The evidence does not support any gain in standards, but only in unnecessary pressure and anxiety for young children who need free play and quality family time for their healthy development.
Let’s ask that we go a step further and scrap homework in primary schools altogether.
They say that while homework can be handy for high school students, primary school kids aren't necessarily getting that much out of it.
They reckon it's taking away from their after-school down time.
Heffernan is a professor of computer science and director of the Learning Sciences and Technologies Program at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
He is the developer of ASSISTments, a free web-hosted digital platform that provides teachers with specific insight into their students’ progress on math homework.Schools continue to operate under the false assumption that homework is necessary for children to gain a satisfactory level of academic achievement, and to pander to the pressure from parents who also operate under this misconception.The fact is that there is not a single piece of evidence that can show any correlation between homework and academic achievement, nor that shows any improvement in study habits.JAYNE MURRAY, BRAMFIELD PARK PS PRINCIPAL: We felt it's better for them to have some family time, talk to people, get to bed early rather than be up all night worrying about homework.REBECCA BURNS, SOUTHERN GROVE PS PRINCIPAL: I would like them to be reading, I'd like them to be cooking with their parents, I would like them to be playing board games, I would like them to having physical activity outside.But experts say it's also important for the work you take home to be interesting and educational, and for there to be a balance between homework and life.As far as who gets to decide on this whole homework/no homework thing, well, it's really up to every school to make its own policy. KID 2: I think homework's not really useful because students do a lot of work during the school day.To expect them to bring more of this home risks overloading them and turning them off learning altogether. Time for free play, outdoor play, pursuing their own interests, and quality family time is essential for their development and well-being.Adults are always told to leave work at work because bringing it home damages your mental health.... 32.5 hours in school a week is plenty enough to teach them what they need to no.A lot of educators still think homework is a really good thing. They say practise is the key to getting better at things so taking some work home can really help you learn.It can also teach you how to complete tasks in your own time and lets you finish work you didn't get time to do at school, and it helps to prepare you guys for high school where more homework's pretty much a given.