Homework Survey Shows Teacher-Parent Divide

Experts have called homework the most "haphazard educational practice in America's schools." Yet most teachers, parents and students seem to think it's absolutely necessary. If only they could agree on how to make homework less boring and more relevant. A new survey about homework offers insight into why it gets on everybody's nerves.

The survey, commissioned by the insurance giant MetLife, found a big disconnect between teachers and parents when it comes to homework. Veteran teachers said homework is crucial to students' academic success in school. Most assigned homework to help students build skills like reading comprehension or to help them prepare for tests. One out of four teachers rated the quality of their homework as "excellent."

But one-third of parents rated the quality of homework only "fair to poor." Parents also complained that there's too much homework — that it takes up way too much time and deprives their children of sleep.

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