Dubai – MENA Herald:
With the standards of education constantly evolving, it is important to evaluate the practises that are used when imparting knowledge to the younger generations. One of these practices is implementing the ‘no homework’ rule, which is practiced at Rising School in Dubai, in order to allow its students to fully develop into well-rounded adults.
A number of studies have been carried out, leading to revolutionary discoveries about the effectiveness of normal practices. One such study carried out by Stanford University looked into the benefits of removing homework from school life. The overarching finding was that homework could actually have a detrimental impact on the learning experience, and applied to all students regardless of level of capability.
The forward-thinking Rising School, an American curriculum school located in Nad Al Sheba, takes into consideration the findings of such studies, in efforts to improve the education experience of its students. It implements a ‘No Homework Policy’ for a number of reasons, including the idea that homework can have an extended effect on the physical wellbeing of the children, as they could possibly become run down due to stress and exhaustion.
Dr. Michael Bartlett, Principal of Rising School, says: “If asked, this would the be the ideal scenario for any student – not having to do any school work in the afternoon once the bell has rung. There are a number of highly valid reasons for why not assigning homework is beneficial to the learning process. One example is that students who struggle with learning materials may be burdened with feelings of helplessness when left to their own resources while doing homework, whereas high achievers would not find the assignments stimulating.”
Over and above its negative effects on different students, Stanford’s study found common factors that led to this conclusion, including that parents are not qualified educators, and therefore might not be able to help in the most adequate way. This, says Dr. Bartlett, could make a frustrating situation even worse. “Not only does homework tire out students after a long day at school, but also reduces time spent playing and engaging with the family, both of which are vital to a child’s early development,” he explains.
Rising School prioritises providing an inquiry approach to education, where students learn as they explore their surroundings. This is not possible if they are tasked with the chore of homework, as during this time they do not have concurrent questions addressed. In addition, Rising School recognizes the importance of engraining within children a love for learning, encouraged by intrinsic motivational factors. This is achieved through working alongside teachers, when provided with a multitude of engaging resources, whereby there is no need for either students or teachers to schedule additional study time.
“Our ‘No Homework Policy’ allows students to explore hobbies and out of school interests, facilitating their development into well rounded adults. As a result, they are also left with ample time to get engrossed in a good book with their parents, growing their vocabulary and sparking their creativity,” concludes Bartlett.
Rising School is currently enrolling students from KG1 to Grade 5 for terms in 2018, having opened in September 2017. For further information please visitwww.risingschool.ae or attend an open day at the campus in Nad Al Sheba, Dubai.