But the real thing quickly disappointed us both. I found pulling her away from pretend games for something that left her in tears excruciating, both undermining and cruel. But nothing happened. So I went to the principal, who confided, I totally agree , but said he needed unanimous support from all the school's teachers to make a change. By the time that rolled around, we had a new principal. She confided, I totally agree , and then declared that each grade-level team could act independently.
STUDENTS MUST APPLY LESSONS IN CLASSROOM AT HOME TO SUCCEED
Stop Homework – Page 52
This is the stated justification for burdening very young children with homework by the time they reach kindergarten and steadily increasing that burden with each passing year. By the time they reach middle school, they are often saddled with a nightly homework regimen once reserved for high school seniors. To be sure, No Child Left Behind did not start this trend, which has been decades in the making. Perhaps for this reason, many parents accept the notion that homework is universally beneficial to children of all ages. In The Homework Myth , Alfie Kohn shows that such a generalization is patently false, especially for very young children. According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress, the performance of fourth graders in the standardized math exam showed that those who did no homework scored roughly the same as those who did thirty minutes of homework a night—and those who did forty-five minutes of homework or more per night achieved lower scores than those who did none at all! Kohn also makes a convincing case that, contrary to current popular wisdom, rising amounts of homework are not limited to white middle-class school districts, but also fall heavily on poor Black and Latino communities.
The Homework Myth: Why Our Kids Get Too Much of a Bad Thing
Huge schools are still being built even though we know that students tend to fare better in smaller places that lend themselves to the creation of democratic, caring communities. Many children who are failed by the academic status quo are forced to repeat a grade even though research shows that this is just about the worst course of action for them. To begin with, I discovered that decades of investigation have failed to turn up any evidence that homework is beneficial for students in elementary school.
CEOs with something to say about issues facing the school improvement industry should submit their proposed column to editor edbizbuzz. Last week, MetLife released the results of a significant study conducted by Harris Interactive, in which researchers surveyed and interviewed thousands of teachers, parents, and students on issues related to homework. George repeats his posted comment below.