The Homework Debate
I have been bogged down with a head cold and I'm behind in my math class. As lesson after lesson on quadratics passes me by, I see my homework assignments piling up. The quarter is nearing an end and the homework, a key part of my grade, needs to be done.
But with that backlog looming in my near future, I'm tempted to wonder...Should homework be abolished?
The question has been batted around for decades. A 2006 study found that the benefits are mixed, according to this Washington Post article.
Elementary school students get no academic benefit from homework -- except reading and some basic skills practice -- and yet schools require more than ever.
High school students studying until dawn probably are wasting their time because there is no academic benefit after two hours a night; for middle-schoolers, 1 1/2 hours.
And what's perhaps more important, he said, is that most teachers get little or no training on how to create homework assignments that advance learning
In my class, I definitely understand the value of homework. With lessons moving quickly, it would be close to impossible to absorb everything without some extra time to absorb and reflect on the lessons and to practice. It usually takes me about 30 minutes to finish. It's not that difficult; just practice.
The real questions probably have to do with how much homework and what kind of homework is appropriate. What is busy work? What tasks are useful and important for learning? I remember spending three hours or more many nights on homework when I was in high school. I have no idea if that was time well spent. Some of the students in my class now come to school bleary-eyed because they were up half the night finishing a marketing project or studying for a psych test.
Many advocates say that homework can teach important lessons about time management and responsibility. In today's world, they are likely to be juggling tasks throughout their waking hours. But how much is too much?
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