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Do Kids Need Homework?

October 30, 2017

TFK asked two experts to weigh in on homework. Janine Bempechat teaches human development and psychology at Wheelock College, in Massachusetts. Below, she explains why homework serves an important purpose for students of all ages. Etta Kralovec teaches education…


Should Grades Be Eliminated?

September 27, 2017

Some schools are giving letter grades an F. In their place, students will get detailed progress reports. Critics argue that grades don’t say much about which skills a student has mastered. That C in math could mean you’re struggling with…


Should Communities Limit the Use of Plastic Bags?

April 14, 2017

For most Americans, plastic bags are a necessary part of any shopping trip. Many of us give little thought to the bags' impact on the environment. But plastic bags that end up in oceans and on beaches are harmful to…


Should School Bake Sales Be Banned?

March 7, 2017

Cupcakes and brownies are out. Carrot sticks and granola are in. In Massachusetts, selling sugary treats at fundraisers during the school day is banned. Massachusetts is one of 24 states that have adopted the federal Smart Snacks standards. The rules…


Should Stores Separate Toys by Gender?

November 4, 2016

Target made headlines last year when it announced that its stores would no longer post signs to direct customers to buy some toys for girls and others for boys. Much of the push to separate toys by gender has come…


Should Technology Companies Store Students' Personal Data?

March 6, 2015

Technology is making it easier for schools to collect information about students. Much of the data is collected and stored by technology companies, and not by the schools or the families. Supporters say the programs make it easier for teachers…