Monday, November 23, 2009
Here's a story worth taking a look at - a school in Ontario has decided to ban homework after noticing that research shows it to be a negative influence in general, and as a result marks have improved. The most noteworthy part of the positive changes is that teachers have much more time to actually pay attention to student achievement instead of spending hours and hours marking and correcting piles of paper on their own.
Since students still have to prepare for and do well on tests, this is a bit reminiscent of the ROWE (Results-Only Work Environment) system, where employees are free to do whatever they want as long as certain results are achieved in the end. If the company needs Project A done by next week for example then the employees are free to do whatever they wish to get it done, and the details about who checks in at what time and whether one's break is for 15 minutes or 30 minutes or an hour is unimportant.