The No Homework Movement

In 2012 French president François Hollande vowed to abolish homework as part of his education reforms. Many individual high schools in Germany and the United States are also experimenting with a ban on homework. And St. Jude’s Academy already has a “No Homework” policy in effect. This means that during class after the lesson, students are assigned follow-up questions to reinforce the understanding and learning of the concepts covered in class, which also allows teachers to evaluate which students require additional assistance. Students will not be assigned additional homework unless they did not use their time effectively during class.

So why is the international “No Homework” movement gaining momentum? Because administrators and educators are finally listening to science: studies frequently reveal that there are no academic benefits from homework for children. In fact, assigning homework can actually have negative implications. At best, homework wastes time for the high-achieving student who already understands the concepts being taught in class and is merely being assigned an additional redundant workload. At the worst, it frustrates and demoralizes struggling students who are condemned to spend hours alone at home fighting their way through problems they cannot receive assistance on until the next time they see their teacher. Homework is not productive, nor is it conducive to meaningful learning. Homework has been cited as an “energy zapper”, making children resentful towards learning, demoralized about their progress, and generally more stressed out. It can also burden parents, who are suddenly expected to take on the role of teacher when their children present them with an insurmountable set of math problems.

Abolishing homework frees up more time for children to de-stress and to engage in other noteworthy pursuits, like extracurriculars and sports outside of school. Reducing the length of a lesson and increasing time for in-class work provides students with the opportunity to ask their teachers instead of their parents or paid tutors for help, and effectively reinforces the learning of new concepts.

References:
http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/opinion/why-kids-are-better-off-without-homework/news-story/1eadd751fde12f4bef1dc5e8122b3473
http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/no-more-homework-growing-movement-especially-early-on-to-ban-after-school-assignments
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5 thoughts on “The No Homework Movement

  1. Totally agreed! And I’m happy that SJA is coming on board with this movement!
    With the “non homework policy” students have the oppornity to do some kind of sport activity after school and no compromising their academics!

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    • Hello Karina, thank you for the lovely comment 🙂
      I am so glad you agree, I wish more educators would start listening to the science! I couldn’t verify a statistic I read online so I didn’t include it in my post, but apparently American schools that have adopted a ‘no homework’ policy have witnessed a drastic reduction in dropout rates!

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  2. This is a very interesting post. If this were to happen, I believe students would take more charge in their education, and pay more attention in class, and if they happened to need additional reinforcement of the material, they would do practice problems on their own. I have a post titled education reform on my blog, and I would love to get your input on it. I have a little conversation already started in the comments section.

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