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    Default "Spinoff" sort of - is homework necessary in primary school?

    Someone mentioned homework in another thread and I was at a new clients house today who is a school principal, the topic got onto homework and he said he disagrees with giving homework ( except reading) and I said is it part of the curriculum ( I don't have a child at school so have no idea !) and he said no it's because the parents think they need it?

    Do you think homework is necessary? Would love to hear teachers opinions as well on why you give it and if it's beneficial ?

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    I don't think it is necessary and I hate it! I 100% agree with reading on a daily basis though.

    I will see if I can find the research that says it has no benefit until mid way through high school in any case.

    ETA http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-10-2...-value/4330514

    I'm sure I have read an actual research paper, but I am way too tired to find it.
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    Not in the lower Primary School years, beyond a little reading each night. Maybe once they reach Year 5 to start preparing them for High School.

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    This is what DS school next year says they should be doing per day - I don't remember doing that much as a kid?
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    No I don't think homework is necessary. We are looking into a school for ds that doesn't set homework.

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    I really think homwork unnecessary and time wasting. It encroaches so much on our afternoons and I find it very frustrating.

    My DD is in year 1 and the homework has been the same since prep.

    10min reading (their home reader)
    List of sight words (to be done each night)
    Homework sheet (to be done over the course of the week)
    List of spelling (to be done each night)

    Actually sorry they didn't do spelling in prep, but they did everything else. It takes a good 30min to complete everything.

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    I think it is not necessary at all, but, I do think kids need to read, every day.

    This said I think my DD needs to do some Math outside of school hours, but this is just her I don't think it's necessary for all kids.

    There was a study a few years ago that looked into the benefits of homework and apparently there were none, as far as achieving academic success goes, the argument was that it teaches children good work ethic.

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    Homework does more damage than good in my opinion. It quashes eagerness to learn.

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    This topic is one of perpetual discussion amongst teaching groups I'm a part of. What amazes me is that the majority of teachers seem eager to ignore the research, and rule in favour of homework. Now that's not the case for everyone...but it's always the majority view when it comes up.

    Personally? I'm against homework in the majority of cases, as what evidence we have shows no benefit. There are exceptions though, and some kind of homework are better than others.

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    My daughter is only 2, so I'm not sure how I feel about it in primary school. But I fully support a reasonable amount of it in high school. For example, in Maths, we would learn a concept, work through an example question as a class, then be told to complete these 20 questions to practice the concept. We would start this there with the teachers help available, then finish it for homework. It reinforced what we learnt in class. If we didn't have homework, it would take way longer to get through concepts and I think a lot would be forgotten from one lesson to the next.

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