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Contrary to ‘popular’ opinion, homework is not a punishment

By Grace Kirigha | August 19th 2015

Homework has been a part of school life since the beginning of formal education.

Contrary to some beliefs, when a teacher gives homework, their intention is not to punish but to create a positive experience that encourages learning.

Through homework, students are able to review, apply and integrate what they have learned in class.

It also serves as a window through which parents can keep track of their children’s education, while giving teachers another avenue to provide additional instruction in practice.

There are many other reasons why homework matters a lot in a student’s life. They include:

• Homework helps students develop initiative and learn to work independently. In the process, they acquire self discipline, responsibility and other habits that will serve them well throughout their lives.

• By completing their homework, students are able to develop time-management skills so that they can use their time wisely. It also instills the concept of hard work.

• Students are able to gain a sense of personal responsibility for their school work.

• Homework allows students to develop research skills since they review and practice what they have been taught in class. This also enhances their use of the library and other reference resources.

• Homework encourages students to explore subjects deeper than they do in class thus preparing them for the next class. The next class becomes more meaningful and understandable since teachers give homework to reinforce things already taught.

• Through homework, a parent is able to keep tabs on what their child is learning in school. It is thus that parents stay informed about class/school activities and policies.

• Homework has the ability to bring parents and teachers closer together. It is the bridge that joins schools and parents.

• With homework, students get to know that learning does not only take place in school but can also take place at home.

So during this holiday, take some time off from watchying TV or playing to get your holiday homework done.

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