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.Homework is something that occupies students all around the globe, but it is also the source of an ongoing controversy between parents, teachers, and educational higher ups.
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.
"At all grade levels, doing other things after school can have positive effects," Cooper says.
"To the extent that homework denies access to other leisure and community activities, it's not serving the child's best interest." Children of all ages need down time in order to thrive, says Denise Pope, Ph D, a professor of education at Stanford University and a co-founder of Challenge Success, a program that partners with secondary schools to implement policies that improve students' academic engagement and well-being.
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.
"Little kids and big kids need unstructured time for play each day," she says.
Certainly, time for physical activity is important for kids' health and well-being.
In a recent study of Spanish students, Rubén Fernández-Alonso, Ph D, and colleagues found that students who were regularly assigned math and science homework scored higher on standardized tests.
But when kids reported having more than 90 to 100 minutes of homework per day, scores declined (, 2015).