Is homework still a good idea?

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Is homework still a good idea? This question has always been a point of discussion among academics, teachers and parents, but is there a justification for homework or a valid answer these?

Knowledge Solidification

Solidifying knowledge is the foundation of the homework – by revising and practicing concepts learned in the classroom outside of school hours, students will strengthen their knowledge. Whether it’s reading a novel, attempting math equations or memorizing the periodic table, homework reinforces what students have learned at school. 

Helps in developing a routine

Homework ensures content learning and helps kids to get into a routine that will help them in every aspect of life. One of the biggest challenge for these kids in future will be time management and organized effort, so building these skills at an early age will be an advantage for them. Every child love to play and sometime forget to complete the homework.  Homework helps them to organize and manage their time effectively.  

So, here comes the most important questions that how important is homework to student success? The answer is: no one really knows. Homework, like most things in life, when taken to the extreme can prove to do more harm than good. So, when considering homework for your students, consider these points:

  • It must be meaningful, doable, and of a reasonable length and amount (the 10-minute rule is a good general guideline)
  • Homework with timely individual feedback from the teacher is the most effective- and most likely to get the best effort from students
  • Homework at the elementary level doesn't improve test scores but can be good preparation for middle school
  • Homework is an important way for parents to see how their children are doing (especially in elementary school when given in moderation and at a level the child can complete on their own)

Education, like most of life, is about balance. Homework in moderation and with realistic expectations can teach your students valuable life skills and help parents assess their young children's learning abilities and progress. Too much can cause stress, fatigue, and disruption to family life. Homework is just one little piece of the education puzzle and to get the big picture, every littile piece get enough attention.

A very well written article can be found here by BBC. 

 

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