I spent some time today chatting with Australian educators. First, I feel like having a varied set of educators from all over the world tends to give me a greater perspective when I start thinking about an issue. Also, with my summer work schedule (sorry if I have repeated this but it is my current reality) I am in “edchat” withdrawal from Twitter. For both of these reasons I jumped into an Oceanic chat that discussed homework. During the chat one of the educators
I have discussed homework before and I feel like I have made my position fairly clear, homework (specifically for elementary students) stinks! Time after time I read research sent to me where I expect to see some evidence that homework is worth the time. Homework research tends to say things like “does not show a clear connection to learning” and “potentially harmful” while the benefits are essentially non-existent. So here is my question: Why are we still giving home work?