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Education - Teachers response to Homework and Child Labour

Updated on June 18, 2015

Dear little Joshua

Thank you for your note; On behalf of all Teachers I want to assure you that we care for kids and there are at least 7 reasons we give homework:


1) It is to make kids learn how to be responsible. If you start now, it will be a habit which will stick with you in Secondary School and University.

2) Helping you with time management. This is why we always give dates, for when you have to hand in homework.

3) It helps you grow in confidence, as you always want to do better each time.

4) Your parents/guardian have an idea of what you get up to in school and how much progress you are making.

5) It helps the lessons sink in – sometimes there is not enough time in class for the teacher to complete evaluaton. E;g many kids don’t finish a task and we ask them to finish it off at home as homework.

6) It helps you retain what you have learnt, otherwise you will start to forget things. It also provokes your mind to think more and even be creative.

7) You will learn/discover new things on your own. E.g last week, in a science class. I asked kids to go home or find a garden and pick a flower. Take out a petal, take out a leaf and write down the differences.

I hope you realise now, that when we give homework, it is not Child Labour but in your own interest. ٩(•̮̮̃•̃)۶ We love you.

Best Wishes,



Ps. Homework for now: Use your dictionary to check the meaning of all the difficult words in this letter or ask mum and dad.


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      Elena 4 years ago from London, UK

      Thanks Acaetnna - I didn't know you are a Teacher.

      Lots of hidden talents....... :-)

      Glad you stopped by.

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      acaetnna 4 years ago from Guildford

      As a teacher I totally appreciate what you are saying. Great work as always.

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      Elena 4 years ago from London, UK

      @gwilliams - Thanks. They say: "No pain, No Gain."

      I appreciate you stopping by.

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      Grace Marguerite Williams 4 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

      Totally agree. I do not know what is all the complaining regarding homework. Homework does serve an extremely useful purpose. If one is never given homework, how can one hone his/her subject skills? Excellent hub, voted up.

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      Tijani Achamlal 5 years ago from Morocco

      It is ok..I understand..take your time:)

      I agree Friday is a good day for handing out homeworks and this latter should contain 2 easy excercises.

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      Elena 5 years ago from London, UK

      @James - So sorry (I don't log in everyday)

      I totally understand you and when I have a child, I woudn't want him/her to be bogged down with homework everyday - because they spend all day in school. How about fun and creativity? I think maximum 2 days in the week and Friday is okay for homework. It's true it can be a punishment and it even stresses teens. As for young kids you are right, as a Teacher, sometimes I don't have time to check the homework - I have to take it home, mark half and bring it back again. Thanks for stopping. :-)

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      Tijani Achamlal 5 years ago from Morocco

      Amazing.Thanks for sharing with us this hub.I agree with you,homework are good for kids but too much of anything can be harmful. If the homework isnt addressing the child’s actual academic problem, the child is going to continue to fall further behind and get hopelessly a teacher, I identify the specific area where the child needs skillbuilding work, assigning that homework at an individual level, and then going over it with the child at regular periods to be certain that they’re making progress.I know many teachers use the shotgun approach which is photocopying worksheets and giving each student the same assignment but neglecting to go over the homework after it’s completed, opting instead to merely check off whether or not it was done at all.In this sense,I can say homework is useless and kinda punishment.

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      Elena 5 years ago from London, UK

      Lovely to hear from you Support Med - Hope you are ok and Hurricane Sandy wasn't near you.

      Thanks for sharing your comments. Though I usually teach in Colleges, at the moment I teach young kids in Primary and it does concern me that they are in School from 9.30 - 3.30 and the School give them homework everyday. Personally, I feel they should have a breather, so I can understand your comments above...... and these are little ones, we're not talking about the 11+ and teens. I think twice a week is ok for homework or Just Friday for the weekend.

      It's a pity some learners stress to the point of being suicidal. Learning should be enjoyable not a pain. I love the positive outlet you encourage with your daughter. Brilliant Balance. Thanks for sharing. xx

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      Support Med. 5 years ago from Michigan

      This is definitely a great letter. However, as SidKemp commented, I wish students were taught 'how to do homework' as well as why. My daughter and her friends would probably fuss up a storm after reading this because they are given soooooooo much homework on a daily basis - most times, as MHatter99 pointed out, 3 - 8 hours per night. It's rare when she and her friends complete their homework in 1 - 2 hours or less. The school they attend is top rated #1 - but the workload is terrible. Many students have left the school for that reason, others have had to see therapists and get medication. They push, but without the proper guidance to go along with it. Yes, there are a couple of teachers who guide them well. However, there are others who say 'just get it done' and some teachers who do not keep their word even when they make an appointment with them to be tutored. There are many days when my heart goes out to all of them. Although the teachers always say, 'this is how it is in college.' and we are a college prep school. But, I think they should also see the other side - they are not in college, YET, so, give them the guidance they need now along with the tons of homework (since they think it's so necessary) to balance things out. Many of these students have friends who are in college who do not work as hard as they do (and neither do they have to). None of the students I talked with believe that college will be as hard as their high school years of being in this particular school. Maybe more schools should look into the PBL as MazioCreate shared in her comments. I think it's important for students to not stress out to the point of becoming suicidal, (that's terrible), needing therapy because of 'so much homework' and many times feel like giving up or going to another school (which may not always be a beneficial move to make, especially since so many schools have closed). So hopefully, for my daughter and her friends, they will be strong enough, we will cry together if necessary and as a parent, I will continue to give guidance and encouragement - yet, also find a way for her to have a positive outlet - students need time to relax as well. Giving them too much homework does not always keep them out of trouble - but may lead to it without the proper guidance. Great hub Lady-E.

