Originally Posted by jujyfruitbaby
I was just thinking about the degree of negotiation that does go on with the school. Dd is six, and today she had about a half-hour's worth of homework; there's homework every night. I think this is silly for a six-year-old, and besides there are other things that are important for her to learn while not at school, like how to swim. So I have taken to writing in her little home-school folder things like, "Dd is still working on ____ and should have it complete tomorrow or Thursday." So far I've heard no complaints.
Sooner or later, I'm sure that some teacher at some conference will urge me to see that dd does _____ or concentrates on learning ______, and I will have to have a look and see if I agree. I'm aware that the teacher is being leaned on heavily to see that the kids pass certain tests, but this is the school's problem, not ours. There are also pedagogical models of the school's that I think are helpful, and others that I'm less interested in using on dd. So long as she stays out of trouble, though, and is not an obvious problem kid, I think I'll pretty much be able to pick and choose what we do at home.
I agree 100%, wholeheartedly with the above!
Homework is just unnecessary busywork. Too many stupid worksheets and worksheets definitely DO NOT grow dendrites!!! Recent research has also shown homework has absolutely NO educational benefits for children, particularly those in lower elementary.
If my students do not learn what they need to pass those tests IN my classroom or getting the interventions they need during the school day (not during recess -- recess should NEVER be taken away!), then the school and me, as their teacher, are not doing our jobs well enough and we (the school and teacher) need to find the hole in the learning process for that child.
I try to NOT give homework every year and even send out a letter stating my reasons and the recent research against homework, but parents are adamant about receiving homework. Although, I tell them over and over again... the best work you can do with your child at home is to read, read, read and talk to them about what they are reading.
My ds is a first grader and we are struggling with homework. It is just too much and we both have better things to do with our time... long bike rides looking at all the shore birds, learning to play the guitar, going rock climbing, etc. Additionally, my ds has a lot of struggles with handwriting, his fine motor skills are slowly developing, therefore all the worksheets are just torturous for him. Finally, in all honestly, after having taught 20 1st graders all day long, the last thing I want to do it come home and do it some more.
I am conferencing with his teacher this week about an alternate homework plan for him that will include all the extra-curricular activities we do together.