After the dire “A Nation At Risk” warnings, the emphasis was on drill and kill in the 80s and 90s.This prepared the way for the piling on of homework as supplemental test prep after the passage of No Child Left Behind in the early 2000s and its even greater emphasis on rote learning.
The effects of all these conflicting goals roll downhill to educators at the middle and elementary school levels.
Although I am thrilled with the recent trend in elementary schools (which tend to be the most progressive level of education) – eliminating homework in response to research – I don’t see this moving up through the grade levels any time soon.
Homework is often a perfect opportunity to differentiate and to usher in success for all. The weekday guidelines for homework are based on grade level.
Additional time would be expected of high school level courses and music classes.
If a student is absent more than three days homework will be provided and if absences continue, more will be provided upon the return of the first batch.
When I was a teenager in the 1980s, there was a commercial with a young man looking directly at the camera lamenting, “Homework! I also did little homework because I was also one of those kids who broke the rules and generally did homework assignments during class while the teacher was instructing.I worked two jobs during college and was miserable, exhausted, and didn’t enjoy my classes as much as I should have. I also feel that if teaching time in school is used effectively, not much homework to be given.When I do give homework, I make every effort to make it engaging, meaningful, and brief.When I began teaching English in 2008, I wanted to be more like the excellent teachers I’d known.I never wanted my classes to feel like a “sit and get” experience that students must somehow survive.Therefore, I am continuing to follow my gut on this issue and do what I think is right for my students.I’ve always been an educator who believes in family time and have never given homework on weekends or over holidays, but I am also very mindful of work I give on weeknights.Then I empathized with the boy in that candy bar commercial.of homework is cyclical – with each cycle reshaping homework policies and practices in our classrooms. In the 1940s, when the country was dealing with more important issues, homework was seen as a redundant waste of time. ” At the time, I could not exactly relate to him because I was one of the kids who knew how to “do” school well and actually enjoyed it.All that changed after the publication of “A Nation At Risk” – when our schools began to be seen as failing and the homework levels increased.