This time it’s for real.

This morning, having my coffee and shingles and news reading before school, I read a blog post by the education lefty (and even though they don’t know it, hero to middle schoolers everywhere) Alfie Kohn, who was railing (again) about the evils of homework. He even used that word, evil. And NOT as in the necessary kind.

Well, my 3 or 4 long-time readers know that for the past several years I have run the Great Homework Experiment. It just got that groovy name this year. I eliminate  all written homework (except essays and end of novel projects) for 2-3 weeks to show them that all that homework does two things: it makes you practice stuff that will be on the test and it pads your grade in case you still do badly on the test. Here’s the link to the original post about it. Those long-time readers might recall that most kids were begging for homework by the end of the two weeks.

“It’s better than being grounded for a bad grade.”

Well now I have been motivated by Alfie to really go for it this time. Here’s the message I put on the homework page, and after I did a brief intro about the history of the experiment, I didn’t take questions.

Week of November 26 – The Great Homework Experiment Begins. Let’s see if he’s correct.
Ok so, the only written homework from now until Christmas break is KBARR and 600 words/week (which I will explain on Tuesday and begins Tuesday). Yes, that also means the end of SSI until 2013.

There was much rejoicing. Even after they heard they had to take the district LA Benchmark Test for the whole period. We’ll see how long that lasts.

However, I think this time I will “kick it up a notch.” I have a few ideas that I want to try on this year’s lab rats.

Stay tuned.