Homework must have a purpose Homework should exist ONLY if it has value. If teachers assign homework and they do not use it to inform instruction, then it is a waste of everyone's time. Many teachers take the opposite approach of over valuing homework in their grading of a course. Homework can be beneficial, but it must be purposeful. Homework can teach good academic habits, create useful practice opportunities, and provide feedback for teachers about their teaching and student learning. Unfortunately, there are many discrepancies at home that provide some students with more support than others which leads to a question of equity if homework is used as part of the grading of the class. If homework is practical and used for guiding instruction, then it should be assigned.