The Homework Wars - The Atlantic

In The Atlantic’s October issue, Karl Taro Greenfeld writes about his experience doing all of his eighth-grade daughter’s homework for one week. Alarmed by the amount of time she spent on schoolwork, and worried about the stress and fatigue it caused, Greenfeld wanted to know: Was hours of nightly work teaching her anything, or was it just causing needless agony? His conclusion: “Give the kids a break. Once in a while.” That’s one take. To get more perspectives, we asked a student, a teacher, and a range of education experts about the value of homework -- and how much is too much.

Toward a More Productive Conversation About Homework Robert Couse-Baker/Flickr

Toward a More Productive Conversation About Homework

Questions for teachers, parents and students, from an educational psychologist

A Teacher's Defense of Homework Edward Rooks/Flickr

A Teacher's Defense of Homework

If I didn't assign it, I'd never get through all the material I need to cover in a year. Plus, giving kids projects and deadlines is an essential way of preparing them for adulthood.

My Insane Homework Load Taught Me How to Game the System English106/Flickr

My Insane Homework Load Taught Me How to Game the System

"My friends and I realized we didn’t have to do everything assigned to us in order to succeed in high school."

Should I Stop Assigning Homework? Easa Shamih/flickr

Should I Stop Assigning Homework?

What if my students think my class is too easy? And how will we ever get through A Tale of Two Cities?

Poor Students Need Homework Skakerman/Flickr

Poor Students Need Homework

If affluent kids stopped doing homework, they'd be fine. But for students who are struggling to catch up, it remains indispensable.

How Much Homework Do American Kids Do? Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

How Much Homework Do American Kids Do?

Various factors, from the race of the student to the number of years a teacher has been in the classroom, affect a child's homework load.

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