Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Nel Noddings re: Homework

From Critical Lessons: What our Schools Should Teach, by Nel Noddings:

Students need to believe that they should reflect, evaluate, and make authentic decisions. That means perhaps rejecting some of what the adult community advises them to do. It means questioning some practices that seem unhelpful or even damaging. Must there be homework every night? Why? What are students learning from this practice? Is the assigned homework necessary for meaningful understanding of the subject matter? Or is the object to teach docility and obedience to authority?

... If we educators are thoughtful, many of us will admit that much homework is meaningless, even absurd.

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