I did the IB program and our homework was an extension of the class discussion which forced us to either exercise and apply what was taught or force us to think critically and apply the lesson etc.
Example: How to evaluate sources in history class. Go home and evaluate 3 sources on any topic.
Id say it was useful.
I cant speak for domestic high school homework.
I havent taken a grammar class since the 6th grade.
I mind those sorts of things... on essays.
It reinforces the lesson and teaches the responsibility of time management and deadlines. In the real world, that is what most people will live with to some degree or another: deadlines.
Also, the best types of homework will teach you how to learn something on your own in a disciplined fashion. How to break something up into smaller pieces and synthesize what you have learned, for example. Learning how to teach yourself is one of the greatest things a person can acquire.
It's something kids can help each other out with and become friends.
Kids learn neatness and organizational skills.
It teaches kids to follow instructions. The importance of being on time.
Of course it's best to do it right after school so you have the rest of the day free.
Some kids might need to repeat things over and over to learn them, but in most cases homework is a total waste of time. If you learn the subject matter it shouldn't matter how you acquired that knowledge. For homework to make up the majority of our grading system is ridiculous. Assign it if you must, but there's no reason to penalize kids who are able to learn in other ways.
It doesn't teach responsibility, it teaches that mindless grunt work is more important than innovation or being right. It doesn't prepare us for real life, it turns our kids into sheeple.
Last edited by Tsunami; 02-28-10 at 10:08 PM.
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