The Süddeutsche Today the newspaper reports on the theses of our author Armin Himmelrath: He wants to do away with homework. And based on the best of HR -® why.


Why must homework be?

How do you learn well and correctly in school? Through intuition and experimentation - and through homework. That's what many parents, teachers and students think. Only: That's not true. Studies have shown time and again that the pedagogical effect of homework is zero.

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“Homework: a 'pedagogical ritual' survived” - this is how the Neue Zürcher Zeitung wrote one in November 2013 Article and quotes, among others, the pediatrician and author of educational guides, Remo Largo: “They don't do anything. It only harasses students and parents ”.

And for Gabriel Romano from the pre-school and primary school institute University Bern, homework is just a "pedagogical ritual" with no deeper educational ones Sinn.

“Homework has no educational value”

Because time and again scientists have shown that homework hardly produces learning effects:

time for a change

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In addition, many of those involved repeatedly report critical and negative experiences with homework: teachers steal it Tasks – their announcement, but above all the tedious one Control - valuable class time. They spoil the time after the end of the lesson for the students. And parents are forced into the role of substitute teachers by homework. In short: Homework creates dissatisfaction and is a significant stress factor for everyone involved.

But where does this deep-seated belief come from that such tasks Things to Learn promote anyway? Maybe it's because they've been mentioned in school regulations for more than 500 years and we've all experienced school with homework only. In view of the scientific findings, isn't it about time to question the sense of homework? After all, the use of the cane was also considered a proven educational tool for centuries – until, fortunately, a new social consensus emerged. When it comes to homework, such a learning process is now more than overdue.

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