Homework has become a hot topic to debate over time. It takes a lot of time to complete, and even though it has a positive impact on the students and their performance, it is not without its flaws. Some teachers can be quite unrealistic in the amount of homework allocated to their students. Still, we should not erase a good initiative just because it has its negative side. Homework should help to boost student’s confidence and knowledge. If this critical purpose is defeated, the take-home exercise loses its value. Teachers must consistently and consciously seek innovative ways to help students develop an interest in doing their homework regularly. The quality of homework must never be defeated by its quantity in order to help the teacher achieve a positive result. Students must grow and develop their critical thinking capacity as they do their homework, and this is built consistently over time.
Firstly, homework is essential because of the connection and closeness it helps to attain between family members. The child-parent relationship tends to grow when students are allowed or guided to do homework by their parents. Children can ask questions bugging their minds, and the parents can also detect positive and negative habits their children pick up from their peers in school and either praise or correct them based on their judgment. Parents can also easily tell their children about their family tree and history. Some students can even go as far as creating a family book containing their extended family members. Parents who do not do homework with their children are more likely to have a cold relationship with their children. Children love to discuss their work or anything they do during the day with someone, and if their parents are not available to listen, they will look for someone else who will care to listen and easily form a bond with them.
Research has shown that a parent’s involvement in a child’s learning is a significant determinant of the child’s achievement in school. Homework gives the parent the chance to contribute to their child’s success or failure. Nothing gives a child more joy than the involvement of his family in their learning journey. It helps the student to connect school learning to the real world easily. They find it easier when they learn from their parents and siblings. It also helps parents to be able to assess their children’s performance in school; they can easily point out their strengths, weaknesses, and help them choose a career suited for their skills and abilities.
Homework also helps students to prepare ahead for classes. This is especially true when the teacher assigns homework related to the next topic that would be taught in class and would help to reinforce what was taught in class if otherwise; either way the student is gaining knowledge from homework. Homework is a foundation for the learning habit of any student. It helps to reinforce knowledge and to understand basic concepts.