Over the Christmas break, I heard from many parents and students about their homework woes. I can’t possibly tell all the stories, but over the next few days, I’ll describe a few. (If you have a story, you’d like to share, either email it to me or post in the forums.)
One ninth grader attends a New York City public high school which prohibited homework over the break. So, in the last math class before the break, the ninth grader’s teacher assigned 220 math problems (all factoring trinomials). The teacher explained to the groaning students that the homework wasn’t “holiday homework,” since it wasn’t due the day school restarted, but the following day.