The kids are back in school. Time to break open a fresh pack of pencils, dust off the graphing calculator, and pull out that dog-eared copy of Strunk and White, because here it comes: homework.
For students, it's the true end to the long, joy-filled nights of summer. For parents and teachers, it's a critical element of education.
But is it? Maybe not as much you might think.
A recent paper from a pair of education scholars from the University of Nevada and SUNY Binghamton found that homework increased math scores a bit, but made no difference in science, English and history.
That raises a pretty big question. If it's not making much of a difference, should students really be asked to do it?
- Alfie Kohn, author, "The Homework Myth: Why Our Kids Get Too Much of a Bad Thing"
- Janine Bempechat, developmental psychologist and professor, Wheelock College; author, "Getting our Kids Back on Track: Educating Children for the Future"
This segment aired on October 5, 2011.