I know that a huge majority of you will agree with me that bringing work along with you back at home is the last thing that we all want. Well, after working very hard to accomplish your work-related tasks all day, you are exhausted and you just want to sit back and relax. Unless you are focused on getting that promotion, that’s when you might be concerned about working extra hours in the night and weekends just to prove that you deserve it.
Similarly, children should also be given the chance to take their minds off school while at home. It is only fair for them to get a “breather” when they come home after spending almost the whole day in school being drilled on numerous concepts, theories, and formulas. I believe that this will help relax their minds by breaking that class monotony.
The cradle of homework
It is believed that students were not subjected to carrying out-of-class assignments until the 20th century. During this time, the mind was perceived as a muscle. Therefore, just as we go to the gym to build our body muscles and be stronger, exercise was the only prescription to enhance the growth of the mind. For this reason, it only seemed logical for students to be given homework as part of their mind exercise.
However, there is also a view that homework originated as a form of punishment for those students who either misbehaved or just did not do their classwork. This notion quickly became widespread and many teachers started adopting it. Eventually, every student was required to complete a set of take-home assignments regardless of their conduct in school.
Consequently, this led to the wide grown hatred and negative attitude that students have towards homework. For those who love it, it could be out of their own choice.
Homework is great. Studies show an existing correlation between student performance and take-away assignments. But, this does not show a difference if they were to be given an hour in school to cover their homework. I am not against children doing their homework. If it is for their benefit, so let be it.
Nevertheless, I just find the idea of students having to work on take-home assignments after spending at least 6 hours a day for at least 5 days a week in school to be a little ludicrous to me. I might be among the few who believe that home should be a place where these children can freely unwind from their schoolwork. I do not mean to view homework as a burden. After a long day in school, don’t you think homework could turn your child into an overworked “machine”?
If you ask me, I think homework deprives freedom and free will of children. It takes away the fun of being at home. A time they could otherwise use to nurture other skills and abilities. It is just my opinion that homework is a form of oppression that dictates the free will of children. Especially while at home.