Tuesday, March 02, 2004

The Homework Delusion: "Homework, they argue, is anti-democratic and 'pits students who can against students who can't.' "

On the whole an interesting piece, but this line jumped out at me. Of course it does! That's the nature of school. You get good grades if you are smart and do your work, and bad grades if you don't. School isn't supposed to be democratic, it's supposed to be about learning. You learn both by doing and by failing -- homework adds to that.

Now, I'll acknowledge, it gets excessive in cases, and my high school is the perfect example of too much work. But even that taught me important lessons in time management and in prioritizing tasks. In short, abolition of homework is an absurd idea.

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