I thought the BBC’s reporting of the Institute of Education study on homework was a bit lightweight until Stephen Downes drew my attention to the absolutely fascinating debate now raging on the BBC site. Perhaps this is the most challenging comment to professional educators:
If it weren’t so sad, some of these comments would be funny! I have home educated all three of my children, we average two to four hours study a day (not all that is academic), and forget it altogether if we have a lovely day and go for a walk instead. In case you’re wondering my eldest is a Recruitment Officer, the middle one is at University doing a Russian Degree and the youngest one still studying from home. Home Education must be the only time homework doesn’t cause stress. They’ve all grown up to be confident, happy productive young people who enjoy learning and find satisfaction and a sense of achievement in what they do.