Homework debate questions workload on students

Posted at 4:51 PM, Aug 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-24 18:55:24-04

With school back in session, children are bound to be coming home with homework, but how much is too much?

It’s a debate that's going national, with one elementary school teacher in Texas sending notes home to parents that there will be no homework for the entire year. 

Shoaf Camp of KCK said she homeschools her three elementary school-aged children so that she can control the amount of homework they are given each night.

"I do have friends who have to sit there for three hours at night doing homework. I think that is a little much when you are at school all day as well," said Camp.

Andrea Flinders, president of Kansas City's Teachers Union, said too much homework can be overwhelming for students and parents, but said no homework is not the solution.

Flinders said homework can help reinforce what children learn during the day at school, and it gives teachers an idea of what their classroom is retaining.

“I think there has to be a balance between the amount of homework given to a child and their age and that they still have time to do after school activities, to you know have a life," said Flinders.  

The Kansas City Kansas School District told 41 Action News it doesn't have a policy set in place, but the district believes in giving homework that compliments students' lives.

"I think the kind of homework that I definitely embrace is where it can help us as a family understand what is going on in the classroom and making sure we can help our kid,” said father of two Andrew Jonson.



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