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The Case Against Homework

The Great Homework Debate

Laurie Levy | Posted 12.28.2016 | Education
Laurie Levy

Where did we ever get the idea that sending home a weekly packet, starting in kindergarten in some schools, accomplishes anything beyond turning curious and enthusiastic children into homework haters for life?

No, I'm Not Smarter Than A Third-Grader

Laurie Levy | Posted 02.13.2015 | Fifty
Laurie Levy

I always hated word problems, but when my granddaughter in third grade asked for my help with her homework, I figured how hard could that be? Well, too hard for a pretty smart young lady and her grandmother, I guess.

Am I The Only Parent Who Thinks Today's Homework Load Is Insane?

Michael Levin | Posted 02.03.2015 | Parents
Michael Levin

My children, my wife and I are slaves to homework. Play is a rarity. The homework load is mind-boggling. My ninth grader has three hours a night. My sixth graders have an hour to two hours. Why?

My 9-Year-Old's Homework is Killing Me

Maria Colaco | Posted 11.12.2014 | Parents
Maria Colaco

As a parent of a 9-year-old, I want to tell all of you coming up the parenting pipeline to get ready for it. If you thought homework was bad when YOU were a student... it's HORRID when you are a parent.

The Homework Conundrum

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 06.19.2015 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

To many parents, homework seems as much a part of schooling as lunchroom cafeterias. But does it really make a difference?

Who Does How Much Homework: A Response to The Atlantic

Anna Leahy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media
Anna Leahy

Too much homework is a problem, and the fast-approaching Common Core State Standards will probably make that situation worse. But there exist bigger problems in this world, too, and these overarching problems are not unrelated to who's doing how much homework.

Homework Doesn't Improve Course Grades, But Does Boost Something Else

Posted 11.16.2012 | Education

There has been much debate surround the value of homework, and a recent study led by an Indiana University School of Education faculty member has foun...

French President Vows To Get Rid Of Homework

Posted 10.15.2012 | Education

French President François Hollande this week announced his plans to get rid of homework as part of his far-reaching education reforms, France 24 repo...

Tennessee Middle Schools Eliminate Graded Homework, Extra Credit

Posted 09.19.2012 | Education

In an effort to improve scores on the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program, Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools are scrapping extra credit and...

Maryland Elementary School Nixes Homework

Posted 09.07.2012 | Education

Instead of assigning homework, teachers at Gaithersburg Elementary School in Maryland are asking students to spend 30 minutes a night reading, Fox 5 r...

7 Things Teachers Should Know About Mommy Homework

Ann Brenoff | Posted 07.18.2012 | Parents
Ann Brenoff

There is much debate about the merits and volume of homework imposed on our kids. But there's one big component that has been notably absent from the ...

All Homework Should Be Banned

Tommy Schnurmacher | Posted 05.30.2012 | Education
Tommy Schnurmacher

If a student wishes to review some of the work of the day on their own, great. If the kids have to study for a test or exam -- no problem. But those millions of hours of useless make-work homework assignments? They have caused misery enough.

Homework: Winning the Learning Battle, Losing the Learning War

Pamela J. Stubbart | Posted 04.15.2012 | Education
Pamela J. Stubbart

While tempting, prioritizing the pursuit of short-term educational progress -- such as by assigning lots of homework -- rather than long-term goals is a tradeoff we should hesitate to make.

Obama and No Child Left Behind

Tabby Biddle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tabby Biddle

I keep hearing stories from friends about how their child used to love school, but now with so much homework and the pressure of performing on tests, they really dread going.

Race to Nowhere: The Case Against Homework

Tabby Biddle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Tabby Biddle

Since the 'No Child Left Behind' policy has brought about a culture of teaching to the test, the students rising through our education system are learning how to be memorizers, not critical thinkers.