14 October 2013
The Great Homework Debate
Over the last several years, many educators have had strong opinionated discussions about whether or not homework for school-aged children is beneficial to their learning and achievement. Many have researched the topic through various surveys and have reported their findings. Some researchers believe homework helps students grow academically to achieve higher test scores and better grades. An article written by the NC Board of Education supports how homework does help students out. While Alfie Kohn disagrees by saying that homework takes away valuable time that could be used for their hobbies and time that they could spend with their family. Robert Marzano and Debra Pickering, agree with both the NC Board of Education and Kohn by stating that most homework assignments are based on the amount of work students produce and assignments are not thought provoking enough to challenge students as well as allow them the opportunity to be creative. By analyzing these three articles it can be seen how homework can help or hurt students. According to Kohn’s book, The Homework Myth: Why our Kids Get Too Much of a Bad Thing, it seems that homework has not been proven to be academically beneficial to elementary students. Kohn states that, “Decades of investigation have failed to provide evidence that homework is beneficial for students in elementary school”. (Kohn 1) Research has shown that homework has scarcely increased high school students test scores. Kohn stated that, “At the high school level, studies find a correlation between homework
Biggs 2 and improved test scores usually only find a very small difference.” (Kohn1). The small difference may not be because of homework assignments that were assigned. If homework is not helping students improve their test scores, then the question everybody is asking is why are teachers still handing out homework? Some...
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