If you have never asked this question,
you are very unusual. Homework
certainly takes up time which otherwise would have been your own.
And this is a real problem for some learners, as well as for parents
So what is homework? One headteacher,
interviewed for a radio programme, said it was "work that is done
at home". This wasn't very clever, and wasn't even completely
accurate - homework is often done out of the home.
In some ways the name "homework" is very
old-fashioned, as if there are only two places where children can
do work - if it's not school, then it must be home. More recently
we have heard of "anytime anywhere learning" - the idea is that
work is portable, and we can do it wherever we are. This might seem
wonderful or scary - is there nowhere we can escape from work?
When you are at school you are in a room
with a lot of other people. At home you are on your own, or with
only a few other people. At many schools you keep moving between
lessons. You can only take equipment you can carry. At home, you
can work without any of these problems - if you want.
You may start to feel far better about
doing homework if you see your teacher as your ally, helping you to
succeed in a competitive world. Most teachers really believe you can be better, even when you and your
friends think there's no chance.
So try to use the homework as a way to
learn something - even if it's only to pass an exam. One day
someone will look at your exam results in order to give you a job
(or not). Doing well at school is one way to feel good about
yourself. Homework can help you succeed and even enjoy doing