The “no homework, read instead” trend continues, even during this time of the school year in which students traditionally prepare intensely for standardized tests.
Some commentators view this shift as an awareness that current academics won’t prepare today’s students for the future. Others say flatly, “It’s another way to dumb down education.”
There is very little data on homework in the primary grades. For older students, homework tends to have minimal impact on academic achievement.
It’s a sticky issue, often overshadowed by emotions.