Homework today vs. in the past

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Homework today vs. in the past

Different schools and different school systems give varying amounts of homework, particularly depending on the age of the child. I don't think there's more homework today, but I think there's more emphasis on homework because I think children's lives are so much more crowded than they used to be with all the after school activities they're involved in. So the amount of time they have to devote to homework has lessened. I think homework always needs to be gauged depending on the developmental age of the child. It's about giving the children just enough homework to get the children used to the idea of being responsible for something at home. But homework should not become the instructional methodology for schools. It's only meant to help parents understand what children are learning during the day. And getting kids used to going home and doing something and being responsible for bringing it back, particularly in the younger grades. Later one, homework becomes a preparation for tests and assessment, and a gauge for teachers to see how well the child does the work independently.

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Now starting her forty-second year, Reveta Bowers is the Head of School at The Center for Early Education, an urban pre-school through 6th grade Los Angeles independent school with 538 students. Devoted to children and education, Ms. Bowers served and has served on a number of boards. She is currently on Board of Overseers of the UCLA Healthcare System, on the founding board of the African American Board Leadership Institute and the board of the FEDCO Charitable Foundation. She just completed serving as Chair Emeritus of the Board of Directors of the California Community Foundation. A past president and former secretary of The Educational Records Bureau Board, Reveta Bowers was also a member of the Advisory Board to the Klingenstein Center at Teacher’s College for ten years. She served as an outside director on the Board of Directors of the Walt Disney Company for ten years and is a former member of the Harvard-Westlake, Brentwood and Windward School boards. Reveta was on the Council for Spiritual and Ethical Education board, and the boards of the National Association of Principals of Schools for Girls and the Country Day Headmaster’s Association. She served as a trustee and treasurer of the NAIS Board, and as past president of the California Association of Independent Schools. For the past thirteen years she has also been on the faculty of the NAIS Institute for New Heads where she serves as the Lead Faculty member. One of her proudest career moments was receiving the NAIS Diversity Leadership Award in 2009. She has had a long and rewarding career in independent schools and finds her work with organizations supporting education, students, parents, community and Board work to be continually inspiring.

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