We are now in an era where kids are using high-tech gadgets to do their homework. The homework itself has gone more complicated where the parents are required to Google in advance mode to grasp what is needed to be done.
In times like this, the same gadgets have kept the kids in an entertainment bubble. Social media requires them to upload the picture first in case of a fire, and evacuate later. This attitude has seeped into all walks of our lives, kids and adults included.
This brings up the question – Is giving homework still of any importance?
Let us look at the reasons why giving homework is considered ‘old school’ and why it should be continued as a practice:
Less screen time
According to research, children are having eyesight and psychological problems because of excessive screen times. Although, this may be called entertainment but can cause extensive neuro-damage.
To break the flow, homework helps a great deal. Old school method of using textbooks and copies is one way to do. It is also important that the homework that is done on the computers should be minimized to reduce the screen time.
You may believe that your child is learning through cartoons, but the real learning is always through books.
“I do my precalc homework, and then when I’m done, I sit with my textbook for like three hours and try to understand what I just did. That’s the kind of weekend it is – the kind where you have so much time you go past answers and start looking into ideas.”
The niche of books and homework doesn’t matter. The real thing that matters is that they get to read before completing their homework.
It is often seen now that the parents and children are disconnected because of the social media and other entertainment factors.
“On a lighter but serious side, I believe that homework was meant for parents to take a keen interest in the studies of their children rather than leave it completely for the teacher. This way, the parent-child communication is also developed.”
Homework brings back the time when parents were fully involved with their kids which have a positive effect on their upbringing.
Entertainment usually doesn’t allow for any time to analyze situations or texts. Analytical skill is the key ingredient for success at any level of education for children.
“Harry moved the tip of his eagle-feather quill down the page, frowning as he looked for something that would help him write his essay; Witch Burning in the Fourteenth Century was completely Pointless – discuss.”
~J.K. Rowling – Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
Having homework allows them to develop this skill in a stress-free environment of their bedroom or study room.
Call it old school, but there is no need to abolish the homework and home assignment methods. Although there is a need to incorporate the latest technology in it, the idea of homework remains valid and the same.