DOWN WITH HOMEWORK!

I have been involved in the field of education for over fifty years and have taught over 10,000 teachers, but for some reason am unable to get them to understand the meaningless of homework. Thank God, the deputy mayor of Copenhagen is proposing to ban homework at several schools in the city. “We should do away with the concept of homework and instead turn it into something you do when at school.” Anne Vang cites as evidence schools like Tander Gym which have abolished homework and seen their graduation rate rise from 70% to 85%.

Most experts on homework believe asking students to go home and do more of what was done at school has absolutely no connection to learning. In other words, if students do five addition examples in math and go home and do five more, it does NOT result in improved learning. However, if they are asked to use addition in connection with something at home, they improve math knowledge.

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