How Important Is Homework?
Links to Homework Resources Everywhere
Assigning homework serves various educational needs. It serves as an intellectual discipline, establishes study habits, eases time constraints on the amount of curricular material that can be covered in class, and supplements and reinforces work done in school. In addition, it fosters student initiative, independence, and responsibility and brings home and school closer together.
Practice assignments reinforce newly acquired skills. For example, students who have just learned a new method of solving a mathematical problem should be given sample problems to complete on their own. Preparation assignments help students get ready for activities that will occur in the classroom. Students may, for example, be required to do background research on a topic to be discussed later in class. Extension assignments are frequently long-term continuing projects that parallel classwork. Students must apply previous learning to complete these assignments, which include science fair projects and term papers.
Why Is Homework
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How Much Time Should My Child Spend on Homework?
According to some researchers, two ways to increase students' opportunities to learn are to increase the amount of time that students have to learn and to expand the amount of content they receive. Homework assignments may foster both these goals. Reforms in education have called for increased homework, and as a result, reports show that students are completing considerably more homework than they did a decade ago.
According to statements by the National PTA and the National Education Association (NEA), the following amounts of homework are recommended:
Why Should Parents Be Concerned About a School Homework Policy?
Students may not always
view homework as a pleasant experience, but if the assignment serves a
good purpose and parents reinforce the completion of the tasks,
students will benefit by gaining higher grades, better study habits,
and a more positive attitude toward school and learning. Homework
assignments give parents insight into the school curriculum and offer a
greater opportunity for student learning to occur.
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