Why There Should Be No Homework: Pros and Cons of Doing Homework Assignments

The debate has continued for years: is homework good or is it bad? Many people in the field of education today are searching for evidence in support of homework. For many students homework seems to be nothing but stress and there seems to be no benefit to it. In fact, no study has found a correlation between higher academic achievement in elementary school and homework. And in fact there's very little evidence to support homework being a necessary component of high school. The discussion now exists as to whether or not high school should reduce their homework or alleviate it altogether. Late-night assignments can play strain on individuals and families.

So what is the solution? It is suggested that children should have no more than 20 minutes of homework per day from grade kindergarten through second. For student’s grade 3rd through sixth, the limit should be no more than 60 minutes per day. Repetitive practice problems are not good homework. Homework assignments should be things that make children excited about learning and about their topic. They should also be things that help children to think more deeply about those things that matter.

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