A principal of a K-8 school in New Brunswick, Canada, recently posted the following comment:
I am a principal on the east coast of Canada. A large k-8 school of 800 kids. We are revisiting our homework policy/procedures to ensure that we have an equitable system in our school. We are aiming to have no homework, based on much research.
Read Alfie Kohn: The Homework Myth.
Homework is just one more structure to keep the marginalized down.
Schools can do a better job teaching. And parents could assist with spending their energy in to just “being” with their children: talking, dreaming, playing, etc.
My two cents.
2 thoughts on “A K-8 Principal Speaks Out”
How much of my soul would I be willing to sell to hear a principal say this?
“Read Alfie Kohn: The Homework Myth.
It’s that sharp Canadian air.
I read it. I loved it. And that and fifty cents won’t even get me on the subway anymore.
I’m still trying to figure out how to reach our principal. I don’ have much time. My daughter is wrapping up her junior year.
The way we do homework is wrong. As noted in my latest book, “My name is Johny” – see web site, we should be developing the identity of the child through the homework asignment and adding classroom discussion, group solving skills and the development of self-capabilities rather than simple practicing on learning exercises.