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Is Homework Necessary For A Good Education?
- August 16, 2013
- Posted by: Randall Reiners
- Category: Picking the Best School
Remember our school years? The books piled up ,and the long nights of doing homework. Memories. Many of us don’t think of time in our lives with great fondness. Like many things in school, parents of school-aged children consider homework just a right of passage. Sure there is a lot of it (homework), but does that means your kid’s school is doing their job right?
This is a common assertion. The more homework my child brings home, the more he or she is learning, and the better the school must be. This is a fallacy in many regards. Homework is not a reflection of learning or in another term, the proficiency of a subject. It is certainly not a reflection of the ability of the learning institution to teach your child.
At Yorktown Education we have the following beliefs about homework:
- Good grades are not the objective. Freebie homework points to prop up grades are not helpful to students. We see many students with A grades from top public schools who do not understand and know their subjects. They have been given top grades for work, without understanding, and this will haunt them for the rest of their lives.
- We want our students to have a great understanding of the subject. This doesn’t mean we want them to regurgitate facts and figures, but instead, understand the concepts. We want them to demonstrate better than 90% level of mastery. If a student falls beneath that level, teachers work with students to improve learning. This saves students time later, because they are not stumbling and reworking concepts they did not learn the first time. We make sure that students really know their subjects.
- Homework isn’t horrible, but it shouldn’t be used as the workhorse of the educational system. It is not a substitute for hands—on instruction nor helping children gain knowledge about subjects. Some institutions even use homework as a method of class babysitter. Appropriate homework amounts, at appropriate times, are acceptable, if needed.
- Homework is also used because schools waste students’ time on low value added teacher lectures and unneeded activities of little value.
- Homework is also required because teachers are forced to work with poorly designed and required, preplanned curriculum, while dealing with disruptive students forced into unsuitable classes.
- Parental involvement in homework should be minimal. Another disturbing trend we see is parents stepping in and even completing homework assignment for the child. This is unacceptable on more levels than we can discuss here, with extremely negative consequences for the children later in life.
- Yorktown Education DOES NOT BELIVE IN HOMEWORK. We have a course of study for students to complete in order to master their knowledge and be successful in life. Yorktown strives to have a balanced approach that increases understanding and engagement, rather than as a time-wasting activity that drains the young minds we want to shape.
If homework is a chore for you as a parent and for your child, it might be time to re-evaluate where your child attends school. We welcome you to set up a tour of Yorktown Education today.