Homework causing havoc in our home

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  • Nan BW ELder, CO
    May 3, 2012 7:46 a.m.

    I taught school at Carden Memorial for 19 years. It was our philosophy there to limit homework to a total of one hour per day. Of course some students were unable to complete the assignments in that time, but many finished it before they left for home, simply by being motivated and efficient. Too much homework is counter productive because it causes frustration, discouragement and dislike for the tasks at hand. If true learning takes place in the classroom, a lot of homeowrk is unnecessary. We did encourage students to read and do hands on learning at home (parents were given suggestions), but flying papers, in particular "fill in the blanks" do little to expand minds.

    I later substituted in NM, and saw students doing busy work assignments that I thought were just a waste of paper. As others posting for this article have noted, problems in the classroom may it hard for teachers to do their jobs, and homework is used to compensate. That issue needs to be fixed. Children should be able to go outside and play when they arrive at home (and forget the high tech entertainment).

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    May 2, 2012 10:15 a.m.

    justhappytobehere,

    If children don't do work at school, they won't do it at home. Teachers can't have too many fail, because it looks bad on their evaluation, and the contract won't be renewed. Students know they will pass if their work is not completed, and lack the urgency to work.

    A part of the problem IMO, many young children are not matured enough to handle long hours of school, and therefore age with a dislike for it. They don't like having a constant collar around them with classes followed by homework, without trying to break loose. Sometimes less is better than more. Kids need their childhood to explore and be independent.

  • justhappytobehere Orem, UT
    May 2, 2012 7:32 a.m.

    I spend a lot of time in elementary classrooms. I see how much valuable learning time is wasted each day because teachers are forced to babysit rather than teach. I see children who do no work all day long. Teachers must assign homework to ensure that children are getting the concepts. Public education should be considered a privilege, not a right. At least it should be a privilege to attend a regular class. Maybe children who refuse to behave at school should be placed in a separate classroom, with a teacher who is paid extra by the parents for babysitting. If teachers actually had enough time to teach properly, without being interrupted constantly by out-of-control children, maybe they could check for understanding and assign homework based on need.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    May 1, 2012 11:00 p.m.

    Our children sit almost eight hours a day, than are assigned hours of homework. Some stay after school to practice for the standardized test. All to impress someone with a high test score. Students have limited independence which hinders creativity, and their childhood.

  • Right or Wrong Happy Valley, Utah
    May 1, 2012 8:48 p.m.

    Love the article! Home work is so over rated and misses the point of education. I get the part of having the parents involved but there is NO reason for the mountains of "home" work that is assigned. Balance in life is more needed than the unnecessary chore of home work.

  • TallGuy1970 Syracuse, UT
    May 1, 2012 11:43 a.m.

    I think frustrations like these are compounded by the amount of homework teachers assign. My 14-year-old daughter typically has at least two hours, if not four or five, of homework each night. She is straight A student and is very self motivated, but the homework comes in huge piles and she gets frustrated!!! Her social life is all but gone. She had to quit the swim team and rarely has time at night for anything but homework, dinner, and bed!

    Teachers and boards of education need to take a long, serious look at how much work they are piling on our children and then ask themselves if this huge amount of homework is really helping the education process or if it just makes teachers feel a false sense of self worth because, "Look at all the work my students do. I must be teaching them a great deal."

    I am absolutely certain the latter is true 95% of the time.