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This is why we should stop giving homework

At Human Restoration Project, one of the core systemic changes we suggest is the elimination of homework. Throughout this piece, I will outline several research studies and reports that demonstrate how the negative impact of homework is so evident that any mandated homework, outside of some minor catching up or for incredibly niche cases, simply does more harm than good.

I’ll summarize four main reasons why homework just flat out doesn’t make sense.

  • Achievement, whether that be measured through standardized tests or general academic knowledge, isn’t correlated to assigning or completing homework.
  • Homework is an inequitable practice that harms certain individuals more than others, to the detriment of those with less resources and to minor, if any, improvement for those with resources.
  • It contributes to negative impacts at home with one’s family, peer relationships, and just general school-life balance, which causes far more problems than homework is meant to solve.
  • And finally, it highlights and exacerbates our obsession with ultra-competitive college admissions and job opportunities, and other detrimental faults of making everything about getting ahead .

Does Homework Make Us Learn More?

Homework is such a ubiquitous part of school that it’s considered radical to even suggest that lessening it could be good teaching. It’s completely normal for families to spend extra hours each night, even on weekends, completing projects, reports, and worksheets. On average, teenagers spend about an hour a day completing homework, which is up 30-45 minutes from decades past. Kindergartners, who are usually saved from completing a lot of after school work, average about 25 minutes of homework a night (which to note, is 25 minutes too much than is recommended by child development experts).

The “10-minute rule”, endorsed by the National Parent Teacher Association and National Education Association, is incorporated into most school policies: there’s 10 minutes of homework per day per grade level – as in 20 minutes a day in second grade or 2 hours a day in 12th grade. 

It’s so normalized that it was odd, when seemingly out of nowhere the President of Ireland recently suggested that homework should be banned . (And many experts were shocked at this suggestion.)

Numerous studies on homework reflect inconsistent results on what it exactly achieves. Homework is rarely shown to have any impact on achievement, whether that be measured through standardized testing or otherwise. As I’ll talk about later, the amount of marginal gains homework may lead to aren’t worth its negative trade-offs.

Let’s look at a quick summary of various studies:

  • ‍ First off, the book National Differences, Global Similarities: World Culture and the Future of Schooling by David P. Baker and Gerald K. LeTendre draws on a 4 year investigation of schools in 47 countries. It’s the largest study of its type: looking at how schools operate, their pedagogy, their procedures, and the like. They made a shocking discovery: countries that assigned the least amount of homework: Denmark and the Czech Republic, had much higher test scores than those who assigned the most amount of homework: Iran and Thailand. The same work indicated that there was no correlation between academic achievement and homework with elementary students, and any moderate positive correlation in middle or high school diminished as more and more homework was assigned. ‍
  • A study in Contemporary Educational Psychology of 28,051 high school seniors concluded that quality of instruction, motivation, and ability are all correlated to a student’s academic success. However, homework’s effectiveness was marginal or perhaps even counterproductive: leading to more academic problems than it hoped to solve. ‍
  • The Teachers College Record published that homework added academic pressure and societal stress to those already experiencing pressures from other forces at home. This caused a further divide in academic performance from those with more privileged backgrounds. We’ll talk about this more later. ‍
  • A study in the Journal of Educational Psychology examined 2,342 student attitudes toward homework in foreign language classes. They found that time spent on homework had a significant negative impact on grades and standardized test scores. The researchers concluded that this may be because participants had to spend their time completing worksheets rather than spend time practicing skills on their own time.
  • Some studies are more positive. In fact, a meta-analysis of 32 homework studies in the Review of Educational Research found that most studies indicated a positive correlation between achievement and doing homework. However, the researchers noted that generally these studies made it hard to draw causal conclusions due to how they were set up and conducted. There was so much variance that it was difficult to make a claim one way or another, even though the net result seemed positive. This often cited report led by Dr. Harris Cooper at Duke University is the most commonly used by proponents of the practice. But popular education critic Alfie Kohn believes that this study fails to establish, ironically, causation among other factors. ‍
  • And that said in a later published study in The High School Journal , researchers concluded that in all homework assigned, there were only modest linkages to improved math and science standardized test scores, with no difference in other subjects between those who were assigned homework and those who were not. None of the homework assigned had any bearing on grades. The only difference was for a few points on those particular subject’s standardized test scores.

All in all, the data is relatively inconclusive. Some educational experts suggest that there should be hours of homework in high school, some homework in middle school, and none in elementary school. Some call for the 10-minute rule. Others say that homework doesn’t work at all. It’s still fairly unstudied how achievement is impacted as a result of homework. But as Alfie Kohn says , “The better the research, the less likely one is to find any benefits from homework.” That said, when we couple this data with the other negative impacts of assigning homework: how it impacts those at the margins, leads to anxiety and stress, and takes away from important family time – it really makes us question why this is such a ubiquitous practice. 

Or as Etta Kralovec and John Buell write in The End of Homework: How Homework Disrupts Families, Overburdens Children, and Limits Learning,

‘Extensive classroom research of ‘time on task’ and international comparisons of year-round time for study suggest that additional homework might promote U.S. students’ achievement.’  This written statement by some of the top professionals in the field of homework research raises some difficult questions. More homework might promote student achievement? Are all our blood, sweat, and tears at the kitchen table over homework based on something that merely might be true? Our belief in the value of homework is akin to faith. We assume that it fosters a love of learning, better study habits, improved attitudes toward school, and greater self-discipline; we believe that better teachers assign more homework and that one sign of a good school is a good, enforced homework policy.

Our obsession with homework is likely rooted in select studies that imply it leads to higher test scores. The authors continue by deciphering this phenomena:

“[this is] a problem that routinely bedevils all the sciences: the relationship between correlation and causality. If A and B happen simultaneously, we do not know whether A causes B or B causes A, or whether both phenomena occur casually together or are individually determined by another set of variables…Thus far, most studies in this area have amounted to little more than crude correlations that cannot justify the sweeping conclusions some have derived from them.”

Alfie Kohn adds that even the correlation between achievement and homework doesn’t really matter. Saying,

“If all you want is to cram kids’ heads with facts for tomorrow’s tests that they’re going to forget by next week, yeah, if you give them more time and make them do the cramming at night, that could raise the scores…But if you’re interested in kids who know how to think or enjoy learning, then homework isn’t merely ineffective, but counterproductive… The practice of homework assumes that only academic growth matters, to the point that having kids work on that most of the school day isn’t enough…”

Ramping Up Inequity

Many justify the practice of assigning homework with the well-intentioned belief that we’ll make a more equitable society through high standards. However, it seems to be that these practices actually add to inequity. “Rigorous” private and preparatory schools – whether they be “no excuses” charters in marginalized communities or “college ready” elite suburban institutions, are notorious for extreme levels of homework assignment. Yet, many progressive schools who focus on holistic learning and self-actualization assign no homework and achieve the same levels of college and career success.

Perhaps this is because the largest predictor of college success has nothing to do with rigorous preparation, and everything to do with family income levels. 77% of students from high income families graduated from a highly competitive college, whereas 9% of students from low income families did the same .

It seems like by loading students up with mountains of homework each night in an attempt to get them into these colleges, we actually make their chances of success worse .

teachers should stop giving homework

When assigning homework, it is common practice to recommend that families provide a quiet, well-lit place for the child to study. After all, it’s often difficult to complete assignments after a long day. Having this space, time, and energy must always be considered in the context of the family’s education, income, available time, and job security. For many people, jobs have become less secure and less well paid over the course of the last two decades.

In a United States context, we work the longest hours of any nation . Individuals in 2006 worked 11 hours longer than their counterparts in 1979. In 2020, 70% of children lived in households where both parents work. We are the only country in the industrial world without guaranteed family leave. And the results are staggering: 90% of women and 95% of men report work-family conflict . According to the Center for American Progress , “the United States today has the most family-hostile public policy in the developed world due to a long-standing political impasse.”

