The hatred for homework by kids is something that each generation inherits. The previous generation hated homework, and the generation before that did too. When students complain about the homework, it is difficult to decide whether they are legitimately overworked or whether they are just a lazy bunch.
Teachers need to make sure that they strike a healthy balance between the need for these kids to be less overworked and the need for them to study at home(because without homework and take-home assignments, some kids will not open a schoolbook at home). If too little homework is given, the purpose of giving it is completely defeated, and they will be overwhelmed if you give too much.
Over the years, child psychologists and teachers have begun to discover that giving less homework will produce much better results. This article will explore some of the reasons for this widely spreading opinion.
Students are encouraged to learn
In a weird way, less homework would teach your students how to love learning. In most cases, overwhelmed teachers give their students homework to try to cover the part of the material that they did not have to cover in class. This is wrong and defeats the purpose. A true professional knows that homework should not teach the class. Instead, it should be used to practice what has been covered in class. By having them learn what they need to using homework, they get bored and overwhelmed. Instead, if the assignment is more engaging and allows the students to practice what was discussed in class, the general reception towards it would become a lot warmer.
They are better rested and focused
Sleep is very important for the growth of kids, both mentally and physically. Students (particularly those in high school) spend really long days in school. They arrive at school at 8 am, stay until 3 pm and may have afterschool activities that may make them stay in school till the time is 6 pm. By the time they get home, they may not be able to start homework until after dinner, which could be around 8 pm. This means that if they have at least 3 hours of homework to do every day, they do not get to sleep until it is 11 pm. People throw away the validity of this argument because students can hold vigil for non-academic reasons. But it is important that teachers minimize the impact homework has on the sleep cycle of their students. If the students get enough sleep, they will be in a better position to learn in class the next day.
Homework hinders family time
Family time is essential to the wellbeing of the student, and this is almost always forgotten. We live in a society where people see their teachers more than they see their parents. With less homework, students get to spend some extra time with their parents. This would not only help the health of the family but will also contribute to the wellbeing of the student. Discipline issues would be minimized as parents will be more involved in their kid’s lives.
There are so many benefits to having homework. Not only will they be able to enjoy learning better, get more sleep, and get to spend more time with their family. They will also be able to enjoy non-school activities and be less overwhelmed. Should kids have less homework? Yes, because it produces better results.