Thursday, August 31, 2006

Homework: The Mystery Behind The Myth

Joanne Jacobs:
"Homework Hooey" is the apt headline on Martin Davis' New York Post column critiquing two books -- Alfie Kohn's The Homework Myth and The Case against Homework by Sara Bennett and Nancy Kalish-- that argue American students are overworked, leading to depression, obesity, family tension, and, no doubt, acne. Homework doesn't help students learn, they argue. It just eats up time that could be devoted to emotional development, family conversations and fat-burning sports. (Or to playing computer games.)

In truth, a small minority of students are working quite hard -- in addition to a heavy load of extracurriculars -- while most spend little time on homework.
Read the Whole Thing.

Agree or disagree, a good read that's well worth your time.
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