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

Homework: what's the point? Traditionalists may argue that it is a valuable opportunity to continue learning beyond the classroom, but a recent #edchat made the case that the supposed positive effects don't stand up to scrutiny.

So why do teachers support it? Tradition was offered as a possible factor, with @DataDiva proposing that it was "the same reason multiple-choice tests are the most common form of formal testing". @cvivian1 claimed that "too many teach as they were taught. My school has a no-homework policy. Love it!"

However, this doesn't mean that homework has no value to students - or, indeed, to teachers. …

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