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Does homework effectively advance student learning?

Lynne Hoffman Apprentice
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As a teacher, are you frustrated when your students return to class and don't have their homework?  As a parent, are you tired of asking your children if they have finished their homework and receiving a negative response?  Does homework really matter?


A recent study suggests that "American students are mired in the middle of international academic rankings: 17th in reading, 23rd in science, and 31st in math."  Latest results from the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA)

Is homework helping students increase their reading, science, and history skills?  "A recent study, published in the Economics of Education Review, reports that homework in science, English, and history has 'little to no impact' on students’ test scores. (The authors did note a positive effect for math homework.)"

To read more on this topic, check out "When Homework is a Waste of Time" published by Time (September 5, 2013) and "The Homework Debate" from education.com (July 29, 2013).

So what do you think of the merits of homework? 

Is homework really a waste of time?

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