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Why can not we imagine to teach a child without assigning homework even during the preschool years?
Honestly, I'm not a teacher, so my answer might seem unprofessional, but I once was a child. I guess assigning homework has to do something about teaching children so called "responsibility" - like if you have a homework, you gotta discipline yourself and do it, otherwise the teacher will give an "F" mark. In theory - I think such approach doesn't really work, as instead of encouraging children to learn more by means of presenting the subject in a way it would be interesting to kids - the teaching system takes a shortcut and says: "you must do it", "you must obey". Robert M. Pirsig touches similar questions in his book "Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance" - in a very philosophical manner.
I AM a teacher and have been one for the past thirteen years. Assigning homework has nothing to do with teaching responsibility. Likewise, assigning homework and teaching school aren't about a power trip. Your answer was uninformed not unprofessional
Thank you! I can understand your reasoning. What I am trying to say, is that in my opinion"nohomework"approach could be more progressive as it would motivate kids to discover more on their own and to be creative. Not in preschool of course but in hig
I am a teacher in the UK; we are told to send homework out to children. It was something introduced by David Blunkett (think he was education secretary at the time) and there are guidelines as to how many hours each age group should get. However, this is at odds with a lot of research about how children learn. A lot of research has shown that one of the best ways to teach young children is through play. As a teacher of reception children in the UK (also known as F1 or foundation one) and the year immediately above this (year one) I try to make homework have a game format so it's a fun way of continuing learning at home and also shows the parents what learning goes on at home.
There are some great books about learning through play. One of the best authors to check out is Julie Fisher, she's quite inspirational about education and I had the benefit of being involved in one of her projects a few years back. You can find her books on Amazon, she's written quite a few.
I suppose you could say that the introduction to my answer is listed as a comment under AndriyR's answer.
At any rate, homework is a checkpoint for teachers and students. It's a way to assess how well student can master concepts learned in school on their own. When I taught second grade, I assigned homework that was closely related to what the students learned on a given day. If they did well on the homework, I knew I could go on to the next concept. However, if they didn't do well on the assignment, I knew what I needed to spend more time on that concept. It frustrated me when parents did the homework.
If a preschooler has homework, I would guess that it is for the reasons listed in the previous paragraph and to help parents learn how to take an active role in their child's schooling.
I think it is necessary for children from the very beginning to learn the habits of learning and homework is a good start.
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