Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Question for Teachers

As many of you know, French President Francois Hollande has proposed a ban on homework. This has led to controversy around the world with people weighing in on different sides. President Hollande's reasons coincide with his socialist perspective and concern for the education of the poor. Frankly, one could make a conservative argument for the ban based on family values and the importance of parents being the ones who are in charge of their homes. But here is my question, and its one for teachers.

Please put your opinions about President Hollande's proposal aside and ask yourself, what would you do if homework was banned?

Would you quit teaching because it was now impossible to teach? Would you continue teaching with the understanding that you will be a less effective teacher? Would you respond to this "new normal" and develop effective ways to teach your students?

I want to hear what you think? And if you are not a teacher, I ask that you pass this question along to teachers you know and ask them to tell me what they think? Please leave a comment.

Thank you.

Kenneth Goldberg


Dr. Kenneth Goldberg, is the author of The Homework Trap: How to Save the Sanity of Parents, Teachers, and Students, published by Wyndmoor Press.

 I recommend giving copies of the book to the teachers at your child's school. Discount purchases are available through Wyndmoor Press. Single copies can be purchased at Amazon.


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