This is the third installment in our series about school in a perfect world. Read previous entries on calendars and content. We asked prominent voices in education—from policy makers and teachers to activists and parents—to look beyond laws, politics, and funding and imagine a utopian system of learning. They went back to the drawing board—and the chalkboard—to build an educational Garden of Eden.
Homework: No Proven Benefits
Why homework isn't working | UK news | The Guardian
Almost all research shows that elementary school homework is pointless. If families understood that, they would be thrilled to lose that nightly routine where the adults cajole and bribe, and the kids cry and throw tantrums. I would love to see a one-week experiment where all parents agree not to say a word to their elementary school children about homework: not ask whether they have it, not lay out the supplies, not set aside the time, not read the instructions. I bet that most kids would not think about their homework at all.
Is Homework Good or Bad for Students?
We live, for the most part, fairly similar lives to our next-door neighbors. Both households have two working parents, two kids and an appreciation for the way California weather affords them unscripted, outdoor play year-round. We are all busier than we want to be, but our neighbors have an extra, unnecessary hurdle that makes life more difficult.
So all that time you spent doing tedious homework assignments back in your school days was all for naught, according to a new study. In fact, it might have even set you back. Researchers at Sydney University in Australia found that too much homework can often have the opposite effect on students.