National No Homework Day 2015

Posted on May 6, 2016

I read that this is supposed to be a day when kids, teens, and even university students can say, “I'm not doing my homework today.”

If you think about it, EVERY day students can say that – but then they have to face consequences for not doing assigned homework. 

I doubt that a teacher who would assign homework on No Homework Day would accept the “holiday” as a valid excuse...

So...consequences!

I'd like to point out that, in education today, there are a lot of adults talking about homework as a Bad Thing. There are books such as The Case Against Homework (Kalish and Bennett), The Homework Myth (Kohn), and The End of Homework (Kralovec).

(And that's in addition to all the parents and teachers who think that kids would be better off with no assignments, period – no homework and no classwork, either. They urge people to either follow Sudbury Valley schools or unschooling, and allow kids to learn without assignments, tests, required courses, etc., etc.!)

What is the case against homework?

(These are generalizations, of course – and they pertain to the U.S. public school system. Specifics will vary depending on the place in the nation or the world.)

  • Kids get too much homework, too early. Compared to students in the past, younger students (ages 6 to 8) are doing about twice as much homework; increases among kids ages 9 to 12 are smaller. A recent study published in The American Journal of Family Therapy found that kids are getting, in some cases, three times as much homework as is recommended.
  • Many people say that the six or so hours of school are enough formal academics; what kids need more than several more hours of academics is time to play, sleep, be physically active, and interact with friends and family. Kids in America tend to be sleep-deprivedand under-active.

  • It may surprise you to discover that research shows that kids (especially those younger than high school age) largely do not benefit academically from homework. Here is a “Fact Sheet” about homework.

So, instead of just saying, “I'm not doing my homework” for one day, maybe you should use the day to start a dialogue with parents and teachers and the community at large about making No-Homework Day EVERY day!

Also on this date:


Anniversary of the Hindenburg explosion


Great American Grump-Out


National Nurses Day


Anniversary of the world's first postage stamp

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Is It No Homework Day Today?

It's No Homework day on the 6th of May.

No Homework Day' is by our calculation on: May the 6th. The first time we detected No Homework Day was the 5th of May 2015 and the most recent detection of references to No Homework Day was 1 year, 10 months ago.

We're now tracking the sentiment around every mention of No Homework day to show how people feel about No Homework. See if people like No Homework here.
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There were many celebrations relating to national holdiays written about on social media that our algorithms picked up, on the 6th of May. In total we detected 110 total unique days being shared such as Concert Day which had 9,191 people talking about it, or Nurses Day having 1,313 tweets. A random sample of which are shown below.


National days on the 6th of May


How Is The Date For No Homework Day Calculated?

The day shown for 'National No Homework Day' is based off how much chitter-chatter and buzz there was on May 6, 2015 across social media making references to 'No Homework Day'. Our algorithms examine all of the references to National Days across social media and updates whatnationaldayisit.com hourly, with our homepage displaying the current national day, including others such as: Bike To School, Beverage or Crepe Suzette Day. This crowdsourcing of data method to assess the National No Homework Day date is used as opposed to being connected with any Government sacntioned lists :D Hurrah for democracy by concensus!


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We don't have an international authority or governmental remit to declare any officially celebrated "national No Homework day". We only aim to programatically reflect what 'National Day' it is based of what The Internet Says It Is. We believe this is much more fun as it reflects the nature of how the most amusing / interesting national days are often created organically and grow based off popular social trends and sharing, as such we don't add new days to our database unless they are organically observed on social media.


Is it National No Homework Day Everywhere?

Yes? No.. Sort of | Maybe ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

What's really intersting is how whilst some National Days like National Daughters Day are seemingly celebrated internationally irrespective of geography, some very popular days (That often become the No. 1 National Day on our homepage) are in fact locally very specific and are offical holidays celebrated on a Country's national calendar. Take National Rambutan Day for instance, Rambutan is a popular Souteast Asian fruit and not seen so much in the UK, Europe or the USA. Some regionally specific trends subsequently become immensely popular internationally and worldwide, partly fuelled by widely shared 'National Days', National Pabebe Wave Day being one such example.


Hang On, It Was National No Homework Day Already This Year..!?

Yes, this is strangely enough entirely possible. The date shown for National No Homework Day can change, if for instance several hundred people tweeted about No Homework Day in early April, then in May a few thousand people tweeted about No Homework day, then the date shown for National No Homework Day, could come up twice :D

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