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

    Ugh, I hate homework. More trouble than it's worth. There is so much research against it. Nightly reading for enjoyment at home most definitely but the other... No thanks! (Primary school hat on)... Kids should be learning other life skills after school - bake a cake! Climb a tree!

    Quote Originally Posted by Rose&Aurelia View Post
    I find this thread interesting/amusing. I grew up in India and suffice to say the education system in vastly different. By grade 3 I was learning 2 extra languages at school and most of my school mates were going to tutors 2-3x a week. I had a SAHM who enforced a strict homework time every day for 2 hrs and is multilingual so she tutored us at home.

    After we moved to australia, both my parents were worried we would lose our studying ethic so we had extra study set up by them on top of what the teachers gave out and holiday study structured as well.
    This is so true! I've really noticed the homework push from parents in some cultural groups... Chinese and Indian in particular...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elijahs Mum View Post
    This is why I panicked reading the homework timetable! This is supposed to be high school - is it even possible to do 4 hours a day????
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    What!!!!!! Crazy!!! In year 12 we weren't even assigned homework we just had the expectation to "study" which was however we decided to interpret it mostly just to reinforce what we had done so far. Some kids probably did 4 hours but that was their choice (and perhaps their parents) but I probably spent 30 minutes to an hour and certainly didn't fall behind in class and performed well in the HSC

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    @A-Squared
    It's hard to point to a specific study, as their conclusions are so varied. Literature reviews are a good place to start, or something such as this summary of a Victorian inquiry into homework:
    http://www.teachermagazine.com.au/ar...tudent-success

    My main point was that the research doesn't back up homework. There are potentially benefits - moreso in certain situations than others. There are also potential downfalls. You can make all sorts of convincing arguments for and against it, but what surprises me is how vehemently many people will defend homework (to the point of belittling those who disagree, because it's apparently so OBVIOUSLY beneficial) despite the fact that the research doesn't actually support this.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by billykate View Post
    Ugh, I hate homework. More trouble than it's worth. There is so much research against it. Nightly reading for enjoyment at home most definitely but the other... No thanks! (Primary school hat on)... Kids should be learning other life skills after school - bake a cake! Climb a tree!



    This is so true! I've really noticed the homework push from parents in some cultural groups... Chinese and Indian in particular...
    Yep. Homework and study was really important to my family and by extension me now. By year 12 I was easily doing 2-3hrs of homework/assignments a night plus all day Sunday 10-6. But I don't grudge my parents for their insistence. Their work choices were severely reduced by moving to Australia and they wanted us to do whatever our hearts wanted as adults and not be curtailed by low marks at high school or poor study ethic.

    In comparison DH didn't get that support as a teenager and now as an adult struggles with study, and genuinely thinks he can't study when it actuality he simply doesn't know how to. No one showed/emphasised the importance of learning how to study effectively.

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    Amount of hours i studied a day in school...... 0.

    Lol

    Still got a good HSC mark, not that it has ever mattered to me anyway....I have always had work to lead me to further opportunities. I knew i didnt want to go to Uni, but if i did id have to do the bridging course either was given your UAI was only considered for the first year out of school.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonja View Post
    Why can't they do both? I have 4 kids oldest is in year 4 and second in year 1. Both get reasonable amounts of homework and sometimes they do it happily other times they are too tired so we leave it for the next day. It's never a big issue but I want them to know that achievement comes with hard work. They both do plenty of extracurricular activities and have wild and vivid imaginations.

    Everything in moderation.
    They do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Curby View Post
    Except soft drink 😉


    Yes. I don't like my children drinking soft drink. Can we move on now?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrDrakeRamoray View Post
    They do.
    Ok sorry I thought your point was you didn't want your kids doing any as they would learn through play. If they do both what's your worry?

    I'm also a parent with an expectation on homework and I instil that in my kids. FWIW my personal reasons for homework are less to do with intelligence or kids knowing how to do sight words and more just knowing rewards come with hard work. If they want to be good at handstands they practice. If they want to be good at the piano they have to practice. And if they want to get 20/20 on their spelling test on Friday they have to practice.

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    I like DS to do some homework on some days but mostly as an exercise in discipline and perseverance. His homework is all computer based (mathletics, reading eggs or the learning place) which he is quite happy to do. We do home readers most nights though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rose&Aurelia View Post
    @Party of Three

    That's a hectic evening schedule! From memory our childhood in Australia (~20yrs) ago was way different.

    Home 3.15pm. Nap till 4pm. Yes we napped after school till uni years.
    Bum around till 5pm. Only allowed once activity a week and both my brother and I had to have them on the same day. No way mum was going out every day.
    Study time every Mon-thurs 5-6pm. Without fail. Whether we had homework or not. If not mum would set up some reading or math questions for us to do at the dining table as she cooked dinner /did jobs.

    Dinner 7-8pm when dad was home. Bed 8-9pm. Up at 7am.



    wifey of hubby who is always away. mother of two girls who are always amusing.
    Just saw this now, sorry.

    It is hectic and I didn't even add in the play dates! My after school time was a lot different growing up because neither me or my siblings wanted to do after school activities. My kids don't do half of what their friends do. My kids complain and constantly ask me why their friends get to do 3 and 4 things after school each but they only get to do two. However, because of their ages and skills, even picking one activity each, they still go on different days.
    The older kids get, the busier life seems to be.


 

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