Sunday, November 12, 2006
Do My Homework
Just yesterday, I was asked to take a survey for my son's Saint Hilda's Primary School education feedback.
The survey was done online via his e-Learning Platform website, maintained by Litespeed. The site where all his school diary of events, tasks and homework assigned, done and and submitted online.
I think it is a great tool for doing and submitting homework... online. From one look at their children's logged-in page, parents are able to know whether the tasks or homework had already been done and submitted. How many more are pending and when they are due.
Wow! Time has changed so much since my primary school days. Pretty savvy.
All that said. This morning, I read an article in The Sunday Times on "The case against homework" with great interest. Passionately debating against homework is Sara Bennett, co-author of 2 books on this recommendation.
Not so much to take sides on having homework or against it, but rather the arguments made from both sides that I wish to trigger my logical sense on it right between the eyes... a revelation on the way the young should learn.
I mean, homework should be good. It is an opportunity to practise on especially the weaker subjects, while enhancing further the already strong one. Something no all children can quite pick-up during class.
On the flip side of it, too much homework robs the child off his or her free time. It will make the child hate learning with the enormous stress burdening him or her to complete all the assignments.
The weaker children will tend to affirm they are indeed "stupid" when they cannot finish the assignments in time or done it badly, simply because they need more time... more one-to-one tutoring, more motivation... more practice?
So, I am very interested in the debate that is going on in the US about whether there is common ground on homework or to banish it totally. The benefits should go to the child, not winning the war for the sake of winning, but base on scientific studies and human logical sense.
Am I making sense? I am not clear myself! I think I have to do more homework on this subject...