The Great Homework Debate
School has been in session for a couple of weeks now and it seems like the hot topic this year is homework. Our district has decided not to give homework to kindergarteners in an attempt to save money. I don’t understand how this is saving them much money, but I am fine with it. My five year old doesn’t need to come home with homework. So far my fourth grader has had a reasonable amount of homework. She is required to read for twenty minutes, complete one spelling page and one math page. It doesn’t take her too long to finish her work unless she is in a bad mood, so I have no complaints with our school.
However, I have heard from other parents that their kids are coming home with large amounts of homework that keep them up late and prevent them from enjoying other after school activities. They are a bit older than my kids, but not too much older. Is there an age when it becomes appropriate to send home that much homework? I don’t think so. Our kids spend at least six hours in school and then come home with a minimum of an hour of homework each night. Is it possible to be a good student and participate in sports and other after school activities? Are kids being forced to choose between grades and sports? How does this work in your family?
Bonus question: Why is homework so important anyway? I was able to teach my daughter at home in far less than six hours each day and she learned what she needed to learn. We just received her first standardized test results from the district and she scored in the advanced category across the board.
Cast your vote. Voice your opinion. Inquiring minds want to know! Well, I want to know. 🙂