I am taking a vacation from blogging until September, but please remember to come back then.
I started this site last August with the hopes of keeping up a dialogue on the problems with homework. Since then, I’ve heard from hundreds, or possibly thousands, of parents, students, educators, and mental health professionals. I want to particularly thank those who have taken the time to post comments and share their experiences and the many guest bloggers who have gone even a step further.
In the fall, I plan to have a page on the website of sample letters you have sent to your children’s schools and teachers. So please send me anything you’re willing to have me post. I’ll be happy to keep your identity anonymous. And, if you have any seen any changes in homework policy this year, please let me know about that as well, either by emailing me or posting a comment.
Finally, I just finished a book that I think every elementary school teacher and every English teacher should read: The Reading Zone: How to Help Kids Become Skilled, Passionate, Habitual, Critical Readers. You might want to read it yourself and give a copy of it to your child’s teacher, along with The Case Against Homework. I can’t imagine teachers reading both those books and not revamping at least some of their homework practices.
Enjoy the summer.