Did you know students didn't always have homework?  Before the 1950's teachers didn't assign homework to elementary school kids.  This is no longer the case now.  In a 2008 survey, "77% students regardless of grade level, spend at least 30 minutes doing homework on a typical school day, while 45% reported spending at least an hour." (MetLife Survey of the American Teacher: The Homework Experience, 2008).  The question we ask in this TPFK is "Does homework help students learn?  Are students getting the right amount of homework?"