Parents and educators question the value of setting assignments for students. But what does the neuroscience say? I teach both primary and secondary, and regularly find myself drawn into the argument on the reasoning behind it — parents, and sometimes colleagues, question its validity. Parent-teacher interviews can become consumed by how much trouble students have completing assignments.
The great homework debate
Should Students Have Homework?
Is it really necessary for children to complete homework? That's a question that teachers not only hear from parents and students year after year but also debate amongst themselves. Research both supports and opposes the necessity of homework, making the debate even harder for educators to respond to effectively. Despite the controversy over homework, the fact remains that your child will most likely have homework to do. Learn more about why homework is assigned and how long your child should be spending on it so you can be your children's best advocate if you think their teachers are piling on too much work.
20 Pros and Cons of Homework
US analysis of research found that, for children aged under 11, there was no link between homework and improved academic achievement. Photograph: iStock. Or is it?
A s kids return to school, debate is heating up once again over how they should spend their time after they leave the classroom for the day. The no-homework policy of a second-grade teacher in Texas went viral last week , earning praise from parents across the country who lament the heavy workload often assigned to young students. Brandy Young told parents she would not formally assign any homework this year, asking students instead to eat dinner with their families, play outside and go to bed early. But the question of how much work children should be doing outside of school remains controversial, and plenty of parents take issue with no-homework policies, worried their kids are losing a potential academic advantage.