Is it possible homework is not good for kids?
~Backpacks are literally bone crushing sometimes weighing as much as the child. Isn't is obvious they are over burdening our kids?
~In 1901, Homework was legally banned in parts of the U.S.
~Thereare no studies showing that assigning homework before junior high improves academic achievement.
~Homework is a great discriminator, effectively allowing students whose families "have" to surge ahead of classmates who have less.
With the publication of The End of Homework, Etta Kralovec and John Buell ignited a heated debate in American culture. Their provocative argument, featured in Time and Newsweek, in numerous women's magazines, and on National Public Radio and many television broadcasts, was the first openly to challenge the gospel of "the more homework, the better." Arguing that, in assigning massive amounts of homework, teachers and schools are essentially abdicating their responsibility to teach, the authors advocate forcefully for protecting the leisure time of children and the precious resource of family time.
"Kralovec and Buell argue persuasively for a fresh look at the homework debate...A compelling case for the idea that there are 'educational mechanisms in place that serve to make the system less workable for poor and working-class kids.'" Publishers Weekly
Etta Kralovec was a teacher and professor of education for more than twenty years and is the author of The End of Homework She is currently vice president for learning with Training and Development Corporation, in Maine. She lives in Orland, Maine.