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Poll: Should schools ban homework?

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A Texas teacher, who some parents would most likely endorse as teacher of the year, has decided homework is not part of her plans. The teacher has effectively banned homework in 2016-17 for her elementary students.

The teacher’s decision has gone viral, including her note, that reads:

“Research has been unable to prove that homework improves students performances. Rather, I ask that you spend your evenings doing things that are proven to correlate with student success. Eat dinner as a family, read together, play outside, and get your child to bed early.”

She cites a study published by the American Journal of Family Therapy. In Volume 43, 2015, Issue 4, researchers write, “Homework is variously regarded as a necessary component to education, a worrisome reality for youth, and source of stressful interaction between parents and children. Teachers, struggling to fit core curricula into an already full day of classes, use homework to meet academic requirements.

Furthermore, many parents struggle to balance extra-curricular activities with homework requirements, while some additionally struggle to assist their children in completing their homework. It is not surprising, then, that the topic of homework is controversial and the overall benefits are being questioned.”

Students learn differently, study differently, and test differently. Scientific teaching methods support varying guidelines, which a handful recommend up to three hours of homework after school hours, for kindergarten through 12th grade students.

Should schools ban homework?