At the same time, they are left frustrated when the students who most need more time to learn seem the least likely to complete homework.
Homework has generally been viewed as a positive practice and accepted without question as part of the student routine. As the culture has changed, and as schools and families have changed, homework has become problematic for more and more students, parents, and teachers.
The Internet and bookstores are crowded with books offering parents advice on how to get children to do homework.
At a time when demand for accountability has reached a new high, research fails to prove that homework is worth all that trouble.
(The research on homework is discussed in Chapter 3.) Although many people remain staunchly in favor of homework, a growing number of teachers and parents alike are beginning to question the practice.
This more critical view represents a movement away from the pro-homework attitudes that have been consistent for decades (Kralovec & Buell, 2000).