How much homework is too much?

Homework is one subject on which teachers and parents differ considerably. Teachers believe it's an essential part of the learning process while some parents believe teachers are passing some of their work to them. Some parents have gone as far as suggesting that authorities should intervene on the amount of homework given to their children.

Redi Tlhabi today spoke to education expert Nikki Bush about the contentious subject. She invited listeners to share their experiences about the subject and how they and their children are coping with the increasingly demanding school curriculum.

Listen to the conversation below:

One father called about his seven-year-old daughter who has a "hectic schedule" and is "always exhausted". Bush suggested that parents need to be creative about homework that doesn't need to be handed in. This helps take the boredom element out of the task.

... When you think outside the box, you can be your child's homework hero. It's important to do this when your child is lacking energy. Know how to flip a switch for a child.

Nikki Bush, education expert

Another parent complained about the "information overload" children are subjected to nowadays. Bush suggested that the amount of time spent on homework needs to be monitored.


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