But maybe teachers just need to assign a different kind of homework.
In 2016, a second-grade teacher in Texas delighted her students—and at least some of their parents—by announcing she would no longer assign homework.
And most have gotten little training in how and why to assign homework.
These are things that schools of education and teacher-prep programs typically don’t teach.
Critics have objected that even if homework doesn’t increase grades or test scores, it has other benefits, like fostering good study habits and providing parents with a window into what kids are doing in school.
Those arguments have merit, but why homework boost academic achievement?
So it’s quite possible that much of the homework teachers assign just isn’t particularly effective for many students.
Even if teachers do manage to assign effective homework, it may not show up on the measures of achievement used by researchers—for example, standardized reading test scores.
We're sorry, but homework is a fact of life and it's time we took a closer look at it.
Even though it might get in the way of playing outside or watching your favorite television show, it's necessary and, believe it or not, good for you! Parents rarely get to spend much time with you while you're at school.