead of the dreaded zero. School superintendents reason that students who receive zeros for failing to turn in the homework have a hard time making the grade later in the semester. But isn't the fear of getting a zero a main incentive to actually doing homework? Hmm.

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EG January 17, 2008, 11:54 AM

I could see making it optional, if that meant that tests were then 100% of your grade. The student would have to make a choice. HS is easy, I would’ve done fine on just my test grades, and the homework was boring.

However, college isn’t easy for most of us, and I think there’s value in having the habit of doing your work every day. It’d be shocking to get to college thinking you could skate when there the homework really does help the learning experience.

BSue January 18, 2008, 9:52 AM

I had a few classes in HS where the homework was optional like EG mentioned. Tests were 100% of the grade. I thought it was great. I didn’t have to waste my time doing basically the same problem 10 times if I knew how to do it.

Most of my college homework was actually optional as well. However, it was a lot more detrimental to skip doing it, so I did it.

I don’t think making homework mandatory in HS just to set in a habit of it is necessary. Either kids have a good work ethic or they don’t. They need to figure out what work they need to do and do it.

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