Is Homework Compulsory
Do young children really need to do more work when they get home after a day at school?The Oireachtas committee on public petitions is currently examining a call for the “eradication of homework” for children in primary school on the basis that it provides little educational benefit is a source of stress and frustration.
“Trying to do homework on those days [when it he tired] is a nightmare . ” Despite the tears and occasional stress, she feels it is a good thing for Nathan and other primary schoolchildren.
If there is an international authority in the field, it’s most likely Prof Harris Cooper of Duke University in the US.
He conducted the most comprehensive research on homework to date from a 2006 meta-analysis.
Dr Carey, however, believes parents are hard-wired into believing all children should have homework, all the way down to junior infants, because they experienced it as well.
“Therefore, if a teacher doesn’t rightfully assign homework there’s going to be complaints.” While he feels it has a role at second level due to our focus on State exams, introducing it earlier is simply counter-productive.