School districts around the country are doing away with homework, according to the latest education headlines. But research clearly shows that the solution to homework isn’t to abolish it. Instead, we need to make homework as effective and relevant as possible, so students can still learn when their teachers or family aren’t available to help them.
No doubt, homework can be tough for students. In one school in upstate New York, students recently began a petition to ban any out-of-school practice. Homework is also stressful for parents who are often out of practice with, say, algebra or chemistry or don’t have specific instructions from their child’s teacher about how to help with out-of-class assignments.