Parenting expert, Justin Coulson, has written a blog explaining why he doesn’t believe homework is necessarily beneficial and why he won’t be letting his six daughters spend time doing it. Dr Coulson said that while most parents ‘endorse’ homework, few enjoy it and many teachers are not ‘fond of the extra work’ either. “Surprising to many parents (and teachers) is the growing body of evidence that indicates that homework for primary school-aged children is not helpful and may actually have a negative impact on their learning outcomes,” he wrote.
Is homework helping children’s learning or an unnecessary burden on parents? The ‘you’ in that last sentence wasn’t in fact a Fraudian slip, because much as it’s the children who are officially set homework, the reality, more often than not, is that it ends up falling at the feet of frazzled parents as just one more thing to tick off the to-do list. The question of how much work children should be doing outside of school remains a thorny one, with child development experts taking up residence in both the for and against camps.
A primary school teacher in Texas has decided not to give her pupils any homework at all - so they can enjoy more quality family time. Brandy Young sent a letter home to confirm that any work outside of school was scrapped for the year, after much thought on the issue. “Homework will only consist of work that your student did not finish during the school day.