I was recently re-reading Alfie Kohn’s 2007 post about “Rethinking Homework.” It was a line in the first paragraph that caught my attention. He writes, “After spending most of the day in school, children are typically given additional assignments to be completed at home. This is a rather curious fact when you stop to think about it, but not as curious as the fact that few people ever stop to think about it. “
It’s the second sentence that resonates… “but not as curious as the fact that few people ever stop to think about it.” It reminds me of how many people believe that it was God who created the “8 x 5” secondary timetable, which, in my opinion, is the ultimate example of the tail wagging the dog.
My suggestion would be to find at least one colleague and plan some learning opportunities that aren’t based on subjects, bells or the “8 x 5” timetable. Basically, in Kohn’s words… “stop to think about it.”
I love this “Challenging the Status Quo” image by David Truss. His blog is great too.