My older son is just finishing up 4th grade at our local public school - he was homeschooled up until this year. His teacher has this thing about book reports that makes me crazy. A large part of his language arts grade is based on the number of book reports that he turns in. The books have to be at least 100 pages. To get an A, you have to turn in 8-9 book reports per quarter, which means by the end of the year he would have had to turn in 24-27 book reports to get an A! (6-7 is a B, 5-6 is a C, 3-4 is a D) And yes, it is based on the number of reports, not the quality. They will be given back to correct if there are things wrong, but the grade itself is only based on the quantity.
I feel like this is total insanity. The first quarter we did 5 or 6 book reports, which took a lot of arguing and tears in our house. The second quarter I said screw it and he only turned in 4, which brought his language arts grade from an A to C. He has only done 2 so far, and with only a week to go, I don't know that he'll get another one done.
I have a real issue forcing kids to read so much. He loves reading, and reads for pleasure constantly, but not necessarily one novel after another. I mean, what more do kids learn doing the 15th book report that they didn't learn doing the 5th one?
Am I just naive and this is totally normal, or am I right in thinking this is craziness?