Everyday, students walk home with tons of homework to do that is meant to benefit their education. However, the homework given to the students has no effect on their scores. Some schools around the world have made the choice to eliminate or minimize homework greatly and started doing other activities that affect their scores because they knew homework had no effects on their scores.
According to a lot of current research and many articles such as “Florida elementary schools ban homework, urge parents to read to their kids,” by Minyvonne Burke , “Research showed that students who are given a preponderance of homework do not perform better, or get better grades, than those who do not.”(3) With the research that has been done, schools were able to make a choice to eliminate homework and do other activities that help benefit scores such as reading. The same article states “Reading to a child is more effective than homework.” (3) In fact, when homework was taken away, students had time to be creative thinkers at home and follow their passions. All together, homework does not help students perform better at school.
While many claim taking away homework is “economically and racially insensitive there is a simple solution for their problems.” One solution may be just taking your child to the library. It already has been proven that reading is more effective than doing homework. If, for some reason, your child doesn’t like reading, there are free online resources like Khan academy, a nonprofit organization that provides free educational videos. These simple solutions highlight what parents can do if homework is taken away in their child’s school.
Time News says “homework can cause physical and emotional fatigue, fuel negative attitudes about learning and limit leisure time for children.” This quote illustrates the negative effects homework has on students. With this physical and emotion fatigue, it can lead to other serious mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, and stress which can, in turn, have detrimental impacts on a child’s development because their brains are not fully developed yet.
In the article, “ Down With Homework” by Alfie Kohn, high school teacher Leslie Frothingham watched her own two children struggle with enormous quantities of homework in middle school. She thinks that “It’s not a good way to live one’s life. You miss out on self-reflection, community.” With what Leslie Frothingham learned from watching her own two children struggle, she had made a choice to eliminate homework in her class. With the new change in her class, her advanced chemistry students are thriving academically without homework.
Clearly, homework doesn’t benefit students, but some schools still keep it around. So I ask all remaining schools in the world that still give homework to their students to terminate homework for the better.