September 10, 2016
By Harris Cooper A second-grade teacher in Texas recently rekindled the annual debate over whether kids spend too much time on homework. The teacher said she did not plan to assign homework this school year because it has not proven to correlate with achievement (not true) and no homework would allow families to eat together, read together, and children to play outside and have an early bed time. If only dropping homework could make these things happen! So let's step back and look at some facts regarding homework.
September 2, 2016 |
LET ME START my annual back-to-school column with a simple question. What is at least one thing that HBO's John Oliver and Black Lives Matter have in common? Both are both opponents of charter schools. The Atlantic.com reports that Black Lives Matter's recent plan to fix public schools argues that charter schools are decimating black communities and robbing traditional neighborhood schools of resources. I think this argument is sincere, but completely off base. On the other hand, Oliver's recent snarky attack on HBO on charter schools, particularly in Philadelphia, is exactly the type of rant that is the signature call of the dilettante who cannot feel the hope and desperation that are driving parents to seek out alternatives to the sometimes bad public schools that their kids are forced to attend.
June 14, 2016 |
FOR THE PAST three years, Emma Morando-Young and Anthony Young's Philadelphia home has been doubling as a college dorm. The dining room table is strewn with books - the result of too many 3 a.m. homework sessions - rather than forks and knives. On Monday, some 13 years into their marriage, after raising kids and pursuing careers, the Youngs will walk down another aisle - to get college diplomas at the same time. The couple will graduate from Peirce College, a Center City school focused on adult learners.
April 4, 2016 |
For the average consumer, buying a new car can be as pleasurable as a root canal. Everyone wants a great deal, and buyers tend to feel as if they're about to pay a lot more than they should. Savvy customers have long sought the invoice price - the price dealers pay the manufacturer for the car - so they have a good point to start negotiating. And with the Internet and smartphones, finding that invoice price - and getting a good deal - has never been easier. Invoice price First a lesson, and a little history.
February 12, 2016
DEAR ABBY: I am a divorced father who has recently remarried. I have parenting time with my children one weeknight and every other weekend. My children have told me that, during the week, they prefer doing their homework at their mother's home. They say that by the time I pick them up, prepare dinner, and they start their homework, it's already time to return to their mother's. They are at ages where homework assignments can take several hours. My ex is OK with me spending time with them at her home.
January 23, 2016
By Katie Ramdial I find myself staying up past midnight most nights just to finish all of my homework. It's hard for not only me but also for other students who balance studies, extracurriculars, social life, and sleep. Some students' nights end in tears from the stress. One of my junior friends gets one to three hours of sleep per night because of her schedule and her homework load. That is, quite honestly, ridiculous. Even educators agree that students are assigned more homework today than ever.
October 30, 2015
ISSUE | HOMEWORK Think about it I applaud the questioning of assumptions about the value of homework, particularly assumptions that are not supported by research ("Giving homework a recess," Monday). Have any studies been done to determine whether homework enhances character and responsibility, as many have claimed? Alfie Kohn, the author of The Homework Myth: Why Our Kids Get Too Much of a Bad Thing , said that numerous studies had failed to find any link between homework and improved learning.
October 27, 2015 |
Amy Clipston had a request that was a new one for her daughter's first-grade teacher. Many parents had marched in to demand that their children, even those who couldn't tie their shoes yet, get more homework. Clipston was the first to request the opposite - that her daughter opt out of homework altogether. "I felt my child was doing quite fine in school," said Clipston, a chemist with three children, noting that her daughter's schoolday in the highly competitive Lower Merion School District was 61/2 hours, with a 20-minute recess.
March 25, 2015 |
IF ANYONE should know how to correctly fill out election forms, it's Democratic candidate Dennis Lee. For two years, Lee worked as chief deputy to City Commissioner Stephanie Singer in an office in charge of elections, voter registration and helping candidates adhere to local, state and federal election laws. So when Lee, who resigned as chief deputy in November and then launched a bid to win a seat on the three-member City Commissioners' board, appeared yesterday before Common Pleas Judge Chris Wogan to argue that he shouldn't be thrown off the ballot because he made a mistake on an election form, the judge wasn't buying it. The mistake?
December 5, 2014
R ONIT TEHRANI, 26, of Overbrook Farms, is co-founder (with Edward Kraftmann, 29, of Bala Cynwyd; and Jonathan Krause, 20, of Teaneck, N.J.) of So2Speak.org, a nonprofit group that combines speech and education to empower youth. It consists of two main programs: Strive2Speak, which enhances speech fluency, and Education2Enrichment, an after-school lounge for middle- and high-school students in Bala Cynwyd. Q: How'd you come up with the idea for So2Speak? A: Edward and I started a nonprofit and wanted to reach more people because originally it was to help students with speech impediments.