Most of us are used to the torture known as homework, as we were forced to do it every day. We had already spent about six hours every day in school, Why did we have to spend more? As many people may know, everyone has a breaking point that they come close to every day.
However, kids in elementary school are forced to reach their breaking point almost every day. However, we can do nothing but watch as our children or siblings pull their hair out of frustration.
A homework research expert at Duke University, known as Harris Cooper also agrees that “There is no evidence that any amount of homework improves the academic performance of elementary students.” This result was shown after Cooper assembled extensive studies in both 1989 and 2006 in regards to the connection between homework and students’ academic achievement. His in-depth study found that homework does have some educational benefits, but the benefits are usually imperceptible especially in elementary school.
The ‘No Homework’ Movement
The Orchard Elementary School in Vermont stopped appointing homework to all of their students. In the absence of homework, they encouraged the student’s families to get outside and be more physically active. The result has been more than positive. Moreover, the kids were happy to study even more. The school’s principal, known as Trifilio, said everyone has gained from this new arrangement. It has given kids “time to be creative thinkers at home and follow their passions.”
Adults can easily recognize their breaking point. Moreover, we also know when we need a break, and we usually tend to perform better afterward.
There is quite a good reason behind the “No Homework” movement. It has begun quite a positive revolution in the lives of families. Hopefully, many schools will follow the steps of Orchard Elementary School and help to make a change.