We just had a meeting with DD's teacher (2nd grade). This was brought on for a few reasons, one being that DD said she felt she wasn't having enough time to complete assignments and that she wasn't learning. She likes her teacher and her school, btw, but she still is asking us to homeschool.
Anyway, DD has been coming home with "homework" that consists mostly of in-class work that is incomplete. Much of which, we have to "teach" her at home. Then we help her with the assignment as needed. When we asked the teacher about this, she told us that the majority of the students are sent home with incomplete work and that she is trying to help them be independent learners.
I'm getting the feeling that there isn't much "teaching" in class but just handing out of assignments, then if the kids don't understand, they need to approach the teacher on their own and ask for help. There are 22 students with one teacher, and this is a private school.
The meeting went well, we like DD's teacher and received the information that we needed. Now we are just trying to figure out what to do with it. :) Just because her teacher is a nice person doesn't mean we agree with the philosophy of education. I'm sort of in shock here that this is supposed to be OK.
Is what is going on in DD's classroom really how most teachers grow independent learners?
Is the idea of teaching the concept of independent learning so valuable that it sacrifices learning at all?