I ran into a young girl last night who asked me if I had taught at her old high school, a private one. I confirmed that I had but I had not had her in any classes. It became apparent that the experience was not a totally good one as I have found in talking to former students I run into. Of course, high school is high school, fun for some, not for others, but the thing that stands out in their minds is the massive amount of homework, hours every night and huge projects. Having worked there and listened in on many conversations in the teachers’ lounge, I can tell you that OTOH, rigor is thought of as lots of homework, but OTOH, many teachers condemn that and see its uselessness. They do it b/c that is the culture of the school. Whence cometh that culture?