Value Of Homework
“The students do seem to be less stressed based on conversations I’ve had with parents,” Carlomagno says.It also helps that the students performed just as well on the state standardized test last year as they have in the past.Students spend hours doing it, teachers spend hours checking it.Homework is sometimes a burden to teachers and students but still it is necessary.Some people doubt homework's effectiveness, but teachers and researchers agree homework is essential.Homework helps students get better grades in school.Some people don't know exactly what homework is.Homework is defined as an out of class activity assigned to students as an extension or elaboration of classroom work(Kid Source).
A century or so ago, progressive reformers argued that it made kids unduly stressed, which later led in some cases to district-level bans on it for all grades under seventh.
Because many of these parents already feel connected to their school community, this benefit of homework can seem redundant.
“They don’t need it,” Schneider says, “so they’re not advocating for it.”That doesn’t mean, necessarily, that homework is more vital in low-income districts.
In August 2017, it rolled out an updated policy, which emphasized that homework should be “meaningful” and banned due dates that fell on the day after a weekend or a break.“The first year was a bit bumpy,” says Louann Carlomagno, the district’s superintendent.
She says the adjustment was at times hard for the teachers, some of whom had been doing their job in a similar fashion for a quarter of a century. Carlomagno says they took some time to “realize that it was okay not to have an hour of homework for a second grader—that was new.”Most of the way through year two, though, the policy appears to be working more smoothly.