A Stanford study from 2014 suggested that the same was true for students in California's affluent communities.The findings challenged the idea that homework was "inherently good," senior lecturer Denise Pope wrote, suggesting there was an upper limit to the correlation between homework and achievement.
A well-known 2006 meta analysis of research between 19 suggested some correlation between the amount of homework done by a student and future academic achievement for middle and high schoolers—but not so much for younger kids.
In Malta, age-based differences are being put into public policy, with the government announcing guidelines for slowly increasing amounts of homework for public-school children.
KID 3: I think it could be a good idea, so people can get out more but I think it also means students have to work harder at school and be on task more.
It might be the burden after all the other school work like essays, assignment and projects that they need to do so any work after that related to studies seems quite touch and boring to them. It is needed as students are needed to practice whatever they have learnt in school.
It's just kind of overloaded and some students can't handle.
KID 1: I'd say overall a ban on homework is a bad idea because school's meant to be a time for people to be learning and it's like a pathway to their future career.
KID 3: I think when you'd rather be doing something else like playing with family or friends, then you just feel like - can we get it done with? It's a question some people have been asking lately, including principals at a few primary schools in WA.
KID 2: I'm meant to do around two hours, but I usually only do one hour.
Rural versus urban access The topic gets a little more complicated when we talk about the divide between rural and urban communities.
Pope's study looked at affluent Californians, but students in rural areas can face a stress of different kind: the "homework gap." In more far-flung areas, the poor quality or plain lack of internet access can put students at a disadvantage in an education system that's increasingly aimed at the well connected.