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September 15, 2014

Homework in Elementary School Divides Educators

Only one school in Chicago has taken advantage of a district rule that allows banning homework.

October 01, 2013

Is Homework Necessary?

A series of articles in The Atlantic debates the usefulness of homework for students from the perspectives of teacher, student, and parent.

May 08, 2013

Media Multitasking: The New Marshmallow Test

In a Slate article, Annie Murphy Paul describes the growing concern, backed by new research, that students retain less when they engage in media multitasking during learning.

November 20, 2012

Homework: Outdated or Much Needed?

In a SmartBlog post, middle school teacher Mark Barnes argues that homework is at odds with the goals of effective instruction today: This practice of assigning homework, simply because it'[s] something that's always been done, is not only absurd and outdated, it is undermining effective 21st-cen...

September 04, 2012

H.S. Study: More Study, Less Sleep Not a Good Combo

A new research study out of the University of California, Los Angeles, reports the "somewhat surprising" finding that spending extra time studying tends to negatively affect high school students' academic performance in school the next day. But there's also a perfectly logical explanation for this: When students study more, the researchers found, they tend to sleep less.

June 26, 2012

Keep It Real: A Student Perspective on Homework

Dominick Recckio, an accomplished high school student who blogs for Edutopia, surveyed students at his school on their homework habits and then wrote up some tips for both teachers and students on easing the nightly process. Within the post, he offers this reminder that students are often appreciati...

June 25, 2012

The Final Grade on 'To Pass or Not To Pass'

By guest blogger Colette Marie Bennett, author of "To Pass or Not to Pass? The End-of-Year Moral Dilemma" Two weeks ago, I composed a First Person piece that questioned whether I should pass or fail a student in my English II class who could meet many of the benchmarks but had failed to complete th...

May 11, 2012

Report Card Bill: Parents Grading Themselves

Tennessee has created a new measure proposing that parents of students evaluate themselves on report cards.

September 13, 2011

Homework That Helps

In a New York Times op-ed piece titled The Trouble With Homework, Annie Murphy Paul writes people should not be concerned with the quantity of homework students are getting--a much-contended topic in education--but rather the quality of that work.

July 22, 2011

L.A. Homework Policy Suspended, For Now

The Los Angeles Unified School District has suspended its new homework policy just two months after it decided to limit performance on homework to 10 percent of a student's grade. According to the Los Angeles Times, LAUSD superintendent John Deasy said that the policy, intended to ensure grades indi...

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