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  • David Shenk is the national bestselling author of five previous books, including The Forgetting ("remarkable" - Los Angeles Times), Data Smog ("indispensable" - New York Times), and The Immortal Game ("superb" - Wall Street Journal). He is a correspondent for TheAtlantic.com, and has contributed to National Geographic, Slate, The New York Times, Gourmet, Harper's, The New Yorker, NPR, and PBS.

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September 14, 2009

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Thanks a lot for a bunch of good tips. I look forward to reading more on the topic in the future. Keep up the good work! This blog is going to be great resource. Love reading it.

adora

School children in Asian countries like Japan, Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong were known to have a more homework than western children. In Japan, people are beginning to see that the children who went to international schools with less homework archive much higher when they grow up. (Some argue that it has to do with the opportunities that the rich parents of international school children can offer.)

I personally find that less homework was better. I spent about 30 hours a week on homework when I was small. As soon as I was free from homework, around my O-level (9th grade), I was able to study my own way, ask the right questions in class and get much better grades.

But I do feel that there is some benefits to repetition in learning math. (Trust me, I was in Math Olympiad.)

Cara

I understand the motivational argument against homework, which is the soapbox upon which Bennett and Kalish seem to be screaming from, but what about the educational psychology/memory/expertise/brain research that suggests the importance of repetition and practice in learning skills like math and languages? I do not think abolishing homework is the answer; however less time intensive or more effective homework assignments could be designed for sure.

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