The Grinch that Stole the Christmas Vacation

Writing a letter to the editor of your local newspaper is a great way to keep the problems with homework in the public eye. Here’s an inspiring letter I saw in the Westchester, New York, Journal News from a parent fed up with holiday homework. Homework over holiday? Humbug! The Grinch that stole Christmas isContinue reading “The Grinch that Stole the Christmas Vacation”

First Monday–Take Action Against Winter Vacation Homework

This coming Monday is the first Monday in December. As suggested in The Case Against Homework, and in this blog on October 2 and November 6, I recommend that every parent send a note to her/his children’s teachers, administrators, or School Board members on the first Monday of every month. Over the Thanksgiving break, IContinue reading “First Monday–Take Action Against Winter Vacation Homework”

Guest Blogger: A Father’s Lament

Today’s guest blogger is John Painter, the editor of On that web site, you’ll find interesting articles on a variety of topics, including: scripted learning, cheating, and homework. You’ll also find a pretty decent homework policy from the Readington, New Jersey, School District. Here, the father of two describes the all-too-familiar trials of aContinue reading “Guest Blogger: A Father’s Lament”

Mom Laments the Waning Days of Summer

Today’s the first day of school for many children and lots of parents are dreading the school year and the work it brings for them and their children. In The Villager, Chapter books and homework? Uh oh, look out, Jane Flanagan, the mother of a child going into second grade describes why: Rusty will beContinue reading “Mom Laments the Waning Days of Summer”