In a 2015 study developed by researchers Pope, Brown, and Miles entitled “Overloaded and underprepared: Strategies for stronger schools and healthy, successful kids,” (Pope, D., Brown, M., & Miles, S. (2015). Overloaded and underprepared: Strategies for stronger schools and healthy, successful kids. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.)
A 2015 article published in the American Journal of Family Therapy researchers also found that “... as homework load increased, so did family stress.” (American Journal of Family Therapy, Robert M. Pressman, David B. Sugarman, Melissa L. Nemon, Jennifer Desjarlais, Judith A. Owens & Allison Schettini-Evans, Published online: 15 Jul 2015)
A 2013 study by Pope and Galloway following a group of homework-overloaded high school students reported “greater academic stress and less time to balance family, friends, and extracurricular activities.” They “experienced more health problems as well, such as headaches, stomach troubles, and sleep deprivation.” (American Psychological Association, By Kirsten Weir, March 2016, Vol 47, No. 3)
“Children of all ages need down time in order to thrive,” says Denise Pope, PhD, a professor of education at Stanford University. “Little kids and big kids need unstructured time for play each day.” (American Psychological Association, By Kirsten Weir, March 2016, Vol 47, No. 3)
In a longitudinal research study from 1987-2003 by Harris Cooper, Jorgianne Civey Robinson, and Erika A Patall found no strong evidence for an association between the homework–achievement link and the outcome measure (grades as opposed to standardized tests) or the subject matter (reading as opposed to math). (Does Homework Improve Academic Achievement? A Synthesis of Research 1987-2003, Review of Educational Research, vol. 76, 1: pp. 1-62. First Published Mar 1, 2006
WITH AN AVERAGE of 7.3 hours of homework a week, Irish students do more homework than students in almost every country in the world – except kids in Italy, who do a whopping 8 hours per week.
Those days may be far behind most of us now, but the memories of homework still linger. Painful, painful memories.
The lick that reminded the teacher to give homework
And the feeling of the whole class quietly but firmly turning on that person:
When the teacher completely forgot about it
That frisson of excitement. We’re getting away with it!
Making the decision that plagues students to this day
Do your homework straight away, and have the evening free, or hang about and relax for as long as you possibly can?
Hang about. Always hang about.
The Sunday night panic
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Oh god, did we have Maths? (You felt the panic there, didn’t you.)
Hastily coming up with excuses for ‘forgotten’ assignments
And they say you didn’t have a brain in your head – sure look at the beautiful fictions you could pull out of thin air when pressed.
Finishing up your homework right before class
“And then he woke up, and it was all a dream.”
Look! It’s done! It’s done.
When you actually did the homework, and no one collected it
Eh, sorry? Waste our precious hours, why don’t you?
Those mean, mean teachers who gave you stuff to do during the mid-term break
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It’s called a BREAK. Didn’t they understand what that meant?
Thinking you were getting an easy deal…
But realising that each of the three questions assigned had a multitude of parts.
CHEERS, MR SMITH.
And always, always wishing you were doing something else
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