Halstrom Blog Post
Three Advantages of Keeping School at School
The war on homework has been slowly making its way across the country. While many parents and teachers are fighting for the enormous workload put on our children in hopes of improving test scores and preparing children for the future, many more are noticing the negative mental and physical effects these hours upon hours of homework have had on their students and children.
For this reason, these parents—as well as a number of mental health professionals—have begun to fight back, and slowly but surely, more and more evidence is turning up for them to use in their battle.
This evidence has cropped up in a number of places, from study results showing little to no correlation between homework and academic success, to the success of a small number of US schools which have banned homework entirely. However, the obvious symptoms of stress present in our students as they work feverishly to complete the mountains of homework thrust upon them should be evidence enough of the negative impact homework has on our young students.
So, what are the positive effects of erasing homework from the lives of our children? Here are just a few of the wonderful things that will happen by simply removing those dreaded nightly worksheets.
More Time with Family and Friends
This is perhaps the most obvious yet most important benefit. More time spent developing relationships with family and friends is of incredible benefit to a person's psychological health and well-being. A lack of homework gives children an opportunity to spend quality time with those who matter most to them.
More Time Spent in the Community
Becoming involved in the community is the perfect way to make connections, find mentors, discover new passions and talents, learn how to communicate effectively, and work as a team player. When a child is required to stay home and do homework, they miss out on the multitude of opportunities available to them in the community ranging from sports, the arts, community service, and also working a job.
More Help with Challenging Subjects
When all schoolwork is done in class, an instructor is easily accessible to assist with challenging subjects ensuring a student is learning and practicing the proper way.
On the flip side, a student doing academic work at home could easily learn and practice a subject incorrectly, only to have to go back at a later date and learn the material properly. Additionally, a child left to learn/practice a concept unassisted may become quite frustrated when something doesn't make sense. Without a teacher nearby to help, this could lead to a loss of enthusiasm for school.
These are just a few of the many dvantages of schoolwork in place of homework. Considering the astounding amount of evidence pointing us away from homework and the numerous benefits of the alternative, it may be time to give the no homework" method a try.