As a result, parents have much less time to connect with their children. This is not a call to a return to traditional family roles or to have stay-at-home parents – rather, our occupation-oriented society is structured inadequately which causes problems with how homework is meant to function. 

For those who work in entry level positions, such as customer service and cashiers, there is an average 240% turnover per year due to lack of pay, poor conditions, work-life balance, and mismanagement. Family incomes continue to decline for lower- and middle-class Americans, leaving more families to work increased hours or multiple jobs. In other words, families, especially poor families, have less opportunities to spend time with their children, let alone foster academic “gains” via homework.

teachers should stop giving homework

Even for students with ample resources who attend “elite schools”, the amount of homework is stressful. In a 2013 study in The Journal of Experiential Education, researchers conducted a survey of 4,317 students in 10 high-performing upper middle class high schools. These students had an average of more than 3 hours of homework a night. In comparison to their peers, they had more academic stress, notable physical health problems, and spent a worrying amount of time focused entirely on school and nothing else. Competitive advantage came at the cost of well-being and just being a kid.

A similar study in Frontiers of Psychology found that students pressured in the competitive college admissions process , who attended schools assigning hours of homework each night and promoting college-level courses and resume building extracurriculars, felt extreme stress. Two-thirds of the surveyed students reported turning to alcohol and drugs to cope.

In fact, a paper published by Dr. Suniya Luthar and her colleagues concluded that upper middle-class youth are actually more likely to be troubled than their middle class peers . There is an extreme problem with academic stress, where young people are engaging in a rat race toward the best possible educational future as determined by Ivy League colleges and scholarships. To add fuel to the fire, schools continue to add more and more homework to have students get ahead – which has a massively negative impact on both ends of the economic spectrum.

A 2012 study by Dr. Jonathan Daw indicated that their results,

“...imply that increases in the amount of homework assigned may increase the socioeconomic achievement gap in math, science, and reading in secondary school.”

In an effort to increase engagement with homework, teachers have been encouraged to create interesting, creative assignments. In fact, most researchers seem to agree that the quality of assignments matters a whole lot . After all, maybe assigning all of this homework won’t matter as long as it’s interesting and relevant to students? Although this has good intentions, rigorous homework with increased complexity places more impetus on parents. As researcher and author Gary Natrillo, an initial proponent of creative homework , stated later:

…not only was homework being assigned as suggested by all the ‘experts,’ but the teacher was obviously taking the homework seriously, making it challenging instead of routine and checking it each day and giving feedback. We were enveloped by the nightmare of near total implementation of the reform recommendations pertaining to homework…More creative homework tasks are a mixed blessing on the receiving end. On the one hand, they, of course, lead to higher engagement and interest for children and their parents. On the other hand, they require one to be well rested, a special condition of mind not often available to working parents…

Time is a luxury to most people. With increased working hours, in conjunction with extreme levels of stress, many people don’t have the necessary mindset to adequately supply children with the attention to detail for complex homework. As Kralovec and Buell state,

To put it plainly, I have discovered that after a day at work, the commute home, dinner preparations, and the prospect of baths, goodnight stories, and my own work ahead, there comes a time beyond which I cannot sustain my enthusiasm for the math brain teaser or the creative story task.

Americans are some of the most stressed people in the world. Mass shootings, health care affordability, discrimination, racism, sexual harassment, climate change, the presidential elections, and literally: staying informed on current events have caused roughly 70% of people to report moderate or extreme stress , with increased rates for people of color, LGBTQIA Americans, and other discriminated groups. 90% of high schoolers and college students report moderate or higher stress, with half reporting depression and a lack of energy and motivation .

teachers should stop giving homework

In 2015, 1,100 parents were surveyed on the impact of homework on family life. Fights over homework were 200% more likely in families where parents didn’t have a college degree. Generally, these families believed that if their children didn’t understand a homework assignment then they must have been not paying attention at school. This led to young people feeling dumb or upset, and parents feeling like their child was lying or goofing off. The lead researcher noted, 

All of our results indicate that homework as it is now being assigned discriminates against children whose parents don’t have a college degree, against parents who have English as a second language, against, essentially, parents who are poor.

Schooling is so integrated into family life that a group of researchers noted that “...homework tended to recreate the problems of school, such as status degradation.” An online survey of over 2,000 students and families found that 90% of students reported additional stress from homework, and 40% of families saw it as nothing more than busy work. Authors Sara Bennett and Nancy Kalish wrote the aptly titled The Case Against Homework which conducted interviews across the mid-2000s with families and children, citing just how many people are burdened with overscheduling homework featuring over-the-top assignments and constant work. One parent remarked,

I sit on Amy's bed until 11 p.m. quizzing her, knowing she's never going to use this later, and it feels like abuse," says Nina of Menlo Park, California, whose eleven-year-old goes to a Blue Ribbon public school and does at least three-and-a-half hours of homework each night. Nina also questions the amount of time spent on "creative" projects. "Amy had to visit the Mission in San Francisco and then make a model of it out of cardboard, penne pasta, and paint. But what was she supposed to be learning from this? All my daughter will remember is how tense we were in the garage making this thing. Then when she handed it in, the teacher dropped it and all the penne pasta flew off." These days, says Nina, "Amy's attitude about school has really soured." Nina's has, too. "Everything is an emergency and you feel like you're always at battle stations."

1/3rd of the families interviewed felt “crushed by the workload.” It didn’t matter if they lived in rural or suburban areas, or if they were rich or poor.

Learning this way is also simply ineffective because well, that’s just not how kids learn! Young people build upon prior knowledge. They use what they know to make what they’re currently doing easier. Adding more and more content to a student’s plate – having to connect the dots and build upon more information – especially with the distractions of home life is unrealistic. Plus, simply put…it’s just not fun! Why would I want to spend all of my free time on homework rather than hanging out with my friends or playing video games?

Even with all that said – if other countries demonstrate educational success on standardized testing with little to no assigned homework and limited school hours (nevermind the fact that this is measured through the questionable method of standardized testing), shouldn’t we take a step back and analyze the system as a whole, rather than figure out better homework policies? If other countries do this with limited to no homework , why can’t everyone else?

Investigating Systemic Problems

Perhaps the solution to academic achievement in America isn’t doubling down on increasing the work students do at home, but solving the underlying systemic inequities: the economic and discriminatory problems that plague our society. Yes, the United States tends to fall behind other countries on math and reading scores. Many countries impose increased workloads on students because they are afraid that they will fall behind economically with the standard of living to the rest of the world. But perhaps the problem with education doesn’t lie in not having enough “rigorous” methods, but with how easy it is for a family to simply live and be content.

Finland, frequently cited as a model education system which grew to prominence during the 2000s through popular scholars like Pasi Sahlberg, enjoys some of the highest standards of living in the world:

  • Finland’s life expectancy is 81.8 years, compared to the US’ 78.7 years . Unlike Finland, there’s a notable difference between the richest and poorest Americans . The richest Americans are expected to live, on average, nearly 15 years longer than the poorest. Further, America’s life expectancy is declining, the only industrialized country with this statistic .
  • Finland’s health care is rated best in the world and only spends $3,078 per capita, compared to $8,047 in the US.
  • Finland has virtually no homelessness , compared to the 500,000 (and growing) homeless population in the United States .
  • Finland has the lowest inequality levels in the EU , compared to the United States with one of the highest inequality levels in the world . Research has demonstrated that countries with lower inequality levels are happier and healthier .

