Listen to teacher, Brandy Young, and principal, Melinda Reynolds, talk about why they decided not to assign homework to students. They tell how students and their parents are reacting to the news. It's a great to see how Young and Reynolds emphasize that communicating with parents is the key to no-homework success.
Maurice Elias says the focus is all wrong when it comes to this question. He revisits the purpose of homework, and suggests redirecting focus on home activities that matter the most, like play and chores. It's an interesting perspective on the value of a student's free time after school.
Rebecca Klein examines how much homework students in other countries are doing in comparison to America. She uses a recent brief from the Organization for Economic Co-operations and Development as a main point of reference. I really like how she includes charts from the study, especially the one which tracks the volume of homework over a period of several years.
If you're not exactly sold on the no-homework approach, this short poem by Kenn Nesbitt is light and positive take on it. It's basically a love poem from a student to homework! It would be a great thing for elementary teachers to display in their classrooms.
Professor Richard Walker at University of Sydney literally studied the impact of homework on younger students. He shares what he learned over the two-year study, including the difference in impacts on younger versus older primary school students. Walker might really change your approach and style of assigning homework!
Valerie Strauss discusses a study by the Journal of Experimental Education, in which 4,317 students in 10 different high schools were studied. The study takes into account interviews with students, measures of academic performance, and quality of home life. I really enjoyed the quotes from the students, because you can see their honest reactions to homework.
Host Matt Collette asks three high school teachers in New York and Chicago why they are still insist on homework. This 17-minute podcast uses the topic of homework as a springboard to discuss related issues, including teacher burnout, school-wide support, and how drastically homework has changed over the years. It really highlights how homework impacts more than just students.
Most students dread the idea of homework over the holidays. It's supposed to be a vacation! Teacher Miriam Clifford gives you 20 reasons why you shouldn't assign work over the break, and gives some fantastic ideas for alternate assignments. She even includes links to studies that support her claims. Each link has tons of great research for further reading.
Take a look at this 2006 Duke study which finds homework helps students succeed in school, as long as there isn't too much of it. The 16-year-long study, headed by Professor Harris Cooper, aims to find common ground between students, teachers, and parents. You'll find his "10-minute rule" really helpful if you are considering adjusting the amount of homework you assign.
Danny Ashton's blog article takes a deeper look into the Finnish school system. Students in Finland are successful in the classroom and beyond, so what does Ashton think is the secret? No homework. The research and statistics he includes make a pretty convincing case to re-examine the idea of homework.