Homework has been an integral part of school for many years. However, over the past few years, professionals have begun to explore why homework has been under examination and more effective ways to determine methods for improving student achievements. Some have claimed that homework is detrimental and non beneficial to students, while others believe that it is an absolute necessity. Homework fulfills the function of giving the students the opportunity to review, take responsibility of keeping a schedule, planning for their education, and develop good personal study habits. Many say that it is time to re-think the homework debate and focus our attention on how educators can make it a more valued part of the learning process. With all of its potential positive outcomes, educators must find ways to make homework a valued and challenging educational experience to students.
Many people question the effects of homework during school years. There have been multiple debates on the issue; however there is limited research on the benefits of homework on achievement at the elementary school level. Some individuals believe time spent engaging in homework could be spent on students improving social skills and being creative in play (Stokes, 2006). Other individuals argue homework is very relevant and helps formulate effective study habits and allows for repetition of daily school work, therefore helping the information process to one’s long term memory (Simplicio, 2005). This paper will discuss the positive and negative effects homework can have on children and ways to overcome the negative, creating a positive and successful learning tool.
From the early 1900’s to the 1940’s, most educators agreed on the importance of homework. At that time, homework was primarily memorization. During the 1940’s, teachers began questioning the positive effects of homework. When the Cold War came about in the 1950’s America was ushered...