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Yes!! I completely agree. My daughter started JK last summer, and we noticed the homework was piling up more and more throughout the year. At some points it was ridiculous. Why is a child in kindergarten having homework anyways? We read bed time stories and help her learn spelling etc. But our hours are limited in the evenings, and truthfully, this should be enjoyed as family time from life's busy schedules. When the rest of the world stops spinning just long enough to enjoy dinner and remember what your husband and kids faces look like aside from the photo on your desk in the office. Every weekend she would get a homework book sent home with her that needed to be completely and sent back Monday morning...sometimes there was a number of pages to be completed.
I'm all for the occasional homework assignment being sent home, and learning within the home, but to have this much and my daughter was only in JK is absurd. This year she will be in SK and my son starts JK. He has some concentration issues, and what could be a ten minute assignment could turn into a 40 minute assignment.
I don't know if this responsibility falls on the school board or the teacher specifically, but either way, if it happens again this year, someone is going to be hearing my concerns.
I agree with him to an extent. The problem with homework is not the homework itself, but the amount given. Students don't need to do 30 math problems to show they understand how to solve an equation. You can check for mastery with 5 problems.
I have to agree with the amount of homework being too much at times. Homework has become a huge struggle with my middle son. He hates it! Especially the reading and writing part. He doesn't mind the reading, it's the writing about it that he loathes. It's a daily struggle, and one that I would love to do with out. Maybe homework two to three times a week with no weekend and holiday homework would work better. Summer packets I don't mind cause they can take their time with that. But the amount of daily homework needs to slow down.
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totally agree - i had no homework, not a single assignment and no text books until I hit the public school systems in 6th grade, yet I was ahead in every subject & all standardized tests. There are other ways to effectively teach children, and I find it sad that schools are so unwilling to step outside of what's been historically done and try other learning methods.
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I am 100% against the "Do this mundane homework that has no connection to the real world or your personal life" but I DO think homework is necessary. Parents must really be kidding themselves if they think teachers can teach all that they can about a subject only during school hours. You know if you were doing a math lesson you could have it split into a couple days and make it "real world" by having kids plan a meal for say, a family of 5 on a fixed budget of X amount of dollars and have them visit the store to actually look at the prices of things and plan it out. That teachers kids things. That is better than say, a worksheet with times table questions. But homework is very necessary... and as an educator I am saying this because not nearly enough kids are doing work they need to be doing at home.
When I was student teaching I NEVER assigned a mundane task. I assigned homework like, picking a favorite song and analyzing it in terms of poetic design. It's real world, and kids can see "Oh hey, that Tupac song that mom hates? It's actually really poetic and here's why!" I had a graphic novel class and we looked at how color or the lack thereof can affect the human psyche. I never assigned a list of spelling word type stuff.
Kids do need to write and need to do homework... it just needs to be better assignments. I just get frustrated when parents are thinking school ends at the door of the school or that it's up to the parents to teach. I've met a lot of parents that say "You are the teacher, you teach, when they are at home they are to play and do sports." Okay that's fine, but they need to do some homework too. Maybe not every night, not mundane crap, but homework is absolutely necessary.
In kindergarden I too think that there should not be homework. But, I don't know what the education goal is when the teacher gives homework. If it helps the child learn more or finish school faster, it may be a justification. This being, I think that school should take into consideration the parents schedules as well and really avoid giving these homework that early.