Parents, authors and even some teachers rebel

Posted on October 3, 2006 

Parents, authors and even some teachers rebel 

For years, students have whined that their book reports, math problems and science projects were pointless. Now, several authors, and even some parents, agree that homework isn’t worth much, at least for early grade-schoolers.

Homework generally is worthless. It’s all pain and no gain,” said Alfie Kohn, author of “The Homework Myth: Why Our Kids Get Too Much of a Bad Thing.” “No study has ever demonstrated any academic benefit to doing homework before high school.”

The anti-homework gang is not the popular clique on the school policy playground, with far more parents and teachers supporting take-home assignments. It develops study habits, reinforces lessons and builds self-confidence, educators say.

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