We met on Tuesday (election day) with some of the math teachers from the other high school in my district. Part of the time was spent looking at the new standards that are coming out (Ohio is adopting the Common Core State Standards) and part was spent playing with the TI-NSpire (that was fun!).
What really struck me from that day was a comment that an Algebra 2 teacher from the other school made. We were talking about the differences between General, College Prep, and Honors and how we could differentiate using the new standards.
What she said was this:
"The only difference between my general and my college prep is that they get to use notes on their tests and quizzes. Oh, and they only have 20 homework problems assigned per night while the college prep gets 40."
I was like, What?! (In my head... I wasn't going to say it out loud. She's an imposing figure.) I think 40 problems per night is outrageous. I figure these kids fit one of two categories:
1. They know what they're doing. 40 problems isn't going to change that and it just becomes a major chore.
2. They don't know what they're doing. 40 problems isn't going to change that and could just reinforce bad habits.
Am I totally off base here?