Here are four reasons from Alfie Kohn about why homework is a losing enterprise for teachers, parents and students.
| March 4, 2011; 8:30 AM ET |
Categories: Alfie Kohn, Guest Bloggers, Homework | Tags: alfie kohn, disadvantages of homework, homework, homework research, how much homework
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I found myself between arguments about what kids should and shouldn’t be doing while schools are closed because of the back-to-back snow storms that have left the Washington D.C. region paralyzed--for days on end. I’ve been writing about this issue , suggesting that kids should in fact do something other than playing video games. I've also asked kids of different ages whether they think they should be studying, and, knowing that they just had Christmas break and that spring break beckons, they invariably giggle somewhat sheepishly and say “yes.”
I’m not likely to make any friends among kids with this, but teachers should give some work for their students to do while schools are closed because of the snow. If teachers can’t find a way to reach their students, it wouldn’t kill parents to make sure their kids pick up a book. Some teachers have already posted assignments on their school’s website for kids to complete and return either when they get back to school or by email before then. This is routine at many schools and there’s no reason they can’t do that now. One teacher at a private school in Montgomery County, knowing that all of her students have computers, is holding class online for two hours today and is letting kids off the hook only if their parents provide a valid reason.
So your kid is sick for a week, misses two tests, three quizzes, four papers and a week’s worth of homework in every class. He/she goes back to school, and the teachers in each class say, “Welcome back. Now you have to do your current work and make up everything you missed. And don’t take too long.” Unless, of course, your child’s teacher is one of those who tell the kids to do the work WHILE they are sick....Not all kids need to do all the work to get caught up so they can participate and feel comfortable in the classroom. Not all homework is actually necessary, not all quizzes/tests have to be taken, not all reports must be written.
By Kay Dawson. I went back to school at the age of 59--and I’ve learned a lot more than Spanish. Books are heavier. Combining a caffeinated soft drink and a two-hour class with a 59-year-old bladder is not a great idea. Professors are so young. But what seems to have changed the most from when I was last in school is that it is no longer possible to go to college on a shoestring.
It isn’t exactly scientific, but a trove of letters and emails written by children each year reveals important information about their concerns. Kids worry about everything, especially tests and homework, but don’t want to tell their parents about it....
| October 7, 2009; 1:05 PM ET |
Categories: Homework, Parents, Standardized Tests | Tags: Highlights magazine, homework, standardized tests, what children worry about
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