Just Read, Dammit.

Elementary school students in one Florida school district are going to find a welcome new — but controversial — policy when they return to school for the 2017-2018 school year next month: no traditional homework.

What a wonderful reminder of the power of reading AND the importance of taking a break from school. And, for that matter, the importance of actually incorporating data into teaching and learning. And, heck, while we’re at it – the significant power in NOT doing something. Not doing the wrong thing is a wonderful way to get better. It gives you room to try something else. #


  1. I’m learning again to watch for these, the moments when my writer sense tingles. []
  2. The fact that EdSurge itself is an infomercial is irrelevant to this particular post, but probably worth talking about at some future point. If EdSurge is your go to source for information on Ed Tech/edtech/edutech, you’re definitely doing it wrong. []
  3. In multiple modes, yes. Audiobooks count. []

2 thoughts on “Just Read, Dammit.

  1. I agree with this on so many levels! One, my oldest just started Kindergarten and has about 45 minutes of homework a nigh. A night! Thankfully it is optional but in order for her to earn “reward” points in school, which she values, we have to do it. She gets off of the bus at 4 and is in bed at 7. That only leaves her 2 hours to play and be a kid or participate in any extracurricular activities. Then its dinner, bath and bed routine which includes reading. I agree that reading is so important for everyone that it is a non negotiable in our house. In fact when I get stressed the first thing I do is retreat with a good book, one that doesn’t require me to think too much!

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