Why do teachers assign homework?

It’s that time of year again. The kids are back in school and the homework begins. Some parents wonder why their children have so much homework. Why can’t the teacher accomplish what is necessary during the school day?

In the early years of education, that is possible because the time spent on each subject is brief and somewhat superficial. But as the years pass the range of material that has to be taught as well as the depth to which a student must penetrate new material increases considerably. In order to develop a solid foundation, teachers need more time than the classroom allows.

Homework is a vital tool for enhancing a child’s grasp of the coursework. It’s an opportunity to review, assimilate and prepare for upcoming material. Just as at school a child’s fellow students and teacher provide support for each student as he builds his knowledge, so everyone at home should participate in each child’s education.

Parents, as well as older siblings know what it’s like to cover new ground and can offer emotional as well as practical support. Younger siblings’ questions can offer a form of review for older children. As much as possible, the home learning environment should be an extension of the classroom.

Homework assignments are a great opportunity to become involved in your child’s day-to-day educational experience!

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