I homeschool my 1st and 3rd grade sons and it isn’t as hard as you would think. The great thing about education today is that there are options for everyone! Heather — I am so proud of you!! I think this isn’t about “standing up to your teachers” it’s about voting for the right legislatures and state superintendent of education. Homework is a nightly conflict and emotional vortex for so many families.

Second, i agree that there is too much homework in elementary that is not truly meaningful practice. Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. With the rigors of school and testing demanded by legislators that do not know the first thing about child development many kids are “flunking kindergarten,” but better kindergarten than 4th grade. I say don’t ask me to do your job and I won’t ask you to do mine. It’s not that the rules don’t apply – it’s that they disagree with the rules.

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Homework is nothing but a waste of time. It would be very hard to argue with her, especially since the school employees are on her payroll. The other daughter is into all things science, especially geology and botany.

I feel for children who don’t have the support from home. I grew up with half-day school. What research suggests is that homework benefits are age-specific. Yet school teachers still give lots of things to do at home and are surprised to see those young children tired at school and even tired of school. I would love it so much if you linked up this post to our Sunday Homewrok Party. We still couldn’t do much in the way of clubs,and lessons, and sports and stuff This year homeworrk an experiment and they have practically no homework, except for an occasional project that comes with the TAG classes.


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We are all effected by the need to get it done. Allow projects of the child choosing so they are interested and will learn more.

This is difficult in our small town because there aren’t a homeworrk of options. I’d love to hear from you.

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It was strange to me, but it is nice since our kids are involved in after school activities and church. It’s unfair to the classroom teacher who has to find another way to fulfill requirements for grades that would be coming from homework assignments and unfair to the other students in the class who don’t understand why they have to do homework and other kids don’t.

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Elementary lessons are reinforced every day in school. By high school my stepdaughter would arrive at school at 6am for dance team practice, get home at 4: You mean to say she couldn’t evaluate a child based on 25 hours in class, but she could evaluate a child based on 29 hours and 40 minutes of class and homework time?


Best of luck with the book and its promotion. After reading through all the comments, it’s plain to see that most parents understand very little about NCLB and the ramifications it has on a regular classroom. And he went to gasp public school! Before age 11, responsibility can be taught in other ways.

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Want four more years of this? I think most teachers would love to have a 1: Homework was always such a struggle! I have a great job and understanding administrators.

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I share bits of it with whoever will listen! Heather, while I respect your opinion and appreciate your passion for how your child is educated, I don’t really like your strict boundries.

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The child needs to win. I completely agree with you. The students choose the area of study for the year. We do those as fun activities.

The only thing I will say is that I wish he’d had a little more homework last year.