Poor students need homework
from The Atlantic (commentary)
Of all the well-intentioned but unhelpful things people have ever said about education, perhaps the least helpful was from the father of progressive education himself. "What the best and wisest parent wants for his child, that must we want for all the children of the community," wrote John Dewey. "Anything less is unlovely, and left unchecked, destroys our democracy." Karl Taro Greenfeld, a good and wise parent, wants less homework for his daughter. He laments that she is becoming "a sleep-deprived teen zombie." My daughter, too. It's a fashionable complaint, nearly a cliché among those whose children attend top schools: Do our kids really need to work this hard?
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