If you are a parent, you have probably noticed how much more homework kids are assigned these days compared to how much we were responsible for as little as two decades ago.
How Much Homework Is Too Much?
Times have changed and requirements for standardized tests as well as pressure placed on teachers by their districts in many states have, in my opinion, spiraled out of control to the point where children find it hard these days to be…well,…children!
Recently, my eight year old son came home on December 21, 2012, with a smile on his face and informed me he had just been assigned a book project which was due on January 9 of the following year, just two days after his return to school from winter recess.
My jaw dropped to the floor and my first instinct was to march right down to the school and let the principal have it! Luckily, I managed to compose myself and I started thinking how wonderful my son’s teacher had been throughout the year and I knew that by raising a stink about it I would be handing up this teacher. I still think it was brainless!
My kids, aged 12 and 8 respectively, come home daily with at least one and a half hour’s worth of homework. I understand how kids need to dedicate themselves and not fall behind, but 1 1/2 hours? Come on! To make matters worse, we as parents, after working hard all day and sitting in traffic, come home knowing we will be tied up for a good 45 minutes looking over their homework and making corrections.
I’m sorry, but this is not the answer to improving grades across the state; in fact, there have been a few studies out that show children are actually being crippled by these unfair demands placed on them by the school system. In many cases, they are just as stressed as a 9 to 5 worker who commutes two hours every day in rush hour traffic! How productive can they really be before they experience a common human reaction to excessive work and stress called ‘burnout.’
The teachers are not to blame here; they are usually severely underpaid as it is and the pressure on them to bring out excellence in their classrooms comes from every angle imaginable.
My two brothers and I went through the public school system when public schools allowed kids to be kids. We didn’t have homework every single day and we certainly didn’t sit down to do it for more than 20-30 minutes on average. I can’t remember one single time when one of our teachers assigned a project to be completed over the holidays. We all graduated college and became productive and successful in our professional lives. We turned out more than just fine!
The school system thinks they are benefiting children. I believe they are hurting them immensely by placing undue stress on them. Why the heck do they need to come home with so much homework if they are at school for 7 to 8 hours a day?
Complete and utter idiocy is what deserves to be called!