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TOO Much Homework!

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TOO Much Homework!

A Parent Says…

Okay. I’m all about giving my child extra help and making sure he does not fall behind. I do think it is important for kids to practice at home the skills they learned in the lesson at school. However, really?? Hours and hours of homework? Is that really necessary? I mean, if a kid comes home from school, has a snack, turns off the TV and all other distractions, and is still sitting there doing homework after dinner and on to bedtime, can we all agree that this is problem? I have found that when a child has multiple teachers, as my boys do even at the elementary school level, those teachers often do not seem to plan what homework is to be given each evening. Three pages of Spanish, a page of math, a reading assignment in literacy with a writer’s response…and to top it all off, finish your report on the Presidents. Are they trying to make us insane???! Are they trying to get kids to truly hate school? It seems that way.

 

A Teacher Says…

A homework study was conducted by Harris Cooper, a psychology professor and director of Duke University’s program in education. It concluded that homework is beneficial, but only if it’s not overload. Kids shouldn’t be spending inordinate amounts of time on homework. The rule of thumb is 10 minutes per grade level. A 5th grader should have 50 minutes and a 9th grader, 90 minutes.

If your child is spending too much time on homework, first make sure he’s managing his time well and isn’t just wasting lots of time due to poor study habits. Lack of organization could be the problem. Model organization skills. When he starts his homework, help him determine the order in which he’ll complete the assignments. If he’s still spending too much time, talk to the teacher to see if she can modify assignments. If she’s resistant, talk to the administrators and voice your concerns. It helps if you take along statistics about recommended homework times or a survey of other parents at the school who feel as you do.

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