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Are Students Being Prepared for the Technological Age?; Can AP and IB Programs Raise U.S. High-School Achievement?; Do Teachers Assign Too Much Homework?

These are just a few of the provocative questions posed in Issues in K-12 Education. This engaging reader allows students to see an issue from all sides and to think critically about topics that matter to them. Classroom discussion will never be dull again!

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Students Under Stress: Do Schools Assign Too Much Homework?

Students under stress: Do schools assign too much homework?

When Nancy Kalish's daughter was in seventh grade, she suddenly began saying, “I hate school,” recalls Kalish, a journalist in New York City. “She started saying it every single day.”

Kalish soon discovered that what had been “a reasonable amount” of homework for Allison in grade school “had mushroomed into four hours a night” in middle school.

Soon, “our entire relationship revolved around homework,” with “the first question when she came in the door each afternoon, ‘How much homework do you have?’” says Kalish. The answer determined whether Allison would see friends, attend a concert or a grandparent's birthday party or stay home studying.

The resulting family tension and their daughter's ...

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