We have had to track reading for the last two years. Since my dd is a bigworm and her sister entering kindy in the fall will be as well (loves to have books read to her) it takes all of 15-30 seconds daily to track what she is reading. Sometimes we forget, and she has a stack of books, so she just updates the list with the stack of books. Her 3rd grade is required to read 30 mins daily outside of school. For her, its a piece of cake since she reads every night before bed, or if she is really into a book, the next morning too before school. But I have heard from friends and neighbors, its difficult to get some kids to do this, 15 mins is the best the child can do. For those students, its more important to see how to get a better reader out of them or improve their reading skills and the teacher is happy with 15 mins, esp if the child is working and learning. I dont see how opting out would help this child.
For DH, this would have been impossible for him growing up, he struggled with reading, there was not a lot of specialists back in the day such as now. Kids entering kindy back then were also aged 4-5, not 5-6 and learning about reading earlier. He worked hard and did learn to read and learned how to work hard and smart and do well.
DD also has about 10-30 min at least 4 times a week of homework incl practicing spelling words. No homework on the weekends or breaks.
I dont have any issues with this amount of homework. Some of its busy work but most is practice for math or spelling which she needs a lot of times. Just like when she plays softball, she had to practice a lot at the beginning to learn and also still has to practice, so she can play. I could just imagine telling the coach we are opting out of practicing because its just busy work. Its as funny as actually thinking about it.
I agree, sometimes its a bit tedious but if there is another option and your child is actually doing the work, does well in school and learning, find that other option and work with your teacher. But if its just because you feel like not doing it, I personally feel you are not teaching your child anything good. Because believe me, there are going to be bigger and better issues down the line, well into adulthood that is not really the best thing you get to do, but you have to. Also, if your teacher who also teaches and then works at home for 1-5 hours each and every night, has to do 20-28 different options for students, because lets say everyone decides "they are opting out" because of whatever they deem important, how is she going to be able to teach?