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Homework

September 17th, 2006 · No Comments

The Washington Post writes:

“What should homework be?” asked veteran educator Dorothy Rich, founder of the nonprofit Home and School Institute. “In the biggest parameter, it ought to help kids make better sense of the world. Too often, it just doesn’t.”

In the nation’s classrooms, teachers say they work hard to conform to school board policies and parent demands that do not always match what they think is the best thing for children.

Yet teachers themselves don’t uniformly agree on something as basic as the purpose of homework (reviewing vs. learning new concepts), much less design or amount or even whether it should be graded. And the result can be inconsistency in assignments and confusion for students.

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