Is homework breaking your child’s back?

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Although this picture may need more pixels (or is it less?), the message, I believe, is clear. This is my 9-year-old’s backpack.

It’s filled with folders, numerous workbooks, a few hardcover texts and an assortment of pens and pencils.

Just prior to capturing the image for posterity, I picked up the bag; it had to weigh nearly 20 pounds. The homework itself is bad enough, but watching my daughter sling this boulderesque satchel over her shoulders made me realize what’s worse.

Homework may be breaking my child’s back.

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Mark Barnes is the Founder of Times 10 Publications, which produces the popular Hack Learning Series -- books and other series that provide right-now solutions for teachers and learners. Mark is the author or publisher of dozens of books, including Bestseller Hacking Education: 10 Quick Fixes for Every School. Barnes presents internationally on assessment, connected education, and Hack Learning. Join more than 150,000 interested educators who follow @markbarnes19 on Twitter.
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