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Primary school children get little academic benefit from homework

Primary school children get little academic benefit from homework

Homework: a word that can cause despair not just in children, but also in parents and even teachers. And for primary school children at least, it may be that school setting homework is more trouble than it’s worth. There is evidence that homework can be useful at secondary school. It can be used to consolidate material […] … learn more→

Homework, a war that lasts

Homework, a war that lasts

The new school year has started, and with it the issues around homework are coming back to the fore. Can we really give students work to do outside the classroom in primary? This is a question that is regularly asked and on which a vagueness remains. While students may have readings to do or lessons to learn at […] … learn more→

What’s the point of homework?

What’s the point of homework?

Homework hasn’t changed much in the past few decades. Most children are still sent home with about an hour’s worth of homework each day, mostly practising what they were taught in class. If we look internationally, homework is assigned in every country that participated in the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) in 2012. Across the […] … learn more→

Homework in times of confinement: are they effective?

Homework in times of confinement: are they effective?

Due to the coronavirus, we are experiencing the most radical situation of educational exceptionality that the world has experienced since the great wars of the 20th century: closed educational centers, students and teachers confined to their homes, doubts and uncertainty about the usual processes in the educational system (evaluation of the second trimester, next year’s […] … learn more→

Homework: How to make the most of search engines

Homework: How to make the most of search engines

Doing research on the Internet is a very formative activity. For example, a study has shown that young people who develop real online research strategies also have better grades at university. But these skills are not acquired automatically by spending more time surfing the web. On the contrary, students need explicit advice and instructions to be able to do more effective research. Young people tend […] … learn more→

Should parents help their kids with homework?

Should parents help their kids with homework?

Schools across the country encourage parents to help their children with homework. Parents are listening. Helping with homework is one of the most common things that parents say they do to support their children’s learning. Many experts have found that helping with homework cultivates positive learning behaviors, reinforces class material and signals to children that their education is important. The federal Department of […] … learn more→

Is homework worthwhile

Is homework worthwhile

There’s a huge debate about homework and whether it helps kids learn during the school year. But everyone agrees that homework can take lots of time. The most commonly accepted guidelines recommend one hour for middle school and two hours for high school. However, I think this amount of time on homework every day can be too much. The […] … learn more→