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Homework: Good or Bad?

Posted by: In: Journal 29 May 2007 Comments: 0

I always had homework. I always procrastinated. But I got it done. And I liked school. But this was before the standardized testing of today. I saw this book on another blog I frequent.

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I just had to rant about something tonight and now that summer break has hit, standardized testing is soooo frustrating. I want to make sure my daughter does well but that often means pushing her, especially in school. But I remember a time of my childhood when I did nothing, daydreaming and thinking and playing. This was the first year of testing for my daughter and she felt the pressure to perform. She’s eight. If you don’t push your child to perform, your kids will suffer by comparison to the parents who are.

The authors of the book, “The Case Against Homework,” report on an elementary school in North Carolina where at least twenty standardized test books have to be replaced after their use because the stressed out elementary school kids working to them have vomited on them.

I’d be curious if my dad knows if any courses on homework theory and design are on the curriculum at the colleges where he teaches.

Oh well, just thought I’d throw that out.

If you’re interested, Sara Bennett, co-author of the book, pushes the movement at StopHomework.com.

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  1. Posted by Sara Bennett 30 May 2007 at 8:22 pm

    I’m also curious to know if there are courses on homework theory and design where your dad teaches (where is that, by the way?). I talked to adminstrators at many of the top schools of education when doing research for The Case Against Homework, and none of those schools had such a course. And, only one of the several hundred teachers we surveyed for the book claimed to have taken a course on homework. Since the book’s publication, I haven’t come across a teacher who has taken such a course (and I ask the question at every lecture or workshop I give).

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