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Is 2015 the last year for homework?

It is becoming more and more common for schools to place a ban on homework. Homework is something that has been given in schools for many generations, so why suddenly do schools feel the need to ban it? The resources below will discuss the practices and pros and cons behind eliminating homework.
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Is 2015 the last year for homework?
  • Caitlin Unger says:
    Debate.org is a great resource that I use frequently as it provides opinions from students, parents, and other educators on important topics. This topic particularly will give insight into why different parties feel either way (either pro or con) in regards to homework being banned.
  • Caitlin Unger says:
    Race to Nowhere is also another website that I frequently visit as it gives great viewpoints on how to enhance education. This section of the website provides both a video clip and text that agree to some extent that homework is necessary, but that it must: be student directed, advance a spirit of learning, and promote a balanced schedule. Of all the article and research I have read in regards to homework, this is the on that I personally agree with the most.
  • Caitlin Unger says:
    Dr. Ben Edwards, a doctor in Australia discusses how children in K-10 benefit very little from homework.
  • Caitlin Unger says:
    The Today Show provides both a video as well as an article which depicts the parents views of eliminating homework completely, stating that there are parents who enjoy homework for a variety of reasons and they feel that without it their children will not stay as committed to their school work. This is a great, easy read on the issue that will definitely make anyone in the education feel double think their homework load!
  • Caitlin Unger says:
    This is a Weebly (a collection of information) created by a college student which examines homework on an elementary, middle, high school, and college level and the impacts that it has on each level.
  • telegraph.co.uk
    telegraph.co.uk

    Top School Looks to Ban Homework

    5 minute read
    Caitlin Unger says:
    One of the top schools in the UK, Cheltenham Ladies College, is looking to get rid of homework in hopes of solving mental health issues among their students. With the prevalence of mental health issues in our country, it would be interesting to see if homework does in fact correlate with higher anxiety among students.
  • townhall.com
    townhall.com

    Should We Ban Homework?

    10 minute read
    Caitlin Unger says:
    Jonathan Butcher reflects on many pro stances of banning homework (including evidence has shown it has no real benefit for students) but debunks these ideas by clarifying that busy work is different than homework. If homework was geared toward inspiring students and building on their education then it would help children succeed greater, even if this means more work.
  • Caitlin Unger says:
    This news segment states that schools in California, Maryland, and New York are working toward eliminating homework completely. Although this would promote family time and hold teachers more responsible for teaching all material in class, some are afraid that this will damper the parent/teacher relationship as homework is a window into what their children are learning in school.
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