More Homework Doesn't Necessarily Mean Smarter Students
from the giving-up dept
After years of questioning many facets of the education system, such as tests and homework that measure memorization and regurgitation, a growing number of teachers are trying something different. They're eschewing homework, arguing that it doesn't work, and that out-of-school time should be spent doing other things, while in-school time could be made more productive. Though this makes some parents uncomfortable, the teachers claim excellent results. What's interesting is that the no homework approach isn't new at all; at several times in history people have suggested that piling on students with extra work after school isn't very affective. But homework has always come back in vogue during periods when the American public feared the US was falling behind the world academically. Somehow the Russia being the first to launch a satellite into space meant that elementary school kids needed to spend more hours filling out worksheets. The data on homework isn't totally conclusive. It's true that at the moment, the top-performing countries, academically, don't give out much homework, but other studies do point to its benefits. Apart from the academic considerations, doing homework can't be any healthier for kids than watching TV or playing videogames, but we haven't heard many people citing it as a leading cause of obesity.