President Obama’s pick for Education Secretary, Do-my-homework.com King, Jr. King’s track record shows he loves standardized testing and quantifying learning. If he loves numbers and research, he should welcome what some teachers and families have known for years: that homework at young ages does more harm than good.
We’re currently enmeshed in a high-pressure approach to learning that starts with homework being assigned in kindergarten and even preschool. These family fights often ends in tears, threats, and parents secretly finishing their kid’s homework. Parents put up with these nightly battles because they want what’s best for their kids. But, surprise, the opposite is more likely to be true. If you examine the research—not one study, but the full sweep of homework research—it’s clear that homework does have an impact, but it’s not always a good one. Homework given too young increases negative attitudes toward school.
That’s bad news, especially for a kindergartener facing 12 more years of assignments. Children rebel against homework because they have other things they need to do. Children have been told what to do all day long at school—which is mostly sitting still and focusing on the academic side. Academic learning is only one side of a child. When school is out, kids need time for other things. Parents Newsletter Sign up to receive the smartest parenting tips, news and tools.