Growing up, the last thing I wanted to do was my homework, and as a matter of fact, I got threatened with my homework more times than I can count. In such a way that mere thinking about your homework alone is enough to spoil your mood for the day and prevent you from being productive in your other activities.

The last thing the average employee wants to do is come home after work with more work; meaning, the moment you leave work, that should be your last connection with work till the next day, even if it is over the weekend. Except you have a deadline to meet or you spent your day at work procrastinating, then maybe you can come home with your unfinished tasks with the hope of meeting up with those unfinished work. Similarly, kids shouldn’t have to go home with extra work after spending six or seven hours at school, getting drilled, and told what to do. The time spent at home is considered their free time. The time to engage in other activities beneficial to you in different ways and switch off from mind-numbing school activities.

The origins of homework

The origin of homework is not specified, but it wasn’t until the turn of the 20th Century when students started taking school work home, and this was because scholars viewed the mind as a muscle that could get strengthened through mental exercise; this means that this exercise could also be done at home by the students. Many people also hold the belief that homework started originally as a punishment for bad behavior such as students failing to do their work in class, until it became a universal phenomenon that every student, regardless of their behavior, had to do. The fact remains that the origin of homework will continue to be a subject of controversy; however, the reality remains that students and children hate homework. For the few who don’t, they do it because they have to.


Taking homework home has not been proven to impact students’ academic performance or achievement directly. If children get an hour in school to do their homework, they would get similar results or even better. However, this is not an attempt to underscore the impact homework can have on children or whether children should not go over or review their textbooks and school work at home. I am against the fact that children do more work when they get back home from school that they go to five times a week for at least six hours every day.

Homework is a major burden to students, and it overworks them in more ways than you can count and denies them the opportunity to be children or enjoy their childhood after school. Homework takes away the opportunity to engage in challenging, creative and fulfilling activities at home. All homework does is take away the fun and freedom they should be enjoying at home and dictates how they should spend their time at home.

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