Thirdly, homework can cause conflict between children and parents when the parent wants to the child to do their homework but meets resistance from the student to do an overwhelming task. Too much homework can encourage cheating because children end up copying off one another in an attempt to finish all their assignments. Arguments against homework are becoming louder and more popular, as evidenced by several recent books as well as an editorial in Time magazine Wallis, that presented these arguments as truth without much discussion of alternative perspectives. At the same time, a number of studies have provided growing evidence of the usefulness of homework when employed effectively. Homework creates an extra burden on us as parents.
Look Inside. Does assigning fifty math problems accomplish any more than assigning five? Is memorizing word lists the best way to increase vocabulary—especially when it takes away from reading time?
Not unlike the buffet at Red Lobster, these criticisms have something for everyone: Homework destroys creativity. Homework creates stress. Homework puts stress on The Family. And, most importantly, homework just doesn't work.