Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

When I was in school I delivered newspapers after school every day (this was before the era of morning papers). If I was assigned homework, either I wouldn't do it, or I would finish it quickly the morning before it was due. So unsurprisingly here, I am supportive of Alfie Kohn's stand. "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."

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