Monday, February 11, 2008


Here's an interesting article that says homework is a factor in nature deficit for elementary school kids.
There is a growing body of research in the U.S. that has found homework isn't all it's cracked up to be, and a growing number of parents who say because of homework and other demands, children have no downtime; one writer has even gone so far as to say today's children have a "nature deficit disorder." Some American elementary schools have cut back or entirely banned homework.
I don't recall doing much homework in the early grades, but my daughter had it piled on from fourth grade forward, taking up a lot of time.

It would be interesting to get a wider view of this issue, across cultural lines, to see if this really is a factor. But based on the reasoning in this article, it sure seems like elementary school homework is a contributing factor to nature deficit.