Opinion: Summer homework burns out children

06/20/2006 | NYTimes.com

In an opinion piece, authors Sara Bennett and Nancy Kalish argue that summer reading assignments burden students at a time when they sorely need a mental break from academics. Because most research indicates such homework does little, if anything, to boost achievement, Bennett and Kalish urge parents to tell schools they won't tolerate having parts of their children's childhoods "stolen for no good reason."

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