Grading systems often reward on-time task completion and penalize disorganization and bad behavior. Despite our best intentions, grades seem to reflect student compliance more than student learning and engagement. In the process, we inadvertently subvert the learning process.
Is homework an essential component of rigorous schooling or a harmful practice that alienates and discourages a significant number of students? The debate over homework has gone on for decades, but schools and families have changed in many ways, and, as author Cathy Vatterott notes,
Updated to include:
- new research, trends, and poliices
- economic diversity and the "homework gap"
- the "achievement culture" and student stress
- role of homework in standards-based learning
- flipping homework and classroom instruction