Imagine this: No homework. EVER. It may sound like a fantasy, but a growing number of schools nationwide are doing away with homework.
Several educators cite research showing that piles of worksheets and reading logs don’t help kids succeed academically—and that many assignments are little more than busywork. Even worse, they argue, too much homework prevents students from participating in after-school clubs and sports, getting to bed on time, and spending time with their friends and family.
But many other people say that doing some homework each night is beneficial. For one thing, after-school assignments teach students how to budget their time and improve their study habits. Working independently also helps young people become more self-reliant and sharpens their critical-thinking skills. Plus, supporters say, homework allows teachers and parents to measure students’ knowledge.
Should middle schools do away with homework altogether? Two education experts weigh in.