Homework is done by kids all over the world and everyday some type of homework must be done, but is it really helping the kids or making life even more stressful? In the article, Opponents of homework say that too much may be harmful for students as it can increase stress, reduce leisure and sleep time, and lead to cheating. They also say that it widens social inequality and is not proven to be beneficial for younger children. Proponents of homework say that it improves student achievement and allows for independent learning of classroom and life skills. Having to do homework after school can be hard in a world full of social media and causes kids to not be able to focus as long which prevents the child from learning anything from homework.
It’ll go in one ear and out the other because kids are going on their phone 24/7 because of how addicting it is. Even with time off the phone kids will still not be able to focus on they will doze off and think of other things or want to go play with friends or do not have enough time to finish homework and then cheat and learn nothing. For example, there’s something called “retrieval practice,” which means trying to recall information you’ve already learned. The optimal time to engage in retrieval practice is not immediately after you’ve acquired information but after you’ve forgotten it a bit like, after school. Reasons for this is because teachers aren’t properly trained about why this occurs they don’t know they need to change their homework ideas to fit a child’s schedule and help them actually remember what there doing.
The Scholastic article Is Homework Bad? references Alfie Kohn’s book The Homework Myth: Why Our Kids Get Too Much of a Bad Thing, in which he says, “There is no evidence to demonstrate that homework benefits students below high school age.” In the article it says, people tend to dislike the amount of time homework takes out of your day and causes less family time to occur after school. With this evidence is homework really the way to go when it comes to teaching kids?