Despite the divergent views of people on the usefulness or otherwise of homework to the students; it is a concept that has come to stay despite all the odds against it. We shall be going into history to talk about the person that invented homework. When was it was invented and what was the initial purpose of homework? These and many more shall form the basis of this write-up.
History has it that homework started in AD 1 and it was the idea of Pliny the Younger. He was an orator and the initial idea was to encourage the oratory powers of students in a more informal atmosphere. The end of the 19th century brought about significant changes in the educational system. Homework was taken as compulsory training during this period. The following were set as the standards for every graded homework:
Since the year 1905 when homework was invented by Roberto Nevilis, there has been a significant improvement in the process of homework. It is now regarded as a process which important in the process of developing the initiative, creative imagination, independence, and individuality in students.
Based on what we have so far discussed, the value of giving homework to students is seen through the following angle:
In our present dispensation, the main purpose of homework can be summarized below:
It is an instrument to ease the learning process for students. There are several varieties and they are all aimed at improving the knowledge of students in the long run.
The above represents the development of homework from its infancy up unto the stage it has now assumed worldwide.
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