These statistics reflect that potentially — instead of investing hundreds of millions of dollars in initiatives to increase national test scores , such as homework strategies, curriculum changes, and nationwide “raising the bar” initiatives — that we should invest in programs that improve our standard of living, such as universal healthcare and housing. The solution to test scores is rooted in solving underlying inequities in our societies — shining a light on our core issues — rather than making teachers solve all of our community’s problems.

This doesn’t mean that there’s no space for improving pedagogy, schooling, or curriculums, but at the end of the day the solution cannot solely be by improving education.

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‍ Creating Future Workers

Education often equates learning with work. As a teacher, I had to stop myself from behaving like an economics analyst: telling students to quit “wasting time”, stating that the purpose of the lesson is useful for securing a high salary career, seeing everything as prep for college and career (and college’s purpose as just for more earnings in a career), and making blanket assumptions that those who aren’t motivated will ultimately never contribute to society, taking on “low levels” of work that “aren’t as important” as other positions.

A common argument exists that the pressure of homework mirrors the real world – that we should assign homework because that’s “just the way things are.” If we want kids to succeed in the “real world”, they need to have this pressure.

But this mentality is unhealthy and unjust. The purpose of education should be to develop purpose. People live happier and healthier lives as a result of pursuing and developing a core purpose. Some people’s purpose is related to their line of work, but there is not necessarily a connection. However, the primary goal for education stated by districts, states, and the national government is to make “productive members of society” – those who are “prepared for the future” through “college and career readiness.” When we double down on economic principles, rather than look to developmental psychology and holistic care, to raise young people, it’s no wonder we’re seeing such horrific statistics related to childhood .

Further, the consistent pressure to solely learn for future economic gain raises generations of young people to believe that wealth is a measurement of success, and that specific lines of work create happiness. Teachers and parents are told to make their children “work hard” for future success and develop “grit.” Although grit is an important indicator of overcoming obstacles , it is not developed by enforcing grit through authoritarian classrooms or meaningless, long tasks like homework. In fact, an argument could be made that many Americans accept their dramatically poor work-life balance and lack of access to needs such as affordable health care by being brought up in a society that rewards tasks of “working through it” to “eventually achieve happiness.”

Many families have shifted from having children participate in common household chores and activities to have them exclusively focus on their school work. Americans have more difficulty than ever raising children, with increasing demands of time and rising childcare costs . When teachers provide more and more homework, they take away from the parents’ ability to structure their household according to their needs. In fact, children with chores show completely positive universal growth across the board , from time management skills to responsibility to managing a healthy work-life balance. 

Of course, this is not to say that it is all the teacher’s fault. Educators face immense pressure to carry out governmental/school policies that place test scores at the forefront. Plus, most families had homework themselves – so continuing the practice only makes sense. Many of these policies require homework, and an educator’s employment is centered on enacting these changes. Barbara Stengel , an education professor, noted that the reason why so much homework isn’t necessarily interesting or applicable to a student’s lived experience is because “some of the people who would really have pushed the limits of that are no longer in teaching.” The constant pressure on teachers to raise test scores while simultaneously being overworked and underpaid is making many leave the profession. Etta Kralovec and John Buell add:

As more academic demands are placed on teachers, homework can help lengthen the school day and thus ensure ‘coverage’ — that is, the completion of the full curriculum that each teacher is supposed to cover during the school year…This in itself places pressure on teachers to create meaningful homework and often to assign large amounts of it so that the students’ parents will think the teacher is rigorous and the school has high academic standards. Extensive homework is frequently linked in our minds to high standards.

Therefore, there’s a connection to be made between the school- or work-life balance of children and the people who are tasked with teaching them. 8% of the teacher workforce leaves every year , with one of the primary reasons being poor work-life balance . Perhaps teachers see an increased desire to “work” students in their class and at home due to the pressures they face in their own occupation?

teachers should stop giving homework

The more we equate work with learning, and the more we accept that a school’s primary purpose is to prepare workers, the less we actually succeed at promoting academics. Instead, we bolster the neoliberal tendencies of the United States (and others like it) to work hard, yet comparably to other countries’ lifestyle gains, achieve little.

This is why so many families demand that their children have ample amounts of homework. In fact, the majority of parents believe their students have just the right amount. They’re afraid that their kids are going to fall behind, doomed to a life within an increasingly hostile and inequitable society. They want the best for their children, and taking the risk of not assigning homework means that someone else may take that top slot. The same could be said for many parts of the “tracks toward college and career readiness” that professor William Deresiewicz refers to as “zombication” – lurching through each stage of the rat race in competitive admissions: a lot of assignments, difficult courses, sports, clubs, forced volunteerism, internships, and other things to pack our schedules.

The United States must examine the underlying inequities of peoples’ lives, rather than focus on increasing schools’ workloads and lessening children’s free time for mythical academic gains that lead to little change. Teacher preparation programs and popular authors need to stop promoting “interesting and fun ways to teach ‘x’!” and propose systemic changes that radically change the way education is done, including systemic changes to society at large. Only then will the United States actually see improved livelihoods and a better education system for all.

And what could be done instead? Much of the research and writing on homework tends to conclude that we should find a “happy middle ground” to continue the practice of homework, just in case it does indeed work. However, based on the decades of studies we have on this issue…I’m not really sure. It seems the best practice, by far, is to eliminate homework altogether outside of incredibly niche and rare scenarios. If a student asks for more things to do at home because they want to explore something that interests them, great! But that doesn’t need to be mandated homework.

Human Restoration Project believes that the four recommendations of the late educator and scholar Ken Robinson allows young people to learn for themselves and make the most of their lives:

  • Let children spend time with their families. The single strongest predictor of academic success and fewer behavioral problems for a child, 3-12 years old, is eating as a family. Make planned time during the day to catch up with children, talking to them about what they’re learning, and encouraging them to achieve.
  • Give children time to play outside or create something, preferably not always with a screen. Let them dive into their passions and plan a trip to a library, park, or museum. Explore free online resources to discover new skills and interests.
  • Give children opportunities to read by themselves or with their family. One of the best ways to learn about the world is developing a lifelong love of reading. Children who prioritize reading are more motivated to learn and see drastically improved academic outcomes.
  • Let children sleep! Elementary students should sleep at least 10 hours each night and adolescents, 9 hours. Being awake and ready to tackle each day keeps us energized and healthy.

If you’re interested in learning more, see The Case Against Homework by Nancy Kalish and Sara Bennett, The Homework Myth by Alfie Kohn, The End of Homework by Etta Kralovec and John Muelle, or one of the many citations linked in the show notes.

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Why Teachers Shouldn’t Give Homework

Why Teachers Shouldn't Give Homework

Many educators believe that giving homework is a necessary evil that should be discouraged.

This opinion is based on the belief that homework will impact students negatively and provide them with little opportunity to learn.

If you’re a teacher, you should know that homework is not something you should give to your students. 

Homework can be a burden and a distraction for a student and cause them to lose interest in academics.

In this blog, we will discuss why teachers should not give homework.

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1. Less homework helps students become better problem-solvers and time managers

In recent years, the amount of homework assigned to students has increased. Many argue that this increases stress and hinders learning. However, studies have shown that less homework improves students’ performance and helps them develop good study habits.

A Stanford study surveyed 4,317 students from 10 high-performing schools in California. The researchers found that 58% of these students considered homework the primary source of stress.

As a result, many students find it difficult to complete their homework and need more sleep. Sleep deprivation can affect students’ concentration and memory. This may lead to health problems.

Studies have also shown that economically disadvantaged youth are more likely to be stressed by homework. For example, low-income families may not have the financial resources to pay for extra help, and language barriers may interfere with the school system.

2. It can help a student learn responsibility

There are some teachers who claim homework is the key to student learning, but there are other ways to accomplish the same goal. 

Research has shown that homework may harm students’ physical and mental health, preventing them from engaging in activities that promote physical and mental health.

