THERE ARE many imponderables affecting the end results of homework, such as chores, distractions, and exhaustion from after-school sports. Notwithstanding these factors, homework reinforces learning at school, and implants knowledge more firmly. It may also render a student more receptive at school, if that student has studied for that day’s school work in advance.
Contemplation when studying raises questions and gives birth to ideas. It may inspire greater curiosity. Homework requiring creativity both expands and hones the mind.
There is more to it than scores or superficial observations. Moreover, homework is far more productive for a growing mind than watching television or playing computer games.
Richard D. Gilman