In Robert Marzano’s book,  “The Art and Science of Teaching”, he states that  “the amount of time spent at homework is fairly meaningless in itself”.  In fact, he reveals that poorly structured homework not only isn’t beneficial, but could do harm.

I agree. As a teacher, parent, and student, I am often frustrated at the saccharin value of the tasks given as homework.  What little homework I give is more a stealthy way to show parents what is going on in class, rather than an instrument for learning.

At best homework is independent practice, at worst it is a frustrating labor that doesn’t encourage real learning, nor a passion for the learning process.

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