This month's focus is on Homework: The Great Debate! If we conducted a survey asking teachers, parents and students the pros and cons of homework, I'm sure the answers would vary greatly, even within each group. I've been involved in the field of education for over 40 years. During that time I've watched philosophical cycles come and go. At this point in history homework is fairly common even in the early grades!
Personally, I didn't experience homework until grade seven. A child was expected to do their best in school. Not everyone was required to finish each assignment. Those that finished early helped those having difficulty. After school hours we had one or two chores to do to help the family and then we were allowed free play. In the evenings we played games together as a family, visited neighbours or watched one family television show together. I'm grateful for those times and watch with concern as families seem pressured to include homework daily along with extra-curricular group activities.
Setting aside the debate, homework is a factor of almost every student's life and homework avoidance is a common result. If your child is avoiding homework like brussel sprouts check out this month's video below to discover four main root causes of Homework Avoidance.
Making a Difference Together, Pauline Turton Founder and Director Breakthroughs
Here are the links to blogs with more information on each of the four root causes of Homework Avoidance discussed in the video.
Homework Is A Waste Of Time! - Judgement Skills
"But I don't want to do my homework!!!" - Lack of Success
"Are you listening to me?" - Verbal Comprehension
"I Forgot My Homework" - Memory