Friday, September 13, 2013

Study says homework is a waste of time

Can homework be a waste of time? A recent study published by the Economics of Education Review says yes.

Surveys show the amount of time children spend on homework has risen over the past 30 years however when it comes down to after -school assignments a new study suggests less is more.

"When I hear things about homework that are negative, it always has to do with the number of hours of homework that is given per night but the thing is that it takes kids different amounts of time to do different kinds of homework," said UIS Professor Cindy Wilson.

Wilson, who has been teaching for more than three decades and says homework should be purposeful.

"When you think about the homework that kids get, you have to think about the purpose of homework our classrooms are full of students who have different learning styles, different strengths, different interests, different motivations, and if you can use a variety of homework you're going to get more students you are going to impact more students," said Wilson.

Wilson was featured by WICS-TV 20 on September 13, 2013.

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