- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 5, 2006

With about two months before the midterm congressional elections, there’s a lot of talk (not all of it unambiguous) about generic polls suggesting that a majority of Americans believe the country is on the “wrong track.”

Well, I heard on “The Diane Rehm” show this morning from an education researcher, Alfie Kohn, who says that homework does more harm than good.

To my mind, Kohn made a very compelling case, and he reminded me, indirectly, of Steven Johnson’s book “Everything Bad Is Good for You: How Today’s Popular Culture Is Actually Making Us Smarter.”

The general theme here seems to be: Video games good, homework bad.

I don’t know about you — or the country at large — but this kind of research makes me feel very good about the way things are heading right now.

Now, if I could just find a pollster to register my optimism!

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