Homework: Perhaps the most touchy education subject of them all. Teachers say it greatly improves test scores, but students hate it. But even more important, research today shows that the amount of homework given is very counterproductive to the learning process. While homework may reinforce the things taught in class, too much becomes busy work, and doesn’t benefit the child much at all in the long run. If homework assignments do not see a reform, the American people will begin to see international test scores dip, which would be the last thing that this once proud nation would want to happen.
While homework does benefit a kid, too much before they are mentally ready for it is detrimental to their mental development. There are many reports and finding that expose the true effect the homework load is having on students. “In the recent Associated Press-AOL poll, elementary school students reported an average of 78 minutes of homework each school night, and middle-schoolers reported 99 minutes, says The Case Against Homework coauthor Bennett. That’s a far bigger homework load than children would have if teachers were following the so-called 10-minutes-per-grade rule of thumb endorsed by groups like the National Education Association and the National Parent Teacher Association, Bennett points out” (Clemitt 9). Although 78 minutes may not sound like a lot to older kids, that is far to much to ask of an elementary level student. Just imagine how inflated the homework is for a sophomore in high school. A school specializing in dealing with dropouts had interviews with 45 of their enrolled students, and found that they all constantly mentioned their homework difficulties (Noll 329). Not only are elementary school students overloaded with homework, but so are high schoolers. This is such a big problem that it pushes them to the point at which they feel that they have to drop out. Also, Beth Teitell said in the Boston Globe that “A Highlights magazine survey last year...
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