Homework Debate

Do teachers assign too much work?


Many youngsters today — along with their parents — complain that teachers are assigning too much homework, producing sleep deprivation, increased stress and a generation of kids on the verge of being burned out before they reach college. Some educators blame heavier homework loads on the education reform movement, which punishes schools whose students don't improve their scores on new, mandatory statewide achievement tests. But homework proponents say American students spend less time on homework than their European and Asian counterparts, while spending more time watching television, talking on the phone or working at after-school jobs. Research on the effectiveness of homework is inconclusive, as are the studies on whether it is actually increasing or on the decline.

Many American students and their parents complain that ...

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