There have been numerous studies about the role homework in relation to skill-mastery, information retention and learning. Turns out there's no evidence that says kids NEED to do homework in order to learn. Conversely there's no evidence that says banning homework negatively impacts students' education or achievement levels. There is, however, plenty of evidence that homework stresses out kids and parents, deprives kids of needed play time, creative time and sleep. Check out Alfie Kohn's book "The Homework Myth"
It all depends on what one’s definition of “homework”. Is homework
1. Practicing and reinforcing what was learned in class?
2. Introducing a new concept to be learned tomorrow?
3. Preparing the discipline of sitting down and doing work?
On back to school night, some of the parents were complaining that the teacher was not giving much homework. The second grade teacher’s response was “a six hours day is a lot of learning for the kids already”.
I don’t believe in “homework” and hence am blessed to have the current teacher as my second grader’s teacher. However, I do a lot of “fun” homework nightly such as mazes, riddles, pattern worksheets, etc.
Homework maybe inevitable at a higher grade level as the amount of concept taught increases.