Has anyone seen the documentary film "Race to Nowhere"?
I have three kids in elementary school. I am amazed at the amount of work they sometimes have. I think that I as a parent, needing to wait till the kids come home from school, to plan my evening plans with the kids, is a bit much.
The way I figure it, if you have my kids for more than 6-1/2 hours a day, and you can't teach them what they need to know, then that is an indication on the school system. How dare anyone think you have the right to come into my home, by demanding my kids do work every evening, and give them bad grades if they don't do it.
I also have a sister who home schools 4 boys. She openly admits that she needs about 2 hours of concentrated study and teaching per day, and her boys pass every standard they throw at them with flying colors.
So what are schools doing with the other 4-1/2 hours a day?
Some say and justify the homework, by saying that kids spend way more time watching television as compared to homework. So what! Who gave these school the godlike position to say how they should spend their evenings. I say I should say what my kids do when they come home. I am the parent.
I am more and more becoming to think that public school is a joke. I was asking in a conversation the other day about whether anyone tried to sue a school over homework demands placed upon kids outside the structured format that the school has in place during the day.
Think about it. If your boss stood at the door and handed out 2-3 hours of work for you to take home every night without pay, you would scream that your being treated like a slave. Heck, we even have laws about youth work hours if they were dipping ice cream. But a teacher can hand out anything they want.
So a simple search found a huge movement of parents and teachers giving schools blowback on the idea of overloaded homework assignments. And at least one elementary school outright banned homework altogether.
I think we all have much more on our schedule with our busy lives. But it seems schools with all the advancements supposedly made over the years, can't teach any better without hour upon hour of homework.
I might have more time myself for the kids, but I have to go figure out what the fundraiser it is now that they want me to do. But that is another subject.
Anybody else have any thoughts on this matter?