The latest revival was clearly spawned by recent research, summarized in a 2014 Canadian Council of Ministers of Education (CMEC) booklet, testifying to the “positive benefits” of homework. Instead of asking “how much is too much?” the key question today is, “how much is enough?”
The homework backlash is fizzling-out as parents and teachers recognize that too little rather than too much is now expected of most public school students.
Assigning homework is now considered avant garde in the 21st century digital learning world. Some of the most exciting innovations emerging across the continent are based upon homework activities. The best example is the so-called “flipped classroom” model where students are expected to utilize the Internet to watch videos as 21st century-style “homework” and teachers are encouraged to utilize class time for interactive, follow-up learning activities.