11 Sep '11, 9pm

NYT "The trouble with homework" #Edchat

When you think of America's students, do you picture overworked, stressed-out children bent under backpacks stuffed with textbooks and worksheets? Or do you call to mind glassy-eyed, empty-headed teenagers sitting before computer screens, consumed by video games and social networking sites, even as their counterparts in China prepare to ace yet another round of academic exams? The first view dominates a series of recent books and movies, including the much-discussed film Race to Nowhere. The second image has been put forth by other books, with titles like The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future. Divergent though they are, these characterisations share a common emphasis: Homework. The studying that middle school and high school students do after the dismissal bell rings is either an unreasonable burden or a crucial ac...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/Commentary/EDC110912-0000216/T...

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