At our school, the typical student will take 7 courses for the entire year. If that student has AP Stat with Mr. C on their schedule, this means that a student has 6 classes in which they will have homework. 6 other classes with one hour of homework assigned each night means approximately 6 hours of homework.
Some careful accounting as to how those 6 hours that could be spent working on homework are actually spent.
Hour 1: Facebook
Hour 2: Call of Duty
Hour 3: Facebook
Hour 4: Facebook
Hour 5: Facebook
Hour 6: Being a 17 year old....and throw in a little Facebook
I don't think that I"m very far off for the general population of high school students. Knowing that this is the truth, just why do we assign homework again?
Where do those hours get made up? During the 6 hours they are in school, simply because that is how you earn the points for homework completion. Do it in AP Stat, show it in Pre-Calc, consume points, repeat tomorrow morning in AP Stat. And it's Trigonometry Worksheets. Is my AP Stat class really less exciting than trig worksheets? Not a chance, but the homework "points" are more exciting as they appease the grade monger in all of us.
I'm all for allowing my students to make a choice about what they will be working on in class, as long as that choice involves learning. Consistently in my 1st period class (and each other class that I teach), the choice is made to fill in some unknown quantities for some triangles that nobody cares about (not even the teacher that assigned the homework) Why are you assigning homework if it's getting done in AP Stat? Can't they do that work in your class?
I don't assign homework. I don't plan on ever assigning homework again. I plan on assigning worthwhile assignments that students can make the choice to complete at home if they want to make it even more awesome. I plan on doing things that are valuable in class so that students do not need to work at home.
Imagine if your job gave you a minimal amount of time each day to complete everything for the next day for your 6 different classes and your boss told you, "Just do the rest of it at home." Oh, wait.....
Well, anyway, back to my 46 minute planning period :)