We smack elementary school students by subjecting them to grades and standardized tests. There is absolutely no evidence that kids of that age derive any benefit from either of these practices, but the practices nevertheless persist and are rationalized on the grounds that, because children will encounter them when they’re older, they had better start getting accustomed to them now. So, too, for homework, which, according to the available research, provides no advantages whatsoever, either academic or attitudinal, when assigned to elementary school students.
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