Guest Blogger: Green Hour–Taking Back Childhood One Kid at a Time

Today’s guest blogger, Bethe Almeras, is the Senior Manger for Family Programs for the National Wildlife Federation. She is the Campaign Manager for Green HourĀ®, which urges parents to give their kids a “Green Hour” every day, a time for unstructured play and interaction with the natural world. Green Hour: Taking Back Childhood One KidContinue reading “Guest Blogger: Green Hour–Taking Back Childhood One Kid at a Time”

A High School Student Speaks Out–I Love School, But It’s Killing Me

Today’s letter is from high school student, Sophia Warren, a 10th grader in Brooklyn, New York. I Love School, But It’s Killing Me by Sophia Warren Dear Sara, My name’s Sophia Warren (we’ve met before a few times now). I’m a sophomore currently at Packer in Brooklyn Heights, NY. Packer is a school that pridesContinue reading “A High School Student Speaks Out–I Love School, But It’s Killing Me”

Guest Blogger: A High School Student Forms a “Stunt the Stress” Club

Alexandra Keehan, a high school senior from Indiana, started off the school year with a mission to put a halt to stress at her high school She formed a “Stunt the Stress” club and encourages other high school students across the country to do the same. I Have Obscene Amounts of Useless but Nonetheless Time-ConsumingContinue reading “Guest Blogger: A High School Student Forms a “Stunt the Stress” Club”

Guest Blogger: A High School Student Speaks Out

The school year has just started and I’ve been inundated with letters from students, mostly high schoolers, who are crying out for help. I’ve run pieces by students in the past, but I intend to run even more this school year. I hope their words will move you to action. Today’s entry is by AbigailContinue reading “Guest Blogger: A High School Student Speaks Out”

Guest Bloggers get Media Attention in their Own Communities

If you’re a regular visitor to Stop Homework, you know that I often write about what parents are doing in their own communities to challenge homework policies and practices or, better yet, have parents write about their experiences themselves. Many journalists visit Stop Homework to get ideas for stories, and they ask me to putContinue reading “Guest Bloggers get Media Attention in their Own Communities”

A Seventh-Grader’s Views: Homework Indirectly Ruins my Life

A 7th grader from Virginia wrote to me: Hello, my name is Chris and I’m in the 7th grade. I currently attend an IB (International Baccalaureate) World School (also known as a “smart kids school”). I enjoy the aggressive strategy of education IB schools have, and also like the curriculum of my county and state.Continue reading “A Seventh-Grader’s Views: Homework Indirectly Ruins my Life”

Guest Blogger: Even More From FedUp Mom

Today’s guest blogger is “FedUpMom”, the mother of a 10-year-old who attends a public school in the suburbs of Philadelphia. This is FedUpMom’s third post; you can read her other entries here and here. How we left the public schools by FedUp Mom As her 5th grade year began, I noticed that my daughter wasContinue reading “Guest Blogger: Even More From FedUp Mom”

Guest Blogger: A High School Sophomore’s Essay on Homework

A sophomore at a Rhode Island public high school sent me this essay he wrote for English class. When he’s not doing homework, the student likes to do yoga and is a member of two clubs, People Respecting Individual Differences and Equality (formally known as the Gay-Straight Alliance) and Students for Social and Environmental Justice.Continue reading “Guest Blogger: A High School Sophomore’s Essay on Homework”

Guest Blogger: Victory in Toronto

Today’s guest blogger, Frank Bruni, the father of a 12-year-old seventh grader, lives in Toronto, Canada. Frank was a driving force in pushing the Toronto District School Board to review and revamp its homework policy. You can read Frank’s other guest blog entries here and here. Just Start by Frank Bruni On April 16th 2008,Continue reading “Guest Blogger: Victory in Toronto”

Guest Blogger: More from “FedUp Mom”

Today’s guest blogger is “FedUpMom”, the mother of a 10-year-old who attends a public school in the suburbs of Philadelphia. This is FedUpMom’s second post; you can read her first entry here. More from FedUp Mom In my last entry, I wrote: 1.) “Your daughter is lazy and stubborn; you are emotional and over-involved.” AbsolutelyContinue reading “Guest Blogger: More from “FedUp Mom””