Pondering if Homework is Necessary or Not?

Every school day will be a learning for student, but there is one status quo that parents expect that is Homework. Practice makes perfect, the old saying seems to make sense when we talk of schoolwork. But while hunkering down after dinnertime at night among books and worksheets might be a natural part of your childhood, more survey’s suggest that it shouldn’t be.

Most authors says that “Homework is all pain and no gain” and even some find no correlation between homework and academic achievement, it may even decrease your interest in learning. For families homework may create strain and to reduce that some schools are even banning that. Academic administrators have started to maintain no-homework policy across all grades so that learning remains a fun part for students.

While many argue that there are a lot of things in life that we don’t like but we do like that homework will teach students time management, self-discipline and other life skills too. According to graduates the early control over education will be helpful and serving well as sharing their experience while they were in college, and they were able to manage time in a better way and approach professors with questions.

Importance of Standardized Tests

Even, it is important for kids to do better on tests, there is no research present that suggests homework is a way to success. Studies in China, Japan and two U.S. cities suggests there is no relation between studying and academic achievement. While writing for tests, students focus more on achieving good marks not on the learning part.

How Much Is Too Much?

For a child in kindergarten to second grade, homework shouldn’t be more than 10 to 20 minutes a day, while for 3rd to 6th graders it should be for 30-60 minutes a day. But the question arises when homework becomes too much. So, if there is an assignment even if it is for more than one hour, but it should be worth it or for a good reason. Repetitive practice problems should be tossed out the textbook. Parents should focus on these 2 questions:

Is their child excited about the topic given and is ready to learn?

Is assignment helping the child to think more logically about the question?

This homework debate may go in front pages or on back burner, it’s more required to check if we ask right questions for children’s education because it’s never too late to start.

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