How Does Homework Affect Students’ Learning?

Trystan Taylor

WSMS is one of the many, many schools that give out homework. Roberto Nevelis of Venice, Italy, is often credited with having invented homework in 1095. Homework was created and spread to “help” students, and give them more practice for the subject that is giving out the homework, as well as being a punishment for their behavior and/or actions.
“The disadvantages of homework are clear to everyone: exhaustion, frustration, loss of time to pursue other interests and often diminution of interest in learning,” he said. … “Homework is like medicine. If you take too little, it does nothing. If you take too much, it can kill you,” Cooper said.
With almost everybody hating or disliking homework, there are lots of other articles on the subject.
“Our findings on the effects of homework challenge the traditional assumption that homework is inherently good,” wrote Denise Pope, a senior lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Education and a co-author of a study published in the Journal of Experimental Education. – Stanford News
“Put simply, too much of anything can be harmful,” says Gerald LeTendre, head of Penn State’s Education Policy Studies department. “What Harris Cooper has advised—and he’s one of the leading researchers who have some very good, accessible books on the subject—is it’s best to have no homework for kindergarten through second grade, and then maybe 10 minutes per day, increasing by 10 minutes as you go up each grade so that you’re up to an hour or hour and a half of homework by middle school.”
Overall, most studies say that homework is just a waste of time, that prevents people from doing what they want to do or even have to do, such as sports or attending important events. Even if they do need to go to such events, or plainly do not have enough time to do the homework, they are penalized greatly, and unfairly.