6 Reasons Why Students Need Homework And Why They Do Not

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School ends when the bell for the last period rings but for children, it continues even after they go back home. Because they have to complete homework assigned to them by their teachers.

For some people homework is a very important aspect of learning, whereas some others think that homework is unnecessary stress that a child does not need. Instead of picking a side, we at The Teachers Digest thought, why not pick both and play the devil’s advocate?

6 Reasons Why Students Need Homework

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Student- Teacher Interaction

1. Homework Allows Student-Teacher Interaction

One important reason why students need homework is that it allows them to interact with their teachers. When students talk to their teachers about their assignments and the problems faced by them, they understand what they need to do better.

2. Homework Allows Parents Know What Their Child Is Learning

Parent and Child

Parent and Child

Most homework assigned to children requires parental assistance. This allows parents to know what is being taught, what their children are learning and it allows them to participate in their child’s learning as well.

3. Students Understand At Which Portion Of The Lesson They Are Facing Issues

Homework helps students test their abilities and recognize the part of the lesson that they are facing problems with. Students also get the opportunity to think independently.

4. Homework Promotes Practice And Learning

Practice Through Homework

Practice Through Homework

Homework is considered important because it promotes practicing what has been taught at school. Students get the opportunity to improve through practice and participation.

5. Prepares Students For Their Exams

In a way, homework helps students prepare for their term exams. Learning happens through practice and when children do their homework regularly, in essence, they are eventually learning and ppractiing for their final exams.

6. Students Understand Values Like Responsibility And Punctuality

Apart from learning, homework also helps students understand the importance of punctuality. When students are given deadline to complete their homework, it encourages them to organize their time better.

6 Reasons Why Students Do Not Need Homework

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Exhausted Child

1. Students Do Not Get Time To Relax

After long hours of lessons in school, children need to take their minds off their studies and relax for some time. However, they cannot relax when they always have the pressure of completing homework on their minds.

2. Possible Loss Of Interest In Learning

Too much homework sometime leads to a loss of interest in learning. If children are often under stress, they cannot refresh their minds and bodies and they eventually lose interest in learning.

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Frustrated Child

3. Children Feel Frustrated And Exhausted

Children feel stressed and frustrated when they fail to complete their homework on time. Homework eventually becomes a burden that just won’t lighten. More over they may be completing it only to escape punishment, not to learn from it.

4. Creates too much work for teachers

While yes, homework is good for children because it makes them practice, homework also means a lot of work for the teacher who gives it out.  The average teacher at least teaches 2 grades. Even if both the classes have only 30 students each, imagine correcting 60 or so notebooks each day!

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Homework Horror

5. Homework limits the social life of children.

Homework limits the time children spend with their families.  Also, too much homework prevents children from being able to play and socialize, which are both important for a developing child.

6. Too Much Homework Can Promote Cheating

Too much homework may encourage negative habits like cheating and copying in children. If children do not finish their homework at home, they simply come to school and copy it off others. And during tests, they resort to cheating because they never got around to doing homework.

As you can see, homework can be a polarizing subject. On which side of the homework debate do you stand? Share your suggestions with us in the comments section below!

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5 Comments

  1. Abbas Khaleel SM on

    One has to consider points 3 & 6 of why students do not need home work. At present most of the schools taking additional one hour to complete home work in schools itself, so children have free time after school.

    • Rohia Munavar on

      Having an extra hour at school for children to complete their homework is actually a good idea. Thank you Abbas.

  2. Homework does feel like such a waste. Teachers give you so much homework, they dont end up correcting, half the children just copy someone else’s homework. There’s just no point to it. Children can rather spend their time doing or learning something else.

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