Eradicate homework for young children in Primary School. sign now

I am a teacher with 20 years experience as well as a mother of two young children. I believe that homework for young children in Primary School should be eradicated. Children spend a very long time in school which is already much too focused on academia in the early years, instead of play, exploring, creativity and social skills. Depending on their bus journeys and the time of year there is barely any time left to even just kick a ball for a few minutes without even doing any homework. I dare to say that there is absolutely no educational benefit in homework for young children in primary school and in most families as well as my own it causes frustration, stress and confrontation. This is my personal experience but to underpin this petition I have looked into some research to see what is a more scientific view on this topic. In his article “Does homework help or hinder young children?” Gerald K LeTendre (2015) suggests that there is no evidence to show that homework for young children is of academic benefit. On the contrary, studies have actually linked excessive homework to sleep disruption and stress for young children. The Duke University professor Harris Cooper found evidence in his 2006 study that even though there is a positive correlation between homework and student achievement for older students ie. secondary school students, this relationship is only weak for young children in primary schools. Cathy Vatterott, an education professor at the University of Missouri St. Louis thinks there is no sufficient proof that homework is of any benefit for primary school students and she supports efforts to eliminate homework for young children. (Reilly, 2016) 

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