As school doors swing open, it will be time once again to engage the homework battles.
A major front, every year, is the parents’ complaint that schools give too much homework. This campaign has received recent reinforcement with the publication of “Teach Your Children Well” by Madeline Levine, a psychologist who treats adolescents in affluent Marin County, Calif. Levine says that high-pressure parenting with Ivy League goals can leave kids feeling empty inside. Family rituals that generate enthusiasm and contentment are being lost.
Canada has gotten this message. The nation’s education minister has directed schools to make sure students are not overloaded. Toronto schools, with nearly 300,000 kids, have limited elementary school homework to reading, eliminated holiday homework and adopted language endorsing the value of family time. (more…)