As crazy as it may sound initially, banning school homework is an idea that has been mulled by school districts nationwide for many years now. As far back as the 1920’s, doctors had reservations about the amount of time children were spending doing homework and its affect on their health. At that time physicians believed children required up to seven hours a day of outdoor activity. The benefits or drawbacks of this practice were never truly observed, however, as the theory behind it never provided conclusive evidence in practice.
Socioeconomic divisions are playing a larger role in the efficacy of homework now more than ever.
Beyond the glaring economic issues is the need for time spent with family and family activities. This places the family model in an uncomfortable and risky conundrum. It presents several questions on what sort of expectations parents have for their children as well as for the values they want to instill as part of their own legacy.
There are benefits to homework, enough to discard the notion of banning it completely. However, the key to happy, healthy, and productive children is a proper balance between school, social, and family life.
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