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.
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.