The subject of homework inspires strong opinions. Teachers, parents and students themselves all have a view on the matter and those views are often diametrically opposed. At Huntington School, we battled with the issues and surveyed the best available evidence, from the EEF Toolkit Secondary and Primary — note the crucial differences here: homework is much more effective with older children , to specific recent studies on homework this one via Dan Willingham. Certainly, knowing the evidence base can help our decision-making, though it is of course a little more complicated than that.
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Is Homework Harmful or Helpful? Find the Answers You Need
A Stanford researcher found that students in high-achieving communities who spend too much time on homework experience more stress, physical health problems, a lack of balance and even alienation from society. More than two hours of homework a night may be counterproductive, according to the study. Education scholar Denise Pope has found that too much homework has negative effects on student well-being and behavioral engagement. Image credit: L. A Stanford researcher found that too much homework can negatively affect kids, especially their lives away from school, where family, friends and activities matter. The researchers used survey data to examine perceptions about homework, student well-being and behavioral engagement in a sample of 4, students from 10 high-performing high schools in upper-middle-class California communities.
Is Homework Beneficial? – Top 3 Pros and Cons
From early on in our school lives, we are taught the value of the all-sacred homework. Homework sounds like a solid idea off the bat: something to do at home to reinforce a lesson taught that day. High schoolers know it worse. We load ourselves with honors and AP classes, ready to learn as much as we can for college in the years to follow. Then, you find out these classes give you more homework than class work.
This text shows that schools are fighting with each other to show who is best. The weaker pupils were neglected because the teachers want to train the best students for the test, so their school gets a higher score vs the rest of the country. When students could be learning meaningful information, teachers are using up that time and giving them tests and exams. Although, we want to be blaming teachers, states and schools are supposed to give out mandatory tests. Who is to blame?