Take Two for September 25, 2013

How much homework is too much?

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Autumn Watson does her homework in her dining room in Centreville, Maryland, after class at Centreville Elementary on April 30, 2013.

Like a lot of parents, writer Karl Taro Greenfeld was concerned about the amount of homework his eighth grade daughter had to struggle through each night. But unlike most parents, Greenfeld decided to see for himself what sort of workload his 13-year-old was having to tackle.

He tried doing her homework with her for a week and wrote about the experience in a piece for The Atlantic, called "My Daughter's Homework Is Killing Me."

We spoke with Karl Taro Greenfeld earlier, and asked him why he decided to basically go back to eighth grade.


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