Monday, December 13, 2010

Stress and the High School Student

The NYTimes has a round-up of opinion, from many of the usual suspects, called Stress and the High School Student.

Harris Cooper, the ubiquitous homework "expert", makes me itch. He is so utterly clueless about how homework actually plays out in family life.


  1. I saw this too. Why is Harris Cooper still trotting out old canards like the ten-minute rule? In the same space as Alfie Kohn, no less? Depressing.

  2. PsychMom comments:

    So after all these years Harris Cooper can say with all seriousness that high school students should be working 6 - 9 hours a day on just school work. 5 days a week. So our 17 and 18 year olds should have 45 hour weeks, AND fit in social lives and extracurricular activities. This is truly what he is saying is fine for our youth. Funny how they never talk about school work in round total weekly numbers. It sounds so innocuous to say just 2 and a half hours a night, or 10 minutes per grade. Pfft...what's 10 minutes?....that's nothing.

    Just think what kids could really do if they weren't so burdened.

  3. Now that everyone seems to think that we need to use the kids to maintain our "competitiveness in the global marketplace," and that we need to make them work more and more hours to achieve that goal, why don't we just go ahead and repeal the child labor laws? What exactly do people think the reason for those laws is, anyway?