“Teacher Training is Chaotic”

According to a report authored by Arthur Levine, former president of Teachers College at Columbia University, and as reported in The Seattle Times, teachers emerge from college unprepared for their jobs. “The coursework in teacher-education programs is in disarray nationwide, the report says. Unlike other professions such as law and medicine, there is no commonContinue reading ““Teacher Training is Chaotic””

Understanding Homework Research

Duke University Professor Harris Cooper, perhaps the best known homework researcher and the author of The Battle Over Homework, explains his thinking on homework in Homework Within Reason Makes Grade. The homework question is best answered by comparing students who are assigned homework with students assigned no homework but who are similar in other ways.Continue reading “Understanding Homework Research”

Too Often, Homework Doesn’t Work

In an article in The Washington Post, As Homework Grows, So Do Arguments Against It, a staff reporter writes that the controvery over homework is growing every year. “[E]lementary school students get no academic benefit from homework — except reading and some basic skills practice — and yet schools require more than ever.” In theContinue reading “Too Often, Homework Doesn’t Work”

Time Magazine on The Case Against Homework: “What could be more welcome”

The Case Against Homework and Alfie Kohn’s, The Homework Myth, are the subject of an article in this week’s Time magazine. The author, Claudia Wallis, writes: Sachem was the last straw. Or was it Kiva? My 12-year-old daughter and I had been drilling social-studies key words for more than an hour. It was 11 p.m.Continue reading “Time Magazine on The Case Against Homework: “What could be more welcome””

Experts Decry Summer Homework

In a recent op-ed in the Baltimore Sun, Etta Kralovec and John Buell, authors of The End of Homework: How Homework Disrupts Families, Overburdens Children, and Limits Learning (Beacon Press 2001) explain why summer homework isn’t a good idea. They argue, among other things, that “even if, as a recent ABC news story suggests, studentsContinue reading “Experts Decry Summer Homework”