When the bell rings at 3pm – or whenever it is – that’s the end of the school day. No more work. The rest of the day is yours!
There are people, though, who are out to ruin the rest of the afternoon. Teachers. They’ve had you in the classroom all day – sometimes from as early at 8.20am – and then they still want you to do more when you’re at home.
Is there not enough time in the school day to fit all the work in? Aside from a short break at morning tea and then maybe an hour at lunch time (often taken up with clubs and activities – and actually eating lunch) the rest of the time students are hard at work. That’s a long day for a child!
And then when you get home you’re supposed to carry on working! That can’t be right! Children are children and they need time to play, to relax, to see family and friends, to do sports and activities. How many adults carry on working when they get home from their jobs? And if they do, they get moaned at to stop by their families. Home time is for home; work time is for work.
So, they say that you don’t stop learning when you’re outside of school. Of course! But learning’s not the same as working. Home learning is fine; home working isn’t. If they can’t fit all the work into the school day, then teachers should make children do less of it – or be more efficient.
Spellings? Times tables? Worksheets? Well, maybe one of those is an important life skill that needs committing to memory. A random list of spelling works is a test of memory not a knowledge of how language works. Worksheets are hastily prepared – often copied from a book or taken from the internet.
Homework is a real hassle. At home it’s rarely quiet, or meal times get in the way, or other family members want your time and attention. What happens if you get stuck? Who’s there to help you? You’re better off not doing it all than half-heartedly, incorrectly or with poor concentration.
No more excuses. No more homework.
Article written by Ben Egerton
[colored_box color=”green”]This is an opinion-based article designed to provoke debate, discussion and further inquiry
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[colored_box color=”yellow”]Critical Thinking Challenges:
1. What’s the difference between work and learning?
2. How much effort do you put into your homework? Why?
[colored_box color=”green”]Practical Tasks:
With a partner, conduct a survey in your class or in the school about the amount of homework that students are given each week. Ask students what their opinions are of the amount of homework they get. Conduct a similar survey with parents, care-givers or teachers. What differences of opinions – if any – are there? Think of ways you could display and interpret your results. Could your results and conclusions influence school policy?
[colored_box color=”red”]Have Your Say: