Thursday, September 24, 2015

Research Shows Most US Students Do Not Have Lots Of Homework.

An NPR (9/19, Turner) article compared different studies about how much homework US students have. The National Assessment of Educational Progress shows that the majority of US students spend less than an hour per day on homework. A report from the Brookings Institution found a large divergence in the amount of homework in high school. Most students continued to have little homework, while a small percentage began to have more than two hours per night. The report concludes that this small cohort of students are those taking a number of honors and Advanced Placement courses. Other research also show a divergence among time spent on homework based on income. Wheelock College Professor Janine Bempechat said, “There’s no question that in affluent communities, children are really over-taxed, over-burdened with homework.”

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