If your goal is to reduce stress in your school, the best way to do so is to eliminate homework. Homework can be overwhelming, and not all children have the time to complete it.

In addition to helping students learn, homework can also shape students’ expectations for the future. It can help them become more involved and teach skills that will benefit them throughout their lives. For example, it can help them learn to multitask.

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3. It consumes students quality time

There’s a school of thought that teachers shouldn’t give homework because it consumes the students’ quality time. 

Although some of the benefits of homework are a given, there are a few things that parents and teachers can do to make homework more helpful.

First, parents can ask their teacher what homework should be. For instance, some schools have a policy that assigns 20 minutes of reading each night. ( Ambien ) This needs to give students more time to practice word problems or other interesting exercises.

Another benefit of homework is that it gives parents an idea of what their child is learning in the classroom. They also have an opportunity to see their child’s strengths and weaknesses. A good idea of what a child needs to learn in class can help parents encourage their kids.

4. It increases students stress

During the past couple of years, the issue of homework has become an increasingly thorny one. Some parents worry that their children are stressed by the pressure to complete their assignments. 

Others argue that homework is a beneficial tool for students to boost their academic skills.

While homework has many benefits, it also has some drawbacks. Among them is the fact that it can lead to stress, depression, and other negative effects. 

Fortunately, there are ways to minimize the effect of homework on your child.

One way is to limit the amount of homework your child has to complete. This can help them better manage their time and make more productive use of their academic day. Another option is to allow your child to work on their homework at their home.

5. It can lead to fatigue and a loss of interest in academics

In an article published by CNN, a study showed that the overwhelming amount of homework students receive can actually hurt their physical and mental health. While the study was based on high-achieving schools, the results show a widespread problem with homework.

High school students say they are often stressed about schoolwork and need more time for other activities. The problem is worse among students in economically disadvantaged neighborhoods. 

Students said they were tired, had headaches, and were experiencing stomach problems. They also reported having less time for their family and friends.

A Stanford University researcher examined the effects of homework on kids and found that too much can have negative impacts. He conducted a study of 4,300 students at ten upper-middle-class high schools in California.

6. It’s a nuisance for students in disadvantaged areas

You may have heard of the 10-minute homework rule if you’re a teacher. However, many parents may need help believing their children are completing their homework in a reasonable amount of time. 

Luckily, several programs offer incentives for completing a yearly schedule. In addition to a reward, several free tutoring services can help students of all ages and academic levels achieve their academic and personal goals. 

The trick is finding which schools are the best for your child.

It is no secret that homework can drag on family life. Moreover, the modern parent may need a more dedicated home educator. 

Even in the most fortunate circumstances, a parent may not have the time or resources to devote to a nagging educational or extracurricular endeavor.

7. It encourages the discipline of practice

For teachers and parents, the homework question can be more complex than it seems. This is because students and parents alike can have varying opinions on the subject.

One of the best ways to avoid the homework dilemma is to consider your pupils’ many different learning styles. 

You can also help your students learn more efficiently by assigning homework tasks that are both interesting and attainable.

It is also a good idea to engage students in a discussion about their homework and to make the assignments fun and engaging. The most effective ways to get your students involved in their learning include involving them in designing their own assignments.

In addition to allowing students to interact with their teacher, homework can be a fun way to involve parents. A student actively engaged in their work will be more apt to complete it and improve their overall performance.

8. It takes away students’ time for other activities

If teachers want to decrease students’ stress at school, one of the most obvious ways is to eliminate homework. 

Students have more to do outside the classroom, and homework can interfere with family time and creative activities. However, it’s important for teachers to keep in mind that homework can be helpful.

Research has shown that homework can help some students improve in specific subjects, but it has yet to be proven to increase academic success. It also disadvantages students when they are low-income or have learning disabilities.

Forcing children to do homework shortchanges their personal and educational development. 

9. Negative effects of tests

Do schools and colleges have to stop assigning homework to students in order to help them achieve outstanding grades? Yes. 

Because if the children in school are focused on their homework, there is a greater chance that they will not pass their exams. 

As complicated as this may seem, long assignments can be distracting, just like mobile phones, televisions, and home duties.

10. Take a break at home

Two hours of homework can feel like punishment after eight hours spent in class, helping parents outside, setting aside time for friends, participating in hobby clubs, and watching television. 

This makes it difficult for children to feel like they are not in class but simply being kids. Teachers must give children enough time to do their own thing.

11. The nerves of the children are at risk.

Why would you believe homework should be stopped for children’s mental well-being? 

Teachers ignore the detrimental effects homework has on children’s brains and general mental health.

12. Students do not receive any support

A significant reason homework should not be assigned to children is that many teachers fail to explain how to solve problems in class. Parents often find it difficult to help their children solve problems.

 Because they need more experience, the student’s friends can help them with their homework. 

But kids can order professional services and pay to have their homework done. These companies are the only ones that help children solve problems.

13. What students learn about things

Do teachers have to stop assigning homework to students at schools? 

We should also agree to answer that question because some students are better at understanding things. 

Some students can understand what they’ve learned in class by watching a video about the topic. 

Others understand classwork better by reading what they’ve learned. 

14. Extra challenges

Students with other work schedules, such as internships or part-time jobs, find it difficult to complete homework in the evenings because they are exhausted and need more energy.

The reasons discussed in this blog truly state Why teachers Shouldn’t Give Homework.

Teachers should instead focus on providing engaging and fun activities for their students to do, which will help them stay engaged and motivated throughout the day.

This would reduce stress levels. A less stressed child is more likely to do well in school. 

These negative effects could have a detrimental effect on their education but may also affect their well-being and social interactions.

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Teachers should give out less homework because many students have other responsibilities outside of school and by reducing homework, students have proven to get more sleep which leads to better physical and mental health. So instead of benefiting students’ learning, it can actually be detrimental to it.

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First and foremost, excessive amounts of homework can be detrimental to students’ mental and physical health. It can lead to increased stress and anxiety, as well as sleep deprivation and other health problems. When students are overwhelmed by too much homework, they may become burnt out and lose motivation to learn. I believe that teachers should give out less homework because many kids have work or responsibilities outside of school and don’t deserve to be overworked. By reducing homework, students have proven to get more sleep which leads to better physical and mental health. So instead of benefiting students’ learning, it can actually be detrimental to it. Homework doesn’t necessarily always equate to higher achievement.  

Muntaha Ibrahim, a student at South, thinks there’s too much going on in most students’ lives to stress about homework. “Teens are stressed and overwhelmed.” They are more likely to have problems focusing on topics for extended periods of time. Many students have family problems at home and some are babysitting their younger siblings when they don’t have time for homework. It can be difficult to make homework a priority when you have other responsibilities. Some students have jobs to financially help their parents. Students of color especially often have expectations from their families that they contribute to the household. When you consider inequities in students’ home lives, giving out the same homework to students becomes much more complicated. 

In addition, homework doesn’t motivate people, it just causes extra work and stress. In fact, it might make a student less interested in the subject because they feel overwhelmed. When students do end up doing homework, it is often only to get a good grade, not to actually learn the content. Aisha Ahmed said, “Too much homework can cause students to lose interest in the class because students doing a lot of homework, they’re not able to do their other work properly and wind up losing focus in class.” Despite this, there are also disadvantages to not giving students homework. In some cases, homework gives students the time that they don’t get in class to work and be independent on their own time. Giving homework is teaching in its own way, so students can learn on their time. As a teacher though, it’s effectively their job to do most of the teaching so students’ lives aren’t centered around school and homework.

A potential solution to this situation is that teachers give out homework only if students don’t finish all of their work in class. This way students can complete their unfinished classwork, but it is not so much that it is overwhelming or  too much stress. This may improve students’ mental health. This also benefits teachers because students are more likely to finish their work without feeling overwhelmed.

