Is homework good for kids?
The Truth about Homework clearly argues that homework is not good for kids – or at least that the cons of homework outway the pros. I think I definitely learned more in the classroom than I did from any homework but I learned two things from homework:
- How to write papers. We never wrote a whole research paper in school. I can remember writing my first papers in sixth grade. (I can also remember my mom telling me I could do much better – something the teacher never would have told me as I got A’s on them! Mom was right of course. The question was, did it matter?)
- How not to procrastinate. When we moved to Spain when I was in 7th grade it would take me several hours a night to do my homework – mostly because I was struggling with the Spanish. Carmen, our next door neighbor who watched us after school, would feed us a snack right after school and then we would all sit at the dining room table working on school work until we were done. To this day, I am not a big procrastinator. Just sit down and do it. (And this is why I got to play pool and go out in college while my roommates slaved away! Come home, go to your room where it’s quiet, do your homework, come out, say hi to everyone and then go to the pub while they sit around talking and doing homework. I think we all did the same amount of socializing and homework but I think I felt less stressed.)
I also enjoyed doing my math homework and doing a lot of math problems probably cemented the how-to that I learned in school. Other than that, I can’t remember getting a lot out of my homework but maybe my parents would have a different opinion …