But how much is too much? One local school district is considering limiting homework:
Students in the Davis Joint Unified School District will be assigned less homework in the fall if the school board adopts a new homework policy tonight...
Forty percent of elementary school parents and 48 percent of secondary parents who took the district's survey said they favored less homework.
Many parents said they would like to see more quality assignments sent home instead of busy work.
I can't argue with that. On the other hand, I doubt there are more than a few teachers who would admit that their assignments are "busy work", and no doubt "busy work", like beauty and pornography, is in the eye of the beholder.
The current homework policy allows teachers to assign 10 minutes of homework beginning in kindergarten and increase it by 10 minutes for each grade level. The maximum time for high schoolers is three hours.
The current policy doesn't seem exceedingly stupid to me, although I wonder how any one teacher can know if the homework they assign will cause a high school student to go over the 3 hr mark (and 3 hours does seem a bit too much to me).
The proposed policy would permit kindergarten through third-graders to have 10 minutes of reading homework. For fourth-graders, 30 minutes of homework could be assigned; fifth-graders, 35 minutes; and sixth-graders, 45 minutes.Now we get to the rub. How is this to be enforced? One student may take 15 minutes to complete an assignment, another student may take 45 minutes. Does the parent of the 2nd student get to berate the teacher for assigning too much work?
Fourth- through sixth-graders can be assigned 10 additional minutes of music homework.
Middle school students in seventh and eighth grades could have 15 minutes of homework for each class, which generally would equal one hour of homework a night.
High school students would be given a maximum of 30 minutes for math or English classes and 20 minutes for other classes that are not Advanced Placement or honors courses. Generally, that would mean a maximum of two hours of homework.
Policies like this are well-intentioned but for the most part unworkable.