A thoughtful article in INDEPENDENT SCHOOL Winter 2019 written by Alison Baron, a fourth-grade teacher at the Park School In Baltimore offers practical guideline for evaluating a school’s homework philosophy and policy.


A look at the historical use of homework in education, where we are today, and what schools need to consider as they evaluate their approach

By Alison Baron

Trend Lines: How Important Is Homework?

Homework is a constant and sometimes controversial endeavor in all of our schools. The ISHC National Database shows the following distribution of time spent on homework each night in Middle and Upper Schools. These hours are contaminated by the percentage of students who report multi-tasking during homework time.

We offer you this interesting data to consider as you think about YOUR faculty’s and students’ homework efforts.