To Do Homework is Not a Problem Anymore!
If you are in a school with six classes a day and each teacher gives you what they say is “30 minutes” of homework, then you have three hours of homework to do. However, most of the time this is not the case. Homework can take you anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour, and if you are in Advanced Placement or Honors classes that require a lot of time, the workload can be five or six hours of homework a night.
Pope Francis gave a group of children some homework to do over the holidays — to listen to their grandparents, ask them questions and tell them about their own dreams.
I got a question about the empirical literature on homework, at elementary, middle, and HS levels. This, too, is not quite the right question because the definition, conditions, and context of homework across various studies is so inconsistent that deriving clear inferences is difficult. I think schools need to apply learning theory and maybe a little Understanding By Design backwards design principles before assigning homework. But the greatest challenge is coordinating across classes over time and over the course of the school year. The potential for homework to be done in a facilitative way is less potent than for the opposite. Therefore, giving homework should NOT be the default. It should happen when, and in a way, that can be clearly defended instructionally.