How to Balance Homework Load of Your Kid
Student home assignment and amount of homework is not a new topic, it is always been controversial to discuss. It is due to pressure put not only on child, and even it is tedious for parent as well. One school of thought believes in students already spend enough time in school and it is better for them to spend time in play or extra-curricular activities. Kids should get energized during their free time and refreshed for next day at school. Around 1901, California state legislature sanctioned the law mentioning there should not be any homework up to 8th standard. Lot of movement happened immediate after this decision.
Other school of thought feels homework in turn extends classroom activity and this help kids to better prepare for next day school. They also feel assignments for home connects parent with the teacher. Parents will get to know what all portions are being taught at school and where is their little one need improvement. Those who believe in this concept, they also feel kids develop independent/self-study skill in early of their life.
The standard of homework also went upwards drastically, it is not always revision of what they teach at school, it is way beyond that.. I recently read this in one of the blog, “My first-grade son was required to research a significant person from history and write a paper of at least two pages about the person, with a bibliography. How can he be expected to do that by himself? He just started to learn to read and write a couple of months ago. Schools are pushing too hard and expecting too much from kids.” This is one clear example where we need to draw the boundary, homework should not be done by parent or tutor, this should be done by themselves. Probably this is the reason why I see more complain come from parents nowJ. It is busy world and parents are more concerned now as they need to sit along with their kid to make sure homework is done, every day.
Based on recent survey, 56 percent of students consider Homework as primary source of stress. 43 percent viewed tests as primary stress factor, while 33 per cent put pressure to achieve better grade in school. Only less than 1 percent of student accept homework was never a stress factor for them.
Some survey also found clear connect between the students' stress and physical impact -- migraines, ulcers and other stomach problems, sleep disorder and even in weight loss.
Many schools in India believe more homework for students carry more credit to the school and parents may feel schools are concerned about their student future. But this is not the case in real life.
Ill effect of huge homework:
- Balance in life is not properly maintained. This is not only for kids but it affects parents too.
- Huge, monotonous homework affect kids thinking process. Their focus shift towards completing the tasks by hook or crook, rather than completing in more efficient, better way.
- Too much of homework stop kids to get involved in other extra-curricular activities or even socialize with other friends, kids. Parents are always concerned about their kid homework and how to complete the same.
Does that mean homework is bad for their kids?
NO!! We all need to balance things in our life and homework is also no different. Parents need to actively review and guide their kid on how to plan in completing their assigned homework.
How to Balance Kids Homework:
- Set aside some time for homework on daily basis so that it will not pile up just prior to the submission. Parent need to review this on time to time basis.
- Educate kid on benefits of homework, this will make them better prepared for class test or any immediate exam.
- Parents should spend some time to check their kid school-diary, review their homework, understand their difficulty/error pattern and help them on need basis. This way kids will get motivation to complete their assigned tasks.
Homework is not at a bad thing for students, it helps them to practice, provided it is in right direction and in right amount. This is to benefit students in long run.