How would you characterize the homework you get? Although surveys show that the amount of time our children spend on homework has risen over the last three decades, American students are mired in the middle of international academic rankings: 17th in reading, 23rd in science and 31st in math, according to results from the Program for International Student Assessment released last December. The authors did note a positive effect for math homework. Students: Tell us how effective you think your homework is.
The great homework debate: Too much, too little or busy work?
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Parents have been questioning the excessive amount of homework given in schools, both public and private for years, and believe it or not, there is evidence that supports limiting the amount of homework children have can actually be beneficial. The National Education Association NEA has released guidelines about the right amount of homework--the amount that helps kids learn without getting in the way of their developing other parts of their life. Many experts believe that students should receive roughly 10 minutes per night of homework in the first grade and an additional 10 minutes per grade for each following year. By this standard, high school seniors should have about minutes or two hours of homework a night, but some students have two hours of work in middle school and many more hours than that in high school, particularly if they are enrolled in Advanced or AP classes. However, schools are starting to change their policies on homework. While some schools equate excessive homework with excellence, and it is true that students benefit from some work at home to learn new material or to practice what they have learned in school, that's not the case with all schools. Flipped classrooms, real-world learning projects and changes in our understanding of how children and teenagers learn best has all forced schools to evaluate levels of homework.
Second grade teacher Brandy Young gained national attention in when a note she wrote to her class parents was posted on social media. Two years later, Young is teaching second grade at a new school, A. Elder Elementary School in Joshua, Texas.
Kaylin Koslosky. September 11, 1, 0. Because we see no purpose in doing it! We don't see how it will help us achieve our goals of passing the class or how we will learn anything useful from it. Whenever work is assigned that we deem to be busy work, we quickly and mindlessly plow our way through it, turning it in with a sigh of relief just to be done.