5/14: The homework trap

Moderated by Maureen Downey

Today’s page offers a provocative lineup, starting with a discussion with Erroll B. Davis, who, upon retiring from the job of running Georgia’s colleges, took on the task of revitalizing Atlanta Public Schools. A guest columnist attacks the notion that children who do not complete their homework are lazy, urging a rethinking of how much homework is assigned.

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Hillbilly D

May 14th, 2012
11:25 am

Some homework is a reasonable thing but like everything else in life, it’s better in moderation. We need to sort of look at it like the working world. In school time is the 8 hour day and homework is overtime. Most people tend to lose efficiency and productivity after overtime reaches a certain point. It’s counter-productive if the homework load becomes too much.

We also need to remember that kids are kids, not little adults, and they need time to be kids. IF they don’t get that, they’re missing something that they can never get back.