Homework is long-standing education staple, one that many students hate with a fiery passion. Yet, for millions of children around the world, homework is still a huge part of their daily lives as students — even if it continues to be one of their biggest causes of stress and unrest. Online, there are many articles that point to Roberto Nevilis as the first educator to give his students homework. He created it as a way to punish his lazy students and ensure that they fully learned their lessons.
Even though he's just a fifth grader, year-old Ben Berrafato is challenging - seriously challenging - one of this country's most enduring and widely held beliefs: The belief that kids need homework. And he did so quite creatively. Part of his essay reads: "Homework is assigned to students like me without our permission. Thus, homework is slavery.
In July , families in Marion County, Florida, got some surprising news about the school year ahead. Dara Mehr, a fifth grader, is one of them. Last year, Dara had two or three hours of homework a night. She enjoys having more time for activities like painting and playing video games.