What an exciting week in the war on homework! In case you didn’t catch it, here is today’s Globe and Mail coverage.
I made an appeal on my website to join the revolution to ban homework in elementary school. Many of you agreed with my sentiments, and even more people got on board with the release of Alfie Kohn’s book “The Homework Myth”, which provides proof homework not only doesn’t help academic performance, but actually hinders learning.
Now, the Toronto District School board is re-assessing their policies regarding homework and grading. Recommendations have been put forth to limit homework, honoring the idea that children need more family time and unstructured time (hallelujah!). More controversial seems to be the discussion regarding the punitive nature of docking marks for submitting assignments late. These are exciting times! I’d love to hear your thoughts.