I have read a lot of articles, blog posts, and tweets recently regarding a VERY sensitive subject: Homework. This debate has really heated up lately when a New York school stopped giving homework, and told kids to play.
Many questions are often asked when debating this subject:
Is homework beneficial to our kids?
Is homework only about the content?
Does it take away from important family time?
Do parents want homework for their children?
What amount is the right amount?
Is it meaningful?
Does it positively impact learning?
I whole heartedly believe fostering a love for learning in kids is a educator's most important role! So my question is:
Does homework foster a student's love for learning or hinder it?
I strongly believe time homework not only hinders a students love of learning but also takes away from important time with family. I would compare most homework to those meetings that should have been an email. Most homework assignments should be done in class.
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Here are just a few resources to form your opinion:
Should Homework be Mandatory? Here is one classes thoughts
http://kidblog.org/Sapiasscholars-2/ #comments4kids (Orginally shared on Twitter by William Chamberlian)
Several great posts by my friend Pernille Ripp. In my opinion, Pernille is one of the best writers in education.
"School stops giving homework, tells kids to play, adults FREAK out" by Emma Lord
"Homework around the world: how much is too much?" by Olivia Goldhill
"Homework is making our kids miserable: Why the classroom staple is a complete waste of time" by Jordan Rosenfeld
"How Necessary is Homework? Join the Conversation"
What is your thought on homework? Please share your viewpoint in the comments below!