Guest Blogger: My Life as a Homework Protester

Today’s guest blogger is “FedUpMom”, the mother of a 10-year-old who attends a public school in the suburbs of Philadelphia. My Life as a Homework Protester by FedUpMom My life as a homework protester began last year, when my daughter was in 4th grade. The straw that broke the camel’s back was an assignment whichContinue reading “Guest Blogger: My Life as a Homework Protester”

Guest Blogger: Update from Danville, California

Today’s guest blogger, Kerry Dickinson, gives an update on her organizing efforts in Danville, California. Kerry is the mother of two middle school age boys, a former middle and high school teacher, a current part-time substitute teacher, and a stay at home mother. She, and Julie Kurtz, the mother of two teens, a Mental HealthContinue reading “Guest Blogger: Update from Danville, California”

Guest Blogger: A Father’s Epiphany and Homework Reform

Today’s guest blogger, Frank Bruni, the father of a 12-year-old seventh grader, lives in Toronto, Canada. Frank, who has been quoted extensively in the Canadian press, has been a driving force in pushing the Toronto District School Board to review and revamp its homework policy. A Father’s Epiphany and Homework Reform by Frank Bruni LastContinue reading “Guest Blogger: A Father’s Epiphany and Homework Reform”

Guest Blogger: “We don’t have time to do that; You’ve got Homework!”

Today’s guest blogger, Diane Hewlett-Lowrie, has worked for 20 years in a variety of environmental education positions in Scotland and the U.S. and she currently lives in New Jersey. She has a special interest in how children learn and believes in nurturing the development of the whole child. She and her husband have one son,Continue reading “Guest Blogger: “We don’t have time to do that; You’ve got Homework!””

Guest Blogger: The Experts Tell Us

Today’s guest blogger, Diane Hewlett-Lowrie is the mother of a six-year-old son. Diane works in education and interpretation with the New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry. She grew up in Scotland and believes in nurturing the development of the whole child. Her experience with homework to date has been that it is pointless, hasContinue reading “Guest Blogger: The Experts Tell Us”

Parents Organize in Danville, California

Today’s guest blogger is Kerry Dickinson, the mother of two middle school age boys, a former middle and high school teacher, a current part-time substitute teacher, and a stay at home mother. She, and Julie Kurtz, the mother of two teens, a Mental Health Director, and a licensed marriage and family therapist in the SanContinue reading “Parents Organize in Danville, California”

Step 2 in San Marino, California

In my previous blog entry, I wrote about Tracy Mason, of San Marino, California, who is organizing parents to challenge homework policies in her District. Here’s her follow-up email to parents who have expressed interest, urging them to come to the meeting, sign an online petition, and vote in the School Board election. (In TheContinue reading “Step 2 in San Marino, California”

Mother of Three Begins to Organize in San Marino, California

Less than a month ago, I heard from Tracy Mason, a mother of 3 from San Marino, California, who had experienced (one of many) long afternoons helping my 11 year old daughter battle the mound of homework she had been assigned. After “we” were finished, I decided to go online to see what I couldContinue reading “Mother of Three Begins to Organize in San Marino, California”

Guest Blogger: Down with Homework

A few weeks ago, I had a great conversation with Christopher Garlington of the Dave & Chris show out of Chicago. Check out his very funny blog, deathbykids, about his life as a mostly stay-at-home dad. Here’s what he posted about homework before I went on his radio show. Down with Homework by Christopher “G”Continue reading “Guest Blogger: Down with Homework”

Guest Blogger: It’s Hard to Read When You’re Tired

Today’s guest blogger is Vera Goodman, author of Simply Too Much Homework; What Can We Do, which came out in early September. Her book is concise, straightforward, and short (88 pages), and I highly recommend it. Vera a long-time educator, teaches parents of struggling readers how to “conduct reading practice with material that is interestingContinue reading “Guest Blogger: It’s Hard to Read When You’re Tired”