Ask a Teacher podcast: Why so much homework?

Why Do Teachers Still Assign So Much Homework?

Why Do Teachers Still Assign So Much Homework?

With Columbia Journalism School’s Teacher Project.
May 15 2015 2:38 PM

Ask a Teacher: Why Do You Still Assign So Much Homework?

Welcome to the latest installment of Ask a Teacher, Slate’s education podcast with the Theater Project at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. In this episode, host Matt Collette asks three working teachers to answer questions submitted by listeners, including, “Why do some teachers continue to assign hours of homework when studies show it's not helpful?”


Today’s teachers:

  • Andrew Ahn, a teacher and adviser at City as School, an alternative high school for 11th- and 12th-grade transfer students in New York.
  • Tessa Benau, a 10th-grade math teacher at Vanguard High School in New York.
  • Ray Salazar, a high school English teacher in the Chicago Public Schools. He writes the White Rhino education blog.

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