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I was interviewed recently by CNN for an article about homework; you can read the article here: The Great Homework Debate.  For some reason, the article’s author refers to me as “Fullerton.”  Hm.

Anyway, reading through the comments to the article proves to be an exercise in frustration.  So much rhetoric about the supposed value of homework: that it teaches kids responsibility and time management skills, that it helps kids do better in school, that it’s necessary in “this competitive global market.”  Bah.  Where are the facts to back up these claims?  There are none.  There are, however, plenty of articles and studies that discredit the conventional wisdom about the value of homework.  Here is a list that you can read at your leisure:

 

http://www.readingrockets.org/article/31470/

 

 

http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/article/down-homework

 

 

http://www.slate.com/articles/life/family/2006/09/forget_homework.html

 

http://www.greatschools.org/students/homework-help/1938-what-research-says-about-homework.gs

 

 

http://www.gse.harvard.edu/news-impact/2012/01/are-you-down-with-or-done-with-homework/

 

 

http://www.alfiekohn.org/teaching/edweek/homework.htm

 

 

http://www.alfiekohn.org/teaching/hwach.htm

 

In the end, parents have to summon up enough gumption to take a stand against the status quo.  Policies won’t change until enough people speak up.  If you’re unhappy with your school’s homework policy, or a particular teacher’s homework policy, take a stand.

 

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