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Should Teachers Still Give Homework?

A male math teacher is writing on a chalkboard in front of his class. Behind him, his students are sitting at their desks, taking notes.

Giving homework is a standard practice in most educational facilities across all grade levels and locations. Homework is intended to further solidify concepts and practices that a student learns in class in their minds later at home. But that could all be changing. 

Educators are now taking many different approaches to homework with more of an emphasis placed on the relevancy of the work to both the students’ age and learning level. Some educators are joining the anti-homework movement, and have seen positive results from giving little to no homework for students. However, with outside parties like parents and families getting more involved in the conversation around homework, it may be here to stay. The question is, should it be?

  • What is the history of homework?

For contemporary parents or guardians and their students, it might seem like homework has always been around. However, homework has actually been a widely debated topic since its inception in the 19th century. Horace Mann, among others, is credited with championing the idea of homework in the United States after touring German “Volksschulen (‘People’s Schools’)” while visiting the country.

As the idea of homework came across the Atlantic to America, it was quickly met with opposition and eventually a ban was placed on homework for any children under the age of 15 until 1917. When the United States and Russia entered the Cold War era, homework became relevant again as the United States placed emphasis on improving students’ knowledge to compete with other countries for success.

Various studies arguing both sides of the homework question have been released since then. The relevance of homework is now once again in question as educators and homeschooling parents try to understand the true purpose behind it. 

  • Is homework still relevant? 

Somewhere around 50% of educators still assign homework . However, this number might be bolstered due to parent involvement. Often, educators don’t want to assign homework or want to assign less homework, saving the time their students have at home for family bonding and other activities. 

But many parents are uncomfortable with a lack of homework assignments for the following reasons:

  • Parents feel like their children need homework to solidify concepts learned in the classroom.
  • Some parents also advocate for the time management, organization, and structure that homework can teach children.

They will often complain to the teacher, forcing the teacher to provide homework of some kind. So while half of all educators are assigning homework, the number of educators who believe it’s necessary may actually be less since some teachers feel pressured to assign homework when they otherwise wouldn’t. 

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  • How much homework is too much? 

The quantity of homework will vary greatly by grade level. Teachers will often operate by the “ 10-minute rule ” which recommends that a child should be assigned 10 minutes of homework for every grade they’ve passed. So a fifth grader would have 50 minutes of assigned work. 

However, homework can become overwhelming when a teacher hasn’t put the time into creating meaningful assignments that can be completed in a reasonable amount of time. Thus the feeling of “too much homework” is often conflated with poorly constructed homework. A positively constructed homework assignment will contain a few things:

  • Work reviewing material that the student has already learned in class
  • Work that involves professor feedback or has a clear purpose
  • Work that can be finished in the time period appropriate for the age and grade level of the student
  • Why is homework important? 

While many educators do not see much value in homework at the K–6 level, studies have shown that students in middle school or grades 7–12 do benefit from homework. Often this is because a student is learning more rigorous material and has a more fully developed brain that benefits from the reinforcement that homework provides. 

Many teachers argue that homework for students is like practice for athletes: it reinforces concepts and the neural pathways a student has used during class. Beyond these benefits , homework can also teach students time management and organizational skills.

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  • Should teachers still give homework? 

Studies on the relevance of homework to actual success in the classroom are varied. One of the most comprehensive studies reinforces the idea that homework can have a positive impact if the teacher assigning it is doing so in the correct manner. In this case, the 2006 study conducted by Duke University psychology professor Harris Cooper, showed a positive correlation for students who were doing appropriate homework in higher grade levels. He stated that “a good way to think about homework is the way you think about medications or dietary supplements. If you take too little, they’ll have no effect. If you take too much, they can [hurt] you. If you take the right amount, you’ll get better.” 

The study also revealed that the impact of homework went down if the student was in elementary school. Therefore, the decision for teachers to assign homework should be based on the grade level they are teaching and the general intensity level of their students. One PLNU alumna, Megan Wheeler (19), who is also a grade school teacher has found this to be a sound policy and practices it with her own students:

“As an elementary teacher, I do not assign any homework to my students because I find that many students may not have home lives that are conducive to the demands that homework requires…My eight-year-old students are already working hard on school work for six hours during the day with me, so I would much rather they spend that time together as a family or participating in extracurricular activities.”

“As an elementary teacher, I do not assign any homework to my students because I find that many students may not have home lives that are conducive to the demands that homework requires… My eight-year-old students are already working hard on school work for six hours during the day with me, so I would much rather they spend that time together as a family or participating in extracurricular activities.” - Megan Wheeler (19)

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Learning the ins and outs of properly constructed homework assignments can be a daunting task for rising educators, especially when the many types of student learning styles are taken into account. One of the best places to receive more instruction on how to assign the right kind of homework is in an education-specific degree program. 

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Should teachers stop giving homework to students? 

Should teachers stop giving homework to students? It is the question that disturbs a lot of students. According to research, students receive more assignments from teachers than they can manage to handle in a night (each homework takes about 2 hours to complete). The article will enlighten us on why giving homework to students should be stopped, or if homework is to be given to students, it should take a minimum of at least 30 minutes in a day. Here are the reasons as to why homework should not be given to students.;

Why homework should not be given to students

The reasons as to why giving homework to students do not pressurize colleges and schools to neglect the homework assignments.

Adverse effects on tests

Should colleges or schools stop giving homework to students for the students to acquire outstanding grades? The answer here is yes. It is because as the kids in school focus on doing homework, they take a chance of not passing their examinations. It is so complicated as it appears, lengthy assignments are distractions, just like video games, mobile phones, television, home duties, friends, etc.

Break time at home

Having two hours of homework is like just punishment after sitting for about eight hours in the classroom, assisting parents, going outside, setting aside a specific time for friends, taking part in hobby clubs, and watching television. It makes kids not to have the feeling of being in class but just being kids. Teachers should give kids enough free time. 

Danger to the nerves of the kids

Why do you think homework should not be given to kids because of the well-being of the child's mental health? Teachers neglect the disadvantageous effect of homework on the child's brain and the general mental health level. 

No support to students

Another significant reason why homework should not be given to kids is that many teachers fail to elucidate all that is needed to solve problems during class time. It is hard for parents to assist the kids in solving tasks. The students' friends can't help them solve tasks because they don't have any experience and also have other things to do. However, kids always can pay to do my homework and order other professional services online. These companies seem to be the only ones that can provide kids with help to solve tasks.

How students understand things

Should teachers stop giving homework to students in schools? Another important reason for us to agree and say yes to that question is that some students understand things in a different and better way. While some students understand what they have learned in class by watching a video related to the topic, they have learned that others understand classwork by re-reading what they have learned.

Extra challenges

Students who have other business schedules like internships, part-time work besides homework find it so hard to catch up with doing homework later in the evening because they are burned out and don't have the energy to do the homework.

If the time taken to do homework can be reduced to about 30 minutes, it would be helpful to kids because the kids would feel less stressed. And a less stressed kid is likely to perform better in their studies. Such adverse effect could not only affect their education but also may extend to their general well being and their social interaction with other people.

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Should Students Have Homework?

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by Suzanne Capek Tingley, Veteran Educator, M.A. Degree

A student stares down a huge stack of homework.

Look before you leap at giving to much or to little homework.

It used to be that students were the only ones complaining about the practice of assigning homework. For years, teachers and parents thought that homework was a necessary tool when educating children. But studies about the effectiveness of homework have been conflicting and inconclusive, leading some adults to argue that homework should become a thing of the past.

