Most kids absolutely dread doing it, and it might be for good reason. Did you know the highest homework loads are in countries that have lower income? Hong Kong and Japan, places that are known for top rankings in average math achievement had reports of less homework then the international mean. While places like the Netherlands, famous for having low stress loads on students, had 1 in 5 fourth-graders say they do no homework on an average school night..
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Should Kindergartners and Young Kids Have Homework in Elementary School?
But maybe teachers just need to assign a different kind of homework. In , a second-grade teacher in Texas delighted her students—and at least some of their parents—by announcing she would no longer assign homework. Many other elementary schools seem to have quietly adopted similar policies. And psychologists have identified a range of strategies that help students learn, many of which seem ideally suited for homework assignments.
This is a follow up to my Minimalist Approach to Homework post. Though I utilized the homework agenda for many years prior to the book, it fits right in to the idea of only keeping things that bring you joy. Any teacher will tell you that a missing assignment is a giant pain.
Last Updated: May 6, References Approved. This article was co-authored by Ashley Pritchard, MA. Ashley has over 3 years of high school, college, and career counseling experience. There are 7 references cited in this article, which can be found at the bottom of the page.