Can students help improve the quality of homework?

04/20/2010 | Boston Globe (tiered subscription model), The

Boston students are asking policymakers to consider improving the quality of homework assignments. The proposal, submitted by the Boston Student Advisory Council, includes a recommendation that teachers devote an hour of professional development annually to improving homework, which students say is often busywork. In addition, the students have asked that teachers spend at least five minutes in class explaining homework assignments. The council has also proposed allowing students to provide anonymous feedback about their teachers and have input in teacher hiring.

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