Question Of The Day: Should Homework Be Limited?

There’s a lot of controversy regarding school homework and some schools have even done away with the concept completely. The debate raises some interesting points and is worth having a discussion over. Here are some considerations for you to ponder over.

True or false: Working at home teaches life skills

Those who rally behind the concept of homework claim that it develops life skills in students. This is because work done at home teaches students to work a full day which will prepare them for their careers. However, the opposite side argue that conventional homework doesn’t contribute that much to the preparation of the child for actual life. They claim that it’s simply an extension of the same work that was learnt at school, except it is done without the help of a teacher.

Motivate your opinion with more than just your comfort

If you are a student and you want to hop onto the “no homework” bandwagon, make sure you have your facts straight. There are many valid motivations for doing away with this system, but if your real reason is just because you don’t feel like doing it (or because you’re a poor student), then avoid the argument altogether. The debate should be handled maturely if it is to have any bearing on school.

Is it an outdated school practice?

A strong argument against homework is that it is both mundane and redundant. Mundane in that it doesn’t teach the child anything he or she doesn’t already know, and redundant in that it is repetitive of work already done in class. The way schooling is structured and conducted in the western world is in itself being questioned, and homework may just be the first of many systems to be done away with in the future.

How can it be improved?

Those who wish to argue for homework will do well to admit some of the flaws in the current system. These may include some of the following:

  • Work given for the sake of giving the student something to do
  • Work that offers no fortification of the subject topic
  • Exercises that attempt to catch the student out without the teacher being present for correction

Once we identify the flaws in the system, we can constructively build it back up and argue for it to remain in place for students.

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