As far as she’s concerned, teacher Brandy Young knows that there are no studies that prove that homework is beneficial to a child’s development. This is why she has made a conscious decision not to give her students any homework for the entire school year.
“After much research this summer, I am trying something new. Homework will only consist of work that your student did not finish during the school day. There will be no formally assigned homework this year,”
This was part of the note mom Samantha Gallagher received from her daughter’s new teacher. It was entitled “New Homework Policy,” and she was as thrilled about it as her own child. Gallagher remarked, “Brooke is loving her new teacher already!”
According to Mrs. Young, the reason for her decision not to give out homework this year comes from the fact that there has been no research supporting the theory that having take-home assignments actually help improve a student’s performance.
In fact, according to the Center For Public Education, homework critic Alfie Kohn once said, “There was no consistent linear or curvilinear relation between the amount of time spent on homework and the child’s level of academic achievement.”
On the other hand, research done by the National Foundation for Educational Research in the UK found that there seems to be a “positive relationship” between achievement of secondary school students and the time spent doing homework. Amidst this finding, the institute said that this not imply that spending time on doing homework necessarily leads to better student achievement.
At the same time, they found that there is no clear correlation between the amount of time spent on homework and the achievements of primary school students.
As for Mrs. Young, she recommends that all parents spend time on other things “proven to correlate with student success” instead of homework. These include eating dinner as a family, playing outside, reading together, and getting the child to bed early.
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