Some people believe that homework should not be given to school children. Others, however, say that homework is an important requirement for children to be able to develop appropriately. Discuss both views and give your own opinion. Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your knowledge or experience.

The benefits of giving or not giving
homework
to
children
are often debated. Some people feel that
children
have enough
work
to do during one day whilst at school, whereas others feel that the more
work
set, the better. It is true that schools today place more and more demands and pressure on
children
. The competition to do well, to enter a good university and to get a good job is significant.
This
has led to the ideology that
children
should do as much schoolwork as possible to help their intellectual development. The argument,
however
, that more is better is not always valid. There comes a point, especially for a child when more knowledge cannot be absorbed in a day. When a child has possibly 7 or 8 classes a day on different subjects, he or she is processing a lot of information already. To give more
work
to be done at home,
therefore
, would be pointless and even counterproductive.
In addition
to
this
,
although
it is important to be educated, childhood should
also
be a
time
when there is an opportunity to just play and enjoy the unstructured
time
.
Homework
can significantly lessen the possibility of doing
this
.
On the other hand
, it can be argued that there is a place for
homework
. If study at school is not overdone, the opportunity to look at
work
again and extend ideas can be an invaluable exercise. It’s easy to forget one thing that has been taught once, but if that concept is revisited a
second
time
, the brain has
time
to reprocess and likely better understand and remember. To conclude, there is a place for
homework
for today’s
children
. What must be remembered, though, is that
homework
needs to be limited to age-appropriate parameters so that a balance can be struck between study and free
time
and relaxation.
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