Thursday, January 15, 2015

Does Homework Perpetuate Inequalities in Society?

We are doing a study of our homework assignments and amounts in our county.  Interestingly enough it is coming from the best and the hardest working students whose parents see them taking six AP classes and working 4-5 hours a night on homework.  That being the case I have always believed that homework is there to reinforce, introduce, but not improperly burden.  As my principal said the other day, if it adds nothing to student retention, then why give a particular assignment.

With that in mind this article from OECD looks at the PISA results and sees some very interesting results: lower income students complete less homework (perhaps because they are also less likely to take more challenging classes), are less likely to have a quiet place to study (which is very important for my children who prefer their rooms now that they are getting older), have less homework today than a few years ago (or, as the article points out, may be doing less because of competing interests brought on by the Internet and mobile devices) 

1 comment:

Ian Somer said...

It is beyond understanding that homework is very important. It teaches students that necessary responsibility skills that they will need further on. Besides, not doing homework they will need to get somewhere their assignments done. It will be either custom essay papers online or some re-writes from their classmates. Either option aren’t bringing any result. Speaking if your post, I agree with your point of view!