The Answer Sheet: Homework


Posted at 02:55 PM ET, 03/13/2014

Homework hurts high-achieving students, study says

Researchers said too much homework leads to extra stress, physical problems and more.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:55 PM ET, 03/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Homework

Posted at 11:14 AM ET, 06/16/2013

A must-watch video

Watch this video and think about the nightmare it is for many kids with disabilities to take standardized tests.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:14 AM ET, 06/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Autistic Child Does Homework, Autistic Child Struggles With Homework, Disabilities

Posted at 04:11 PM ET, 11/19/2012

Study: Homework linked to better standardized test scores

Researchers who looked at data from more than 18,000 10th-graders found little correlation between the time students spent doing homework and better grades in math and science courses. But they did find a positive relationship the time spent on homework and standardized test scores.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:11 PM ET, 11/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Education Research, Homework, Standardized Tests

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 10/15/2012

French president pushing homework ban as part of ed reforms

French President François Hollande, would likely win a popularity contest among school children around the world with his promise to end homework as part of a series of reforms to overhaul the country's education system.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:00 PM ET, 10/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Homework; school reform, International

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 02/09/2010

Kids need work to do at home

I’m not likely to make any friends among kids with this, but teachers should give some work for their students to do while schools are closed because of the snow. If teachers can’t find a way to reach their students, it wouldn’t kill parents to make sure their kids pick up a book. Some teachers have already posted assignments on their school’s website for kids to complete and return either when they get back to school or by email before then. This is routine at many schools and there’s no reason they can’t do that now. One teacher at a private school in Montgomery County, knowing that all of her students have computers, is holding class online for two hours today and is letting kids off the hook only if their parents provide a valid reason.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:30 AM ET, 02/09/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Homework | Tags:  homework

Posted at 12:59 PM ET, 10/29/2009

Should sick kids have to make up all missed school work?

So your kid is sick for a week, misses two tests, three quizzes, four papers and a week’s worth of homework in every class. He/she goes back to school, and the teachers in each class say, “Welcome back. Now you have to do your current work and make up everything you missed. And don’t take too long.” Unless, of course, your child’s teacher is one of those who tell the kids to do the work WHILE they are sick....Not all kids need to do all the work to get caught up so they can participate and feel comfortable in the classroom. Not all homework is actually necessary, not all quizzes/tests have to be taken, not all reports must be written.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:59 PM ET, 10/29/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Homework | Tags:  homework, make-up work, sick kids, swine flu

Posted at 01:05 PM ET, 10/07/2009

Is It Tougher Being a Kid Today?

It isn’t exactly scientific, but a trove of letters and emails written by children each year reveals important information about their concerns. Kids worry about everything, especially tests and homework, but don’t want to tell their parents about it....

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:05 PM ET, 10/07/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Homework, Homework, Homework | Tags:  Highlights magazine, homework, standardized tests, what children worry about

Posted at 12:50 PM ET, 10/06/2009

Homework Assignments--The Useful and The Ridiculous

What makes homework useful--or a waste of time? Students speak up about their best and worst assignments and the Sheet recalls her own homework, good and bad.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:50 PM ET, 10/06/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Homework | Tags:  homework

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 09/15/2009

CHECKING IT OUT: Studies on Homework and The Value of Parent Involvement in Education

THE ISSUE: A new study challenges the notion that students are bogged down in too much homework. DISCUSSION: The research was led by Professor Kenneth A. Kiewra, a professor of educational psychology at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. He...

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:30 AM ET, 09/15/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Homework, Homework | Tags:  education research, harris cooper, homework, parental involvement

Posted at 11:05 AM ET, 08/31/2009

The First Chat

Thanks for all the questions sent to The Answer Sheet for our first chat about a range of issues. Read a transcript by clicking here....

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:05 AM ET, 08/31/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Spanish, foreign language, homework, parents, physical education, school, sleep, students