What Research Says about Homework

According to Duke professor Harris Cooper, it's important that students have homework. His meta-analysis of homework studies showed a correlation between completing homework and academic success, at least in older grades. He recommends following a "10 minute rule" : students should receive 10 minutes of homework per day in first grade, and 10 additional minutes each subsequent year, so that by twelfth grade they are completing 120 minutes of homework daily.

teachers should stop giving homework

But his analysis didn't prove that students did better because they did homework; it simply showed a correlation . This could simply mean that kids who do homework are more committed to doing well in school. Cooper also found that some research showed that homework caused physical and emotional stress, and created negative attitudes about learning. He suggested that more research needed to be done on homework's effect on kids.

Further reading: Get Homework Done and Turned In

Some researchers say that the question isn't whether kids should have homework. It's more about what kind of homework students have and how much. To be effective, homework has to meet students' needs. For example, some middle school teachers have found success with online math homework that's adapted to each student's level of understanding. But when middle school students were assigned more than an hour and a half of homework, their math and science test scores went down .

Researchers at Indiana University discovered that math and science homework may improve standardized test grades, but they found no difference in course grades between students who did homework and those who didn't. These researchers theorize that homework doesn't result in more content mastery, but in greater familiarity with the kinds of questions that appear on standardized tests. According to Professor Adam Maltese, one of the study's authors, "Our results hint that maybe homework is not being used as well as it could be."

So while many teachers and parents support daily homework, it's hard to find strong evidence that the long-held practice produces positive results.

Problems with Homework

In an article in Education Week Teacher , teacher Samantha Hulsman said she's frequently heard parents complain that a 30-minute homework assignment turns into a three-hour battle with their kids. Now, she's facing the same problem with her own kids, which has her rethinking her former beliefs about homework. "I think parents expect their children to have homework nightly, and teachers assign daily homework because it's what we've always done," she explained. Today, Hulsman said, it's more important to know how to collaborate and solve problems than it is to know specific facts.

Child psychologist Kenneth Barish wrote in Psychology Today that battles over homework rarely result in a child's improvement in school . Children who don't do their homework are not lazy, he said, but they may be frustrated, discouraged, or anxious. And for kids with learning disabilities, homework is like "running with a sprained ankle. It's doable, but painful."

Barish suggests that parents and kids have a "homework plan" that limits the time spent on homework. The plan should include turning off all devices—not just the student's, but those belonging to all family members.

One of the best-known critics of homework, Alfie Kohn , says that some people wrongly believe "kids are like vending machines—put in an assignment, get out learning." Kohn points to the lack of evidence that homework is an effective learning tool; in fact, he calls it "the greatest single extinguisher of children's curiosity that we have yet invented."

Homework Bans

Last year, the public schools in Marion County, Florida, decided on a no-homework policy for all of their elementary students . Instead, kids read nightly for 20 minutes. Superintendent Heidi Maier said the decision was based on Cooper's research showing that elementary students gain little from homework, but a lot from reading.

Orchard Elementary School in South Burlington, Vermont, followed the same path, substituting reading for homework. The homework policy has four parts : read nightly, go outside and play, have dinner with your family, and get a good night's sleep. Principal Mark Trifilio says that his staff and parents support the idea.

But while many elementary schools are considering no-homework policies, middle schools and high schools have been reluctant to abandon homework. Schools say parents support homework and teachers know it can be helpful when it is specific and follows certain guidelines. For example, practicing solving word problems can be helpful, but there's no reason to assign 50 problems when 10 will do. Recognizing that not all kids have the time, space, and home support to do homework is important, so it shouldn't be counted as part of a student's grade.

Further reading: Balancing Extracurriculars with Homework in High School

So Should Students Have Homework?

Should you ban homework in your classroom? If you teach lower grades, it's possible. If you teach middle or high school, probably not. But all teachers should think carefully about their homework policies. By limiting the amount of homework and improving the quality of assignments, you can improve learning outcomes for your students.


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In recent years, there has been a growing call among stakeholders in education for teachers to reduce the amount of homework given to students.

There are a number of reasons why the calls for teachers to give fewer homework assignments have intensified. First, homework can actually have negative effects on student achievement. Second, it can be a time-consuming task that takes away from other important activities, such as studying for tests or engaging in extracurricular activities. Third, it can be a source of stress for students.

In this article, I will discuss the reasons why you should give fewer homework assignments in your classroom.

Reasons Why You Should Give Less Homework in Your Classroom

The following are some of the main reasons why you should give less homework to your students in the classroom:

1. Too much homework can lead to sleep deprivation.

If you give your students too much homework, it can lead to sleep deprivation in them. In fact, research has found that overworking students can actually impact their ability to get a good night’s sleep. This is because studies have shown that getting enough sleep is essential for learning and memory. When students aren’t able to get the required amount of sleep, they may begin to experience problems like difficulty concentrating, making mistakes in class, or even developing chronic conditions like obesity or diabetes.

For example, I have received several complaints from my students that they struggle to complete their homework from other subjects. Homework takes time and energy away from other activities, such as studying or socializing. In middle school, I used to struggle to complete my homework, and due to that, I could not get a good night’s sleep. Sometimes I entered the classroom already feeling sleepy, and at that time I could not concentrate well.

2. It can lead to students feeling overwhelmed or stressed out.

The amount of homework that students are assigned has been on the rise in recent years. While some see this as a way to help learners excel, others argue that too much homework can lead to students feeling overwhelmed or stressed.

Many experts believe that assigning too much homework can actually have the opposite effect. According to research, when students feel overwhelmed or stressed, they are more likely to have problems focusing and completing their work (Galloway et al., 2013) . This can lead to low grades and a lack of confidence in their abilities.

While there is no one best way when it comes to how much homework each student should get, it is important for you to understand how giving too much can impact student performance. If you’re concerned about your students’ workload and how it’s impacting their academic progress, talk to them about what they need and don’t need from their assignments.

3. It can cause students to lose interest in the subject matter.

Too much homework can cause students to lose interest in the subject matter. By giving them too much work, you are putting your students at a disadvantage. This is because it becomes difficult for them to focus on the material when they have to maintain focus while also completing additional assignments. Additionally, overworking students can lead to mistakes and poor grades.

With all these, your students will likely lose interest in the course or subject you are handling. For example, irrespective of the level you are teaching, it is possible that your students will lose interest in your subject, course, or material if you give them six hours of homework assignments each week.

Therefore, you must keep your students interested in the subject matter by giving them fewer assignments or things they love. That way, your classroom is going to be positive and conducive to learning.

4. It can negatively affect students’ grades.

Too much homework can negatively affect your students’ grades. While some may view this as a necessary evil, there are many reasons why too much homework can actually have a negative impact on student achievement. Too much homework can lead to students feeling overwhelmed and stressed, which can interfere with their ability to focus and learn.

Additionally, excessive amounts of homework can also lead to bored and disengaged students who are less likely to succeed in school. Thus, it is important to strike a proper balance between providing enough work for students to stay focused and motivated, while not overloading them so as to decrease their chances of success in school. For example, a typical school day in some areas of the country includes up to six hours of homework time. However, this is likely too much for students to handle without being negatively affected by it.

From the above, excessive homework can negatively affect students’ grades. This is because it can take up too much time and concentration, which could ultimately lead to lower grades. In addition, doing too much homework can also increase the chance of making mistakes, which could also lead to lower grades. It can make students lose interest in the subject matter. If students are not interested in the subject material, they will not be able to learn new information from it and may end up losing interest. This can also negatively affect students’ grades.

5. Homework can lead to negative coping skills.

Excessive homework can lead students to develop negative coping skills. When school becomes a duty rather than an enjoyable experience, students may begin to rely on unhealthy coping mechanisms such as avoidance, rumination, and negative thinking.

This can have long-term effects on their academic and social success. In fact, research has shown that high levels of homework stress are associated with lower grades and increased anxiety in adolescents.

