A look at Harris Cooper's metanalysis of studies done on the impact of homework from 1987-2003
We’re currently enmeshed in a high-pressure approach to learning that starts with homework being assigned in kindergarten and even preschool. Homework dominates after-school time in many households and has been dubbed the 21st century’s “new family dinner.” Overtired children complain and collapse. Exasperated parents cajole and nag. These family fights often ends in tears, threats, and parents secretly finishing their kid’s homework.
Anyone who closely follows the debate about the value of homework at different grades knows about a famous meta-analysis of previous research on the subject, published in 2006 by researcher Harris Cooper and colleagues, which found that homework in elementary school does not contribute to academic achievement. You might think that educators would have taken that to heart, but because research rarely informs educational policy, it didn’t.
“There is no evidence that any amount of homework improves the academic performance of elementary students.”
Good take from Karl Fisch - . I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s unfair to everyone to have different policies within the same school. It’s just not transparent and it makes it harder for everyone to figure out what they need to do to be successful. So I think it’s time that we have a uniform late work policy in my school.
TWITTER COFOUNDER BIZ STONE IMPLEMENTED A "NO HOMEWORK POLICY" FOR HIMSELF IN HIGH SCHOOL AND GOT AWAY WITH IT IN SPECTACULAR FASHION. HERE'S WHAT IT TAUGHT HIM ABOUT WHEN AND HOW TO BREAK THE RULES.
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