As Homework Grows, So Do Arguments Against It - washingtonpost.com
The nation's best-known researcher on homework has taken a new look at the subject, and here is what Duke University professor Harris Cooper has to say:
Elementary school students get no academic benefit from homework -- except reading and some basic skills practice -- and yet schools require more than ever.
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Georgia Leigh, 16, a junior at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, says it was not until 10th grade that homework was more than busywork.
Georgia Leigh, 16, a junior at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, says it was not until 10th grade that homework was more than busywork. (By Lois Raimondo -- The Washington Post)
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High school students studying until dawn probably are wasting their time because there is no academic benefit after two hours a night; for middle-schoolers, 1 1/2 hours.
And what's perhaps more important, he said, is that most teachers get little or no training on how to create homework assignments that advance learning.
The controversy over homework that has raged for more than a century in U.S. education is reheating with new research by educators and authors about homework's purpose and design.