Should Homework be Banned During Schooling?

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The education system of India has been designed in such a way that each and every small activity plays a significant role in the learning process of the student. We all must have remembered the 1st day of our school. Some of you have joined the school from the nursery level or some of you might have started directly from the 1st standard.

Day 1 of schooling is a memorable moment for every child. You all have felt excited about the new school bag, books, school dress, lunch box etc. And have you remembered that along with these new school materials you also had a school diary? The school dairy played an important role when we were in the primary classes. It helps in keeping the record of what we have learned in the classroom and what all work we have to do after going home. Apart from this, the school diary also played a useful role in conveying the message between class teacher and parents. When we have a parent-teacher meeting in school then our teacher uses the school diary to convey the message. As our parents used to check the school dairy regularly they get to know the message. And hence they get to know the important update of school. This all was going well till primary classes but as the classes started getting higher and higher the work of the school diary had taken the form of Homework. Homework is good until students are learning from it and do it in an interesting way. But the moment students start feeling the pressure then it becomes a burden to them. In higher classes (mostly above 8th standard) most of the students just copy the task from others or blindly do it, in order to finish the homework. And here is the essence of homework overs. Therefore, for the students studying in higher classes homework does not serve the purpose. Also, the students studying in a higher class should induct more into self-learning than spoon-feeding. Giving homework serves as a spoon-feeding for them. It kills the analytical, question asking ability in the students. Therefore, to promote self-learning, students should be given less homework. While doing homework students can make sure of their textbooks such as Gujarat Board students can use their respective GSEB books for reference purposes.

Students are mostly assigned homework based on the syllabus and concepts included in the textbooks. Homework helps them to retain the concepts they studied in school on the very same day for a longer period of time. It helps them to revise the topics which gives students an idea whether they are thorough with the topic or not. If they have any doubt the next day they can clear it by asking their teacher.

What will happen if there is no homework for the students? 

If students will not be given the homework then they can utilize that time in learning new things. They can devote the time to learn their own area of interest. Students can utilize the time to gain more clarity of the subjects by referring to the textbooks, reference books, notes, etc. They can solve more variety of questions from different resources. It’s human nature that the solution that you find yourself, you remember it for a long time otherwise you forget it soon. Therefore, before referring to any solution material students should first try it themselves. And even if after trying it for 6-7 times they did not find the solution then only they should see the answers or solutions. For example, students who are studying in GSEB affiliated schools can refer to textbook solutions if they find any difficulty solving exercise problems. Studying from textbooks is the best way to build command over the subjects. It explains the topic in simple and easy language. It has various examples, illustrations, facts and experiments to explain a topic. These books are created by a team of experts and are recommended to students by the board. Don’t let your natural curiosity die. Instead, use your homework in such a way that it makes you learn new things and develop interest within you.

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