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Is it time to rethink homework?




Tonia McMillian helps 7-year-old Jayden with his homework after school on Feb. 12.
Tonia McMillian helps 7-year-old Jayden with his homework after school on Feb. 12.
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The debate over homework continues to surface as parents and educators alike contemplate its efficacy in the 21st century.

On average, American teenagers now spend about twice as much time on homework each day compared to students in the mid-1990’s. Researchers have conducted multiple studies looking into the impact of homework and its influence on students of all ages and backgrounds. A 2012 study found a positive link between time spent on homework and scores on standardized test scores, but “little correlation” between homework and high academic performance in science and math. Some teachers and schools have stopped assigning homework altogether, while others continue to assign it but in reduced amounts.

If you’re a parent or teacher, what are your thoughts on homework? What’s the ideal amount of homework, if any? And is there a link between achievement and homework? Weigh in and call us at 866.893.5722

Guests:

Janine Bempechat, clinical professor of human development at Boston University, who studies the influence of family and school on student motivation

Barbara Stengel, professor of secondary education at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee