Top facts to know about homework

In most countries today, homework is embraced as an essential part of the academic system. Most of us have been doing our take-home assignments but never asked ourselves these questions – “who is the brain behind homework?”, “When was homework invented?” and “why did we decide to start giving students homework?” Follow me as we discuss all of these in this article. 

History of Homework

In 1905, homework was invented by an Italian educationist, Roberto Nevilis, to punish his unserious students. However, this practice became popular and was adopted around the globe. As a result of this, rapid positive changes in the education system and education quality were noticed at the end of the 19th century due to giving take-home assignments worldwide. 

However, significant developments were incorporated as to how homework can be given effectively. Changes to how often homework was given and what kind of assignment was given by an instructor were part of the developments.

Homework is an independent task that is compulsory for students to be involved in – it’s a training that gives students the ability to study and learn independently. In addition, homework contributes to the learning process of any given child, but for it to fulfill the purpose for which an instructor has given it, it must meet the following criteria:

  • It must be realizable
  • It should not be bulky and difficult
  • It should be given when students have been trained on how to work independently. 
  • The Main Purposes of Homework

According to Robert Nevilis, homework allows students to independently plan and prioritize tasks, work without haste, and decide on hours of work conveniently. In addition to this, homework reinforces learning by repeating previously passed materials. It helps in connecting the different skills necessary for independent work. It also helps students fix into memory the materials discussed in the classroom.

The main purposes of homework are:

  • Formation of students’ research skills
  • Improved ability to source for information from various resources available
  • To be highly skilled in educational work expressed through different teachings. 
  • Fostering the responsibility, independence, and education of students’ strong – willed efforts

Instructors need to understand that children of different ages are to be given different levels of assignments. Also, assignments to be given should depend on the material being studied in the classroom, and it must not be too much or difficult for them. 

How does homework improve our Educational system?

Homework has contributed significantly to academic excellence and the education system as a whole. It enables students to give in their time to subjects treated in the classroom and thereby sharpen their skills on a particular topic. Any student who does not complete his or her homework is depriving himself of time to study independently. Since the goal of homework is to incorporate seriousness and knowledge into students,  they must embrace it.

 

What is Finland doing to improve school?

It will amaze you what percentage of students in Finland badge the highest score overall in the world. In 2008 they experienced a drop in the country’s economy and this led to a reduction in students and teachers. Not to worry they were still considered as part of the work systems in the world. After this ridiculous setback, Finland started an approach towards education. This approach has landed Finland again on the fore list of the world’s rated schools.

Some headlines have reported Finland as though they are neglecting cultural studies, but Finland seems to uphold the cultural studies. Research has been going on, and several professional bodies are looking into Finnish schools’ thriving factors. Some of the factors they came out with are:

  • Education is solely relying on trust, cooperation, friendly responsibilities between the schools in Finland. This means education should not be governed by business-minded people or governed with the mind of competition.
  • Finland believed in well-trained teachers and instructors, and they equip them properly. Education will grow when the people involved give themselves to grow and become more professional in their field. Education then is not a technical ground but a practicable place and a training world. 
  • Finland also works with the principle of quality education not based on scores or grades. They work with the mind that students are to be developed and equipped with the knowledge and not scared with grades. This gives a chance for the student to explore beyond calculations or literacy in school. 

Considering these factors and policies of the schools in Finland, you will agree that they can only produce quality and useful students in society. Although so many articles contradict these policies, maybe because of misinterpretation or little knowledge. Some of the reasons these comments might have to continue being that the Finnish schools’ valued information is only accessible in their country. This obviously leaves space for doubt, especially in foreign educators’ minds who are interested in the schools’ affairs.

It is believed that schools in Finland do not give homework to their students, which can be the secret to their successful students. Some also believe that Finland adjusted its curriculum and incorporated themes that encourage projects. All these are not true about Finland. 

Most researchers in foreign countries tried to talk Finland down because they do not know or haven’t read about the curriculum in Finland but only give comments based on their opinions or side talks. In a bid to become judgmental about the progress of schools in Finland, at least have a broad knowledge of the education system that works there. 

NCC, which is the authority that supervises the planning of curriculum, now aims at:

  • Helping students understand differences and similarities between learning content. 
  • They also help students better understand different skills and apply them as complete knowledge.

In Finland, schools are united, and their teachers are given full support and trust with an accountable leader, which sums up the better structure.