3 Reasons Why Homework is Necessary

Creating the Modern 21st Century School, One Brick at a Time

Professor Schwartz


Should students get assigned homework every single night?

That’s the question.

If you want to know the real answer, you’ve come to the right place. In this article, we will explore the arguments for, the arguments against and also recommend some books you should read.

By the end of this article, you will know whether or not you should be assigning homework or not.

What is the Purpose of Homework?

For many decades teachers have thought the purpose of homework was to practice the skills students learned in class, but at home. Think of it as “extra” reinforcement for students.

The problem is that’s not how students perceive homework.

And perception is reality.

What ends up happening then is students get home from school and the last thing they want to do is their homework. Can you guess what happens next?

If you guessed this sets up a power struggle between parent and child — you guessed correctly.

And this power struggle is also not the purpose of homework.

The Three Reasons Homework is Necessary

If homework is not supposed to be “practice” work or set up a power struggle between parents and children, then what is the purpose of homework?

I’ve done 20 years of academic research, along with collecting 20 years of student data. And here are the three reasons homework is necessary:

  1. Homework Teaches Responsibility
  2. Homework is an “exit ticket”
  3. Homework Teaches Consistency

In order to fully understand how homework can be useful to teachers, parents and students, we are going to have to dive deeper into each one of these reasons.

How Does Homework Teach Responsibility?

When we think about being responsible, what comes to mind?

Would you agree that a responsible person is reliable? Trustworthy? Dependable? Consistent?



Professor Schwartz

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