Overworked, sleep-deprived burnouts -- that's the most likely result of Secretary of Education Arne Duncan's vigorous promotion of Common Core standards, meant to standardize learning but, in reality, poses a serious threat to students' well-being.
Parents have many educational issues to deal with once their children are in a school. One of the biggest concerns and frustrations for parents and children alike is homework. Children have to get it done and parents have to manage it.
We face a problem of abundance -- too much information, too much to do and too many growing demands on our finite time. Much of the technology that promised to make our lives easier is actually leaving us overwhelmed, exhausted and feeling burnt out.
Too much homework is a problem, and the fast-approaching Common Core State Standards will probably make that situation worse. But there exist bigger problems in this world, too, and these overarching problems are not unrelated to who's doing how much homework.
More often than not, battles over homework lead to vicious cycles of nagging by parents and avoidance or refusal by children, with no improvement in a child's school performance -- and certainly no progress toward what should be our ultimate goals.
I've always had ambivalent feelings about homework, which is ironic given how much of it my own children have done over the years. M.L. Nichols does not debate the value of homework for young children. Instead she offers helpful suggestions for painlessly getting it done.
By letting your son know that you're on his side, rather than lecturing him for not being more enthusiastic about his school work, you can help him get his work done without the drama that wears everyone out.
Have you seen the amount of homework kids have and the size of their book bags? I've gone through some of the most recent research and ideas on backpack safety for kids, as well as the treatment for injuries related to carrying these heavy bags.
Deep beneath the soiled gym clothes, the crumpled math worksheet and the granola bar wrapper lay the silent enemy. Homework. This WFD (Weapon of Family Destruction) is a ticking time bomb that competes with the ticking of the clock on the kitchen wall.
I am concerned that our teens are losing out on the ability to learn about and read social cues. They cannot learn to read non-verbal behavior properly if most of their interacting goes on in the virtual world.
Of those 25 hours that students used to spend working, what portion was wasted leafing through library catalogs? And mailing book-loan requests? And re-spooling typewriter ribbons? The computer makes everything easier to do.
New York State Education Commissioner John King is already warning that student test scores will likely drop this year. The tests themselves are highly suspect but state education departments are not blaming them and the private for-profit companies that develop them.
We live in a one-size-fits-all educational culture that evaluates the worth of students through their test scores, GPAs, and college acceptance letters. It is this dominant narrative, and the system it supports, that needs to change.
Like many digital natives, your children are probably on their way to becoming lifelong multitaskers (or so you think). There's only one problem with this scenario: there is no such thing as multitasking -- at least not in the way you may think of it.