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Project 4 – The Idea

For my final project, I want to explore the effects of homework on grade school children. As a parent of two grade school age kids, I spend hours each evening coaxing, coaching, helping and reminding them to focus and finish. I often wonder how parents with children who are active in sports and other after school activities, or who have more children, manage to have a quality family life with so much homework. I don’t think that there needs to be so much sent home from school to work on. What happens in the classroom? Are there assignments being done there? Shouldn’t that be sufficient? I am not the only parent with these concerns. I want my children to be more than homework drones.

Some of the sources I will use are:

  • Kohn, A. (2012). The Value of Homework Needs Further Research. In J. Bartos (Ed.), At Issue. Do Students Have Too Much Homework? Detroit: Greenhaven Press.
  • Lawrence, L. (2015, May 10). Do kids today have too much homework? Christian Science Monitor.
  • Mathews, Jay. “How to end homework for moms.” Washington Post 30 June 2014. Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web.
  • Mathews, Jay. “Let families decide homework amount.” Washington Post 15 Sept. 2014. Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web.
  • “Homework; ‘Nonacademic Effects of Homework in Privileged, High-Performing Schools’.” Education Week 26 Mar. 2014: 5. Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web.
  • Greenfeld, Karl Taro. “My daughter’s homework is killing me: what happens when a father, alarmed by his 13-year-old daughter’s nightly workload, tries to do her homework a week.” The Atlantic Oct. 2013: 80+. Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web.

Key Insights or Data

  • 60 percent of parents admitted they were sometimes unable to
    help their child with homework.
  • There’s reason to doubt that requiring children to do homework has any meaningful academic
    benefit.
  • 45 percent of students in grades three to 12 spend more than an hour a night doing homework.
  • Asian students spend 3.5 more hours on average doing homework per week than their white peers. However, only 59 percent of Asian students’ parents check that homework is done, while 75.6 percent of Hispanic students’ parents and 83.1 percent of black students’ parents check.
  • 14 percent of teachers with zero to five years of teaching experience assigned more than an hour of homework per night, while only six percent of teachers with 21 or more years of teaching experience assigned over an hour of homework.
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