The first reason that children should not be given homework is that they need time to relax and take their minds off work. The pressure of having to complete homework every night is quite daunting for most children and they need time to refresh their minds and bodies. Secondly, it reduces the amount of time that children could be spending with their families. Family time is especially important to a growing child and without it social problems can crop up and a family unit can be compromised by a lack of time being spent together.
Thirdly, homework can cause conflict between children and parents when the parent wants to the child to do their homework but meets resistance from the student to do an overwhelming task. Too much homework can encourage cheating because children end up copying off one another in an attempt to finish all their assignments. So by the time students are getting their papers back, the class has moved on to a new topic.
Also, students in the early grades who have not yet learned how to read are less likely to benefit from homework than students in high school. And students in low-income homes are less likely to benefit from homework than those in higher-income homes because they are less likely to complete it and less likely to have an adult in the home to help them.
The study found that Asian-American students were more likely to benefit from doing homework than students from other ethnic groups. This is not because of some ethnic gene, but because Asian-American students are more likely to complete the homework that is assigned to them.
When do students have time to read a book other than when it is assigned as homework? There is no time in school to read a book. A recent news article about the case against homework cited a high school teacher who said that she would tell her students to read no more than 15 minutes a day in their assigned novel Jane Eyre.
How stupid is that? How can anyone, young or old, get engaged in a novel if he or she spends no more than 15 minutes a day reading? Luckily, I have always had the autonomy to choose what homework I assign to my students and I strive to create interesting and meaningful projects throughout the year that will help extend the home school connection. One of the main goals of my homework assignments is to create opportunities for my students to interact with their parents and take time to learn about what makes themselves and their families special.
At the beginning of the year, in lieu of traditional homework assignments, I focus on the student and their family. Parents are sent the Family Page Project letter , with instructions about how to work with their child to decorate a large piece of paper with interesting facts about their family.
I find that sending an oversized piece of white construction paper works better than a large poster board, which can be overwhelming to fill. The instruction letter is filled with ideas that families can use to decorate their page, but they are encouraged to complete it any way they like.
It is amazing how creative my families have been with these projects. In my third year of teaching, one of my students, Julissa, glued magazine pictures of people, but added her own families heads. It was hilarious looking, and showed that her family had a great sense of humor. This year, my student Alex and his family worked together to create an amazing family book. Another one of my students, Nathan, drew houses for all of his extended family members and glued in the faces of their dozen of cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents.
I always give the students time to present their family page in class. The things they share can be quite insightful, touching and funny. One student talked about his uncle who had died in a gang dispute.
He had a lot to share about the things he used to do with his uncle and it was obvious that he missed him very much. I always display these projects in the school hallway so everyone who attends Back-to-School Night can enjoy them. Over the years it has grown in success and families who are not even in my class come by to see the display.
Two of my colleagues have begun to do this project as well, with the same enjoyment and success. One of my other favorite family assignments is the Baby Name Project.
I send home the Baby Name Project letter describing how family members can help. This project gives parents the opportunity to share with their child the origin of their name and information about the day they were born.
I have to credit my own mom with inspiring this project.
Homework is an important time to make connections and reflect; on self, family, friends, new or familiar information, and the world beyond. What you present to your students will determine the heights they will climb to continue to maintain their academic success.
Here are the top 14 reasons why Homework is important: It improves your child’s thinking and memory; It helps your child develop positive study skills and habits that will serve him or her well throughout life.
Why Homework Is Actually Good For Kids. memorizing equations and finishing worksheets, but how helpful is homework? What is the difference in grades with, and without homework? In this essay, I’ll be arguing for no homework because of the following facts: homework increases stress and has a negative effect on mental health, homework takes. I think homework is bad because you can have stress and even die. There was a teenager that died because of homework. The only reason she died is because she had stress. That is why I do not like homework. I HATE HOMEWORK because i could die.
So consider where the anti-homework crusade will take us: to a time when students read no books, write no essays, and complete no research projects other than whatever can be fit into the school day. Because I am a historian, I can't help but mention that this battle against homework first flared up in , led by the Ladies Home Journal. homework is helpful because Q&A Why Is Homework Important? Linda A. Milbourne and David L. Haury Homework is intended to be a positive experience that encourages children to learn.