School districts across the country are banning homework, forbidding it on certain days or just not grading it, in response to parents who complain of overload and some experts who say too much can be detrimental. Lafayette Parish School System in Louisiana told teachers not to grade homework for grades starting this school year. The goal of the changes is to give students more time to read, sleep and spend time with family, especially at the elementary level, school administrators say. The average number of hours high-school students spent per week on homework increased from 6. Department of Education. The average hours for students in K-8 stayed flat at 4.
15 Reasons to Think Twice About an Open Floor Plan
TRIALS: A Fight for Children with Niemann-Pick Type C, a Fatal Genetic Disease
There was an interesting article by Sue Shellenberger in The Wall Street Journal last year about the increasing amount of work being performed in bed. It has a lot to say about several things, including the increasingly international nature of even small business, as well as physical health and implications of omnipresent technology for personal relationships. Shellenberger reports, "Researchers who study work habits say a new generation reared on mobile devices is increasingly accustomed to using them while propped against pillows, lying down, or in a fetal curl. Another study of British workers discovered one in five employees spends between two and ten hours per week working from bed.
After spending most of the day in school, students are given additional assignments to be completed at home. This is a rather curious fact when you stop to think about it, but not as curious as the fact that few of us ever stop to think about it. The mystery deepens once you discover that widespread assumptions about the benefits of homework—higher achievement and the promotion of such virtues as self-discipline and responsibility—are not substantiated by the available evidence. The Status Quo Taking homework for granted would be understandable if most teachers decided from time to time that a certain lesson really needed to continue after school was over and, therefore, assigned students to read, write, figure out, or do something at home on those afternoons.
Toward the end of the Uncluttered Course , I challenge each participant to try an abbreviated version of Project You can find more details on the Project website or read here how it changed my life years ago. Besides, 33 articles of clothing in a closet is more than most people think. Pamela Mullins is a teacher and piano instructor in North Carolina.