Swings and Roundabouts in homework

I want to keep referencing any ‘local’ articles on homework. This one by Don Aitkin in the Auss Financial Review is a reflection of his own experiences. “education is full of intractable problems…too much [homework] and you will come to hate whatever it is, and that will be a pity” More than that Don it could leave a permanent hatred (as you found out) for that task or discipline. On the eve of writing to my own local school about a recent exercise – one of the only redeeming aspects I can see for homework is the co-creation exercise it might afford the parents or careers. But there’s a fine balance with the tension it too often creates in the family when we arrive home wanting to relax and instead finding ourselves playing surrogate teachers enforcing an exercise totally worthless in terms of educational value. We need to look on homework as providing a bridge between the formal (school based) learning and informal learning outside this context (‘My Learning’).  Its not so much a question of “how much is too much” but rather quality of the exercise and how/who we engage with it.

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About thand

I'm a currently working at NSW Departrment of Education & Training, Connected Classrooms Program, Sydney.
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