HOME­WORK IS ONE OF THE MOST CON­TESTED TOP­ICS IN ED­U­CA­TION, WITH MANY PAR­ENTS, TEACH­ERS AND STU­DENTS QUES­TION­ING ITS PUR­POSE. THIS LEADS US TO THE QUES­TION: HOW IS HOME­WORK BEN­E­FI­CIAL FOR TO­DAY’S CHIL­DREN?

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We all know what it’s like when kids walk in the door from school. Some are tired, oth­ers are rest­less and some just want to go out and have fun home­work. Toowong-based clin­i­cal psy­chol­o­gist and for­mer ques­tions around home­work and that re­search shows both pos­i­tive and neg­a­tive out­comes for kids de­velop. “What they are de­vel­op­ing is self-reg­u­la­tion, which is the abil­ity to stop cur­rent plea­sure for fu­ture gain,” Dr Locke says. “It is good for chil­dren to not turn on the TV or go out­side un­til they have done their home­work as they are de­vel­op­ing their sel­f­reg­u­la­tion skills.” The de­vel­op­ment of self-reg­u­la­tion dur­ing child­hood leads to height­ened skills in bud­get­ing, time man­age­ment and self-paced learn­ing. The de­vel­op­ment of rou­tine also en­hances the child’s work ethic as they move into adult­hood. That be­ing said, Dr Locke ac­knowl­edges that there are many suc­cess­ful adults who never did their home­work and the reg­u­lar com­ple­tion of home­work is not the only way to de­velop these skills. and Train­ing told haven mag­a­zine that home­work is class work, suits in­di­vid­ual age and learn­ing needs, and is monitored by the teacher. “Home­work as­sists stu­dents to con­sol­i­date their class­room learn­ing, it pro­vides op­por­tu­ni­ties for in­volve­ment of fam­ily mem­bers in learn­ing and it sets up pat­terns of life­long learn­ing for the fu­ture.” While there are pos­i­tives and neg­a­tives to the com­ple­tion of home­work, maybe it’s not the end of the world if they don’t get it all done? There are count­less ways for par­ents to cre­ate a sup­port­ive and en­gag­ing learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment in the home to con­tinue de­vel­op­ing their child’s knowl­edge and skills be­yond the bound­aries of the class­room.

Child, The Bon­sai

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