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Homework: An Unnecessary Evil? | Psychology Today

[1] First, no research has ever found a benefit to assigning homework (of any kind or in any amount) in elementary school. In fact, there isn't even a positive correlation between, on the one hand, having younger children do ...
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Homework: It fails our students and undermines American education

Homework: It fails our students and undermines American education | Homework | Scoop.it
Students often ask me why I don’t assign homework. “I don’t believe in it,” I quickly respond.

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Heather Wehrle's curator insight, December 11, 2013 12:15 PM

The points that this article brings up, as well as the comments from other readers, are truly fascinating.  Do we really need homework for our students to be successful at learning the material?  This article is not written from an abstract theory that has never been implemented in the real world; it is written by a teacher who has had experience assigning homework as well as not assigning homework.  This case study raises many questions about the usefulness of homework all together.  It was also very interesting to see the argument that followed in the comments made by many readers.  Some people are captivated by her idea and want to capitalize on it; others have tried this same strategy in their own classrooms and found success; yet others are still not convinced that eliminating homework is correct or plausible.

 

At first, I agreed with the skeptics.  We have always had homework in our classrooms; if it was useless, why did it persist for so long?  However, I began to realize that many things that have existed in classrooms for centuries have been found recently to be not very effective.  Rote memorization, teacher-centered lectures, and the absence of inter-disciplinary teaching have all been replaced by more appropriate teaching models.  Is homework next?  I hope that in my future classroom, I will be able to limit the amount of homework I send home with my students.  If it does not serve a specific and important purpose, why make my students do it?  I want anything that my students do outside of school to serve an important purpose and advance their learning in meaningful ways.  While I am uncertain if I will be able to eliminate homework all together, I would surely like to try.

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Letting Go of Homework and Worksheets - Time to reflect on your practice...

Letting Go of Homework and Worksheets - Time to reflect on your practice... | Homework | Scoop.it
Founded in 1943, ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner.

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How To Get Rid of Homework in 11 Steps - Or At the Very Least Limit It

How To Get Rid of Homework in 11 Steps - Or At the Very Least Limit It | Homework | Scoop.it
I was asked by SImpleK12 to do a webinar on how to get rid of homework and realized as I prepared for that although I have written a lot about the reasons why to get rid of homework or at the very ...

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Do teachers know best when it comes to Homework?

Do teachers know best when it comes to Homework? | Homework | Scoop.it
The Case Against Homework: The truth, according to Sara Bennett and Nancy Kalish, is that there is almost no evidence that homework helps elementary school students achieve academic success and little more that it helps older students.

 

"Don't teachers know best when it comes to homework?


A:   No. When we started researching the subject, we were shocked to learn that:

 

Most teachers have never studied homework in their teacher education courses.Few are aware of the studies showing that homework has little or no correlation with academic success in elementary school or that overwhelming amounts of homework have a negative impact on learning in all grades.Few teachers have learned how to devise good assignments, how to decide how much homework to give, and whether to involve parents. In fact, according to Gerald LeTendre, associate professor of education policy studies at Pennsylvania State University. "There's no adequate training of new teachers in homework at all. It's considered an afterthought." Just as alarming, once they begin teaching, they get little guidance from their schools.Only 35 percent of (schools) actually have written homework policies.
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Mel Riddile's curator insight, February 1, 2013 9:26 AM

Key Point:


"the number of math problems in a homework assignment should be limited to five."

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Study suggests homework of little value to younger students (Australia)

Study suggests homework of little value to younger students (Australia) | Homework | Scoop.it
A new book by two Australian academics has reviewed the international literature on homework and proposed a rethink It found homework for younger students didnt improve academic outcomes and student...

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Is homework worth the time? | eSchool News

Is homework worth the time? | eSchool News | Homework | Scoop.it
A recent study led by an Indiana University professor found that traditional homework assignments won't improve a student's grades but could boost standardized test scores.

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Research and the value of homework


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The cure for shallow classroom discussions

The cure for shallow classroom discussions | Homework | Scoop.it

*The cure for shallow classroom discussions

*Teaching fractions

*A hard look at homework in the elementary grades


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French president's plan to write off homework draws criticism

French president's plan to write off  homework draws criticism | Homework | Scoop.it

French President Francois Hollande’s plan to eliminate homework for elementary and junior high school students is drawing criticism from the very folks it was supposed to help – poor people.


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