The Urban Legend

Homework survey results inform teaching practices

Sophia Vahanvaty, Editor-in-Chief of Newspaper

March 29, 2018

Complaints about excessive homework are a constant presence in the Urban School’s hallways. But how much truth is there to these claims? Led by Geoff Ruth, the Academic Dean, the school administration began to answer this question with data collected through homework surveys: schoolwide surveys tha...

Recreational reading loses prevalence among busy high school students

Olivia Mitchel, Staff Writer

October 15, 2015

Remember those reading logs you got in middle school? Those glorious days when your homework was to spend a substantial amount of time with the book of your choice? No annotations necessary, no passage analyses, just you and your book. To most high school students, that all seems like a distant memory...

Race to Nowhere: documentary targets impact of America’s achievement Culture

Jamie Friedman, Staff writer

April 5, 2011

Playing in 48 states with more than 500 screenings, “Race to Nowhere” is giving viewers a lesson about the harmful effects of America’s achievement culture on high school students. The 85-minute documentary follows the lives of students as they try to maintain balance between hard work and pressure....

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