WaPo’s Valerie Strauss looks at the homework debate in today’s paper. Lacks the bite and analysis of Wildavsky’s piece below but includes important, and I think too often overlooked, points from Stanford’s Linda Darling-Hammond and Duke’s Harris Cooper:
…many teachers lack the skills to design homework assignments that help kids learn and don’t turn them off to learning.
…most teachers get little or no training on how to create homework assignments that advance learning.
In other words, this debate tends to turn on quantity rather than quality.
Update: Whoa! Out of nowhere AFTie One-L opens a can of whoop-ass on Alfie Kohn! He’s more or less the patron saint of NEA types…again showing there still are some subtle differences between the two unions.