Does homework help or hinder?

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It is not surprising for everyday readers to have knowledge about the basic burdens of homework. In truth, this subject is extremely ubiquitous and yet, it still makes for a heated discussion for today’s manner of the Indian Education System. Ever since empirical studies have stated a negative impact on children who are pressurized with homework by teachers and policymakers, critics argue for no homework policies in schools.

Is it really necessary for a “no homework” policy in school?

According to child development theories, while those are multi-fold, most of them clearly suggest the importance of homework for students in the upper or middle grades of schooling. On the other hand, students who are burdened by lots of homework fall short of becoming victims of mental health factors such as sleep deprivation, procrastination, fear, guilt, and stress. It is true that students are being burdened with large amounts of homework, which makes them hate going to school every morning and studying.While these factors can be handled by parents and teachers, collectively- it is unsuitable to say that there is no connection between a student’s method of academic preparation and the amount of homework that the student’s given to complete.

Every student has his or her own capabilities and keeping that in context, each student will react differently when given amounts of homework to complete. Some may lead to having a positive impact and some negative. In terms of academic benefits, it depends upon various other factors such as cultural establishment and family expectations. It will never be concrete whether students are deteriorating emotionally because of the burden of homework, or they’re excelling academically because of it.

In truth, “dumping” loads of homework on students instead of introducing them to new and productive tools of passing time is unfair for this generation, because most of which a student learns in school is not implemented in real life. Students of any age need to start training, at the earliest, about many, many other things which cannot be compared with a homework exercise.

The education system has a procedure, and it has worked that way since a very long time.

There is no necessity to cause any friction in the system, as long as it can be committedly controlled by both the educators and educatees. There are many other conditions such as the relationship with parents, family situations, coping abilities, cultural atmosphere, family expectations, etc. that participate in the emotional and physical damage that can be caused due to homework submission.

Instead of arguing about the repercussions and the need to have a “no homework” policy in school, we need to discuss, with facts and solutions, about the kind of approach that one must take to lead a collective action to not exterminate, but, reduce the amount of homework given to students who may benefit much or less from it. If we bring to light certain facets of our educational system that can help improve the intelligence and productivity of students, with the help of homework, we can easily balance the equation of play time and study time.

For example, monotonous homework exercises like copy-pasting information off the web, onto a project book can be avoided. Rather, policy makers can encourage students to curate information in terms of imagination, opinion, and communication.
Another example can be encouraging students to participate in extra-curricular activities (like painting, sports, debates) as a way of gaining academic reputation for not only intelligence in terms of marks, but also intelligence in terms of adaptability and progress.

There is a huge difference between education and knowledge that our Indian education system needs to understand. 

Whatever the reason, if the issue of “dumping” large amounts of homework on students is not controlled correctly, our education system is not consistent with the quick pace of knowledge.

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