Get Rid Of Homework
For example, there’s something called “retrieval practice,” which means trying to recall information you’ve already learned.
The optimal time to engage in retrieval practice is not immediately after you’ve acquired information but after you’ve forgotten it a bit—like, perhaps, after school.
Good homework assignments might have helped a student learn a lot about, say, Ancient Egypt.
But if the reading passages on a test cover topics like life in the Arctic or the habits of the dormouse, that student’s test score may well not reflect what she’s learned.
The research relied on by those who oppose homework has actually found it has a modest positive effect at the middle and high school levels—just not in elementary school.
And psychologists have identified a range of strategies that help students learn, many of which seem ideally suited for homework assignments.
In 2016, a second-grade teacher in Texas delighted her students—and at least some of their parents—by announcing she would no longer assign homework.
“Research has been unable to prove that homework improves student performance,” she explained.
A homework assignment could require students to answer questions about what was covered in class that day without consulting their notes.
Research has found that retrieval practice and similar learning strategies are far more powerful than simply rereading or reviewing material.