More on Homework

Jay Matthews:

But more important, let’s say that for the sake of argument that only 10 percent of America’s children suffer from homework overload (although we believe it’s much more). Isn’t it still a problem for that 10 percent, for all the reasons listed by the many psychologists, educators and health experts whom we interviewed? If “only” 10 percent of America’s children suffered from depression or diabetes, wouldn’t it still be worth addressing? We found many such children and they are definitely suffering and losing their love of school and learning. Just because homework overload might not affect every child doesn’t make it any less serious.

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  1. My ninth grader, who really likes school, is starting to burn out. He often has 5-6 hours of homework a night! Any child is likely to lose interest in school. Are there so many disruptions in the school day that the teachers feel they have to get the material covered at home? I wrote in a previous post, that I know first graders that are overwhelmed, also. By the time those kids get to high school, they are going to be apathetic or robots. Is that what we want?

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