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    I have a problem with homework that has to be a particular day, but homework that can be completed at a convenient time throughout the week is reasonable.

    The problem is extra-curricula activities generally wipe out an entire afternoon. For example, in my household, we have:

    Monday night - childrens theatre group (6:45-9pm so children really need some downtime afterschool, not to be plowing through homework)
    Tuesday afternoon - private drama classes (we get home at 5:30pm, then it is a very quick dinner, bath and bed)
    Thursday night - girls brigade (6pm-8:30pm, arriving home after 9pm. Some downtime is needed after school, and then time having dinner and getting ready.)
    Friday afternoon - off to Dad's house.

    So that leaves only Monday and Wednesday afternoons available during the week to do homework. I would much rather schedule homework in for Sunday afternoon, but unfortunately the primary school gives it out Monday and requires it back Friday so it cannot be completed over the weekend. Thus it really is a cram to squeeze it into two days.

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    I do believe in homework but it should be gradual and not a huge thing in primary school but should lead up to high school. Homework should also just be revision. I've heard of schools setting homework for children to learn new stuff while not at school and I just don't think that's fair on parents.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kimberleygal1 View Post
    Homework is nothing to do with the teacher not doing their job properly!
    I have to disagree. If kids are needing hours of homework every day to get them to the point the dept of Ed wants them at, then there's something wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redlipsandpearls View Post
    The times you have for high school are crazy. That leaves hardly any time for after school activities... Or sleep
    Yep that is the standard but if your kids is slow or has a learning disabilty they are execpted to do double that.

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    Default Do you believe in homework?

    I believe in good homework. I do not believe in much of what I have seen pass for homework.

    I believe some skills require repetition to consolidate learning, and that sometimes it's appropriate to do this at home. Times tables, reading, spelling, all good. However we know that more repetition does not equal more retention; to the contrary, excessive repetition can hinder learning.

    I believe that any new learning should take place at school. I also think almost all research should be done at school, where everyone can access the same resources and assistance.

    I strongly believe that time spent with family and spent doing things such as shopping, cooking, caring for or playing with siblings, and gardening are necessary and beneficial, and that when prescribed homework gets in the way of a child gaining life skills it is excessive.

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    At high school parents info night last week, we were told the expected homework was 1 and 1/2 hours a day for grade 8 and 9, 2 to 2 and 1/2 for grade 10, and 3 to 4 for grades 11 and 12.

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    Default Do you believe in homework?

    I should clarify, I'm not as opposed to homework from grade 9 onwards. At this point children are not just learning subject matter; they're also learning how to learn, how to study. If they're to go onto tertiary studies they'll need these skills.

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    Default Do you believe in homework?

    Quote Originally Posted by Elijahs Mum View Post
    If you had a choice would you set homework ?
    No, but I don't think it's fair to say that teachers who might want to are not doing their job properly.
    Last edited by BigRedV; 18-02-2013 at 17:44.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRedV View Post
    No, but I don't think it's fair to say that teachers who might want to are not doing their job.
    Buuuutttt, for the Montessori system, I would say that statement is fair and that is where Elijah's Mum is looking from. Perspective has a lot to do with it I would say.

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    Default Do you believe in homework?

    Quote Originally Posted by BigRedV View Post
    No, but I don't think it's fair to say that teachers who might want to are not doing their job properly.
    I maybe should have changed my statement to say - if public school teachers had the proper help/funding and had the time then it is not necessary?

    I have absolutely no experience with the public school system except that most friends/clients who do have little kids in public schools whinge about the amount of homework!

    Montessori has a totally different way which I just think makes more sense but that's just my opinion!


 

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