Homework

Argument Writing Research Topic

Homework is a source of stress in many American households. This stress is compounded when both parents work or in single-parent households. Students are also busier than ever with after-school activities including sports, music lessons and part-time jobs, which leave little time for hours of homework. However, school reform movements like the No Child Left Behind Act that require schools to show improvement in student performance or lose funding make it more likely that homework is not going away. The National PTA and the National Education Association both endorse the "10-minute rule" created by Duke University psychology professor Harris Cooper. This rule says that students should get 10 minutes of homework a night per grade-a first grader would have 10 minutes of homework, a second grader 20 minutes, and so on. Critics of homework argue that too much of it is busywork that has little academic value.