Maybe it’s time for parents to stand up and demand age and skill-level appropriate homework — and no homework at all for children before the second grade. And in case you were wondering: yes, I do have a teaching credential.
Do you ever hear the word "homework" brought up in conversation and cringe a little, not knowing what the next statement will be? No matter if I'm talking with fellow teachers, administrators, parents, or friends of mine with school-age children, I usually dislike conversations about homework because people have such strong feelings about it!
If you know anything about me, you know that an angry Joelle is a real trouble-maker.
If anyone has a study that shows that giving me and my five-year-old homework worksheets will make him better at anything, I am open to reading it.
If my son has copious amounts of skill-inappropriate homework and is unable to exercise and play outside, will the school then tell me that my kid is fat and dictate my grocery shopping lists?
(It sounds paranoid, but I’ve seen it happen in other schools).
I am not bashing the private school where I send my son.
The problem is that both the teacher and the school are following a new trend in homework that has infiltrated public and private education.
There is a lot of talk out there both for and against homework.
I guess the next thing anyone else needs is an opinion, but I'll go ahead and put in my two cents!