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      Elena 5 years ago from London, UK


      Hi Paul - thanks for the kind comments. :-)

      I'm glad you enjoyed it.

      Best wishes.

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      paulgc 5 years ago

      Another interesting and topical hub...i don't know how you do it, what is your secret lol. Voted up and useful.

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      Elena 5 years ago from London, UK

      @Flashmakeit - Thanks. Little Joshua's photo does make me laugh too.

      I appreciate you stopping by. :-)

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      flashmakeit 5 years ago from usa

      That was excellent! I wish every child would read this and the first picture sure did make me laugh!

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      Elena 5 years ago from London, UK

      @Ruchira - It truly does. Thanks so much for stopping.

      @Imkarn - Totally agree with you. Cheers and Best wishes.

      @Teaches - Thanks Diane. I appreciate you stopping by.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Such a great letter for kids to know how it really is. Voted up.

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      Karen Silverman 5 years ago

      I couldn't agree more! Homework is a life skill! Sharing..

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      Well said, Elena.

      Homework helps the kid revise all that is done in school so it is important.

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      Elena 5 years ago from London, UK

      @Mhatter - Wow 3 - 8 hours is a lot. (1 - 2 is ok ) Thank goodness College was easy for your son after that. A pity there was a high suicide rate. I hope they didn't push them too much.

      Thanks for sharing. Best Wishes.

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      My son earned his spot at Lowell high school. His homework ranged from 2 to 8 hours a night including weekends. Lowell was one of the best high schools in the US. It also had the highest suicide rate. After Lowell, college was easy.

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      Elena 5 years ago from London, UK

      @SidKemp Thanks Sid and I like what you do now. I have much respect for Coaches and of course it's never too late for the adults you are teaching to learn those skills. I will check your profile to see if you have a website or twitter account. I follow so many Coaches on Twitter and it helps me too with Teen online Mentoring. Best Wishes.

      @AlwaysExploring - Hello Ruby. Personally, I would prefer young kids to have homework maybe 2 to 3 days a week, instead of everyday, but there are some places I work, that it's mandatory to give them homework everyday. You probably had homework everyday back then. :-) Thanks for the point about parents too.

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      Elena 5 years ago from London, UK

      @SuzetteNaples - Thanks a lot. It's nice to read the comments of another teacher.

      @BillyBuc - Thanks Bill. That's good to know. I'm glad you stopped by.

      @Mazio - Thanks for sharing your experience. It's wonderful that you were able to find a process that suited students, parents and you the teacher. It's a brilliant idea too. Best Wishes.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I always hated homework, but I now see how important it really is. Teachers can only do so much. Parents must step up to the task of helping..Great article..

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      Sid Kemp 5 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach)

      This is a great article in a fun format. I only wish that parents knew and taught, and schools directly taught, subjects like "how to learn," "how to study," "how to be responsible," and "how to manage your work and your time." Unfortunately - and I don't hold anyone to blame for this - these learning and life skills are necessary to complete homework, but they aren't taught by homework. I invest much of my adult professional time as a trainer and life coach for adults teaching adults these skills which they needed in school, but never learned in school

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      MazioCreate 5 years ago from Brisbane Queensland Australia

      Great format for this hub Elena. I have to say though, homework was the bane of my existence as a student and as a teacher. It wasn't until I moved to project based learning (PBL) within my classroom that life for both my students, my teaching partner and myself took on some semblance of "real life". If school is to prepare children for adult life, my question has always been, how many workers (besides teachers) take home a mountain of work to complete each night and weekend? By using PBL students learnt time management by developing a timeline to complete tasks. It was their choice to complete aspects of this work at home. There was always a deadline for the work to be completed and it was a rare occurrence when some students didn't have it completed on time. For those who finished the tasks prior to the deadline they were able to select enrichment tasks from a variety of areas. My teaching partner and myself always explained the process very carefully to parents at the beginning of each year. We had happy students, happy parents and most of all we were happy, because we were able to mark the work completed on a rolling basis. Liked and shared!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well, as a former teacher, it should be obvious where I stand on this issue. Great letter Elena!

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      Suzette Walker 5 years ago from Taos, NM

      As a retired teacher, I love your letter. Kudos to you. Voted up!