AirTalk for December 26, 2012

French president to abolish homework - should the U.S. do the same?

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France's President Francois Hollande arrives to deliver a speech on December 21, 2012 at the Elysee Palace, in Paris.

While America is home to some harsh critics of France, it might have gained a few new supporters, particularly amongst those who are still in school. That’s because President François Hollande announced that he intends to ban homework for all primary and middle school students.

While students in France may be celebrating, their counterparts in the United States are being drowned with homework. Critics of homework in this country range from limiting the amount teachers are allowed to assign to abolishing it completely. That’s because many progressive educators claim that there is no correlation between homework and the ability to make good decisions later in life.

To them, and to most students, homework is simply designed to keep children busy or as a means to check an objective off a list of core standards. But not everyone is against homework in the United States. Some claim that there is a correlation between school success and homework, but even that is not a very strong correlation and there are still criticisms that homework is assigned too heavily.

Which camp do you agree with? What about your kids? Do you find yourself scratching your head when you’re asked to help them with an assignment? Have you seen homework make a difference in your child’s education?

Guest:

 

Steven Schlossman, Professor of History specializing in education at Carnegie Mellon University

Patricia Hinchey, Ph.D,  Professor of Education at Penn State


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