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Is doing homework more harmful than beneficial for students?
"In 2013, research conducted at Stanford University found that students in high-achieving communities who spend too much time on homework experience more stress, physical health problems, a lack of balance in their lives, and alienation from society."

In India trend is long back set for students and that is “Do your homework daily”. With change in social and behavioural pattern we need to re-evaluate the idea of homework as qualified yardstick for academic achievement of our students.

We may divide the students in three parts one is pre-primary second is primary and the last one is secondary level. Here we discuss the negative impact of implementing homework culture in students of primary level.

The very term of homework seems not going well with little kids and primary students as it suffers from many drawbacks.

The major issue associated with homework is the length which is over 60 minutes in any day. The lengthy homework causes resistance from students who have already spent over 7 hours in school for same reason. Such monotony puts homework in disadvantage.

Second issue is concept of homework not well understood. It seems that concept of homework was introduced as forced extension of school studies and did not go down well in the mind of students. And students still believes that homework is no more than an academic project.

In most of the school Homework are prepared with one belief “one size fits all”. Traditionally School follows this monotony whether it is coursework, examination or homework its one for all. And these have created lots of problem with students having different level of mental aptitude or intelligence. It creates an atmosphere of confusions amongst students.

Homework plan is mostly taken as unstructured plan of study whereas studies at school are somewhat structured and recognized. The homework lacks recognition and attention due to unplanned study. There is no formal planning in school which a student follows to undertake homework.

Sometimes it is seen that homework is not well aligned with main course prepared to face periodical assessment and instead of preparing for assessment home work is mostly focused at completing the course syllabus. And students feel extra burden for no reward.

In Indian society it is very common that most of the time children won’t get their parents time to have their work done due to paucity of time or uneducated parents.

Research conducted at premier university concluded that extra assignments given to students especially younger children are leading to unhealthy stress and anxiety on young minds. The pressure of completing the homework on time is such high that it has caused mostly harm than good to students.

It is seen that heavy homework to students is producing negative results and become counterproductive for overall educational learning of students.

It is important for every students to have free time to catch-up with his friends and family members to rejuvenate his mind and body and be able to get involved in some activities but due to high pressure for homework such free time are consumed elsewhere and it is causing negative impact on physical and mental level of students.

One has to understand that free time is as important as studies in classroom as it fosters not only creativity of a child but also emotional quotient – an important factor for long term success.

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