Tuesday 13 March 2007

Rethinking Homework

The history of homework is a varied one, both in substance and in perceived value. Over the years, its presentation has changed markedly, and its popularity has waxed and waned.

At the beginning of the twenty-first century, new questions and concerns about homework and approaches to homework have evolved. Among them: 'Is a more intensified approach to education, including a great deal of homework, necessary to compete in a global marketplace?' and 'Is it fair and healthy for the schools to impose more work on families who are generally overworked and who already have their free time overtaxed?'

Alfie Kohn, America's most outspoken critic of education's fixation on grades and test scores, wrote an essay on the negative aspects of homework.

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