It’s been six weeks since the publication of The Learning Habit. Since then, I’ve learned which case studies and facts resonated most with both parents and teachers, from Maine to California. I’ve been excited to learn how much the data and the stories have helped parents to simplify “at-home” learning. I’ve also been fortunate enough to meet with organizations, foundations and community leaders who share my passion and joy for both education and parenting. These are individuals, many of them also parents, who are committed to changing our schools and our communities for the better.
As the Common Core State Standards change the way students learn, I feel a deepening in my commitment to this project. Children are capable of learning amazing things when given the right kind of support. As we continue to raise the educational standards in the U.S. it is equally important that we focus on “whole child” initiatives.
With new data supplied by The Learning Habit research project, there is now a way to integrate a unified homework plan in every U.S. household. Without such a plan, there is no way to insure that all children, regardless of the type of school they attend or the state in which they live, have an equal opportunity to participate in a wide range of learning opportunities.
I am happy to announce that several school districts have implemented the The Learning Habit’s “Balanced Homework Initiative.” Although it has only been a few weeks since the programs have been announced, we’ve heard rave reviews from teachers, students and educators. As one second grader at Primrose Hill School told me, “I still don’t like homework, but it doesn’t stink like it did last year.”
I suppose that’s an honest review, and a step in the right direction!
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