Throughout my schooling experience, homework has been a significant part of my school-day routine. In no way did I feel over burdened with the stress of homework, but, in all fairness, I usually enjoyed doing it!
In the present generation it seems that the assigning of homework to students on a daily or bi-daily basis is a controversial issue for many educators and parents. I came across an article titled “Is Homework Good or Bad For Your Kids?” and I read that “The Halton District School Board in Ontario, Canada cites homework as “an aid in developing life-long learning skills such as self-discipline, task commitment, time management, responsibility, independence, initiative, and problem solving.” I think that this idea is true to an extent, but I truly believe that educators should allocate enough time at school for children to do their schoolwork. In this day and age, it is a reality of many children to be a part of extracurricular activities outside of school and I feel that children do not always have time to spend doing countless hours of homework. I think that in providing enough time in class to work on assignments and activities, students will learn to prioritize their schedules, and evidently “problem solve, have self-discipline and commit to tasks”. Unless it is requested by the parent or a key influence in the learning of a child, homework should only be assigned if the child did not finish it in class. There are some exceptions, such as reading and writing at home, or learning to cook with a parent for example, but from my experiences I found that the time spent in class working on assignments and activities relevent to that childs learning allowed children to prioritize and take charge of their own learning. Another quote I stumbled upon in the article stated:
“…in more recent years, schools and parents are challenging the idea of homework, placing significant emphasis on differentiated homework and acknowledging the role of family time and experience in a child’s overall educational development and attitude toward school.”
All teachers will use their professional judgements on whether or not they feel that homework is important in their own classrooms, but for me I feel that homework should not be provided in the form of “busy work”. Rather, homework should be focused on the overall enrichment of a childs learning – including their home life. This article raised a number of valid arguments. If you are interested in other educational topics, the People For Education website has a number of articles to read!
Do you think teachers should give homework? What are your thoughts?