Should Kids Have Homework?
- Homework reinforces classroom instruction. Students need to practice what they learn on their own time, at their own pace.
- Homework teaches responsibility. The responsibilities of homework mirror the responsibilities adults face at work and at home every day.
- Homework prepares kids for higher grades. If students aren’t given homework in elementary school, they won’t be able to handle middle school, high school, or college.
- Homework is busy work. Many teachers take a one-size-fits-all approach, and their assignments are rarely appropriate for the student’s specific needs.
- Homework stresses the family. Over 90 percent of American children say their parents are involved with their homework, according to a study by the Indiana University and Purdue University schools of education.
- Homework squeezes out play. Unstructured play aids the development of academic and social skills.
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