One of the greatest controversies in education is the one debating homework: there must be homework and if so, how much is too much? Education experts’ analysis show that more homework does not necessarily mean a better education.
The results of an analysis made by Pearson Education in 2014, considered the time spent by students at school and the volume of homework per week, and education expenses in several countries, shows the same. The performance of the education system is not linked to a longer time for homework.
In November 2016, a primary school in Britain eliminated all homework, because it was considered too stressful for both students and parents. They decided by vote that the time allocated for homework should be used for reading.
Finland, the fewest homework
Finns believe that a good education is essential in life. Not only because it ensures career success, but also determines the way you are perceived socially. In Finland, tachers are ranked as among the best in the world.
Finland spends 9025 dollars for each student’s schooling, and on the education system, and Finland ranks as 5th in the world for education success.
Children go to school at 7 years old, learn 4 hours per day, 5 days a week and for homework, they are only working 2.8 hours a week. In the spare time after school, students are involved in educational activities sponsored by schools, because Finns think a good part of the learning process must be done outside the school.
No exams are given up to age 16. Schooling is free and school meals are subsidized.
South Korea, No. 1 in the education system
South Korea has the best education system in the world for two reasons. First, South Koreans think you must work hard. Children spend five or six days a week at school and receive a good education in all domains. Second, South Korea spends more than $ 11 billion per year for education, i.e. 7820 dollars a year for each student. As a result, nearly 100% of the population is literate.
Students work 2.9 hours a week at home.
The United States, the highest amount of money for a student’s schooling
American students work on homework for 6.1 hours per week. The US ranks 17th in the world for education. There is no national curriculum, but all American states value schooling in arts, in science laboratories and school counseling; these are not considered a luxury but essential in education.
The US annually allocates 11 732 dollars for each student in primary school education, more than any other country in the world.
The United Kingdom is No. 6 in the education system
According to regulations introduced in 1998, primary schools in the UK have been instructed not to give homework that takes more than 1 hour per week for children between 5 and 7 years and for half an hour a day for children from 7 -11 years. In fact, Pearson Education study shows that British students in primary and secondary are working from home on average 4.9 hours per week.
When it comes to education, the Pearson study shows that Asian nations continue to outperform all other countries. South Korea leads the charts and is followed by Japan, Singapore, and Hong Kong. In all these countries education systems reward the effort more than innate intelligence, are given little homework, very good results are obtained on a solid culture, student’s accountability and a large community involvement in education.
Infographic Source: Ozicare http://www.ozicare.com.au/life/insights/homework-around-the-world