I am getting ready to start my first teaching position. I just accepted an end of year position as an 8th grade language arts teacher. The current teacher is retiring. I was talking with her the other day, and she told me not to bother giving homework as most of the students will not do it. I was stunned! I realize I'm brand new and have a lot to learn, but I just can't believe the majority of the class will not do it. She also advised me that the principal will not allow the teachers to give a 0 as a homework grade either. The lowest you can give is a 50 - even if they don't do it. I'm not out to load up the kids with homework, but I can't imagine not ever giving homework. Any suggestions about how to approach this? Thanks for any advice!