Dangers of Homework Explored

Homework has been a controversial topic for many years, with some people arguing that it is a necessary part of the educational process and others claiming that it is not beneficial and may even be harmful. In this essay, we will examine some of the arguments against homework and why it may not be as beneficial as it is often assumed to be.

First of all, it is important to note that there is little to no evidence to suggest that homework has a positive effect on student achievement. In fact, numerous studies have found that there is no correlation between homework and academic success, and some have even found a negative relationship between the two. For instance, a study in 2000 by the American Educational Research Association¹ found that homework had little to no impact on academic achievement for elementary school students.

Another argument against homework is that it can be a source of stress and anxiety for students. Many students struggle to complete their homework on time, which can lead to feelings of frustration and inadequacy. A survey conducted by the Stanford Graduate School of Education in 2014² found that 56% of students considered homework a primary source of stress. Additionally, homework often takes up a significant amount of time, which can be particularly burdensome for students who already have a lot of other commitments or responsibilities outside of school. This can lead to a lack of balance in their lives and contribute to overall stress levels.

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Homework can also be a source of conflict between students and their families, as parents may feel pressure to help their children with their assignments or may feel that their children are not doing enough to complete their homework. This can lead to tension and frustration within the household, which is not conducive to a positive home environment.

Finally, it is worth considering the fact that homework takes away from valuable family time and leisure activities that are important for students’ overall well-being. Students need time to relax and engage in activities that they enjoy, and homework can often take away from this time. A 2016 study published in the Journal of Experimental Education³ found that middle and high school students who received large amounts of homework reported higher levels of stress and physical health problems.

In conclusion, homework is not beneficial and may even be harmful in some cases. While it may be tempting to assign homework in an effort to improve student learning, the evidence suggests that it is not an effective way to do so. Instead, it is important to focus on other strategies that can help students succeed, such as providing a supportive and engaging learning environment, ensuring that students have access to the resources they need, and promoting a healthy work-life balance.

  1. https://www.aera.net/Portals/38/docs/Publications/Getting%20Homework%20Right.pdf
  2. https://news.stanford.edu/2014/03/10/too-much-homework-031014/
  3. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00220973.2016.1143794

Economist Sees Shadow; More Inflation Coming

Dr. John Mitchell saw his shadow this morning, which means another six months of inflation. At least that was the quip by Idaho economist Sam Wolkenhauer, who kept everyone’s attention by mixing humor with his economic forecast. 

The Coeur d’Alene Regional Chamber of Commerce Breakfast presented two economists, Dr. John Mitchell and Idaho Department of Labor’s Sam Wolkenhauer. They provided an “update on the global, national, and regional economies, labor market dynamics, and the social impact on people and goods/services.”

They indicated the following:

  • Idaho remains one of the strongest states in the nation. (economic health)
  • The labor supply will be a limiting factor for economic growth in northern Idaho.
  • Idaho had the highest “quit rate” in December 2022 according to a Wall Street Journal article.
  • Over 22,000 retirees have come to the CdA region. 75% of in-migration consisted of people age 65+.
  • In the year 2000, Idaho boasted six workers per retiree. Today there are 3.7 workers per retiree.

CDA 2030 to Rebrand Connect Kootenai

Executive Director stated CDA 2030 will rebrand to Connect Kootenai in 2023

Greta Gissell, Executive Director of CDA 2030, indicated at a recent urban renewal meeting that the oraganization will rebrand to Connect Kootenai in 2023.

Stated goals of Connect Kootenai are as follows:

Board members and sponsors are listed in the images below.

The organization has been under some level of scrutiny from suspicious citizens, some of which have posted reviews online to voice their concerns.

CDA 2030, lauded by city planners and contributed thousands of voluteer hours to the future of Coeur d’Alene. Perhaps the rebrand will alleviate the concern, albeit misplaced, the previous name engendered.

Airpods: Should You Buy “Clones?”

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AirPods are a popular brand of wireless earbuds produced by Apple. They are known for their compact size, ease of use, and high-quality sound. However, due to their popularity, there are also many replicas or knock-off versions of AirPods available on the market. These replicas are often significantly cheaper than the real thing, but they may not offer the same level of quality or features.

One of the main differences between real AirPods and replicas is the sound quality. While real AirPods have been praised for their clear and balanced sound, replicas often have lower quality audio and may produce distorted or cheap sounds. In addition, real AirPods use advanced noise-canceling technology to reduce external noise and provide a more immersive listening experience. Some replicas do not have this feature or may have less effective noise-canceling capabilities.

Another difference is the durability and reliability of the product. Real AirPods are made with high-quality materials and are designed to withstand daily wear and tear. Replicas, on the other hand, may be made with cheaper materials and may not be as durable. In addition, real AirPods are backed by a manufacturer’s warranty and have a proven track record of reliability. Replicas may not offer the same level of protection or support if they break or malfunction.

Finally, real AirPods offer a range of features and connectivity options that may not be available on replicas. For example, real AirPods can be controlled with voice commands, have automatic switching between devices, and offer seamless integration with other Apple products. Replicas may not offer these features or may have limited compatibility with other devices.

In conclusion, while replicas of AirPods may be tempting due to their lower price, they may not offer the same level of quality, durability, or features as the real thing. It is important to carefully consider the trade-offs before purchasing a replica and to be aware of the risks and limitations of these products.


Burgers to Sink Your Teeth Into: A Review of Burger Dock

Burger Dock, in Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, is great. This burger place has a lot. From milkshakes, to fries and onion rings, there’s so much. Also, every single one of their burgers are made with 100% angus beef, but the most juicy part of this is the history.

The Old Tin Can

Their story begins with someone named Savannah Pennington, who moved from dusty Nevada, to Sandpoint. With her old trailer, she put up “The Old Tin Can,” a mobile burger place. She quickly became popular, and with that she needed to expand.


The Andersons, a family that had roots in Sandpoint for over 30 years, heard about this successful, but small, business. This was the beginning of a beautiful relationship. The history of Burger Dock in Coeur d’Alene is a story of hard work, dedication, and a commitment to excellence. From its humble beginnings as a small burger joint, Burger Dock has grown and evolved into one of the most beloved restaurants in the area, and a testament to the power of good food, good service, and a strong sense of community.

Expect to pay $15-20 per person for a meal.

By: O.P.