This supports one of our primary goals as educators: to help students bring classroom skills into real-world practice.
Does assigning fifty math problems accomplish any more than assigning five?
The field of education desperately needs a thoughtful and deliberate approach to all policies.
It seems that we do many things in schools because that’s the way they have always been done.
Homework is part of the fabric of after school life for most families with school-age children.
And it is a hidden cause of the childhood obesity epidemic, creating a nation of "homework potatoes." In , Bennett and Kalish draw on academic research, interviews with educators, parents, and kids, and their own experience as parents and successful homework reformers to offer detailed advice to frustrated parents.
You'll learn which assignments advance learning and which are time-wasters, how to set priorities when your child comes home with an over-stuffed backpack, how to talk and write to teachers and school administrators in persuasive, non-confrontational ways, and how to rally other parents to help restore balance in your children's lives.
This new homework policy must be meant, at least in part, to move students away from the screen and into the world.
It also seems to be part of a growing movement of parents, educators, and policy makers who question the increasing focus on testing (which is also administered via computer screen in many Massachusetts districts), the earlier introduction of academic skills in kindergarten and first grade, and the elimination of unstructured time in the classroom and recess. David Elkind, psychologist and child development expert, who emphasizes the importance of play and unstructured time for healthy social, emotional, and cognitive development.