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Mon, Jun 20, 2011 -- 9:00 AM

Rethinking Homework


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The Pleasanton Unified School District Board of Trustees is set to consider scaling back the time students spend on homework. The district is one of many across the country that are reevaluating homework in light of questions about its educational value -- and concerns about overstressed and overscheduled kids.

Host: Michael Krasny

Guests:

  • Alfie Kohn, author of "The Homework Myth". His latest book is "Feel-Bad Education...And Other Contrarian Essays on Children and Schooling."
  • Harris Cooper, chair and professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University. Author of "The Battle over Homework: Common Ground for Administrators."
  • Parvin Ahmadi, superintendent of Pleasanton Unified School District
  • Tom Loveless, senior fellow of Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution and a former sixth grade teacher.

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