5 Reasons Kids Need Homework and 5 Reasons They Don't
The benefits of homework has been debated by teachers and parents for years as the very word evokes very negative connotations to every involved, students, parents and teachers. Although many people think of homework as doing more harm than good by causing copious amounts of unnecessary stress to everyone, others believe that it has great advantages for children by encouraging them to think more independently outside the classroom.
The first benefit of homework is that it allows students and teachers to work more closely together. They can discuss their assignments or any problems that they are having with parts of their textbooks, before or after classes.
The second benefit 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, it will also allow parents to get more involved in their child's educational life.
Thirdly, doing homework will prepare students for the big end tests. If a child does poorly on an assignment then they 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 they say, 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, they 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 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 Potential Harm
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 conflict between children and parents when the parent wants to the child to do their homework but meets resistance from the student 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.
And finally, a lot of 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 just manage lessons. So by the time students are getting their papers back, the class has moved on to a new topic.
By – John Bishop
“I hate homework.”
How can parents eliminate the nightly tug-of-war over homework?
In general, students are not excited about the homework they get assigned because they are bombarded with other options that seem far more exciting. Let’s face it – homework is no more exciting today than when we were kids. It was tough for us to do homework and we did not have nearly as many distractions as today’s students.
Their world includes instant communication, multi-tasking, cell phones, exciting video games, texting, and social networking. Homework is vying for your child’s attention against some tough competition.
Some students think homework is a waste of time. Others understand the intrinsic value of homework and take responsibility for doing it correctly and handling it in on time. However, the majority of students are somewhere in between there extremes.
The students that do their homework without a nightly battle view their education differently. They understand that for a couple of hours, schoolwork is the priority, and then they can move on to something more exciting. They understand that homework teaches them where their strengths are and where they need to spend more attention.
For most students, the problem may not be the homework, but in how they look at it. In the “good old days”, we did our homework because it was expected, and because there were far fewer options for our time. Parents should not compete head-on with today’s distractions, but rather try a different tactic.
To compete with the distractions, parents must get more buy-in on the importance of homework. Your job won’t be easy, but perhaps this list can help.
10 Benefits of Homework
- Homework teaches students about time management.
- Homework teaches students how to set priorities.
- Homework helps teachers determine how well the lessons and material are being understood by their students.
- Homework teaches students how to problem solve.
- Homework gives students another opportunity to review the class material.
- Homework gives parents a chance to see what their child is learning in school.
- Homework teaches students that they have to do things, even when they don’t want to.
- Homework teaches students how to take responsibility for their part in the educational process.
- Homework teaches students how to work independently.
- Homework teaches students the importance of planning, staying organized and taking action.
School and homework show students the important life lessons, such as how to read and communicate with others, that they will use as an adult. Homework also teaches students how to problem solve, think independently, and build an understanding and interest for the issues in our society.
We have to show our children and students that homework is not boring and is not a waste of time. We have to show them that there are numerous benefits of not only doing homework, but handing it in on time! If we allow students to only participate in video games of social media after all their homework is done, then homework becomes a win-win situation for parents and their students.
Background Information on John Bishop:
John Bishop is the Executive Director of Accent On SuccessÃ‚Â® and author of the Goal Setting for Students Ã‚Â® book which has recently won three national book awards.
John Bishop went to a parent-teacher conference at a “magnet” school in the St. Louis Public School system. There were essays on a bulletin board in one of his granddaughter’s classrooms entitled “The Night”. One seventh grade girl wrote:
“I’m not afraid of the night. I’m not even afraid when I hear bullets. I take my brother and we lay down in the bathtub until the shooting stops.”
This was the night Mr. Bishop dedicated himself to doing something to help students. With the help of over twenty-five professionals with advanced degrees in education and curriculum development, he wrote the Goal Setting for Students Ã‚Â® book, in order to get children involved in school and education even if there are outside, negative influences holding them back.
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