Does Homework Really Work?

Does Homework Really Work?

Does Homework Really Work?

What we've been reading, watching, and thinking about at Alpine Valley School this week. 

Basically, no.

And even if you don't believe Alfie Kohn, there's a wealth of research from all over the place that supports the notion that homework doesn't really do much. Actually, it can even be harmful - stretching student's days to the breaking point. 

Our school does not have any mandatory homework. Do students sometimes ask for homework? Sure, but it's part of the class they signed up for and everything is agreed upon in advance. Also, crucially, they can stop whenever they want. We've found that this approach works for everyone. So have other alternative schools that removed homework from their curriculum. 

Learning should be a joy, or at least enjoyable, most of the time. Busywork and worksheets that don't serve the larger objective are just wasting valuable time. 

Not sold on your school choice? Maybe it's time for something completely different.

Alpine Valley School will be hosting an informal meet and greet beginning at 9AM on August 24th! Come and learn more about self-directed democratic education in the Denver area by touring our facility, meeting our staff members, and chatting with graduates of our program. Space is limited, so please reserve your spot if you plan to attend!

Students at our school have real jobs. 


As staff member Marc Gallivan wrote about in this blog post, many students want to make a contribution to their school and to the society at large. Our system of government, School Meeting, and the elected positions that it manages allows for unique opportunities. Not only can students run for various positions throughout the school, when elected, these jobs come with a dose of real responsibility - essential functions without which the school cannot operate effectively. Which doesn't mean there is no room for error. Our school is an opportunity to try on some responsibility and (safely) fail - and succeed. Read more about what this experience is like from a student's perspective in our blog post: Give Kids Real Jobs. 
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