Saturday, May 2, 2009
File this under, "Seriously?"
I remember in about 2nd or 3rd grade playing "homework" with my BFF at the time. Because we didn't have homework. Or at least none that was what we thought of as homework. Sure, memorizing words for a spelling test, or reading a book, or bringing in something for show-and-tell, but not real get-graded-and-assessed-on assignments.
Last Sunday's NYT magazine had a short article emphasizing how much has changed:
"A survey of 254 teachers in New York and Los Angeles the group commissioned found that kindergartners spent two to three hours a day being instructed and tested in reading and math. They spent less than 30 minutes playing."