Spotlight on Homework

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On Homework


The Education Week Spotlight on Homework is a collection of articles hand-picked by our editors for their insights on:

  • The debate about the right amount of homework
  • The meaning of unfinished homework
  • Time spent on assignments at home
  • How the amount of homework for U.S. students compares with other nations
  • Dealing with missing homework
  • The debate on the value and importance of homework

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According to a new survey, 77 percent of students and more than 80 percent of teachers and parents say homework is important or very important.
February 15, 2008 - Education Week

Author and educator Cathy Vatterott shares her insights on the meaning of unfinished homework.
December 11, 2009 - Teacher (Web)

High school students report spending more time on homework and feeling greater stress about grades, according to a new national survey.
August 12, 2008 - Education Week

More homework was not associated with higher levels of average national achievement, researchers say.
March 2, 2007 - Education Week

September 2, 2008 - Education Week

An analysis suggests that children in elementary schools with high concentrations of minority students have heavier homework burdens in both reading and mathematics than their counterparts in schools with fewer minority students.
December 9, 2008 - Education Week

A middle school teacher asks her colleagues how to handle students who don't do any work outside of school.
April 29, 2009 - Teacher (Web)

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Mildred Alpern, a retired high school history teacher, ponders when parents helping their children with homework cross over to doing it for them. For assignments beyond a child's own ability to complete, should teachers take parental involvement into account for evaluation?
January 10, 2006 - Education Week

A recent report saying kids don't do enough homework misconstrues the issues involved, argue John Buell and Etta Kralovec, co-authors of The End of Homework.
October 29, 2003 - Education Week

Needless homework assignments persist because of widespread misconceptions about learning, says Alfie Kohn.
September 6, 2006 - Education Week

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