Once the school day is over, and the student has come home to a nice snack and relaxes for a moment, what do they do next? Just hours ago, the student has learned some new algebraic terms like binomials, polynomials, and word problems. Then in English they have read mostly Emile Bronte and of course learned the proper process for writing a research paper, but once their fanny hits the couch,it may all just slip away while eating Frito’s and watching television. That is where homework comes in, and it reinforces what the child has learned already, encourages independent learning, and also helps to build communication between parent and child.


Homework reinforces what the child has learned in class already and appreciation for learning. For instance most students take multiple subjects in school and have homework in all classes. What a child has learned at 8:30 that morning, t may be forgotten by 3:30 in the afternoon, and so coming home and being distracted with no assignments to do, may allow them to forget certain concepts learned. This is not to say that all students are forgetful once they come home, but it teaches them that sometimes a subject needs a second look.


As a student I have also gleaned understanding about various subjects through independent learning. I now study how to do web pages on my own, I’ve learned how to read some music, and am learning Spanish. The question is, what does this have to do with homework? Everything! Taking courses and doing homework got very boring for me until I realized something: I am learning everything I need and can understand things on my own terms. It doesn’t eliminate the teacher, if anything it may prove the teacher is doing his or her job by providing challenging homework. The teacher may teach a subject in their own way, but by doing homework it encourages the student to do some outside learning and to focus on their abilities.


Another reason why homework is important for a child is because it fosters communication at home during the week. I have another example from my own life: My father was a single parent, raising my sister and I, and worked two jobs along with side jobs and would come home sometimes late in the evening. Of course we would all eat dinner, and then try to rush upstairs to watch more tv, but my father, ever the promoter of good, solid education, would help me with my math homework, no matter what time of night. During this time he would ask questions and give me practice problems to work on. At times I would be frustrated, and my father would be stressed out as well, but as I got older,I discovered the assignments came a lot easier and I valued his input on certain papers I had to write. That may have just been communication about homework, but he knew what goals I was trying to reach each day.

Homework shouldn’t be viewed as “boring work we have to do” as I used to say back in the day. Instead, remember why you are in school in the first place, and that learning takes place in more than just a classroom.