Homework. What is it good for?

My District is having conversations regarding homework. In 21st Century Skills Bellanca and Brandt quote a MetLife survey asserting that secondary teachers assigned homework because they ran out of time in class. Last week a local paper quoted parents saying “children had been given assignments on lessons they hadn’t yet learned or that had nothing to do with what was being taught in the classroom. Others complained that they didn’t have time after getting home from work to review homework or didn’t know enough about the subject to know if the assignment is right or wrong.” As we move towards preparing students to work in the 21st century, lets make sure it’s not 21st century busy work.


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