Until the children are 8-10 years old, most of the children have less ability to think and differentiate what is good for them. The focus at this age is to live by the day. Schooling is a part of the daily routine, as that is what our parents, teachers or society at large has decided.
These are the foundation years of the children and goes a long way in setting up for the future. In the Indian context, schooling for children is the part of the learning mechanism. However, with the advent of a working society (both parents work) and or disproportionate educational standards among parents, the expectation from the child is still to be one of the best amongst the cohort. As a parent we all recognize the importance of schooling, I mean formal learning as that is what the foundation is for the future.
So let’s look at some of our observations:
In the early years, schooling helps build a habit of studying, brings in discipline – making it “the key thing” at this tender age. One of the important thought being “These are foundation years – clear concepts now will go a long way – application of concepts matter”
However, what comes along with the schooling though is the “Home Work”. For an early age of 8, this is one of the few things the parents focus on, where the children need help. Cause as parents we think of the homework from the perspective of our abilities rather than that of the children’s ability.
The impact of this is – either the children somehow complete the homework or do not complete the homework and rightly so cause there is so much going on in the children’s lives and the parent’s do not have time to support or spend little time to explain, as the focus is more towards getting the homework completed.
Increasingly, we hear the statements:
Number and volume of Home works continues to increase
Children need to move away from mugging to understanding the concepts
Home work for children is more of Homework for parents
Isn’t it the schools responsibility to teach? Only teachers can teach students. Children understand and listen better from their teachers.
Doesn’t, all of the above sound familiar
To add to this, the Gen Z generation has lot of distractions of technology, chats, phone calls and after school activities. What this means is homework and learning for the day beyond school becomes an emotional event.
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