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Compulsory Homework and Class Attendance Are Not Necessary in College Starting in first grade students are being taught that homework and class attendance are to be the corner nstones of becoming a successful student This statement surely has a significant truth for students up until high school graduation structure and some form of discipline are unavoidable for children and adolescents in this range of age Going in to college though the rules are changing Attending college is a voluntary decision and students are now according to the law adults In Sweden and some other European countries this circumstantial change has led to changes in the college curricula Students no longer have compulsory homework or class attendance as course criteria The major reasons for this change are the negative effects compulsory homework and class attendance have on study motivation students do not look at school work as an opportunity to become more knowledgeable and the inhibition of the on-going maturity process denying the students to learn to take responsibility without having someone watching them To reinforce these things study motivation and learning to take responsibility a system has been developed where students have the freedom to choose how they want to achieve the knowledge necessary to receive their desired grade Homework and class attendance are not required As a result of this studying becomes more interesting since a positive spin is put on it Also by leaving it up to the single student to do the work necessary responsibility is developed Comparing the American and the Swedish educational systems through research and personal experience the conclusion is that compulsory homework and class attendance are not necessary in college due to inhibition of the students study motivation and on-going maturity process The theory that compulsory homework and class attendance have a negative effect on students is not an entirely new speculation As early as 1950 the American Educational Research Association stated that compulsory homework does not result
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