Last edited by Cinderella82; 10-08-2013 at 21:35.
Families not bothering to make time for it is more common than I ever imagined.
To quote one of the parents 'that's your job'.
Charming, but a lot of people genuinely believe this.
I remember my brother did his reader every night after dinner while Mum prepared dessert.
I do believe in homework
DD (grade 2) gets a reader every night, and a weekly worksheet that she is expected to some of every night. Usually about 15 minutes plus reader.
As she has exceeded the levels of readers available in class, she chooses her own books, or borrows from the library which works really well for us.
tonight her homework was 10 spelling words (which she has all week to learn), to practice counting to 100 forwards and backwards, and then count to 100 by 2's forwards and backwards.
its just practicing and reinforcing what they do at school - and its good for me as a parent to understand clearly where she is at
I totally get the need for consolidation, my issue isn't so much that homework exists, but how much is sometimes given. I wonder as a parent if after a certain point they are going backwards. I know when I used to do uni assignments there would be a point where I was tired and would read over the same sentence 10 times. That's when I knew it was time to close the computer and have a break.
I've done year 12 and I still think 3-4 hours every night is crazy. If they get home at 4pm, snack until 4.30, tea for half an hour that's 9pm. Most would be in bed by 10:30. So they have 90 mins a day for themselves to relax, and 10 hours a day for school. That's excessive and imo leads to burn out and stress.
I don't remember doing any homework in high school, aside from assignments.
I agree Delirium.
This was ds afternoon he is gr8. In the car on the way home 1/2 of man arts homework, got home 1 hour sose, followed by 45 each on english and maths, dinner plus 10 mins on a game followed by 30 mins on science and he was sent to bed 10 mins after bed time with drama not even looked at.
Yes he has adhd plus a few other learning disoders but he still has to do the same work as everyone .
I believe in homework. I don't think it has anything to do with "lazy teachers".
It helps children to learn to study Independently and also to manage their time. I don't think excessive homework is good but I guess it's a natural progression that they get more as they go along.
I was prob up to 3 hrs a night (including procrastination when I was in 11/12 mainly because I took some extra classes and some were hard but that was just normal back them, especially around exam time.
in relation to upper high school, I went to boarding school (20 years ago now) .. and we had compulsory study from 7pm-8.30pm for everyone.
Supper was 8.30-9pm ...
then years 8 + 9 went to bed, and years 10-12 went back to study - yr 10 for until 10 and yrs 11 + 12 until whenever they wanted. And mostly, I used all of that time.
So homework requirements dont seem to have changed that much in the last 20 years.
My DD1 is in year 1 this year.
Last year (Kindy) I did not believe in homework and thought it ridiculous having homework in Kindy. All terms 1 and 2, she didn't really move up reading levels and seemed to lag behind. Hubby and I thought we might try it a couple of times a week from term 3. We did about 20 minutes 3 times a week and the improvement was amazing. She jumped reading levels and at the end of the year she was reading in front of the whole school. We have since decided that we'll stick with about 25 minutes 3 to 4 times a week.
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