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History of Homework Debate

Explore the history of homework debate, from the anti-homework movement in 1901 to the progressive education movement championed by psychologist John Dewey. Learn about California's ban on homework for grades below high school and the evolution of attitudes towards homework over time.

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What was the purpose of the National Defense Education Act (NDEA) passed in 1958?

To improve teaching and learning in science, mathematics, and foreign languages

What was the impact of the academic excellence movement on homework in the 1960s?

It promoted creative problem-solving and analytical thinking through homework

What was the percentage of high-school juniors doing two or more hours of homework a night in 1962?

23%

Why did the counterculture movement of the late 1960s impact homework levels?

<p>It promoted questioning authority, leading many students to skip homework</p> Signup and view all the answers

What was the main concern highlighted in the report 'A Nation at Risk' during the early 1980s?

<p>The potential fallout from a failed education system</p> Signup and view all the answers

What was the average weekly time spent on homework by U.S. high school students as per a 2016 analysis?

<p>7.5 hours</p> Signup and view all the answers

How did the second-wave academic excellence movement under Reagan differ from the one in the 1950s and 1960s?

<p>It had less intellectual expectations regarding homework</p> Signup and view all the answers

What prompted the second academic excellence push under the Reagan administration in the early 1980s?

<p>'A Nation at Risk' report highlighting educational concerns</p> Signup and view all the answers

What characterized the homework movement of the 1980s according to Schlossman?

<p>'A moral enterprise' with intellectual expectations</p> Signup and view all the answers

In what year did high-schoolers spending two or more hours on homework daily drop below 10 percent?

<p>1972</p> Signup and view all the answers

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