Ten Reasons to Get Rid of Homework (and Five Alternatives) How Much Homework Is Too Much? - Homework help. "When Pre-AP & AP (honors) classes are piling so much work on students to stay up until 11:00 p.m. and bogging them down with more work it's 1:00 a.m. then, YES IT'S TOO MUCH!
" "There is way too much homework in "middle school" and higher grades when it comes to honor classes (Pre-AP & AP classes). The kids don't get to bed sometimes until 11:00 pm or even 1:00 a.m. on more bogged down busy work. " Too Much Homework? Maybe Not. You may think kids are getting more homework than ever before.
If so, think again. A new study released by Brookings’ Brown Center on Education Policy shows that today’s students have no more homework than their parents did when they were in school. Numerous articles and reports over the past few decades have suggested America’s schools are overloading kids with more and more homework. But the Brookings study argues the opposite: homework loads have not changed over the past 30 years. Study in Numbers The study’s author, Tom Loveless, reviewed surveys taken by kids and parents about how much homework young students have. In a set of guidelines published by the National Parent Teacher Association (PTA), the amount of time students should spent on homework is their grade level multiplied by ten minutes. One change that occurred over the past three decades, however, is among 9-year-olds—the average age of a third-grader. 5 Reasons Kids Need Homework and 5 Reasons They Don't.
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- 50,000+ printables - Save Time! Should Schools Be Done With Homework? At the start of the 2013-14 school year, the Fentress County School District in Tennessee announced that it would enforce a district-wide ban on graded homework assignments.
Administrators explained their decision by pointing to the large majority of students who lacked at-home resources to help them with their homework. Anywhere between 65%-75% of each school’s student body qualify for free or reduced lunch programs, so it was decided that students should not be singled out for failing to adequately complete take-home assignments. “We don’t want kids to be unfairly penalized for their work because they don’t have the resources or support they need at home,” explained Randy Clark, Fentress County Schools’ Curriculum and Instruction Supervisor. “Our new motto for assignments is ‘review and preview.” That means that homework in the district now constitutes an ungraded review or preview of current course work that’s the students’ responsibility to independently complete. Elementary-school students shouldn't do homework.
Over the last decade, Japanese schools have been scrapping homework while American elementary schools have been assigning more of it.
What gives—aren't they supposed to be the model achievers while we're the slackers? No doubt our eagerness to shed the slacker mantle has helped feed the American homework maw. But it may be the Japanese, once again, who know what they're doing. Such is my conclusion after reading three new books on the subject: The Case Against Homework by Sara Bennett and Nancy Kalish; The Homework Myth by Alfie Kohn; and the third edition of The Battle Over Homework by Duke psychology professor Harris Cooper. If you already despise homework, Bennett and Kalish provide advice on how to plead with teachers and schools for mercy.
Cooper is one of Kohn's main foils and a leading scholar on the subject, so I picked up his book expecting to find a convincing counterargument defending homework. No Teachers, No Class, No Homework; Would You Send Your Kids Here? - Emily Chertoff. Democratic schooling may be the most radical experiment in education of the past 100 years.
A.S. Neill in a Summerhill classroom. The image is undated. (Associated Press) In Massachusetts farm country, not far from Boston, a group of about 200 students of all ages are part of a radical experiment. Sudbury Valley School will this spring find itself one focus of a book by the psychologist and Boston College professor Peter Gray, whose own son attended Sudbury Valley in the 1980s.
"He clearly was unhappy in school, and very rebellious," Gray said of his son in a phone interview. Gray wound up becoming a developmental and learning psychologist in order to do a study of Sudbury outcomes. Homework: A Guide for Parents. Homework: A Guide for Parents By Peg Dawson, EdD, NCSP Seacoast Mental Health Center, Portsmouth, NH Homework has been around as long as public schools have, and over the years considerable research has been conducted regarding the efficacy of homework practices.
While the results are not uniform, most experts on the topic have drawn some common conclusions. Background. Rethinking Homework - Alfie Kohn. January/February 2007 By Alfie Kohn [For a more detailed look at the issues discussed here — including a comprehensive list of citations to relevant research and a discussion of successful efforts to effect change– please see the book The Homework Myth.]
After spending most of the day in school, children are typically 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 people ever stop to think about it. It becomes even more curious, for that matter, in light of three other facts: 1. 2. 3. It’s not as though most teachers decide now and then that a certain lesson really ought to continue after school is over because meaningful learning is so likely to result from such an assignment that it warrants the intrusion on family time. I’ve heard from countless people across the country about the frustration they feel over homework. So what’s a thoughtful principal to do? 1. 2. 3. 4.