Her work has appeared in many publications including Education Week, and her blog, Practical Leadership, was featured on the Scholastic website.She has been a presenter and consultant, and with Magna Publications she developed videos on demand highlighting successful strategies for classroom teachers.
At the start of the 2013-14 school year, the Fentress County School District in Tennessee announced that it would enforce a district-wide ban on graded homework assignments.
Administrators explained their decision by pointing to the large majority of students who lacked at-home resources to help them with their homework.
Across the country, parents, teachers, and students are also voicing their opinions in the homework debate.
On the issue of the actual educational value of homework, it may seem straightforward to many educators that reviewing lessons and practicing concepts after school would correlate to a greater retention of course material, but studies suggest that the link between assigned homework and academic achievement is drastically overinflated.
According to Pope, homework should not be simply assigned as a routine practice.
“Rather, any homework assigned should have a purpose and benefit, and it should be designed to cultivate learning and development.” Video: Do Students Really Have Too Much Homework? “There are simply no compelling data to justify the practice of making kids work what amounts to a second shift when they get home from a full day of school,” says Alfie Kohn, an expert on child education, parenting, and human behavior, as well as the author of homework.
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Among her honors is a Woman of Distinction Award from the New York State Senate.
She is a strong believer that all kids can learn and that teaching requires art, skill, and a good sense of humor.