I HATE homework... AND the moms that ask for more...

I have a 4th grader and a 1st grader.. I understand what homework is and means and it's intention, but I think a lot of times. it is just too much...

I have friends that want more for their kids.. or complain it's not enough or they're not being pushed... I come from the place of they're NINE... they should be KIDS.. They are at school for almost 7 hours.. and after school care... they should be playing outside or legos or doing something fun for a KID!

YES.. I think they should have SOME.. .maybe a page or two of grammar or math... but nothing more than an a half hour.. there are some nights where literally we are doing homework ALL evening.. for an hour before dinner, then an hour after and sometimes finishing after bath or in the morning.. When it's too much.. my son HATES it.. his attitude changes and he dreads the night time...

I have NO problem going to the teacher and telling this btw.. in a nice way... I want my son to have a positive feeling about learning and school, but last year he had SOOOO much homework that his disposition towards school in general changed.. He hated it.. he dreaded it...

I think to encourage positive outlook on school and learning is to make it enjoyable and just enough work that they feel empowered by it.. NOT feeling unworthy...

And for those parents that say they need more work or complain there isn't enough... I say get your OWN workbooks... GET on line and find something for your kids to do do.. have them read a book and do a report to YOU... stop blaming the teachers or school... take it in your own hands..

My kids are happy and are above average in school.. and middle on some things.. but they are fun and make friends easily and can read well...THAT'S all that I want for them... I'll worry later about their test scores...

I'm a huge reader and so my kids have to read a book a week in addition to schoolwork, but a book they choose and we read it together.. or I read it on my kindle (for my son who reads at a 10th grade level) and I rad WITH my 6 year old.. That's MY job... MINE...

Ookay... getting off my soap box now.. :)

    I completely agree. Before my little one I was a nanny to a 5 year old and an 11 year old. The 11 year old had soccer practice (which he really wanted to do) 3 times a week. Because it is a club team any practices he missed because of homework (I had to make sure all of his homework was done before he could go to practice or he couldn't go) meant that he had to sit out that many games. At first I thought it was a reasonable amount, he would always finish his homework before 5 and practices started at 5:30pm. But then about the second semester we were struggling to get it done before bed time. Sometimes I would go over to their house at 5am to help him finish the homework he didn't finish the night before. It was so ridiculous one time that I went with their mom to a PTA meeting to discuss homework loads with the parents and teachers. During the meeting the parents kept saying that these kids didn't get enough homework. I was very upset, I go to Graduate school for mathematics and a 5th grader has more homework in one night than I do in 1 week. I understand that kids need to learn the responsibility to take care of and finish their homework, but do we really have to punish them with the amount? I don't remember ever having more than an hour of homework in elementary school. Even in high school I didn't have 4 hours of homework EVERY night. It's ridiculous, the kids I was a nanny for are in public school! Makes me wonder what the work load is like in private school these days...
      8Theresa Gould
      Have you ever wondered if there was so much homework because the teacher wasn't getting the material covered in school or something? Just throwing it out there.
        Have you ever seen or heard of the movie Race to Nowhere? I believe anyone involved in the decision making process for school curriculum, teachers and parents need to see this film. It is a real eye opener. Here is a brief summary of what it is about:

        "Race to Nowhere" is a film that calls us to challenge current thinking about how we prepare our children for success. Named by TakePart.com as one of “10 Education Documentaries You Don’t Want to Miss”, “Race to Nowhere” brings communities together to spark dialogue and galvanize change in America’s schools.

        Featuring the heartbreaking stories of students across the country who have been pushed to the brink by over-scheduling, over-testing and the relentless pressure to achieve, “Race to Nowhere” points to a silent epidemic in our schools. Through the testimony of educators, parents and education experts, it reveals an education system in which cheating has become commonplace; students have become disengaged; stress-related illness, depression and burnout are rampant; and young people arrive at college and the workplace unprepared and uninspired.

        Shown nationwide and internationally in more than 6,000 schools, universities, cinemas, hospitals, corporations and community centers, “Race to Nowhere” has become the centerpiece of a nationwide, grassroots movement for the transformation of education.

        If you would like more information go to: http://www.racetonowhere.com

        As parents, we do need to take a more active role in our kids education.
        8Theresa Gould
        Sounds like an eye opener. Thanks for sharing.
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        We live in Los Angeles, CA. I'm a writer, comedian, actor and single mom of two. Parenting is hard. I try to keep a sense of humor about it all and find the find the funny... in what is most likely NOT funny (i.e. boogers, meltdowns, homework, etc.).