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Homework's Role in School

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Bart Cayusa
"If you don't struggle a little bit [with homework], you don't learn to un-stick yourself," says Joy Walker, K-12 Math Curriculum Coordinator for Iowa City Schools

Homework can be a source of frustration, tears, and sleepless nights. Most kids hate it and parents curse it. Today on Talk of Iowa, how homework has changed since you were a kid and what it has to offer today.

Host Charity Nebbe talks with Joye Walker, K-12 Math Curriculum Coordinator for Iowa City Schools, Haley Moehlis, an English Teacher at Roosevelt High School in Des Moines, and Deb Linebarger, Associate Professor of Education at the University of Iowa.

“The reason that homework is so vitality important is because it provides students the opportunity to grapple with complex material, to struggle with ambiguity, to come to their own conclusions, and to engage in the process of learning outside the teacher… They teach themselves to learn,” says Moehlis.

Charity Nebbe is the host of IPR's Talk of Iowa