Why Kids Should Have Less Homework

The Great Homework Debate Some educators aren’t fans of the new policy.

Tammy Linder, a sixth grade teacher at Allardt Elementary School, is one of them.

Teachers who do assign it need to have a very compelling reason for extending a student’s school day.

“My general suggestion is to change the default: No homework should be the norm,” Kohn says, “Six hours of academics is enough—except on those occasions when teachers can show strong reason to infringe on family time and make these particular students do more of this particular schoolwork.” Still, homework is so ingrained in the fabric of schooling that studies revealing its minimal positive benefits have been largely shrugged off or ignored altogether.

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And many, if not most, teachers are unconvinced that gutting homework from their repertoire of learning tools is the best idea anyway.

The principal of Gaithersburg Elementary in Maryland decided to ask students to spend only 30 minutes in the evening reading.

The decision was reached out of the realization that worksheets and other assignments had been assigned merely out of a sense of obligation to dole our homework to students.

“Our new motto for assignments is ‘review and preview.” That means that homework in the district now constitutes an ungraded review or preview of current course work that’s the students’ responsibility to independently complete.

Spelling words, vocabulary practice, and study guides for testing all fall under this purview.

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