The debate that never ends: homework. How much is too much? Is it even necessary? Is it effective? Does it cause you too much grief? Have you ever unintentionally used it as a punishment? Does your school or district have a policy that requires you to assign homework?
Of course, there are those teachers who set about their lesson planning with a homework goal in mind. For whatever reason, they are determined to give homework every night. That was not me. I assigned homework based less on a predetermined formula and more based upon class goals, project timelines, and other variables. Really, I didn’t like assigning homework. But I did it anyway.
Research by the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education has shown that homework has little impact on grades but plenty of impact on standardized test achievement. However, this was at the high school level. For elementary school students, there was no impact on grades or achievement. And you know what else? Finland and South Korea ranked #1 and #2 respectively on the 2012 Global Index of Cognitive Skills and Education Attainment. Finland’s schools feature short days and few homework assignments. South Korea’s school days are long and often followed by private tutoring sessions and rote learning drills. Obviously, other factors are at play here.
What’s your personal philosophy on homework? Do you strive for consistency from night to night and year to year? Share your thoughts on the never-ending homework debate!