"Homework," says Eleanor Dasenbrook, a sixth-grade social studies and reading teacher in Virginia, "is one of the biggest challenges and concerns I continue to face after more than two decades of teaching."
For many teachers, homework is a major source of angst.
The challenges of homework facing teachers today are all the more troublesome given the importance of meaningful and appropriate assignments. Student achievement rises significantly when teachers regularly assign homework and students conscientiously do it, and the academic benefits increase as children move into the upper grades. Homework can help children develop good habits and attitudes. It can teach children self-discipline and responsibility. More importantly, it can encourage a love of learning.