Also, I’m a teacher, I don’t believe in a lot of homework, and I don’t believe in some arbitrary time plan, but it takes more time than we have in a school day to master the curriculum expected of children today. Those kids are lucky to have you. They have murderous streets to stay out of. In fact, this is the exact same homework she was sent home with last year. We can’t just skip it.

Thanks to her flexibility and understanding of individual needs, the year went by without a glitch. I think part of the point of this article is that kids should have a decent amount of time to decide for themselves what activities to pursue. Keith was tested with an IQ of You can choose to send them to school or not send them to school, but if you do choose to send them to school, you should take the good policies with the bad policies. I think this isn’t about “standing up to your teachers” it’s about voting for the right legislatures and state superintendent of education. I’m incorporating “Homework” as a major topic in my next renegade parenting book. But we think we must uphold homework, so we do.

The homework seriously is not that extensive in elementary school and if the parents take the time to make it a fun and positive time together there is still plenty of time for all the other stuff mentioned too.

Help with family chores. When homework comes too young, it also delays development of responsibility. I hope things go okay this year. A comprehensive analysis of different research studies on homework concluded that homework has no academic benefit to children in elementary school.


That is a huge reason we homeschooled. I homewori provide enrichment activities, but these are optional, ungraded, and usually take the form of contests such as essays that can win scholarship money or science projects for Week of the Ocean.

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Force our children to do homework! What kind of negative effect does that place on a child just getting started??!! I was a teacher for almost 30 years but at the high school level where homework was the norm. As a parent, I too balked at the amount of meaningless homework brought home by my children, but they were able to do what was needed to be done and still have time for those other activities that they enjoyed.

Please please do not assume it is the teachers fault. I’m curious, when you say that it has been met with puzzled acceptance before does that mean they excused your sons from homework? I read her post last week, just moments before stepping out of my home office [ Furthermore, some things such as reading and espeically Math require ongoing practice and drilling that, performed during the school day, would take too much time away from instruction time.

This is equally important to school work.

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I did and found overwhelming response in agreement with Heather, they just don’t feel like they can tell you that. Peggy, there was a time when I struggled like mad with homework, and I didn’t have a learning disability and I got great grades.


It’s just too much. Anyway, you’re right that the problem is a big one. He gets into pajamas around 8pm. I am so torn already about homework.

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Just because you can do it in 20 mins doesn’t mean everyone can. Would like to talk more. Mark Twain said he never let education interfere with his learning. Nomework time is precious for the rest of the child. April, I too am a teacher, 4th grade, and I so disagree with you.

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The trouble is, the American education system doesn’t agree with me. More parents are catching on each day. In Arizona we have charter schools. That’s why class size is such a huge issue in education.

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If you went into the education sector because you loved teaching children, but your hands are tied to teach them in effective manners If nothing is wrong with home then the child most likely has a disability or is just bad.

Not to mentioned it was brought up in neather of my child.

Homework is wrecking our kids: The research is clear, let’s ban elementary homework

Homework now, does not guarantee admittance to Harvard, or an amazing career, or a financially successful one. Many scholars dispute its worth at the middle school level, either, and that any homework over two hours a night for high school has a diminishing return.

It seems like it isn’t.