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The great homework debate

Few topics on educating our youth polarize parents and education experts the way homework does.

From how much is enough/too much, to what grades, if any, should be excluded, to which subjects yield the best return from homework; people can’t seem to agree.

Adding fuel to the fire: a myriad of conflicting studies. Consider the issue of homework’s influence on standardized tests. A 2012 study of 10,000 high school sophomores – led by professors from Indiana University, the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education, and the University of Macau – revealed a positive link between homework and performance on standardized tests. Yet an Australian study, also released in 2012, showed that in countries where more time is spent on homework, students actually scored lower on a standardized test.

A growing number of studies and experts say too much homework can be downright detrimental. Some experts say it’s not the quantity but the quality of the homework that makes a difference. Others still, like education author Alfie Kohn, contend that no homework is the way to go. In his controversial book, The Homework Myth, Kohn likens homework for children to that of a worker who has to take even more work home after their work shift is over. His view is that homework not only offers no academic benefits to children, it undermines a child’s interest in learning.

What do you think?  What is your opinion on the subject of homework?

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