Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Edcha##er

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Edcha##er

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We bring you discussion, debate and issues from around the web and around the world by focusing on the most popular educational hashtags on Twitter

What is the purpose of homework? The question came up in a recent #edchat about why parents set so much store by homework if it is not worth the time students put into it.

@Mr_Oldfield suggested it was a failure to move with the times, with "not enough teachers/schools/districts embracing change". This was echoed by @cybraryman1, who said that parents' views were coloured by their own academic experience: "Parents want their children to have textbooks and homework because that is what they had when they were in school."

The need for homework was debated, with @ShiftParadigm arguing: "If students don't learn something via classwork, what makes us think students will learn it via homework? …

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