Comments on: When will the homework madness stop? Education on the Edge Thu, 14 Nov 2019 06:13:35 +0000 hourly 1 By: Mark Barnes Sun, 18 Jan 2015 23:25:33 +0000 Hey Jan, thanks for reading and for your insights on homework. You are right about allowing students to decide what to learn. Hope to see you contributing at B or I in the future.
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By: Jan Sun, 18 Jan 2015 23:20:43 +0000 Thank you. This is a really strong argument and I hope that when my children are getting to the school age, I am able to find them teacher that support this.

As a language teacher for adults, a big part of my work is actually cleaning up the mess that these traumatic, archaic habits left in my learners.
In this case, I find that when I give ‘traditional’ homework, the percentage of those who actually do it is very small. (In my situation there is no immediate threat for not doing the homework other than needing longer to finish a course and pay more money) But when I give homework that is more project oriented and self-defined by the students, the turn-over rate rises significantly. In it absolutely evident that as you give the student more power to decide what to learn, the motivation and personal investment of the student rises tremendously.

Again, thank you. I’m new to the discussion and am very happy to see that the educational world is waking up to this.