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The Homework Conundrum

Publication date: Mar 12, 2014

Is homework just another way to heighten the gaps in achievement among groups of kids?

A teacher recently wrote to me asking that question. She works in a college-town elementary school that is grappling with deep and profound gaps in achievement between the mostly white children of college professors and the mostly non-white children of the town’s service workers.

She wrote, “I work at an elementary school and some of the teachers give out homework packets. It’s fine for our white [students] who have parents who help them, but for our [students] of color (49 percent) this is not the case.”

To many parents, homework seems as much a part of schooling as lunchroom cafeterias. But does it really make a difference?

Read the full article on The Huffington Post Education.

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