Exhausted Kids (and Parents) Fight Back.” Feature stories about students laboring under an onerous homework burden ran in newspapers from coast to coast.Photos of angst ridden children became a journalistic staple.
Our own century dawned during a surge of anti-homework sentiment.
From 1998 to 2003, ’s 2003 article offered a call to arms: “Overbooked: Four Hours of Homework for a Third Grader?
Public opinion polls also contradicted the prevailing story. Most said their children’s homework load was about right.
Parents wanting more homework out-numbered those who wanted less. Several popular anti-homework books fill store shelves (whether virtual or brick and mortar).
The School districts across the land passed restrictions on homework, culminating in a 1901 statewide prohibition of homework in California for any student under the age of 15.
Stats About Homework
The crusade would remain powerful through 1913, before a world war and other concerns bumped it from the spotlight.In 2011, the ran a front page article about the homework restrictions adopted by schools in Galloway, NJ, describing “a wave of districts across the nation trying to remake homework amid concerns that high stakes testing and competition for college have fueled a nightly grind that is stressing out children and depriving them of play and rest, yet doing little to raise achievement, especially in elementary grades.” In the article, Vicki Abeles, the director of featured an article, “My Daughter’s Homework is Killing Me,” by a Manhattan writer who joined his middle school daughter in doing her homework for a week.Most nights the homework took more than three hours to complete. It’s not because the popular press is creating a fiction.depicts homework as one aspect of an overwrought, pressure-cooker school system that constantly pushes students to perform and destroys their love of learning.The film’s website claims over 6,000 screenings in more than 30 countries.” Responses are shown for NAEP’s three age groups: 9, 13, and 17.Today’s youngest students seem to have more homework than in the past.The decline of the “no homework” group is matched by growth in the percentage of students with less than an hour’s worth, from 41% in 1984 to 57% in 2012.The share of students with one to two hours of homework changed very little over the entire 28 years, comprising 12% of students in 2012.The first three rows of data for age 9 reveal a shift away from students having no homework, declining from 35% in 1984 to 22% in 2012.A slight uptick occurred from the low of 18% in 2008, however, so the trend may be abating.