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Joseph L. Bast is the president of The Heartland Institute and author of Rewards: How to use rewards to help children learn – and why teachers don’t use them well.
Once a child is enrolled in school, the time for homework starts. Sending children home from school with homework is a long tradition that has come under criticism by some psychologists and writers as being a form of punishment.
For some children, a “culture of poverty” severely limits the opportunities they have to benefit from structured play and enrollment in out-of-school programs.
Socrates famously said “the unexamined life is not worth living.” He was reflecting on the private benefits of learning about ourselves and the world around us.