Why I believe in homework

The title of this post makes clear where I stand on the homework issue. I’m going to start by trying to answer each of Mark Barnes Five Reasons He Doesn’t Assign Homework.

5.  Virtually all homework involves rote memory practice, which is always a waste of time. This argues against the form of homework rather than homework itself (and makes a big assumption). If you don’t like rote memory homework don’t give it, use something better. More importantly, though, I’ll challenge that “rote memory practice” is “always a waste of time”. Read More