I got the following email from a former high school principal and current teacher who is located in British Columbia, Canada.
As a — past — high school principal and teacher… I have never seen the value of more than a little homework. And that ‘little’ has to be considered for its merit before it should be issued. I believe that there should be a ‘through’ line where kids are thinking about their studies and planning and preparing at home, but not homework in the traditional sense.
You know what I really really believe — not popular — homework is a way of lessening the demands of the teacher to teach during the day and giving them an out that says “here’s the work that has to be done — if you waste your time during class, you will have homework.” Or, “we have to get through x, y, and z, and you will have extra work at home because the curriculum is too much to be covered at school.” TEACH differently then!
Sorry. I get passionate about this. WE MUST TEACH DURING THE DAY AND HAVE THE STUDENTS WORK HARD IN CLASS. Then, other than planning and preparing, we are done. Our focus has to be on TEACHING students to organize, memorize, categorize, sort, and LEARN. We teach, they learn. That’s the contract. That’s the agreement. Parents aren’t teachers.
Anyways, thought I would drop you a line of support. I just got your site passed along to me about three minutes ago and that is my first volley of emotion.
I am currently back in the classroom, and I love teaching. My kids love my approach too. Stimulating and demanding during the day, but not too much more at night.