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Homework in Secondary Schools

Frank Coulter

Homework is one of those things about which most people can speak from personal experience. This is either because they have done it as children, have set it as teachers, or have supervised it as parents. Advocates of homework believe that it encourages initiative, develops independent learning skills and allows time for practice and application of what has been learned in school. Others question its value and argue for its discontinuation. Often one hears comments such as
'teachers set too much (or not enough) homework', and 'students are given the wrong kind of homework'. Critics of homework also argue that some children do not live in conditions appropriate for home study, and also that homework encroaches upon children's leisure time and denies them access to activities in their community.

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