Why Homework Should Not Be Banned: 7 Basic Points

Are we about to see the end of homework in schools? This is a question whose answer is not yet certain. However, while stakeholders debate whether to ban or enhance extra assignments, here are the most thoughtful points on why it should stay.

  1. Assessment
  2. Teachers use assignments carried home to assess the understanding of their pupils. Their performance in these assignments indicates whether the pupil got what was taught in class or did not. It is impossible for the teacher to independently verify without assigning extra work to the pupils.

  3. Exercise
  4. Pupils have a chance to practice what they learnt in class beyond the demonstrations made by the teacher. The amount of time allocated in the timetable for every subject is not sufficient to allow the pupils to exercise. The best option is to allow them to practice at home for the teacher to assess their progress later.

  5. Parent Participation
  6. Homework is an opportunity for parents, siblings and guardians to participate in the education journey of each child. Participation is not necessarily in terms of direct assistance. Allowing their children time to complete their work is a recognition and message to the pupil that education is important. Such an opportunity would not be available in the absence of extra work.

  7. Maintaining Focus on Education
  8. With numerous activities fighting for the attention of a child, the risk of abandoning education is eminent. Extra work reminds the pupils that they have school to think about regardless of the other engagements they allocate time to.

  9. Teaches Independence
  10. It is expected that the child tackles the work alone or with very little assistance. This is an important learning point for the pupil to begin working alone. It also helps the pupil to jog his memory, an important aspect of the learning process.

  11. Important Lessons
  12. It is important in teaching the pupils that some things must be done regardless of your mood or competing interests. This is an important lesson that instills a sense of responsibility and priority in the child at a tender age. It will be vital later in adulthood where responsibility will override personal interests and the desire to take the easy way out.

  13. Use of Resources
  14. Pupils take a lesson in utilization of other resources like libraries, reference books and the internet through homework. This broadens their problem solving capability which is crucial in life. They are taught to utilize resources beyond what is common to them.

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