Many children today have to spend hours every evening doing homework. Some people seem to believe this will help the children in their academic career. Others feel that homework is mostly useless. There are both positive and negative aspects to homework.
There are several advantages to homework. First of all, students need some practice of the new material learned at school. They need to sit quietly at home and find out how well they understood the new information and ideas. Secondly, homework help the teacher to know what the students have or have not learned. The teacher can then change the next lesson to match. A third point is that homework can involve parents in the education of the child. Family members can encourage the child and see his or her progress.
However, too often there are negative aspects to homework. Many teachers give too much homework, and, often teachers do not coordinate the quantity given. The children do not have free time to relax or plays sports. A further point is that unnecessary assignments raise the stress level of the student. This can actually lower productivity and performance, instead of raising it. The main argument against homework is that most of it is just boring practice. The students learn nothing new - the teachers just give homework because they are expected to.
In conclusion, the need to give homework must be considered carefully. It can be helpful in certain circunstances, but inappropriate types and amounts of homework may do more harm than good. In my opinion, finding the balance the between free time and homework will lead to a happy and successful school experience for our children.
quote:bogazici university, writing booklet-7; spring-2013