I do agree with Bjorn that loading elementary kids down with homework is probably pointless and controlling as Bjorn suggests. At that age, school is probably more important for social development than intellectual thinking. Kids should be allowed to be kids at some point! Leave the adult pressures out until Middle School or High school.
At an older age, the idea of classroom instruction is to convey new knowledge to a student in the limited amount of time the teacher is available. The purpose of homework is for the student to practice what they were instructed so they remember it. Remember the old saying, ‘practice makes perfect’. It often takes repetition for a human to learn/remember something. How do people become good bee keepers? Does that happen by just listening to a teacher for an hour, or does it also require the student to actually crack over a hive at home?
No, I haven’t seen the documentary, but it sounds interesting.
kids spend 12 years learning what they could have learned in 1/2 the time.
Really? So kids should be able to learn high school Calculus by age 9? What age did you learn Calculus by?
I agree the public education system is not the most efficient teaching process around, but don’t y’all also believe there is some important social development that takes place in school too? Like getting along with others?