Writing

Here’s a nice article on how writing is good for you.

Psychologists have long understood that personal, emotion-focused writing can help people recognize and come to terms with their feelings. Since the 1980s, studies have found that “the writing cure,” which normally involves writing about one’s feelings every day for 15 to 30 minutes, can lead to measurable physical and mental health benefits. These benefits include everything from lower stress and fewer depression symptoms to improved immune function. And there’s evidence that handwriting may better facilitate this form of therapy than typing.

The Dog Ate It

Homework makes kids unhappy. It makes parents unhappy too.

Family stress increased as homework load increased and as parent’s perception of their capacity to assist decreased.

Golly if only someone would invent a system of schools that doesn’t have homework assignments at all.

Gunn High School senior Akila Subramanian, as quoted by Haddock, summed the situation up perfectly, “It all comes down to whether adults trust us to learn. Having no homework lets you find your own motivations.” Rather than just focusing on academic developments, Montessori advocated aiding the overall development of each child as a human being. The more freedom children have to make up their own problems and choose their own work, the more they will challenge themselves and the better able they will become at evaluating themselves. What you believe about a child is exactly what the child will believe about himself or herself – and that is one of the most important factors in school success.