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December 31, 1989 | By Joyce Vottima Hellberg, Special to The Inquirer
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.
NEWS
September 1, 2012 | By Catherine Laughlin, For The Inquirer
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.
NEWS
October 11, 2002 | By WILLIAM SORENSEN
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.
NEWS
March 22, 1993 | by Anthony S. Twyman, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
September 1, 1988 | By Maura C. Ciccarelli, Special to The Inquirer
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...
NEWS
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.
NEWS
January 9, 2004 | By DOM GIORDANO
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
October 27, 2015 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
LIVING
August 20, 2000 | By Lini S. Kadaba, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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June 14, 2016 | By Lauren Feiner, Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
April 4, 2016 | By Scott Sturgis, Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
October 27, 2015 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
March 25, 2015 | BY WENDY RUDERMAN, Daily News Staff Writer rudermw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5924
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?
NEWS
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.
BUSINESS
October 21, 2014 | By Erin E. Arvedlund, Inquirer Columnist
Accounting firms issue tax publications that are handy jungle guides to filing your returns, maximizing deductions, and bunching up year-end expenses. Grant Thornton recently issued its guide, and you can download it for free at http://goo.gl/ZIVL2F . Eisner Amper has a free online guide, as well, at http://goo.gl/drrZkc . PICPA, the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants, offers educational tax seminars for professionals (details at http://goo.gl/A1i4yL )
SPORTS
May 16, 2014 | BY BOB COONEY, Daily News Staff Writer cooneyb@phillynews.com
CHICAGO - It's an "all-in" situation in which the 76ers find themselves now, so it is not surprising that general manager Sam Hinkie, coach Brett Brown, at least some of his coaching staff and some of the organization's scouts will unite for the all-important rookie combine, which will take place just outside here at a gym owned by Michael Jordan's former trainer. Once workouts start at Attack Athletics, however, expect the Sixers' organizational team to divide and conquer much of the time.
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