Homework is generally recognized as an effective way to reinforce what students learn in class, but claims that it may cause more harm than good, especially for younger students, are common. Homework can boost learning, but doing too much can be detrimental. Giving students too much homework can lead to fatigue, stress, and a loss of interest in academics—something that we all want to avoid. Homework has many benefits, ranging from higher academic performance to improved study skills and stronger school-parent connections.
Homework: is it worth the hassle?
Homework: is it worth the hassle? | Teacher Network | The Guardian
By Alfie Kohn. PreK—K , 1—2 , 3—5 , 6—8 , 9— Do bulging backpacks mean learning? Here's why. After spending most of the day in school, students are given additional assignments to be completed at home. This is a rather curious fact when you stop to think about it, but not as curious as the fact that few of us ever stop to think about it. The mystery deepens once you discover that widespread assumptions about the benefits of homework—higher achievement and the promotion of such virtues as self-discipline and responsibility—are not substantiated by the available evidence.
Down With Homework!
Many teachers and parents believe that homework helps students build study skills and review concepts learned in class. Others see homework as disruptive and unnecessary, leading to burnout and turning kids off to school. Decades of research show that the issue is more nuanced and complex than most people think: Homework is beneficial, but only to a degree. Students in high school gain the most, while younger kids benefit much less.
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.