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School assignments,homework or homework assignment is an issue that has been topic of debate doing rounds for decades. According to Wikipedia “Homework, or a homework assignment, is a set of tasks assigned to students by their teachers to be completed outside the class.
Common homework assignment may include required reading, a writing or typing/ science project, mathematical exercises to be completed, information to be reviewed before a test, or other skills to be practiced”. In simple terms school assignment is task given by an instructor in school performed by a student outside schoolespecially at home. Some educators believe in homework while others would like to discount it altogether. Similarly, some parents appreciate homework while other would like it to be abolished. The relationship between a student and his homework has never been a good one. With the fact that education is getting more and more difficult day by day, students are always burdended with loads of homework. While some look for excuses to escape from the homework solving process, there are many who finish off their work in a hurry. Kids when return home after long drawn school hours get down immediately to tackle with the days homework which denies them the time to relax and do other extra curricular activities. It is just like being in school even after we get home. Children are given assignments that rob them of their time that they should be using to relax,play,watchTV, spend time with family, pursue their hobbies, and chill out with their friends. They spend around 6to7 hours at school during which they take lessons in the classrooms, do their assignments, have their tests, go to the laboratories for practicals, once a week get sports period to play, and usually it goes on for six days a week, with only Sunday being the off day.
Before proceeding further with this issue let us have a look on the various advantages and disadvantages of home assignments given to children in schools:
Students can enagaged with their studies: setting homework allows students to revise content learnt during the day with a fresh set of eyes and a clear head, away from their friends and other schoolyard distractions.
Children develop time management and study skills: Homework sets children up to manage their time and plan out study schedules, which are very useful skills to have when they enter senior high school years, tertiary study and eventually the workforce.
Homework eats up free time
Excess homework causes children to feel ‘burnt out’ and can cause serve stress for some children, leading to issues such as sleep deprivation.
IT IS JUST LIKE BEING IN SCHOOL EVEN AFTER WE GET HOME. CHILDREN ARE GIVEN ASSIGNMENT THAT ROB THEM OF THEIR TIME THAT THEY SHOULD BE USING TO RELAX, PLAY, WATCH TV, SPEND TIME WITH FAMILY, PURSUE THEIR HOBBIES, AND CHILL OUT WITH THEIR FRIENDS.