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Stephen Downes

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This article performs the remarkable feat of discussing the issue of homework for lower-income students without mentioning once that lower-income students work after school. Certainly this was my experience, and the experience of pretty much everyone in the rural farm community where I grew up. In the city, the whole economics of fast food and mall culture would not be possible without teen-age labour. But no, this Fordham Institute blog post prefers to pretend that the main problem is finding a quiet environment where lower-income students can do homework. Sure, it's a problem. But it's just one problem among many. A better plan? Work toward society-wide income equity instead of band-aid solutions in the education system.

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