Homework research guru Harris Cooper of Duke University says there’s no evidence supporting the idea that homework improves the academic performance of students in elementary school. We got your attention, right? Is there any chance that the homework students do all day and all night doesn’t even impact their education? We have accepted homework without asking too many questions, and most parents don’t even question its efficacy.
If you look at the facts, you will find that homework has benefits that are actually age-dependent.
When it comes to elementary students, experts explain that studying in class provides better results. Giving them extra schoolwork at home is nothing but extra work. The same applies to middle school. High school students get more benefits from their homework, but it doesn’t have any greater impact. Students get benefits if they do their homework for two hours. Anything more than that is considered unsuccessful. Etta Kralovec, education professor at the University of Arizona, supports the research, adding that homework doesn’t bring benefits at elementary school level.
Cooper compiled 120 studies in 1989 and another batch of 60 studies in 2006. The comprehensive analysis of these studies showed no evidence of the academic benefit of homework in elementary students. Moreover, it developed negative attitude in children, and they didn’t really like school.
In other words, homework affects young students, but in a bad way. Every child should first develop love of learning new things. Homework is actually making kids hate school, and this also affects their homework and academic learning. Do you know that kindergarten kids have 13 years of homework waiting for them?
Homework also damages personal relationships. Too many families struggle over their kid’s homework, and kids often cry. Homework isn’t bonding people. instead of supporting our kids and their development, we keep asking them if they did their homework.
Small kids can’t really do their homework without the help of their parents. This makes them dependent, and parents end up doing the homework. Pressuring kids and forcing them to do something they can’t do is frustrating and brings conflicts. This is now how you help them become responsible.
Homework supporters are convinced that homework reinforces things kids learn at school and helps them bond with their parents. This can’t be the only way to teach responsibility. There are so many ways to do that, and homework isn’t one of them. Kids know how to be responsible as they try to remember to bring their lunchbox home, get dressed or make their bed. Non-academic priorities are of great importance for their balance and overall well-being. These affect your kid’s memory, behavior, focus and learning potential. Elementary lessons are enough for the kids, and after-school time should be used for other activities.
Read at home. It should involve you and your kid. You can read aloud. Reading should be fun for both parents and their kids. If your kids don’t want to practice reading, make them listen. If projects don’t bring love or interest in learning, then they don’t belong to elementary school programs.
Elementary kids should be forced to do homework. There has to be other way to help them learn new things. The school system should be designed to help kids develop their love for learning.
Homework has no academic benefit for elementary kids. After-school hours should be used for other activities.