Do Students Really Need Homework?


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The benefits of homework have been an issue by teachers and parents for countless years as the word evokes very negative connotations to everyone involved students, parents and teacher.


For the teacher, it’s part of the academic process. For a certain percentage of children who are the nucleus of the matter, it is either a burden or a ‘must-do’, while to a considerable number of parents, it’s the educational way to further brush up the children while some frown at the so called ‘stress’.


 So many people think of homework as doing more harm than good by causing huge and unnecessary stress to everyone.


Others believe that it has great advantages for children by encouraging them to think more independently outside the classroom.


There may be two sides to this coin of homework, but then, let us learn more about its benefits since a large number of school hold ‘home works or assignments' as priceless and an academic exercise.



The Benefits

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The first benefit of homework is that it allows students and teachers to work more closely together. They can discuss their assignments or any problem that they are having with parts of their textbooks, before or after classes.



Another gain of homework is that it can bring families closer together as students may ask their parents or siblings for help on their homework. Not only will this help the students get a better understanding of their work with any parts they are stuck on, but it will also allow parents to get more involved in their child's educational life.



Furthermore, doing homework will prepare students for the big end tests. If a child does poorly in an assignment, then he or she will learn what is necessary to do well on the next test without being punished.



 It also provides students with the opportunity to practice at what it takes to be successful in school. Like saying which goes:’ practice makes perfect’.



Doing homework is also a great way to develop responsibilities. By being assigned work one day and knowing that it has to be done by the next day, the students will develop a sense of punctuality by turning their work in on time.



And finally, it allows parents to see how their children are being educated and they can develop a better idea of how they can, in turn, help their child.



However, some parents, students and even some teachers feel that after 7-8 hours of lessons in school, it is unfair to expect students to come home and work for another three hours.



The Possible danger


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The first reason that children should not be given homework is that they need time to relax and take their minds off work. The pressure of having to complete homework every night is quite daunting for most children and they need time to refresh their minds and bodies.



Secondly, it reduces the amount of time that children could be spending with their families. Family time is especially important to a growing child and without it, social problems can crop up and a family unit can be compromised by a lack of time being spent together.



Thirdly, homework can cause conflicts  between children and parents, especially when the parents want  the child to do their homework but meet resistance from him or her to do an overwhelming task.



Too much homework can encourage cheating because children end up copying off one another in an attempt to finish all their assignments. They then end up being rewarded for cheating which doesn't benefit them at all.



Finally, some  teachers don't often have the time to grade papers properly as they are too busy with designing lesson plans and consulting teaching resources in order to prepare for each day’s lessons.


 So by the time students are getting their papers back, the class has moved on to a new topic without emphasis on what they missed.



This is not to say that giving homework is an ‘unjustified good’, but teachers have a duty to do enough when it is necessary for correction to take place.


From all said, what is your take about homework? Feel free to drop a comment and help both school and home!

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  1. Those points of possible dangers are really appreciable....thanks for sharing.

  2. Good thoughts, every teacher and students should read this

  3. Homework is an absolute essential, but creativity on the teacher's part is needed to bring out the objective of homework.

  4. Good as home work can be for the education of the child, its negative impact overshadows the positive ones. It's far more important for the learner to learn being an excellent learner who is self motivated to learn than be pushed into doing so by homework. Students merely satisfy the teacher by providing solutions to the homework than freely master concepts on their own self motivation. This leads to better learning than what homework
    provides. I think what the school needs to do and parents should try to enforce at home, is provide the child with set of skills both 'soft' and 'hard' of being successful learners and useful students. Only then can they acquire useful information and applicable knowledge in resolving observed novel phenomena, begging for solutions. This set of skills lend themselves to the society advantage than the regular homework that gears the learners to excellence in examinations. Which to me, are personal glories of relevant stakeholders such as the learner, school and the parents. The society is left out in this equation. To me, that should be the main purpose of education. Relevant values to to the society.

    1. This is insightful sir.I appreciate your angle as a foremost educational consultant

  5. we can ignore its negative effect.
    This is the post that every teacher need to read

  6. I think it's helpful to everyone teacher parents and students also.

  7. Home work is very essential because it brings out the weak spots of the child

  8. This is a very important topic... grateful that you wrote about ...I wish it reaches many people

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  10. A must read for teachers and students, nice article aunty Debby



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