I think some people have different understandings of the purpose of homework. Some people think it is to ensure their children do not 'fall behind' - perhaps in some cases, some people think that it's so the curriculum can be covered completely - again perhaps in some cases.
But I think in the early years of primary school the main purpose of any sort of set home work is to strengthen parent partnerships and connectedness to school. As shocking as it is to lots of people here, there are so many kids which don't read every day, so imo reading is homework, so is setting the table for some children.
There are different understandings of what it looks like, what it's purpose is and what we believe it is based on our own experiences.
If you need to do 4 hours study a night you should look at memory techniques and ways of being more efficient.
Homework for primary students should be minimal
I think it is necessary (from about year 2 up) to set small tasks that relate to what we are learning in class. I don't agree with nightly homework but more just something that can be done in 2 or 3 nights over the week. Although looking at what my poor sisters, year 8 and year 11, have to do it is more then I did when I was at uni!
No. I really don't. I also don't agree with a lot of the cultural aspects of mainstream education such as pitting children up against each other in competition and making children think that the only people who deserve to go to uni are the very few who enjoy this kind of "work" from such a young age. The fact is there are many different ways of learning. Main steam education does not address the needs of mos children.
From a slightly different perspective. I remember a conversation between teacher friends whose school (in vic) proposed no homework. They had to change their stance and start setting homework because the parents were requesting it.
Personally (& to clarify my boys are 2.5 & 16mths) I think reading, sight words and similar are important. Part of the problem for no time for homework could be that some working parents have crazy hours, some kids have too many activities, and it is important for kids to have time just to be kids and spend time with the family.
These hours are for the avg child - yes some will need to do more and others will not need to.
These hours motivated me to study hard and to learn. I found great joy in my education and do not regret the skills I learned at all.
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