I can't get very worked up about this article. Apparently some elite NY private schools are starting to discuss the stress they put their students under, and talking about reducing some of the homework load. It doesn't sound like any radical changes are in the works.
The comments, as usual, are more interesting than the article. I liked the unintentionally hilarious account by a Dalton grad, (or as he calls himself, "a Dalton alumni" — don't get me started!) explaining that the great thing about his very expensive private high school was that he learned to get through Lit classes without reading the assigned books. Ain't learning grand?
Dalton teaches you to learn, and to learn very very efficiently. For example, I never read a single book for English class because it was, in my opinion, a huge waste of time. The only time I would read was if there was a reading test, like the one on Macbeth. Besides that, doing all the reading was highly inefficient. The teacher doesn't grade you on how well you read the book; the teacher grades you on the paper you hand in. Instead of reading, I'd take great notes in class and sparknote the book if I could. Then when it came time to write the essay, I'd research what other scholars had said, synthesize what I found, then put my own spin on it. Took half the time.
Ovarachiever's footnote: it is never right for a person to describe himself as an "alumni", because "alumni" is plural. One person is either an "alumnus" (masculine) or an "alumna" (feminine).