Is Opting Out of Homework Brilliant or Insane?

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I’m constantly amazed at how passionate people are about homework. Some think it’s an absolute necessity for kids. Others believe homework is the spawn of Satan (if you believe in that sort of thing).

This recent, seemingly innocuous, post in the Teachers Throwing Out Grades Facebook group, garnered more than 300 interactions in less than 24 hours.

My wife and I are on the same page about how useless HW is for kids. My daughter is in preschool and never has work and she is flourishing. What to do when she is in elementary school? I want to boycott it.

Some people love the idea of opting out of homework, while others say it’s both practical and necessary.

So, what do you think? Let’s move this conversation here for the world to see.

Help us solve this age-old problem. Is opting out of homework brilliant, or is it insane?

Is there an alternative to traditional homework? What are experts saying about the homework conundrum?

Please share your insights and issues in the comment section below and on Twitter at hashtag #HackLearning.

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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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