Homework: Helpful Or Harmful?

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Everyone has been handed homework. Most people have begrudgingly completed it under the assumption that it would help them practice and study -- an assumption that those hours of hard work spent after school would be useful; an assumption which is now being proved false. In fact, newly emerging evidence indicates that homework must be regulated because it actually has few proven academic benefits and can actually hurt the well-being of the students.
Believe it or not, new studies indicate that homework has not shown any benefit for students academically. Many studies have been conducted on this subject, and most of the recent ones show no correlation between homework and academic success. Alfie Kohn is a renowned author behind 12 books about
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He believes that homework does not help students. In his article titled “The Truth About Homework,” Kohn claims that, “Homework (some versus none, or more versus less) isn’t even correlated with higher scores [on standardized tests].” This evidence-based conclusion may be shocking, since most people…show more content…
Given this, is homework actually as helpful as once thought? Indeed, it may not be, as shown by new studies that are proving old studies are wrong. The benefits of homework appear to diminish even more when its impacts are studied over longer periods of time. In another article written by Kohn, entitled “The Value of Homework Needs Further Research,” he claims that the longer the research spanned, the more the effectiveness of homework diminished -- until the benefit eventually disappeared. Moreover, Kohn backs this claim up in another of his articles “The Truth About Homework.” He says “In high school, some studies do find a correlation between homework and test scores (or grades), but it’s usually fairly small and it has a tendency to disappear when more sophisticated statistical controls are applied.” Kohn also states in the article, “The Value of Homework Needs Further Research,” other instances of studies in which the findings diminished as the studies spanned
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