Executive Education

Improving Education – Second Thoughts About Homework

A lot of consideration has developed lately regarding whether students should be given homework to do. The concern rises especially, for students of younger ages indicating that the strategy schools and institutions used for many years, may not be helpful and could even harm the educational process and students’ performance.

  1. Less free time for kids
    To begin with homework results in narrowing the time the kids have for playing. Some decades ago, protesters fought against long hours of work establishing a new era that led humanity to divide the time of each day into 3 equal parts; 8 hours for sleep, 8 hours for work, and 8 hours for free time. People realized that having some free time throughout the day was essential. The same rules apply for kids and in their case, the time they need for exploring the world on their own is more than 8 hours. Scientists insist that we have to stop overloading children with studying and activities they didn’t choose on their own. The time for ”unattended play” as they call it, is what awakens their creativity and builds up their confidence.
  2. Stress appears at young ages
    In addition to the free time which is being sacrificed for the sake of homework, stress makes its first appearance. Homework is strictly related to anxiety in younger ages. Studying is equal to work in terms of how kids view reality. However, stress does not necessarily have to do with work. The way that works or learning and studying take place also matters. When kids are in school the presence of their classmates and friends during the learning process acts positively to lower their stress levels that have their source in the fear that kids have regarding their performance and evaluation.
  3. Students get bored quickly
    Homework on its own creates some problems but at the same time, the interference of parents who try to help their children with homework cause additional issues that have to be examined. Parents tend to get more involved in teaching additional stuff to the kids. The bottom line is that kids arrive at school knowing stuff that they have already been taught from home. As a subsequent result, kids become bored when they go to the lesson. Knowing what the teacher has to teach, kids lose their interest in the whole process. While teachers struggle to gain the interest of the audience, parents sabotage them without even realizing it.
  4. They disregard the educational process
    School provides a structured environment for the children to work on their education. Once children realize that the school is not the place that they go to learn stuff they tend to disregard the importance of its existence. If the significant process of learning takes place out of the responsible institution kids begin to create a whole new concept about what school represents to them. They may relate it to. It can be the place they meet with their friends or a place where they have to obey certain rules, but definitely not the place where the precious gift of knowledge is delivered. This makes the work of teachers harder since they have to discipline kids that are already prejudiced against the school.
  5. They fight with their parents
    Another parameter is since the children often address parents for help when they want to do their homework, the relationship becomes complex. Parents are not teachers, at least not from an academic point of view. They often lose patience and act in a completely ineffective way. Instead of helping the kids learn, they create problems in their relationship with them.
  6. Learners substitute the teacher
    The appearance of parents in the educational process causes a series of issues leading to the logical substitution that kids make of their teachers. Teachers are qualified professionals properly educated to pass knowledge on to young individuals. Even though the profession may seem plain to some people there could not be not greater harm done than substituting them with parents. Not only do they not consider school to be responsible for their education but they also make a step forward and hold parents responsible for teaching them what is necessary in life. Teachers warn that they should be undisturbed to deliver the task of turning young children into valuable adults.

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Anna Siampani
Anna Siampani, Lifestyle Editorial Director at the CEOWORLD magazine, working with reporters covering the luxury travel, high-end fashion, hospitality, and lifestyle industries. As lifestyle editorial director, Anna oversees CEOWORLD magazine's daily digital editorial operations, editing and writing features, essays, news, and other content, in addition to editing the magazine's cover stories, astrology pages, and more. You can reach Anna by mail at anna@ceoworld.biz