Homework is how schools reinforce the already too-large divide between the well-off and the poor. Think about which kids are most likely to have the time, resources (books, internet access, quiet time, well-lit space), and family support for getting their homework done vs. which ones are likely to be caring for younger siblings, working part time, dodging street gangs and bullets, and so on. Would you, as an adult, be happy in a job where you had to put in an 8-hour day at the office and then also be expected to bring another 2-3 hours’ worth of work home with you to boot? Homework stinks!
July 31, 2013