When schools closed and classes went online, expectations fell. Some students had trouble accessing classes or younger siblings to tend or jobs essential for paying the family’s rent. Teachers were told to give “grace” and flexibility in a time of crisis. easier grading and lower expectations the norm, wrote Eric Wolf Welch, a Virginia teacher, in an email to Washington Post columnist Jay Mathews. It’s “dangerous,” he believes. A long-time social studies teacher at a Fairfax
Homework can help students learn and narrow the achievement gap, writes Janine Bempechat, clinical professor of human development at Boston University’s Wheelock College of Education and Human Development. Well-designed, appropriate homework assignments boost achievement and build learning skills, she concludes. “Busywork” — assignments designed to be done by parents — waste of time and energy. There’s a huge homework gap by social class. Children of well-to-do parents get lo
My mother, my sister and me (the fat baby) in 1952. Parents — especially educated parents — spend a lot more time caring for their children than in the past in wealthy countries, concludes a new study, reports The Economist. One analysis of 11 rich countries estimates that the average mother spent 54 minutes a day caring for children in 1965 but 104 minutes in 2012. Men do less than women, but far more than men in the past: their child-caring time has jumped from 16 minutes a
One of the secrets of Success Academy schools’ success is “holding parents to account for honoring the agreement they signed when enrolling their children,” writes Robert Pondiscio. The high-scoring charter network — with mostly low-income black and Hispanic students — requires parents to get kids to school on time and in uniform, avoid unexcused absences and monitor homework and reading logs. “We’ve never believed that we could educate kids without the parents,” Moskowitz to
When homework goes wrong, parents should remember three rules, writes K.J. Dell’Antonia in Medium. 1. It’s not yours.
2. What kids learn from homework is rarely on the worksheet.
3. You don’t want to make tonight’s homework better. You want to make ALL the homework better. If it seems like an unreasonable assignment, consider the possibility “that the reading assignment was given last week, not last night, or that the project was discussed in the first week of class,” writes
Elementary schools are dropping homework in favor of reading, reports Greg Toppo in USA Today. There’s “very little correlation between homework and achievement” in the early grades, says Duke’s Harris Cooper. However, “doing homework may bring other benefits, such as greater self-direction and self-discipline, better time organization and a better awareness of the connection between home and school.” More nine-year-olds are doing homework than in the past, concluded Brookin
Banning homework for elementary school kids has divided parents, reports Kyle Spencer in the New York Times. Public School 11, a prekindergarten through fifth-grade school in Manhattan, now encourages students to read and provides a website with tips for parents on after-school activities. Some parents are happy their children have more time and less stress. But not everyone. . . . Ashley Sierra, an executive assistant and a single mother with three children at the school, sa
Two-thirds of foreign-exchange students say U.S. high schools are “much easier” than schools in their home countries, writes Tom Loveless in the new Brown Center report on education. Nearly two-thirds of foreign exchange students surveyed (64.1%) view American teens as valuing success at sports “much more” than teens in their home countries. Homework and studying dominate foreign exchange students’ free time; 40.2% of 2016 survey respondents report spending three or more hour
A Staten Island middle-school teacher is under fire for an anti-Trump fill-in-the-blank question on vocabulary homework, reports the New York Post. Annadale dad Vincent Ungro complained of political bias after his 11-year-old daughter asked for homework help. One question read: “President Trump speaks in a very superior and _________ manner insulting many people. He needs to be more __________ so that the American people respect and admire him.” The next question was: “Barac
School assignments killed his son’s love of reading, writes Tony on Leading Motivated Learners. Reading logs and summaries became a chore, he writes. Written responses were “never checked or responded to.” “Book reports . . . became more about drawing some amazing picture to go on the cover of the report than anything else,” Tony complains. “They were also so formulaic that little thought went into completing them.” Johann Sebastian Bach Instead of reading a passage, then ans