Experts Decry Summer Homework

In a recent op-ed in the Baltimore Sun, Etta Kralovec and John Buell, authors of The End of Homework: How Homework Disrupts Families, Overburdens Children, and Limits Learning (Beacon Press 2001) explain why summer homework isn’t a good idea. They argue, among other things, that “even if, as a recent ABC news story suggests, students lose a month’s math proficiency during the summer, there is no guarantee that homework over the summer will stem that loss.” They also write, “we bet that many teachers who require such homework would themselves insist on the value of sabbaticals to refresh their minds.” Read the full article here: Summertime not Homework Time.

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