SOME love it, some hate it, but very few of us have escaped homework at some point in our lives.
But where did the idea come from – and how has it changed since its introduction?
Who Invented Homework?
Homework plays such a big part in many of our lives, but have you ever thought about why we do it and who invented it?
Many names are associated with his invention.
The first mention of homework appears in ancient Rome in the writings of Pliny the Younger in AD 1.
Pliny, an oratorio teacher, is said to have asked his students to practice public speaking at home to help them build confidence.
Homework became commonplace when, towards the end of the 19th century, school attendance became compulsory for many people around the world.
Why was homework invented?
Homework advocates say it matters because:
- Students can reinforce what they have learned by practicing what they have learned in school;
- Teachers and students can identify learning gaps when the student submits independently completed assignments;
- It gives students more time to study;
- It helps students with time management.
Historically, however, homework has not been popular with everyone and was BANNED in the state of California for 15 years in the early 20th century.
Meanwhile, in the UK, students tend to get more homework than in many other European countries, with the weekly average being five hours per subject.
What is the myth of Roberto Nevelis?
The Roberto Nevelis myth is a false claim that has been circulated online about who invented homework.
Nevelis may not have existed at all.
The claims appear mostly on forums and obscure sites, and no one seems sure if they invented homework in 1095 or 1905.
Both are unlikely and you will not find any information about him on reliable history and biography sites.
It seems that this explanation was just made up – possibly by someone who should have done their homework.
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