Homework has value

There’s a movement afoot to eliminate homework (“The Movement to End Homework Is Wrong,” The New York Times, Jul. 31).  It is said to exacerbate inequalities in students because it is linked to the socioeconomic status of students.

But there will always be differences in the backgrounds of students in public schools.  That’s no reason to abolish homework as long as it is not merely busywork.  If homework is properly assigned, it reinforces learning. So rather than intensify differences in the socioeconomic backgrounds of students, homework can actually make them more alike.

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