The film’s website claims over 6,000 screenings in more than 30 countries.
In 2011, the ran a front page article about the homework restrictions adopted by schools in Galloway, NJ, describing “a wave of districts across the nation trying to remake homework amid concerns that high stakes testing and competition for college have fueled a nightly grind that is stressing out children and depriving them of play and rest, yet doing little to raise achievement, especially in elementary grades.” In the article, Vicki Abeles, the director of featured an article, “My Daughter’s Homework is Killing Me,” by a Manhattan writer who joined his middle school daughter in doing her homework for a week.
The question asks: “How much time did you spend on homework yesterday?
” Responses are shown for NAEP’s three age groups: 9, 13, and 17.
One can see, by combining the bottom two rows, that students with an hour or more of homework declined steadily from 1984 to 2008 (falling from 38% to 27%) and then ticked up to 30% in 2012.
The proportion of students with the heaviest load, more than two hours, slipped from 9% in 1984 to 7% in 2012 and ranged between 7-10% for the entire period.
Examining the most reliable empirical evidence at the time, the study concluded that the dramatic claims about homework were unfounded.
An overwhelming majority of students, at least two-thirds, depending on age, had an hour or less of homework each night.
Surprisingly, even the homework burden of college-bound high school seniors was discovered to be rather light, less than an hour per night or six hours per week.
Public opinion polls also contradicted the prevailing story. Most said their children’s homework load was about right.