December 31, 1989 |
Homework. Students complain about it, forget it, borrow it and conveniently lose it. Some even do it. But is it really important? Several area educators say yes. "There's a great need for homework assignments," said Ray Betz, a guidance counselor at Marple Newtown High School. "Homework reinforces and supports what has been covered in the classroom. "It's also good training for valuable use of time in preparation for the many hours the student will put in in college," he said.
October 11, 2002 |
IF YOU'RE A parent with a child in school, early fall is the time of year when you may find yourself wondering this: Why, at my age - in my case, over 40 - am I still doing homework? Who decided that parents must oversee every book report, give practice spelling tests and correct long division? Our parents never helped with homework. They sipped gimlets or watched Walter Cronkite while we toiled away in our bedrooms, conjugating verbs. Yet even as parents complain, most still sit down with their kids every night, convinced that across the street there's a dad or a mom diligently finding a square root.
March 22, 1993 |
No one leaves the after-school tutorial program at the Schuylkill Falls public housing development without finishing his homework. And it suits the children just fine. Every weekday from 3 to 6 p.m., children ages 5 to 13 clamber into the tenant council office in East Falls to get help with their homework. Seated at several long tables, the children complete their assignments under the watchful eyes of volunteer tutors. A student who has serious difficulty on an assignment often receives one-on-one attention from a tutor.
September 1, 1988 |
The cricket hidden in the Upper Dublin school board room fell silent half- way into the meeting, but the school directors continued talking about end- of-summer business until 11 p.m. At the three-hour meeting Monday night, the board approved 19 curriculum- related items, awarded contracts for purchasing supplies and furniture, authorized additional renovation and construction work for several schools and approved the school board's goals for...
September 1, 2012 |
During their early school years, Linda Dwoskin's two girls did their homework in a spare room off the main living area of their Dresher house, mainly so Dwoskin could lend a hand if needed. The computers were there - allowing Dwoskin to monitor the girls' use - as well as a mishmash of collected tables and beloved books. But when the girls were nearing high school four years ago, Dwoskin decided to update the 11-by-14-foot room into a stylish homework center. In came two handsome built-in desks, one for each daughter, with cabinetry for storing supplies.
June 24, 2013
D EAR HARRY: I think of myself and my family as middle-class Americans. We live in a rowhouse in the Northeast. I work in a factory, my wife cares for our home and kids, we belong to a church, I love to watch our sports teams, we pay our taxes without grumbling, we love our parks, we drive a Ford, we buy at Walmart and Macy's, our kids go to public schools. Our son came home from school last Friday with an assignment about the post-WWII history of the U.S. income tax. We always discuss our kids' homework with them, so we got into a good one on Sunday.
January 9, 2004 |
THE STATE of California has long been a source of nutbag ideas (just witness the recent gubernatorial recall fiasco). One of the state's most absurd actions came when the legislature banned homework in the early 20th century as part of the Progressive movement. As ridiculous as that sounds, there is a growing chorus of parents, edu-crats and so-called parenting experts who are trying to revive this flawed concept. Homework backlash has gotten tremendous media coverage recently.
September 10, 2002
Thanks for printing the Sept. 4 letter "Summer homework is fine, but don't overdo it," which expressed concern about Cherry Hill High School East's intensive use of summer homework. I asked about 60 college students how much time they had spent on homework in high school. Most had spent five to 10 hours per week. One had spent more than 15 hours per week. That student had attended Cherry Hill East. Still, it is true that the New Jersey Monthly's rankings of state high schools and achievement have seen East's position fall over the past few years from No. 18 to No. 81. This is well below many other schools with lower socioeconomic status.
August 20, 2000 |
Courtni Matthews, no doubt, will have a lot of homework this school year, too. Last year at A.B. Day School in Germantown, she was expected to practice writing words and sentences. Complete math worksheets. Read a simple book. Keep a journal. And she had to complete special projects, such as monitoring the growth of a plant. All this, a single day's worth of homework. Courtni was a kindergartner. "The intensity of homework has definitely changed," said Courtni's mother, Diane Matthews, a secretary in the Philadelphia Home and School office who lives in East Mount Airy.
August 19, 1993 |
Family stress over homework is legendary. Whether you're encouraging an overtired first-grader to take "just one more look" at the addition problems or demanding that your 11-year-old turn off the television until after schoolwork is done, supervising homework can be very time-consuming for parents. If you establish a specific homework routine for your children, the entire family will benefit. You'll save time, and your efforts will help instill in your children productive work habits and an organized approach to problem- solving.