It’s the start of another school year and, as always, I’m getting a flood of emails asking for help. However, I’m no longer running Stop Homework. But this website still gets plenty of traffic. So if you write about whatever’s on your mind in the Comments, I’m sure many of the faithful readers of StopContinue reading “Please Help Each Other”
You must be the change you wish to see in the world. – Mahatma Gandhi After four years and 530 posts, I’ve decided its time to retire the Stop Homework blog and turn the homework advocacy over to you, my readers. You should be able to find whatever sample materials you need in The CaseContinue reading “So Long”
Be sure to read yesterday’s post before reading today’s, which is Part 2. The Toronto Homework Policy After Two Years: One Parent’s Perspective Part 2 by northTOmom Before I attempt to answer the question, “why two years later am I complaining about my children’s homework?” I should note that many parents I’ve spoken to haveContinue reading “The Toronto Homework Policy After Two Years: One Parent’s Perspective (part 2)”
Today’s guest blogger, northTOmom is a freelance writer and blogger from Toronto, and the mother of ten-year-old twin girls. In today’s piece, part 1 of 2, she discusses the “family friendly” homework policy instituted in Toronto 2 years ago. The Toronto Homework Policy After Two Years: One Parent’s Perspective Part 1 by northTOmom On aContinue reading “The Toronto Homework Policy After Two Years: One Parent’s Perspective (part 1)”
In yesterday’s post, I wrote that guidelines issued by the New York State Board of Education provide that when a school requires summer homework, it must comply with a set of rules. But from what I can tell, schools don’t comply with those rules and continue their summer homework assignments as they have in theContinue reading “Abolish Summer Homework”
(Even if you’re not a New Yorker, please read today’s post. I suspect that many other states have similar guidelines.) Yesterday, I suggested finding out your school, district, or state guidelines on summer homework. A few months ago, I followed the very steps I suggested yesterday for my own state (New York) and I discoveredContinue reading “New York State Guidelines on Summer Homework Put Serious Restrictions On Summer Homework”
Yesterday, I wrote about just a few of the reasons I am opposed to summer homework. Of course that doesn’t mean I am opposed to reading for pleasure, learning for pleasure, or pursuing one’s passions. I’m just opposed to the school sending home the same kind of work it sends home during the school yearContinue reading “Know your School, District, and State Guidelines on Summer Homework”
In Ray Bradbury’s Dandelion Wine, 12-year-old Douglas Spalding treasures a whole summer ahead to cross off the calendar, day by day. …[H]e saw his hands jump everywhere, pluck sour apples, peaches, and midnight plums. He would be clothed in trees and bushes and rivers…. He would bake, happily, with ten thousand chickens, in Grandma’s kitchen.Continue reading “I Hate Summer Homework”
There’s an interesting interview with Diane Ravitch in Slate, where this former assistant secretary of Education under George H.W. Bush talks about how she became an outspoken critic of testing and No Child Left Behind and how she changed her mind. I wrote about her book here. I’ve always been a big fan of HowardContinue reading “Diane Ravitch on Being Wrong”
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