“Did you do last night’s homework?” asked the teacher.
“Can I copy your homework?” begged the student.
“Do you have any homework?” quizzed the parent.
So, why do teachers give homework? There are several answers to this question. Some will claim that repetition aids in skill building. Others might say that it teaches students responsibility outside of the classroom. These are good guesses, but not entirely accurate.
Every teacher knows that learning is a recipe that calls for three main ingredients – teachers, students, and parents. Take one of these ingredients out of the learning dish and you are left with something even the dog won’t eat. Learning just doesn’t work without parent involvement!
Teachers assign homework to hold both students and their parents accountable for the education the child is receiving at school. Parents need to know what their child is learning, how their child is learning, and why their child is learning if they want their child to learn at all! It might be as simple as asking “Do you have any homework”, or as time-consuming as sitting up all night with a textbook, but either way, the parent should be actively involved in their child’s education.
Teachers assign homework because they know that a student will succeed if a parent is involved. No teacher ever wants to see a student fail, and any teacher who has been in the business of educating very long knows that the most successful students are the ones with actively involved parents. Homework helps to build a bridge between home and school – the two places most students spend the majority of their time. When it comes to teachers and parents they have the same priority – the student. When all three ingredients – teachers, parents, and students – come together, it can be so delicious.