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Is Homework Necessary?

Is Homework Necessary?

I’ll make it easy for you, NO it’s not. You don’t have to read the entire post now 🙂

Unless you want to know why I think this? OK then I’ll tell you…

On a school day we all get up at 645am. We’re up getting ready for school, then travelling to school at 8am and finally arriving at 815am. The girls then spend the next 7 hours confined to the school parameter. I then collect them at 315pm arriving home about 330pm and that’s that. Oh no it isn’t! Most days they then have to spend a minimum of an hour doing some form of homework extending their school/working day to approx 10 hours. That’s an average day, sometimes it’s longer.

If you then factor in eating their tea, call that 30 mins, then say bedtime is 8pm and lights off for 930pm where is the time for them to be kids and do something they decide they want to do? 5pm-8pm ish, this time of year it’s pitch black outside so that again impacts on what they can do with their 3 hours a day!

I would go as far to say that a shorter school day would be beneficial all round, but for now I think something that could be put into action much quicker would be doing away with homework.

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Are there any facts and figures to suggest homework is beneficial? Before writing a blog on something like this I generally Google stuff and have a gander at some facts and figures etc. However in regards homework I don’t need to do that to justify my opinion, I have 2 daughters that are in High School/Secondary school and I witness first hand whether homework is beneficial or not and it’s not! On this occasion just being a parent qualifies me to make such judgements.

I imagine there will be some grade driven parents and/or teachers reading this that completely disagree. I know why you disagree, it’s because you feel homework is of a benefit. To the school it is! However the school and how many children get A’s doesn’t matter to me. My children’s precious, limited, no stress youth is however of maximum importance to me.

Don’t get me wrong, the girls are in the education system now so sure I’d like them to do as well as they can, but not at all costs. What they don’t soak up during the 7 hours they’re at school can wait for another day.

What is it teachers always say ‘Stop doing that in my time! Do it in your own time’, well if they had some of their own time they might!!!

 

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10 Comments

  1. 18th November 2016 / 2:18 pm

    Agree with you! I don’t think it’s necessary either. Children would learn more from being out in the real world! #thatfridaylinky

    • DadvWorld
      Author
      18th November 2016 / 2:33 pm

      The real world is full of lessons! Thanks for reading and commenting 🙂

  2. diynige
    20th November 2016 / 9:33 am

    I have to admit that I think homework is necessary it teaches them a little discipline especially when it comes to exam time later in school Thanks for linking to the #THAT FRIDAY LINKY come back next week please

    • DadvWorld
      Author
      20th November 2016 / 10:30 am

      That’s interesting, would you say starting Homework from as young as 6 is a good place to start, or could it begin when they reach secondary school? 🙂

  3. 20th November 2016 / 3:07 pm

    I don’t think homework is necessary. I’m sure I read somewhere that homework is compulsory anyway? Thanks for linking up to That Friday Linky

    • DadvWorld
      Author
      21st November 2016 / 8:58 am

      Schools can’t make you do homework. I’ve given my girls the option but they insist on doing it. Crazy kids!! 🙂

  4. 5th February 2018 / 7:33 am

    Oooh an interesting debate! Bit of background, I’m a teacher (currently on maternity leave) and a parent to a 3.5yo and our newborn. My son starts school in September.

    I don’t completely agree with you but I don’t disagree either. Homework at primary school age is not a necessity, in my opinion. Encouraging reading and maybe the odd bit of writing practice would probably be beneficial but not “homework” – all this silly projects that I am dreading my son coming home with. They have the resources in school, why can’t they do it there?

    However in secondary, particularly the older years I think it’s important. I’m a drama teacher so in my subject it’s not refer as it’s a practical subject, the most I would expect to give them is learning lines type stuff although my school does make me set them other stuff which I don’t think it needed. I do believe that homework prepares students for independent learning that they will need in college and university when they are not so teacher led. In addition, some students learn better with repetition so revision for exams is key to being prepared.

    I think my overall opinion is valid homework yes but more and more I see it being set for the sake of setting it which, most of the time, isn’t the teachers choixe. It’s the powers that be above them telling them they must do it…and then mark it with strengths, targets and a special coloured pen “green for growth” *eye roll*

    • DadvWorld
      Author
      7th February 2018 / 2:19 pm

      Hi Becky, how are you? Thanks for your thoughts on this one! I LOVE speaking with teachers. We have 2 in secondary school and we home educate Corben. Homework in primary school should be a MASSIVE NO. Play is the best method for learning at a young age. In secondary school, I do see the argument for some homework to be done. Promoting independant learning however, I believe we wouldn’t have to promote this if learning wasn’t delivered in such a pressured way to begin with, children would naturally want to learn. My 5 year old has a thirst for learning as did our girls. I’ve noticed it’s slowly been knocked out of them and now they associate learning with boredom and tests.

      I think as you said, if the right homework at the right amount was set then it wouldn’t be such as issue. The truth about homework though is that 95% of it is utterly pointless and no-one benefits from it. That’s my experience. One of my girls is in Year 9 now and I’m witnessing anxiety and stress becoming a part of her life for the first time and its all down to increased homework from increased pressure that she has GCSEs coming, IN TWO YEARS! Yet she’s noticed an increase in pressure now, she’s only 13!

      There’s no result available worth risking mental health for. This post was written a while back but I feel even stronger about homework breeding into children a kind of sense that all there is, is school and getting the best results possible. Its not enough that they go there for 6, 7, 8 hours a day but school need to suffocate a further hour or two a night of their home life too. It gives them the impression good test results is all that matters when in actual fact they mean jack shit for most people.

      Sorry for the rant, I go off when discussing education. As for Drama and all creative arts subjects being treated as second rate subjects, that’s another massive load of nonsense. One of my girls wants to be a lawyer, she happens to be academically brilliant so I have no doubt that she will achieve good results and move up through the education path. Our other girl wants to be an actress and isn’t suited to the way schools teach. She’s not ‘thick’ she just excels in other arrears that don’t don’t involve memory and regurgitation. This means she might not do as well in her GCSEs but could go on to be a successful actress. What get’s me is, if she’s not doing as well in Maths, English or Science. Schools will cut lessons like Drama and PE so they can do extended stuff in the other lessons… WTF. It’s wrong.

      Anyway, HA! Thanks for commenting and don’t feel obliged to respond to all that! I’ve just had a little rant and feel better now HA!

  5. 18th February 2018 / 11:00 am

    Great post. My daughter is not in school yet, but I’ve heard horror stories about the amount of homework some elementary school kids get, and I remember having plenty of it as a kid. I even got detention in 4th grade for forgetting one assignment! Did it make me a better person? Nope. Did it prepare me for adulthood? Nope. If they’re going to be assigned homework, it should be no more than 30 minutes worth. Let kids be kids!

    • DadvWorld
      Author
      21st February 2018 / 6:25 pm

      Hi Matt, thanks for reading! Yeah you’re right, there are very few if any benefits to extra work from school that eats into your own family/free time. I can be swayed into the odd piece that like you say, would be no longer than 30 mins now and again. Almost daily is just nonsense, there’s no need for it. It’s been like this for years, if kids really need that much extra work then why don’t they just change to 12 hour days at school and really take over their lives! LOL 🙂

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