Many teachers do not receive specific training on homework.Cooper suggests that homework should be uncomplicated and short, involve families, and engage student interests. Countries that assign more homework don’t outperform those with less homework.
A 1989 Duke University study that reviewed 120 studies found a weak link between achievement and homework at the elementary level and only a moderate benefit at the middle school level.
American and British students seem to have more homework than most counties, and still only score in the international average.
In fact, Japan has instituted no homework policies at younger levels to allow family time and personal interests.
A 2009 article in the Los Angeles Times, suggests that some districts have cut back on the amount of homework in the effort to consider children’s social development.
In fact, the San Ramon Valley district modified its homework policy and no homework is allowed over weekends and holiday vacations, except for reading.