Do We Need Homework

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Okay, I know not all students spend a lot of time doing homework. I think the bigger question that educators need to address is “what’s the purpose of the assignment?

” Is it merely a way to show parents and administration what's going on in the class? Is the homework being graded for accuracy or completion? Have the necessary skills been taught so the student can master the material on his or her own?

Interestingly, these numbers have remained consistent since 1984!

As an educator, I would like to see a replication of this study.

What’s more important is students get to demonstrate mastery of material without the assistance of a teacher. Organizations such as the National Parent Teacher Association support giving students about 10 minutes of homework each night, per grade level starting in first grade. I would recommend speaking with high achieving teens and let them share how much of their time is consumed with homework.

So a middle school student would have a full day in school and then an additional 60 minutes of homework after school. Many will tell you that they spend hours upon hours each night studying for tests, and preparing for papers and projects, etc.

In summary, there seems to be no clear answer on the homework debate.

I started the blog with a question “What’s the purpose of homework? If a teacher who is assigning the homework can’t provide a clear rationale behind this question then maybe the homework shouldn’t be assigned.

I read an article once that stated teachers underestimate the amount of homework they assign by 50%.

If that's accurate then there is definitely cause for concern.

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