•Absolutely not. In elementary
school, homework is meant as
practice for what they have learned
in school that day. It’s a good measure to find out whether the student understood the lesson. Keeps
the teachers and parents/adults
•No. But it should be limited to no
more than 15 to 30 minutes of reinforcement, or a one-page current
—Rosalie van Putten
•Americans are too badly educated as it is, compared with other
•Why? So kids can come home and
do more of nothing? They’re already
glued to their electronics.
•Absolutely not! Repetitive work
helps them learn.
•Children are still practicing their
social and problem-solving skills
that will get them further in life
than any worksheets or tests
•I feel kids are naturally curious
and want to learn, so if their day
is administered properly there is
no need for homework at this age.
From my experience with elemen-tary-school-age kids and homework, it causes a lot of frustration
for the entire household.
•We never had homework when I
was in grammar school, but we did
do a lot of work during class, which
is the way it should be.
•I’m a teacher and have
researched this; the best school
systems in the world do not use
homework. It is ineffective and
leads to more frustration and
family-time stress than benefit.
—Mary Marek Holman
YES FROM OUR READERS
NO FROM OUR READERS
be eliminated in
SOME ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS have eliminated homework because of
complaints that it disrupts families, overburdens children and has little or no
effect on student achievement. Others argue that homework can give children
learning opportunities beyond the school setting and enhance family life.
What do you think?
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