Thursday, January 24, 2013

Homework does not equal more learning

In the past few years, it seems that teachers have been encouraged to pile on more homework, in the hope that it creates more learning. So, teachers have obliged, and now they seem to be fine with more homework.

However, popular opinion is growing in the opposite direction. More and more parents are beginning to see the burden that homework has put on their children. Many advocacy groups are showing similar opinions.

The conclusion will soon be reached that more homework does not lead to more learning.

It may have the opposite effect. Teachers just scramble to give homework with little thought as to the reason. Just assign something, actually pulling students away from enjoying learning what they are supposed to be responsible for.

AP classes are also being looked at Dartmouth College will no longer give college credit for them in a couple of years.

More homework puts stress on everybody involved with your child's learning. The child is stressed with more work. The parent is stressed trying to fit family time and activities around homework. Teachers are stressed because more homework means more grading, more paper work, and more planning.

Children are in school for roughly 6-7 hours a day. Does it make sense to give them more work? Would you like to work 8 hours, then your boss give you 2 more hours of activity at home to reinforce your work skills? Hardly.

Children need down time to regroup and be kids. They need to socialize and interact with family and friends. A better adjusted student is more inclined to be a better student overall.

Want tips on how to implement homework in your class? Try: Teachers and using homework effectively.

You might also like: Best teacher books.

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