Value of excessive homework questioned

09/12/2006 | Washington Post (tiered subscription model), The

Nightly homework offers very limited academic benefits for elementary students and none at all for older students, once it exceeds 1 1/2 hours for middle-schoolers and two hours for high school students, contends Duke University professor Harris Cooper. Although Cooper doesn't agree with those who say homework should be scrapped altogether, he notes that many teachers don't know how to craft assignments that promote learning.

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