Guest Post by Courtney Blair
My younger brother, at the young age of six, used to immediately throw his homework in the trash when he’d get home from school to avoid doing it altogether.
So as you can imagine, we were not exactly cooperative when it came to incorporating school into the home environment.
When I came across an article titled “Research Finds The Effects Of Homework On Elementary School Students, And The Results Are Surprising” published by Life Hack, my attention was immediately caught, and a flood of frustrated memories from my childhood came into focus.
In this article, the author Maria Onzain says, “Homework gives a false sense of responsibility. Those who support homework will say that daily homework helps kids become more responsible, but this is only true at a later age. When parents have to remind their kids to do their homework every night, this purpose completely fades away.”
She continues on to say, “At that age [elementary school], children need to be reminded by their parents about their homework. After a long day at school, something that includes the word “work” is not exactly what kids want to do before going to bed. This ends up too often in a sorrowful battle that can be extended to the later years when homework does have benefits.”
This part rang especially true for me and my family. I remember fighting my parents so strongly about doing my homework, feeling overwhelmed because I had just spent all day doing the same work, and just wanted to play and be a kid. Because of this, I lost my passion for learning very early on, and didn’t regain it until I entered college. My grades suffered terribly all the way through school, and I ended up dropping out during my junior year, and getting my G.E.D.
Fortunately for me, the need to learn was reignited within myself once I started online college. This is not always the case with other’s who experienced the feelings towards homework and school that I did.
Research Finds Effects Of Homework On Elementary Students. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.lifehack.org/385878/research-finds-the-effects-of-homework-on-elementary-school-students-and-the-results-are-surprising