Homework From Home

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Her thinking: Some of her students, she says, have little time for homework because they’re working 30 hours a week or responsible for looking after younger siblings.As educators reduce or eliminate the homework they assign, it’s worth asking what amount and what kind of homework is best for students.(Kohn’s prolific writing on the subject alleges numerous other methodological faults.)In fact, other correlations make a compelling case that homework doesn’t help.

Her thinking: Some of her students, she says, have little time for homework because they’re working 30 hours a week or responsible for looking after younger siblings.As educators reduce or eliminate the homework they assign, it’s worth asking what amount and what kind of homework is best for students.(Kohn’s prolific writing on the subject alleges numerous other methodological faults.)In fact, other correlations make a compelling case that homework doesn’t help.

In the first camp is Harris Cooper, a professor of psychology and neuroscience at Duke University.“The students do seem to be less stressed based on conversations I’ve had with parents,” Carlomagno says.It also helps that the students performed just as well on the state standardized test last year as they have in the past.A 2015 study, for instance, found that kindergarteners, who researchers tend to agree shouldn’t have any take-home work, were spending about 25 minutes a night on it. As many children, not to mention their parents and teachers, are drained by their daily workload, some schools and districts are rethinking how homework should work—and some teachers are doing away with it entirely.They’re reviewing the research on homework (which, it should be noted, is contested) and concluding that it’s time to revisit the subject.This conclusion is generally accepted among educators, in part because it’s compatible with “the 10-minute rule,” a rule of thumb popular among teachers suggesting that the proper amount of homework is approximately 10 minutes per night, per grade level—that is, 10 minutes a night for first graders, 20 minutes a night for second graders, and so on, up to two hours a night for high schoolers.In Cooper’s eyes, homework isn’t overly burdensome for the typical American kid.In fact, there are different, but just as compelling, reasons it can be burdensome in these communities as well.Allison Wienhold, who teaches high-school Spanish in the small town of Dunkerton, Iowa, has phased out homework assignments over the past three years.America has long had a fickle relationship with homework.A century or so ago, progressive reformers argued that it made kids unduly stressed, which later led in some cases to district-level bans on it for all grades under seventh.

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