Should Primary Kids be Given Homework?

Ms. Aditi Roy

Principal, Mount Columbus School, Dakshinpuri, New Delhi-110062

With the paradigm shift in Education, the emotional wellbeing of a child has occupied the topmost slot of the learning pyramid and is of utmost importance. As compared to Nineteenth Century teaching – learning process, the present Twenty First century process has evolved from being a teacher centric one to a student centric one. And also the fact that all learning happens till the age of 9 years – the primary years of schooling.

Over the years, teachers have grown from being knowledge providers to facilitators of knowledge. Now is the turn for parents to understand and accept that children should be allowed to grow without the burden of work from a tender age. Homework has been a topic of debate between Parents and Academicians since long.

According to Forbes Magazine Survey 2019, Finland is the happiest country in the world. In Finland, so often looked to as a beacon of educational reform, students do not start formal schooling until seven years of age and are assigned virtually no homework . Child psychologist Dr David Carey, who has over 25 years experience in clinical and educational settings, believes homework for children who are still in primary school serves little purpose.“The research seems to indicate it doesn’t really consolidate learning. When children aren’t given homework, they don’t learn at a slower pace than when they are given homework,” he says

So, it is imperative that Primary Kids should be completely exempted from the idea of giving homework. Primary education is a part of the Early Year Foundation Stage of children .It normally starts between the ages of five to nine, and was designed to give a sound basic education in reading, writing and, the elementary understanding of essential subjects. With changing times, the focus has now shifted from elementary understanding to “establishing a solid foundation for learning".

In order to establish a strong foundation of learning, it is prerogative of teachers to ensure that they use their knowledge accompanied with their creative bent of mind and make learning fun for kids to increase their retaining power of knowledge without causing much stress to them. Rather they should be given an opportunity to experiential learning from this age where they would enjoy the process rather than take it as a work offloaded to them.

When ,learning is made fun for kids , they will start loving coming to school and look forward to increase their brain assimilation by using both parts of their brain and we will have happy and learned kids who will shape the future of the country.

The maximum learning of kids should happen during school hours, four hours of productive learning is enough for kids at this stage .Even if we think as adults, who work in offices eight hours of continuous working is enough for getting desired results.

Therefore , kids at this stage should be given advantage of enjoying ample time and space after school .Curriculum learning should be exclusive responsibility of teachers and instead of giving homework , teachers should motivate kids to develop reading habit and engage in activities of their choice.

Having a social and family life is equally important. Many adults get angry if their work occupies a chunk of their time and they are unable to spend time with friends. If we think empathetically, same is applicable to kids as well. School is a time for learning, and it takes up most part of the waking hours. After school is the time for pursuing their own hobbies and their time with friends to develop a healthy EQ (Emotional Quotient) alongwith their IQ (Intelligence Quotient).

We as experienced Academicians should come together and work actively towards implementing it practically in all the schools to equip kids with emotional and mental strength and hence contributing in shaping a brighter and happier India.

Ms. Aditi Roy

Principal, Mount Columbus School, Dakshinpuri, New Delhi-110062