Questions for teachers, parents and students, from an educational psychologist
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 friends and I realized we didn’t have to do everything assigned to us in order to succeed in high school."
What if my students think my class is too easy? And how will we ever get through A Tale of Two Cities?
If affluent kids stopped doing homework, they'd be fine. But for students who are struggling to catch up, it remains indispensable.
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.