The basic question that is being asked is this: Do we really need homework?
Numerous studies have shown that homework that is assigned, marked, and handed back (such as a worksheet on long division) is effective in increasing knowledge of a subject matter. Funnily enough, different studies have shown that homework does not necessarily increase a student's knowledge base, and is not an effective learning and teaching tool. As you can see, there are a lot of varying views on the necessity and even helpfulness of homework, especially for children, pre-teens, and early adolescents.
But even time spent on social media can help give busy kids' brains a break, she says. Studies attempting to quantify time spent on homework are all over the map, in part because of wide variations in methodology, Pope says.
A 2014 report by the Brookings Institution examined the question of homework, comparing data from a variety of sources.
If you look into this, as we did, you'll find that most teacher training programs, even at top universities such as Harvard, don't include such courses." The realm of education seems to be one that is concerned with making sure that teachers are constantly learning about new theories and techniques. Jay Matthews, in another Washington Post article, "The Weak Case Against Homework" argues that he remembers "what class was like on days when I had not done my homework. The latter was a much more engaging and useful educational experience than the former." That was seriously underwhelming. I was very disappointed in what I found as I read more and more about the topic of homework.
So, the fact that so few educators are taught about homework really surprised me. I was hoping to find some inspiration or enthusiasm for homework. And, I do have some frame of reference, after all I was a student for many years myself. I'm guessing that most teachers already feel that their homework is meaningful.What you should take away from the information above is that not all homework is created equal; ideally, every learning experience you engage in should be meaningful and include components that cater to various learning styles. In his book , Kohn points out that no study has ever found a correlation between homework and academic achievement in elementary school, and there is little reason to believe that homework is necessary in high school.In fact, too much homework can do more harm than good.Researchers have cited drawbacks, including boredom and burnout toward academic material, less time for family and extracurricular activities, lack of sleep and increased stress."I think there's a focus on assigning homework because [teachers] think it has these positive outcomes for study skills and habits.But we don't know for sure that's the case." Even when homework is helpful, there can be too much of a good thing.For as long as kids have been whining about doing their homework, parents and education reformers have complained that homework's benefits are dubious.Meanwhile many teachers argue that take-home lessons are key to helping students learn."There is a limit to how much kids can benefit from home study," Cooper says.He agrees with an oft-cited rule of thumb that students should do no more than 10 minutes a night per grade level — from about 10 minutes in first grade up to a maximum of about two hours in high school.