Is Homework Beneficial?

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Does homework improve student achievement, or does it increase stress? Scholars use the included debate topics website to prepare for a class discussion or debate about whether homework is advantageous. After reading a brief background about the issue, they review the clearly labeled and color-coded pros and cons to arrive at their own conclusions. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Provide learners with a self-reflection checklist to analyze their performance following a class debate or discussion 
  • Before conducting independent research, have small groups brainstorm the pros and cons of completing homework 
Classroom Considerations

  • Time requirements may vary
Pros

  • Includes extensive footnotes
  • Individuals participate in an online poll about whether homework is beneficial and see the percentage of people who agree with them 
Cons

  • Students may need to consult additional resources to fully explore the topic