How much does Homework ‘Work’? – Part 1
Posted on: November 20, 2015. Comments ( 9 )

Author: Mrs. Radhika Mohan, Educational Consultant

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Mixed opinions about ‘How much homework is enough homework’ is an ever-continuing saga of debate, even today.

One of the major issues that causes considerable problem at home is the issue of homework.

How much homework is needed?

Is homework needed at all?

Does homework meet its learning objectives of what was taught in school that day?

How do I get my child to do his/her homework without too much parental intervention?

Does my child lack motivation to do his/her work?

Such questions seem to be bogging every parent’s mind whenever they start to tackle the issue of homework.

Parents, students, educators and the public have all been deeply divided over the homework issue for a long time now. The debate of whether homework is a boon or a bane has been on since decades with no plausible result in sight.

On one hand, we have a community of people who talk eloquently about the benefits and efficacy of homework. On the other hand, there is a community with a very take-it-easy mentality, which wishes schools to stop giving homework to the students and end this long seen practice.

The most crucial question in this whole argument is my question: ‘How much does homework work? And who much is enough homework?

Sometime back, French President Francois Hollande proposed a no homework policy in his plans for educational reform. His stand questioned the modality of the practice keeping in mind those kids whose parents could help could held their children but there were also kids whose parents could not help their kids do their homework. This argument states that not all students have the same kind of learning atmosphere at home. So how do we expect them to so what we enforce them to do?

Experts both agree and disagree over the advantages and disadvantages of homework.

Researchers, on one end, have found that there is a positive correlation between the amount of homework students do and their achievement levels. On the other end, some others have stated that there is little or no benefit in giving homework and that it does not really help much in one’s academic performance.

Before we take the topic for further reading, let us see what the advantages and disadvantages are in giving homework as a practice to students.

Homework helps a student to summarize and consolidate what was taught in class on a particular school day. Thus, homework would mean giving practice in strengthening the content, concepts and skills taught in the classroom. This would lead to clarity in the learning concepts of the day. Hence, student could show better performance in their class tests or assessments done; say over a week’s learning process. Again, homework can serve as an extension of one’s class work brought home for better understanding of the concepts and skills taught in the school day. The school learning hours for a particular subject is practically not enough to allow the student to fully assimilate all the information given by the teacher in the class. Homework helps reinforce the concepts behind the information. In addition, homework facilitates role learning in area like formulae, tables, definitions and rules of grammar. Through homework, parents get to see what is taught and done in class by their wards.

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Comments (9)

 

  1.  
    Ganesh says:

    yes i agree

  2.  
    Manish Pednekar says:

    .

  3.  
    Varsha Singh says:

    destrd

  4.  
    Madhavi says:

    mukta

  5.  
    Avinash Jha says:

    yes i agree
    this is a good article

  6.  
    Sarwan says:

    I WANT TO LEARN SIXT STUNDARD MATHS

  7.  
    Pravin M says:

    Yes i also agree. There should be little less project work.

    I also feel the school should start from 7:45 so that children get some more time to sleep. If bus can come at 7:10 the children can get up at 6:30 and get ready. This will ease the big pressure.

    Life is to be happy.

  8.  
    Nancy says:

    I sincerely feel that these days kids are taxed with loads and loads of homework… where we used to study when were in 3 or 4th standard kids are now getting those in their 1st standard… kids are not able to enjoy their childhood… no time to play for them… i will be lad if anything is done for this…


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