Academic honesty is a fundamental principle of learning and a necessary foundation for all academic institutions, particularly those dedicated to independent project-based education, such as WPI. Violations of the principle deny the opportunity to obtain confident command of the material students are credited with knowing, cheat their classmates out of deserved rewards and recognition, debase the institution, and demean the degree that it awards. Academic dishonesty is any act which interferes with evaluation of academic work, through the misrepresentation of the work being evaluated and the student's actual knowledge. A students' academic integrity is vital to the academic environment, as education involves the search for and acquisition of knowledge and understanding, which are, in themselves, intangible. The following acts are examples of academic dishonesty at WPI:. Using unauthorized materials or sources of information, such as a cheat sheet, preprogrammed calculator, etc.
Students and Teachers Stand Divided Over “Busywork”
Creating a Homework Policy With Meaning and Purpose
We have all had time-consuming, monotonous, meaningless homework assigned to us at some point in our life. These assignments often lead to frustration and boredom and students learn virtually nothing from them. Teachers and schools must reevaluate how and why they assign homework to their students. Any assigned homework should have a purpose.
The Real Meaning of Homework
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Schools are getting rid of homework from Essex, Mass. In fact, while eliminating homework may come as a surprise to many of us, the debate is not new. Parents and educators have been talking about this subject for the last century, swinging the educational pendulum back and forth between the need for homework and the need to eliminate homework. One of the great, yet often forgotten problems with homework is how it disproportionately affects students from less affluent families.