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EduTwitter Gives CNN a Harsh Homework Review

EduTwitter Gives CNN a Harsh Homework Review

A recent CNN segment highlighting high homework burdens on American students came under fire on Twitter Wednesday.

One of those critical of the segment was EdWeek’s research guru, Holly Yettick. Via Twitter, she broke in with:

Adding later:

The University of Arkansas’ Gary Ritter piled on, adding:

And the Brookings Institute’s Tom Loveless pointed out:

And later:

The notion that American kids are getting too much homework has become somewhat widespread in recent years, though researchers like Yettick point out that these stories aren’t always the result of carefully-constructed studies and can tend towards exaggeration.

To her credit, CNN’s Kelly Wallace responded positively to the criticism, pointing out that:

Yettick responded:

Back to school stories like these may not be taken very seriously by beat reporters who cover education every day but they can represent one of the few times each year that broadcast outlets like CNN address education, shaping the views of thousands of viewers.

Alexander Russo is a freelance education writer. An earlier version of this post appeared on his blog, The Grade as CNN “Too Much Homework” Segment Comes Under Fire.

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