"Instead of saying “I don’t have time” try saying “it’s not a priority,” and see how that feels. Often, that’s a perfectly adequate explanation. I have time to iron my sheets, I just don’t want to. But other things are harder. Try it: “I’m not going to edit your résumé, sweetie, because it’s not a priority.” “I don’t go to the doctor because my health is not a priority.” If these phrases don’t sit well, that’s the point. Changing our language reminds us that time is a choice. If we don’t like how we’re spending an hour, we can choose differently."
"After spending all day in school, our children are forced to begin a second shift, with more academic assignments to be completed at home. This arrangement is rather odd when you stop to think about it, as is the fact that few of us ever do stop to think about it.
Instead of assuming that homework should be a given, or that it allegedly benefits children, I’ve spent the last few years reviewing the available research and talking to parents, teachers and students. My findings can be summarized in seven words: Homework is all pain and no gain.
The pain is obvious to kids but isn’t always taken seriously by adults. Backpacks stuffed with assignments leave students exhausted, frustrated, less interested in intellectual pursuits and lacking time to do things they enjoy. “Most of what homework is doing,” says literacy expert Harvey Daniels, “is driving kids away from learning.”
We parents, meanwhile, turn into nags. After being away from our children all day, the first words out of our mouths, sadly, may be: “So, did you finish your homework?” One mother told me it permanently damaged her relationship with her son because it forced her to be an enforcer rather than a mom.
The surprising news, though, is that there are virtually no pros to balance the cons. Even if you regard grades or test scores as good measures of learning, which I do not, doing homework has no statistical relationship to achievement in elementary school. In high school, some studies do find a correlation between homework and test scores, but it’s usually fairly small. And in any case, it’s far from clear that the former causes the latter. And if you’re wondering, not a single study has ever supported the folk wisdom that homework teaches good work habits or develops positive character traits such as self-discipline, responsibility or independence."
Alfie Kohn, The Case Against Homework (via barbieandken)
More homework hasn’t improved test scores nor made our kids smarter. It just makes them hate school more. Kids are in school 7-8 hours/day, and then we give them 2+ hours of homework. That’s a 10-hour day. It’s ridic.
This so much.
Homework is tedious and hardly encourages critical thinking skills.
Not to mention it often takes away from precious sleep they need.
I would help my cousin with math homework, and she was doing things in 8th grade that I literally was doing in 10th, and she was so ill prepared for it.
The opening line of the quote is kind of telling… maybe what it’s accomplishing is normalizing the idea of working multiple jobs, of a life devoid of the concept of “free time”.
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1 Month: Sagittarius Wife →
She has the most beautiful smile in the Zodiac, and it’s because every single aspect of her is thoroughly genuine. There is nothing fake or dishonest about the Sagittarian girl. She is bold and daring, and her words are as straight as the proverbial arrow that sits in the Archer’s quiver. She will…
African American Female Biopics:
Diana Ross as Billie Holiday in “Lady Sings The Blues”
Lynn Whitfield as Josephine Baker in “The Story of Josephine Baker”
Angela Bassett as Tina Turner in “What’s Love Got To Do With It”
Halle Berry as Dorothy Dandridge in “Introducing Dorothy Dandridge”
Angela Bassett was all too sexy in What’s Love Got To Do With It. See them muscles rippling when she performed Rolling!
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"Today is a day of mourning for the children of Chicago. Their education has been hijacked by an unrepresentative, unelected corporate school board, acting at the behest of a mayor who has no vision for improving the education of our children. Closing schools is not an education plan. It is a scorched earth policy. Evidence shows that the underutilization crisis has been manufactured. Their own evidence also shows the school district will not garner any significant savings from closing these schools.
This is bad governance. CPS has consistently undermined school communities and sabotaged teachers and parents. Their actions have had a horrible domino effect. More than 40,000 students will lose at least three to six months of learning because of the Board’s actions. Because many of them will now have to travel into new neighborhoods to continue their schooling, some will be victims of bullying, physical assault and other forms of violence. Board members are wishing for a world that does not exist and have ignored the reality of the world we live in today. Who on the Board will be held responsible? Who at City Hall will be held responsible?"