Consequently, it is important to strike a balance between providing enough homework for your students to be successful while avoiding creating unnecessary stressors. For example, they might want to skip one homework assignment or provide a copy instead of the original.

6. It helps students learn how to manage their time.

Too much homework can actually have the opposite effect on students’ learning. According to research, giving students less homework actually allows them to learn how to better manage their time and get more done.

By providing them with a limited number of assignments that they must complete, students are forced to be more productive and efficient in their studies. They also learn how to properly plan their time and prioritize their tasks. In short, less homework can help your students become better problem-solvers and time managers.

For example, students who have a limited number of homework assignments are more likely to be able to prioritize their tasks and plan ahead for the day. Instead of spending all their time studying, they can now spend that time on activities that are more beneficial to their learning and development as an individual.

7. Homework is not always helpful.

Homework can be a helpful tool for children to improve their academic skills, but it is not always the best way to help them. Giving homework can actually   hinder a child’s ability to learn because it can take away from time spent learning in class.

In addition, overworking children can lead to them feeling overwhelmed and stressed, which can impact their ability to learn. Additionally, giving homework creates a sense of competition among students, which may not help them develop good study habits.

8. Homework can interfere with family time and social activities.

Too much homework can interfere with family time and social activities. According to research, students who have a lot of homework tend to spend less time with their families and friends.  They also tend to be less productive during school hours. This is because they are not able to focus on their other classes.

There are several reasons why giving too much homework can interfere with family time and social activities. First, it takes away from recreational time. Second, it can lead to tension between parents and children since the children are spending more time studying than playing.

Third, it can deprive children of sleep, which can have long-term effects on their health. Fourth, it can lead to depression in some cases. Fifth, it can cause students to lose interest in school, which may result in them not getting good grades or having difficulty finding a job after they graduate from college.

9. Homework can cause students to lose focus in class.

Too much homework can cause students to lose focus in class. This is because when students are doing a lot of homework, they’re not able to do their other work properly and wind up losing focus in class.

In addition, it can be difficult for them to stay on task when they have a lot of things on their plate at once. As a result, they may not learn as much as they could. If you’re feeling overwhelmed with the amount of homework your students are handing in, try to find ways to lighten the load or help them keep their focus.

For example, you can assign homework that’s more manageable or give them the opportunity to work on other assignments during class.

10. Students’ getting free time helps them become well-rounded.

Homework can be a burden for students, especially when it is excessive. However, less homework may actually help your students become better-rounded and more prepared for class.

Therefore, by providing your students with less homework, you are helping them learn in a more holistic way and retain what they have learned in class.

Additionally, reducing the amount of homework allows students to spend more time outside of school-related activities such as hanging out with friends or participating in extracurriculars. In this way, fewer homework assignments may not only help your student academically but socially as well.

How Much Homework Do You Need to Give Your Students?

Homework does not have to be a source of stress for young people. On the contrary, assigning homework helps students learn and provides them with a consistent learning experience. The key is to give students enough homework so that they can learn, but not too much so that they feel overwhelmed and unable to enjoy their free time.

A good rule of thumb is to assign 10-minute homework assignments per grade level per ni ght and no more than one assignment per day. That means first-grade students get 10 minutes of homework per night, second-grade students get 20 minutes, and so on, depending on the levels.

Another way to figure out how much homework you should give your students is to ask them.

Individual students have different work habits and can be more or less productive depending on their age. Asking your students how much homework they want to do will give you an indication of what is realistic, and it will also help you decide if additional homework assignments are needed. Sometimes students need extra help on a specific skill that can be covered in one assignment or lesson.

Assigning Homework

1. Assign homework assignments that are in line with the grade level and the school’s curriculum. Plan to assign homework daily, weekly, or monthly so students know what they need to do to get the grade they want. This is a good way to help students stay on track.

2. Assign homework that is graded by the teacher or by a parent-teacher conference. This will give students an opportunity to get feedback about their performance on homework assignments.

3. Collaborate with parents on homework assignments. An objective way to get feedback from parents is to ask them to grade the homework assignments. They can then communicate this information to you, and in turn, you can communicate it back to the student.

4. Create a homework center in a classroom. Students will be more motivated to complete homework assignments if they can see that it is being done by other students who are not receiving the same grade.

5. Create an after-school homework club.

6. Acknowledge the value of homework. Students generally do not like to do homework, but they would much rather have their parents tell them how well they did on their homework.

7. Use technology to help students complete their homework assignments. In today’s world, technology has made it possible for students to access the Internet on a regular basis and use this time to complete their homework assignments.

8. Encourage parents to be involved with their child’s schoolwork. Many parents have no idea what their child is learning in school or how they are doing on their homework. Parents should be given information about the curriculum and the homework so that they can help the student if needed.

9. Establish a consistent grading system for homework assignments. A consistent grading system for homework assignments will help the teacher and the student know what is expected of them. This will also help the students become more familiar with the grading system used by their teachers.

10. Get students involved in the grading process. If teachers grade all the homework, students will not get involved in the process. If they have students become involved in the grading process, they will be more motivated to do their homework and study for exams.

In conclusion, teachers should give less homework to help students succeed both in and outside of the classroom. Too much homework can have a negative impact on students’ grades. It can also lead students to feel overwhelmed and stressed, which can negatively affect their performance in class. Additionally, too much homework can take away from time that students could be spending on other activities that would benefit their academic growth. When deciding how much homework to assign, teachers should take into account each student’s level of understanding and ability, as well as the amount of time they plan to spend studying for that particular assignment.

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Sally Jones , writer October 26, 2022

Coming from a student, after a long day of school and sports the last thing, I want to do when I get home is homework. Many teachers feel as though homework is an effective way to help the students practice their work and understand it better, however, research shows that homework can cause “unhealthy levels of stress” ( www.mysunshinelearning.com ). Students go to school for 7 hours every day and many have jobs and sports after school. By the time they get home around 10:00 pm, instead of having downtime to rest, they work on homework. Working on homework all night and waking up at 6:00 am causes extreme lack of sleep. It is proven that children who sleep more perform better in school; but how are kids able to get enough sleep when they are focusing and stressing about homework all night? A Stanford study showed that 56% of students said homework was a main source of their stress, and their amount of homework had caused sleep deprivation and other health problems ( https://hayshighguidon.com ).   

Students already spend an extreme amount of time at school. Seven hours a day, five days a week. Each teacher gets five hours with their class per week so why should the students have to go home and do more work? Spending more than the recommended time on homework is linked to lower test scores and higher rates of anxiety and depression ( https://www.goodrx.com/ ). For decades there have been protests and debates about banning homework due to the fact that it can cause harm to a child’s health. Back in 1901, the anti-homework movement gained such strength that California outlawed homework for all grades below high school ( https://www.goodrx.com/ ).   

Some younger kids in elementary school or even middle school need their parents to help them with their homework. Many kids might find themselves getting frustrated or yelling at their parents. This creates stress for not only the children but also the parents. Homework can also take away from spending quality time with your family. Homework leaves less time for children to be children. Kids need to get outside and play more often so they can grow and develop, but homework is holding them back from this.    

Many high schoolers have jobs and sports. After a long day at school, jobs, and/or sports it doesn’t leave a lot of time to do homework. Many kids don’t even get the chance to start their homework till very late at night. This type of schedule causes many students to have very high stress levels. It can also cause kids to have sleepless nights, leading to sleep deprivation. With a packed schedule and a huge amount of homework kids are losing sleep at night causing them to sleep in class and perform at lower levels than they are capable of. Without homework, or a reduced amount of homework, students could gain more sleep and function better during school. Some kids are too worn out after their long day of school, jobs, clubs, and volunteer work, they don’t have time to complete their homework. This can cause students’ grades to drop and make them less motivated when it comes to schoolwork.  

