It used to be that students were the only ones complaining about the practice of assigning homework. For years, teachers and parents thought that homework was a necessary tool when educating children. But studies about the effectiveness of homework have been conflicting and inconclusive, leading some adults to argue that homework should become a thing of the past. According to Duke professor Harris Cooper, it's important that students have homework. His meta-analysis of homework studies showed a correlation between completing homework and academic success, at least in older grades.
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The answer, experts say, is complicated. But others say homework has little to do with academic achievement in elementary school and can get in the way of other life experiences like spending time with family and much needed downtime for often over-scheduled kids. However, if the homework has a clear purpose to all involved — parents, teachers and students — the child can benefit. While the benefits of homework continue to be debated, there are clear camps on each side: Some tout an often cited minutes-per-grade-level - per-day standard, while others shun homework altogether. Education consultant James Gray instituted a no-homework policy at Hamilton Elementary School in Lakeview four years ago when he was principal of the Chicago public school. He recalled a time when his daughter and wife were arguing about violin practice, reminding him of the family conflicts over homework time. It creates this antagonistic relationship between parent and child.
Homework continues to be a controversial topic. The debate over homework is an old one, with attitudes shifting throughout the debate over the years. Proponents and opponents make cases to support their views on the necessity and importance of homework in the development of the student and the construction of knowledge.
After sitting through hours at school, they leave only to get started on mountains of homework. And educators are mixed on its effectiveness. Some say the practice reinforces what students learned during the day, while others argue that it put unnecessary stress on kids and parents , who are often stuck nagging or helping. According to a new study, conducted by the Better Sleep Council , that homework stress is the biggest source of frustration for teens, with 74 percent of those surveyed ranking it the highest, above self-esteem 51 percent parental expectations 45 percent and bullying 15 percent. The stress and excessive homework adds up to lost sleep , the BSC says.