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Wednesday
Dec262012

PLN, no holiday homework, please

Over the past couple days, I've noticed a lovely lack of e-mail and blog postings. OK, the Tweeters are still as rabid as ever, but there's been a lessening of "must-reads" coming over my PLN.

Is it time to call a moritorium on holiday posts, e-mail and blogs related to all things education? Will Pininterest or Linked-In or Google+ really miss us for a couple of weeks? Might a break be good for everyone's mental and physical health?

Homework and especially holiday homework is facing criticism. I've been hearing some discussion about a novel solution to the digital divide - just stop assigning homework, making sure all kids can get any tech-required assignments done in class. As a student, I diligently practiced SHA - selective homework attention - doing those assignements that I enjoyed and blowing off the rest. Hey, and as I tell my kids, I still managed to graduate in the upper 95% of my class!

I'm not necessarily against homework per se, but I am certainly no fan of meaningless homework.

So how about us adult learners? Can we get dispensation from our "homework" until January 7th, please? My valued peers who write must-read posts, cut me a little slack. Thanks.

Signing off for the holidays - lucky you!

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Reader Comments (3)

Okay Doug - here's an article that might help you fill in your extra free time: Stacks of books are history at Benilde library http://www.startribune.com/local/184776101.html?refer=y

Raises more questions in my mind than it answers, but would be curious to read your reaction.

Happy Holidays!

John

December 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Dyer

Hi John,

Interesting article. No library books, but textbooks. Hmmmmm. That wouldn't have been my priority. I wonder if any fiction is being provided online?

Doug

December 26, 2012 | Registered CommenterDoug Johnson

Amen! It's great to be up on what is going on, but sometimes you need to put the smartphone down and step away from the laptop. I also wrote about this today as I stepped back into the scores of emails and tweets I missed over the holidays - http://liberrygurl.blogspot.com/2013/01/almost-tech-free-holidays.html

steph

January 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie Sweeney

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