For all students, homework consumes free time. Going to school for seven hours Monday- Friday already takes up so much time throughout the day. A Stanford study shows survey data and student responses also indicated that students spending a lot of time on homework were “more likely to drop activities, not see friends or family, and pursue hobbies they enjoy” ( https://hayshighguidon.com ). Once kids get out of school it’s supposed to be time to themselves, time they can spend however they want.  

Homework is one of the main causes of stress when it comes to students. A lthough it does have many positive attributes, when teachers assign multiple assignments per night it can become very overwhelming. According to the survey data, 56 percent of the students considered homework a primary source of stress. The remaining students viewed tests and the pressure to get good grades as the primary stressors. Notably, less than 1 percent of the student’s said homework was not a stressor ( https://gateway.aurorak12.org/ ). Eliminating homework would be the best option for anyone in school. It ultimately takes the stress away from school in general. School is already very stressful for most students and eliminating homework would help students feel less stressed.  

There can be some good attributes that homework brings such as teaching kids good time management skills and being productive. But recently homework has seemed to cause more harm than good. The negatives are starting to overcome the positives.  

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Why schools shouldn’t assign homework

Hailey Enloe , Social Media Manager February 11, 2022

Many kids go to school for seven to eight hours a day, not counting after-school activities. Some teachers give students homework to practice what they have learned at school. Kids and teenagers have lives outside of school, but many teachers don’t see that when they give students homework. Some teenagers have jobs and extracurricular activities. Kids also have things to do outside of school, and they may also be involved in sports. 

Teachers shouldn’t give students homework. 

A lot of teenagers have jobs they have to do after school. The students will drive from school straight to their workplace and home after working hours of shifts. Once they get home, they want to unwind and get ready for bed, but they realize they have to do homework; this could cause them to stay up late at night working on assignments. Then they could lose sleep and be exhausted the next day, which could distract them from learning or passing a test the next day, especially if they don’t know how to do the work. 

Some students are shy and don’t want to ask questions in class about the material they are learning in class or may not comprehend it. That would make it more challenging and more stressful to do their homework. Most parents haven’t been in school for years and don’t understand the assignments, so trying to help the students could stress both the parents and the students. Then, it could lead to cheating off of google or other classmates. 

Lastly, if a kid comes from a low-income family, they might not have supplies to do their homework. This could make them have failing grades or even punishment like detention for not doing homework. Most low-income students don’t have pens, paper, pencils, computers, internet access, a quiet place to work, or a parent at home to help, which are all critical aspects of doing homework. They might also have to watch their siblings or be somewhere other than home, leaving less time for homework. 

Therefore students should not have to do homework when they have plenty of time to learn and practice learning material at school when they are there for seven to eight hours.

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Why more and more teachers are joining the anti-homework movement

The word homework doesn’t just elicit groans from students. Many veteran educators aren’t fans of it either.

Barbara Tollison, a high school English teacher with nearly four decades in the classroom, stopped assigning homework five years ago. In lieu of writing papers, she asks her 10th graders in San Marcos, California, to read more books before bed.

“For the kids who understand the information, additional practice is unnecessary,” she told TODAY Parents . “The kids who need more support are going to go home and not do it right. It's just going to confuse them more. They don’t have the understanding and they need guidance.”

Tollison is part of a growing movement that believes learners can thrive academically without homework. According to Alfie Kohn, author of “ The Homework Myth ,” there’s never a good excuse for making kids work a second shift of academics in elementary and middle school.

“In high school, it’s a little more nuanced,” Kohn told TODAY Parents . “Some research has found a tiny correlation between doing more homework and doing better on standardized tests . But No. 1, standardized tests are a lousy measure of learning. No. 2, the correlation is small. And No. 3, it doesn’t prove a causal relationship. In other words, just because the same kids who get more homework do a little better on tests, doesn’t mean the homework made that happen.”

Kohn noted that “newer, better” studies are showing that the downside of homework is just as profound in 16-year-olds as it is in 8-year-olds, in terms of causing causing anxiety, a loss of interest in learning and family conflict.

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“For my book, I interviewed high school teachers who completely stopped giving homework and there was no downside, it was all upside,” he shared.

“There just isn’t a good argument in favor of homework,” Kohn said.

Katie Sluiter, an 8th grade teacher in Michigan, couldn’t agree more. She believes that the bulk of instruction and support should happen in the classroom.

“What I realized early on in my career is that the kids who don’t need the practice are the only ones doing their homework,” Sluiter told TODAY Parents .

Sluiter added that homework is stressful and inequitable. Many children, especially those from lower-income families, have little chance of being successful with work being sent home.

“So many things are out of the student’s control, like the ability to have a quiet place to do homework,” Sluiter explained. “In my district, there are many parents that don’t speak any English, so they’re not going to be able to help with their child’s social studies homework. Some kids are responsible for watching their younger siblings after school.”

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Sluiter also doesn’t want to add “an extra pile of stress” to already over-scheduled lives.

“Middle school is hard enough without worrying, ‘Did I get my conjunctions sheet done?’” she said. “It’s ridiculous. It’s just too much. We need to let them be kids."

Kohn, who has written 14 books on parenting and education, previously told TODAY that moms and dads should speak up on behalf of their children.

"If your child's teacher never assigns homework, take a moment to thank them for doing what's in your child's best interest — and for acknowledging that families, not schools, ought to decide what happens during family time," he said. "If your child is getting homework, organize a bunch of parents to meet with the teacher and administrators — not to ask, 'Why so much?' but, given that the research says it's all pain and no gain, to ask, 'Why is there any?'"

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While some may believe that giving students homework is helpful to their education, it is damaging to their mental health.

Finland is the country with the top student scores in the world. Their students are given no homework.

Finnish students go to school between 9:00-9:45 a.m., and go home by 2:00-2:45 p.m.. They also have more one on one time with their teachers, have fewer classes a day, and have longer breaks.

No homework is obviously not the only factor to Finnish students’ excellent test scores, but no homework certainly helps.

Many adults will say that homework helps students build character, promote self-discipline, and teaches good work habits, but there is no evidence to this.

Homework is frustrating and exhausting, can cause family conflict, takes away students’ time for other activities, and can reduce a student’s interest in learning.

A Stanford study showed that 56% of students said homework was a main source of their stress, and their amount of homework had caused sleep deprivation and other health problems. The survey data and student responses also indicated that students spending a lot of time on homework were “more likely to drop activities, not see friends or family, and pursue hobbies they enjoy.”

Students that understand the material given in their classes have no need to take homework home, and students that don’t understand the material are not going to learn by doing the work alone at home.

In order to produce an educated and well-rounded workforce, the U.S. education system needs to be revamped and homework discontinued.

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The illusion of free will.

Freewill is an illusion

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McKena McBride is a senior, and this is her third year in newspaper. She is involved in tennis, StuCo, National Honor Society, Leadership, Yearbook, Red...

Staff member reviews ‘The Creator’ movie

“The Creator” is a newly released science fiction movie that takes place on Earth, after the aftermath of a nuclear strike on Los Angeles has swep...

Staff member reviews ‘Air’ movie

Based on the story of how Nike got an up-and-coming young superstar in Michael Jordan, the movie “Air” was released on April 5. At the time, N...

Staff member reviews ‘Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Among Thieves’ movie

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Staff member reviews latest ‘Puss in Boots’ movie

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Netflixs Wednesday series breaks records

Netflix’s ‘Wednesday’ series breaks records

Netflixs Wednesday series breaks records

Hays CYO group hosts haunted house

OPINION: Schools should make time for the outdoors

OPINION: Schools should make time for the outdoors

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Netflix’s new series Inventing Anna captivates viewers

Netflix’s new series ‘Inventing Anna’ captivates viewers

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