Sigh! The sigh is to denote the fact that none of us can lead tremendously edgy lives like the kind Calvin from Bill Watterson's much loved comic strips does. Therefore homework can be pretty stressful-not just for children but for their parents too! This is something that resonates with single working mums to even a 10 year old.
According to Rashna Irani, "Homework is something that teachers give to the students that can't be finished in the class. However, most of the times the parents end up doing the homework as there is too much homework and nearly impossible for the child to write it all by himself. This is not only the issue with my son and in his school. Most of the teachers are unable to finish the syllabus on time and this ends up with the kid learning the topic from his tuition teacher or parents. As a child, even I faced the same issue and now my son is also going through this!"
Not such a bad thing after all!
But if homework is given strategically and does not take away the child from playtime, then it is recommended and something that even the child can look forward to. A stay-at-home mum from Mumbai, Sudha Chakravarty says, "My 6-year-old son goes to an international school where his homework is given a fancy name and is called home-play. The home-play can empower kids in such a way that they themselves make time to finish off their work and it is very manageable, say around 1 or 2 sheets. If they don't want to do it, then also it is fine, it need not be forced upon."
This is something that avid blogger and mum of a 5-year-old, Sfurti Sinha concurs. "Home work should be as little as possible. Nothing more than a small revision of what they learnt during the week. My 5-year-old goes to a school where he doesn't get more than one or two sheets in a week. And also, they don't follow a yearly exam pattern. I think it is high time we reduce this pressure on the kids in India," she says.
Smart schools = less homework, happy parents and happier kids!
Most mothers feel that the kind of education system that the school follows can also make for healthy homework trends. For instance, Bangalore entrepreneur and mum to a 3-year-old, Falak Randerian, has tremendous faith in the Montessori way of teaching. "My 3-year-old goes to a Montessori and they don't have any homework. I think at this age, that is the best thing. After class 3 ideally, schools can start giving homework. Many a times, parents end up doing their kids' homework. It varies from one set of parents to another. I think we can guide the kids, but eventually they should do their own bit," she says.
A similar view is shared by Lubna Sharief, a working mother from Bangalore, who says, "My 8-year-old daughter is in an ICSE school. I have noticed that the homework she gets from school is actually enough for her to be prepared for her weekly class tests. I'm totally in for the amount of homework she gets, as it keeps her updated on her lessons, which amounts to one hour a day spent on homework every day."
Agree with these moms or disagree with them? Which side of the homework fence do you sit on? Comment below and let us know.