As the Smithsonian reports, they don’t give very much:
David Baker and Gerald LeTendre, professors of education at Penn State, found that in countries with the most successful school systems, like Japan, teachers give small amounts homework, while teachers in those with the lowest scores, such as Greece and Iran, give a lot. (Of course the quality of the assignment and the teacher’s use of it also matter.) The United States falls somewhere in the middle – average amounts of homework and average test results. Finnish teachers tend to give minimal amounts of homework throughout all the grades; the New York Times reported Finnish high school kids averaged only one-half hour a night.
Does anyone have successful strategies for working with our local schools to opt our children out of homework we consider to be busy work?
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