The Answer Sheet: Homework

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 02/09/2010

Kids need work to do at home

I’m not likely to make any friends among kids with this, but teachers should give some work for their students to do while schools are closed because of the snow. If teachers can’t find a way to reach their students, it wouldn’t kill parents to make sure their kids pick up a book. Some teachers have already posted assignments on their school’s website for kids to complete and return either when they get back to school or by email before then. This is routine at many schools and there’s no reason they can’t do that now. One teacher at a private school in Montgomery County, knowing that all of her students have computers, is holding class online for two hours today and is letting kids off the hook only if their parents provide a valid reason.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:30 AM ET, 02/09/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:59 PM ET, 10/29/2009

Should sick kids have to make up all missed school work?

So your kid is sick for a week, misses two tests, three quizzes, four papers and a week’s worth of homework in every class. He/she goes back to school, and the teachers in each class say, “Welcome back. Now you have to do your current work and make up everything you missed. And don’t take too long.” Unless, of course, your child’s teacher is one of those who tell the kids to do the work WHILE they are sick....Not all kids need to do all the work to get caught up so they can participate and feel comfortable in the classroom. Not all homework is actually necessary, not all quizzes/tests have to be taken, not all reports must be written.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:59 PM ET, 10/29/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:05 PM ET, 10/07/2009

Is It Tougher Being a Kid Today?

It isn’t exactly scientific, but a trove of letters and emails written by children each year reveals important information about their concerns. Kids worry about everything, especially tests and homework, but don’t want to tell their parents about it....

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:05 PM ET, 10/07/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:50 PM ET, 10/06/2009

Homework Assignments--The Useful and The Ridiculous

What makes homework useful--or a waste of time? Students speak up about their best and worst assignments and the Sheet recalls her own homework, good and bad.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:50 PM ET, 10/06/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 09/15/2009

CHECKING IT OUT: Studies on Homework and The Value of Parent Involvement in Education

THE ISSUE: A new study challenges the notion that students are bogged down in too much homework. DISCUSSION: The research was led by Professor Kenneth A. Kiewra, a professor of educational psychology at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. He...

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:30 AM ET, 09/15/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 09/03/2009

THE GROUP: Dreading the School Year

Peg dreads the loss of summer freedom; Linda, the homework and how to juggle her three jobs and her family. Jamie has found a way not to dread much at all, while Valerie (aka The Answer Sheet) is pretty much...

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:30 AM ET, 09/03/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)