Is Homework Hurting Our Children

Boing Boing has a story about some women who have written a book called “The Case Against Homework.”

“Sara Bennett and Nancy Kalish 2006 book “The Case Against Homework” is a fine and frightening explosion of the homework myth: that giving kids homework improves their educational outcome. The authors start by tracing the explosion in homework since the eighties, and especially since the advent of the ill-starred No Child Left Behind regime, which has teachers drilling, drilling, drilling their kids on math and reading to the exclusion of all else.”

It sounds like an interesting book that I’d be curious to read. Not unlike most things in life there is a need for moderation. There is a point to homework, but there is also a point at which it loses its educational value and effectiveness.

One of these days I am going to have to blog about the over programming of children. As a kid I participated in many different extra curricular activities, but what I see now blows my mind. The children of some friends and family haven’t a moment of free time, in large part because their parents have them engaged in something all day long.

I don’t think that this is a healthy practice, but as I mentioned this is a post for a different day.

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