Is homework necessary?

Is homework necessary? Is it better to have more hours of school and fewer hours of homework? “This principal has just announced that the school will be a homework-free zone for the next 10 months. The move is a counterintuitive one, to be sure; you’d think that giving kids more work would boost their grades. But a number of researchers say the reverse is true, especially for elementary schoolers. Sending young kids home with worksheets, projects, and reading assignments may actually make it harder for them to learn. (To a lesser extent, the same is true for middle schoolers, and some experts say even high schoolers should be doing far less.) It’s not as though the students are getting off easy. Homework is often used as a way to cover material that teachers missed in class and so…the new school day will run two hours longer than usual.”
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