When I was younger, I was a high achiever. My parents expected me to get A’s in the hopes I would get a scholarship, since we could not afford college. This meant hours of studying and homework (with little homework help from anyone). I would spend two to three hours a day doing homework. Was this too much? Certainly, children should have leisure time to spend with friends and parents. Several of us would agree that a good balance is necessary for health reasons and that overworking oneself is not the ideal lifestyle. What do we want for our child’s future? Is requiring too much homework molding a generation of workaholics? Does it aid the student assessment process adequately? What is the right amount of time a child should spend on homework that would develop the student learning process?
Parentella 1.) Is homework given to kids these days too much? Can you share some examples?
ainsliehunter For elementary – too much homework is excessive if it impacts on rest and play at home. Children need both after a day at school
lornacost Some teachers think that students should not be given homework
hadleyjf I wish that giving homework wasn’t a sign of rigor. Students are tired and should get some rest.
Lowelll Homework should help kids think. It should be fun and not a dreary task that should be done because it is mandatory.
TWRCtankcom Speaking for teachers, there is also a lot of time wasted grading homework that could be put to better use.
Happywillow We find a small amount of homework every night is much easier for us as a family than once in a while.
iMrsF @Parentella I think parents should help when they are able. My parents always helped me and it made me a stronger student.
cybraryman1 Parents can help and provide a quiet place for children to do the homework but not do the homework for their children.
msmithpds They are kids. At what age now, do we leave a kid to fend for himself/herself? A parent’s purpose is to help raise their kid to be a good productive citizen.
readtoday @Parentella Excellent question. Some things need to be memorized. Those things should be done in a quiet place.
CoachNancyP The hope is that children can own their work.
musingsfromme @readtoday We restructured our homework routine. I use the dining room table as a desk. Set out books, pencils, dictionary.
Lowelll Interactive tools that help with the thinking process are good to use for homework problem solving.
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