* Please, not more homework

Can you take one more post about homework? Even if I can’t guarantee it’s my last?  A parent recently sent me an link to an article entitled, “Is the Drive for Success Making Our Children Sick?”  The author concludes that we are indeed pushing kids far beyond their boundaries, with serious health consequences.  She describes how one high school is making positive changes by reducing homework assignments.  The author cites a meta-analysis of homework studies, “Does Homework Improve Academic Achievement? A Synthesis of Research, 1987-2003,” conducted by researchers at Duke University.  Although they report that all homework studies had design flaws, they suggest a generally positive influence between homework and achievement, especially for grades 7-12.  However, there was no strong evidence “of an association between the homework–achievement link and the outcome measure (grades as opposed to standardized tests) or the subject matter (reading as opposed to math).”  The researchers suggested further research.  Duh.

Harris Cooper, a professor of psychology and neuroscience at Duke, prepared an article in 2006 entitled, “Does Homework Improve Academic Achievement?”  (He has also published a book by Corwin Press, “The Battle Over Homework: A Common Ground for Administrators, Teachers, and Parents.”)  In his article, Cooper suggests that elementary students have no more than 10-20 minutes of homework, with flexibility based upon the “unique needs and circumstances of students and their families.”  YES!  This is good advice for teachers and parents of twice exceptional students (2e), who have already worked harder than their peers at school.  We should not be grinding these students away with unreasonable demands upon their mental and emotional reserves.

 Teachers and parents, be advocates for your 2e kids!  Don’t make them sick from stress and anxiety!  Make decisions about homework based on student needs, not the school’s traditions.  



18 thoughts on “* Please, not more homework

  1. Have you seen the documentary on Netflix called a Race To Nowhere.
    Focuses on this issue.

    Take a look at the girls blog and comment on their writing.
    This has been the best homework because they write on what they love.

    Enjoy your weekend.

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  2. Having homework assignments to cater to every student, would mean a lot more teacher’s per student. I wonder, if parents would be willing to pay for this, or would rather their child did a reasonable amount of homework.

    Most Indian students do quite a bit of homework, and i think it turns out pretty good mostly, as long as they’ve had parents who are interested in their education from the time they’re young. The stress comes more from parents who only get involved in education after the child is already faring badly, or from parents who want their child to have too many hobbies plus do well in school.

    The homework makes our kids more hardworking and disciplined, and that helps them, when they start working as adults. There’s a point beyond which children need to meet the real world, rather than expecting the world to meet them on their terms. Of course, kids with no special needs, and learning difficulties would definitely need a different kind of homework regimen to other kids.

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    • Yes, even in the States, many parents want homework for the reasons you mentioned. The article on stress refers to that overload of after school activities combined with homework. I appreciate your taking the time to comment. It’s interesting to see how this plays out in other cultures.

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    • Yes, I agree that it can have that effect. But for some kids,, it is not the best way to teach discipline and focus. The kids I’m referring to already demonstrate those qualities during this school day and are wiped out by the time school ends.


  3. I guess the tough part for me with homework is this. It may take one student 20 minutes but I can guarantee it will take mine an hour and a half. We go through it every night in math. Biology alone took an hour and twenty minutes so now we are up to almost 3 hours. What if there was a paper to write or a test to study for? Why is there so much work coming home all the time? If they can’t do it imagine how far behind they get and it all piles up even more. My son can NEVER do more than 3 or 4 math problems on his own. It’s getting ridiculous:(

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