Less homework the best solution

Less homework the best solution

Life is very stressful for students in Hong Kong. Some people think that giving students more homework is the best way to ensure a good future for them. I disagree.

Today's students have a heavy workload. After school, many of them attend tutorial classes, and then they have to hurry back home to do their revision and homework. Sometimes, they may have to stay up until midnight, but still not have enough time to do their revision. So they may end up copying their classmate's work during a test the next day and learn nothing. Is this really what the teachers want?

In my view, homework is important, but learning is more about mastering the concepts. When we have too much homework, we don't have time for revision, which is what we need the most.

Less homework will help students improve their academic performance and achieve a more balanced lifestyle.

Today, many students are suffering from mental and physical health problems.

A reduced workload can help them lead happier lives.

It is essential that Hong Kong students find the right balance between resting and studying.

Wong Yick-ling, Maryknoll Fathers' School

From the Editor

Thank you for your letter, Yick-ling. We all know that homework is an important part of school life. But what seems to be happening is that local secondary schools are in full panic mode. They are unable to teach the syllabus without calling students back early from holiday or wanting them to go in on Saturdays.

While everyone wants to do well in life, they also want to be happy. A key element of being happy is having enough rest and enough time to do things that we want to do. I don't mean playing all day, but certainly for part of the day.

When life becomes so hectic that you are unable to enjoy it at all, that is not success. That sets you up for mental health problems later on. Hopefully each student will be able to create a little personal space between them and the education system, where they can rest and recover.

Susan, Editor

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Tse Bo yin


about this topic,i am agree with the writer,the school gives a lot of homework to us,its will not let us have time to revision,so that we will not have a good result in our exam and test.Also,it also will give us health problems.Actually i think the school should care about our happy lives and health ,if they still gives us a lot of homework,we will not have time to rest and our body will keep being badly.
Last,i hope that the school will gives us less homework,make us be more positive.

Alex Strike


Only time will tell whether this approach is meaningful. The basic problem is that all lives are lived subjectively, so it is almost impossible to say exactly how anything fits more than one individual, if they are able to articulate anything.
There is so much bellyaching about homework and parents . The kids born in the late 30's and early 40's put a man on the moon. I can't imagine their parents moaning about homework. They were beyond successful.
I don't remember my parents hanging over me but I did have to do my "homework" before I got to listen to the radio in the evening. As I remember, my homework consisted of practicing what I had learned in class, e.g. doing arithmetic problems that reinforced what the teaching was showing us, among other things. Maybe the problem is the teachers and parents, and too many activities that are only entertaining. When high schools graduate 100% and those who go to college actually complete the degree then we can see whether "no homework" was really the ticket. It is not likely to work well in the adult world of work where there are expectations. Kids unused to doing work will not do well in the work environment.

Best, Amy Joyce is the editor and a writer for On Parenting and http://yourhomeworkhelp.org/ service. Follow @amyjoyce_berg