Homework: How Much is Too Much? Guests: Etta Kralovec
Vice President for Learning at Training & Development Corporation Author, The End of Homework: How Homework Disrupts Families Overburdens Children, and Limits Learning Carol Huntsinger Professor of Education and Psychology at the College of Lake County, Lake County Illinois Harriet Cholden Fifth grade teacher Co-author, Homework Handbook: Practical Advice You Can Use Tonight to Help Your Child Succeed Tomorrow (Contemporary Books, 1998) After dinner, when the dishes are cleared, the kitchen table becomes a battleground over homework for many parents and their children around the nation. For the last 20 years, the push for higher standards has driven schools to assign more and more homework. Grade-school children now average well in excess of two hours of homework a night, compared with 85 minutes in 1981. But is all this extra work worth the effort or could it actually undermine the learning process? Are the benefits of homework overrated?