I've been thinking about homework a lot lately, and not just because it takes my own kid an inordinate amount of time to do what should take him less than an hour.
A couple of interesting articles, both in The Atlantic, have crossed my path recently, and I thought I'd share them. If nothing else, maybe they'll get you thinking about how you feel about homework, and whether your ideal matches what you have found to be practical for the classes you teach.
The first one I read is My Daughter's Homework Is Killing Me. A father shares about his experiencing doing all the same homework as his eighth grade daughter. I have to say, I enjoyed the article a lot, and I could sympathize, but I worry that some people may find his open use of marijuana off-putting and use it as an argument to discredit the rest of what he has written. Overlooking that, if you need to, I'd love to hear how much his experience resounds with you. Teachers who are also parents, have you had similar experiences?
The second article, Should I Stop Assigning Homework?, has an English teacher questioning whether she should -- or even CAN -- give up this ages-old tradition of our profession. She references some other materials on the subject, including her own previous writing on this topic, and provides links to what she and others have said, as well as some research findings on the case for and against homework.
I would absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE to get my colleagues to weigh in here
with their thoughts. This blog is also open to the entire Internet, and
I would love to hear what my edtech peeps and others out there in the
blogosphere have to say on the subject.