The Importance of Homework

After a stimulating talk with one of my friends this morning, it has prompted me to examine the importance of homework.

Is all that extra work really necessary..? (This is a question that many parents ask when faced with juggling multiple role expectations).

In my opinion depending upon what is actually given, homework is important!

Let’s examine some of the six constructive purposes for homework in the context of a child’s educational experience. The first two are the most important and obvious. Through (1) practice and (2) participation in learning tasks, homework can improve the child’s achievement. Thus, it would be expected that if homework were completed accurately, there would be an increase in mastery of basic academic skills, such as reading, writing, spelling and mathematics. However, constant review and follow-up by the teacher is essential in correcting any errors that may be apparent.

If a larger homework task such as a project is assigned, I see still great importance. Such a task gives the opportunity to teach students the fundamentals of time management and research technique which will help them in their future careers.

If homework is merely busy work; mundane; rigorous; and does not consolidate items covered in class, is there really an importance to it..? (Essentially in this case all we are really doing is burdening families in trying to get through all the assigned material.)

What are your thoughts??



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