My children don't have homework enough!?!

United States
January 24, 2007 11:35am CST
My children go to a school where the principle doesn't believe in homework. The principle thinks the teachers should do all the teaching in school. This is elementary school. I have asked their teachers about this. I want to know what my kids are going to do when they hit middle school and get dumped on. No one has a good answer for me. So my next step is the principle. I think kids should have some homework to do at least every night. Not a lot but something to keep their mind working and not on TV or computers.
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13 responses
• Canada
2 Feb 07
The answer to your problem is simple.. GIVE THEM homework to do. My mother used to do that to me because they don't believe in homework in elementary school ANYWHERE. When I came home, my mother would have a grade appropriate assignment for me to do. Wether it was learning to write, mad math.. just something so that I would get used to homework. You should try it. I'm going to do it to my kids.
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3 Feb 07
Good thinking! If you believe that your child isn't getting enough homework, or any , then you set some for them! Use your local Library/internet to find appropriate work; focus on what the need most help with. Maths/ Language/ History. Don't be disheartened, sometimes we have to take matters into our own hands!
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• Canada
5 Feb 07
Hey - maybe your kids are just really bright! Their extra spare time, along with your spare time could work out really well and give you more time with your kids than most parents get. If you don't have much spare time, maybe during the extra that you do have, you can just visit with your kids more and stop worrying about how much homework they get! You seem to have what a lot of people are lacking and can only wish for - kids who have time for YOU! If they're not bogged down in homework, maybe they can help around the house a bit more and help ensure that when YOU are busy, extra time is not wasted on household details once you've got time for visiting. Then you WILL BE ABLE TO just visit and enjoy your kids! Also - this lack of homework might not last long! Take avantage of the fact that your kids have some breathing room, either for their sakes or all your sakes, for the time being.....the next grades may well toss your kids more work than they can chew and then you'll wonder why you worried at one time - about 'not enough homework.' teeray~~
@babystar1 (4236)
• United States
31 Jan 07
I think that kids should not have homework at all.Homework should be all done in school.You have a very good principle.My granddaughter has so much homework every night she cant even rest her brain.Shes in school most of the day and then when she gets home she still has homework to do. Teachers are giving out to much homework. And your principle is right the teachers should do all the teaching in school.My granddaughter is aslo in elementary school.
• United States
31 Jan 07
Well at first I thought the new school had more homework but they don't really. I remember having hours of homework every night.
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@mtdewgurl74 (18122)
• United States
1 Feb 07
Atleast they won't be in for a rude awakening in junior high cause a little homework is better then none. I remember tons of homework too.
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@candygurl24 (1884)
• Canada
1 Feb 07
I am going through a similar situation..just bear with me as I tell you a bit about it. My daughter is a very bright child, so I decided that french immersion was a great choice for her grade primary/kindergarden year. She was reading IN FRENCH 2 levels above the other children in her class. This was great. Now we live in a new province, and it's bad enough that they don't teach french to the children until grade 3 at her school, but she comes home weekly with spelling words like: Hat, Car, Bat..etc. It's really just pathetic. I talked to her teacher about it and she agreed to give her harder words. I thought great, I'm satisfied..well, I spoke too soon. The next list were words like: Lovely, Adorable etc. Meanwhile my 7 year old child is spelling words such as antidisestablishmentarianism with me at home. Their math books only involve basic addition/subtraction up to 12! I asked about having her moved up a grade level, which they refused because they thought it would be too hard for her...so then I got fed up and told them point blank that they wouldn't have a clue what she could do in the first place because they don't even test the children to see their level placement. She is reading at a grade 5+ level, and can speak more french than most of the kids in grades 4 and 5! Shouldn't we have the right to say ok, this is enough? Schools are supposed to challenge our youth, not give them an easy ticket to nowhere! Thanks so much for giving me the chance to vent this out to someone who might actually appreciate these words. :)
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• United States
2 Feb 07
That is a big problem. Your daughter needs to be moved up a couple grade levels. My daughters school doesn't start teaching Spanish until 2nd grade and she is very upset about it. I am going to look into spanish classes outside of school. I am hoping to find some and that they don't cost an arm and a leg. Good luck with your school!
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@cjthedog64 (1554)
• United States
31 Jan 07
I think it depends on what they're doing in school. I'd love it if teachers were able to actually TEACH the stuff that kids need to know. If they could do it during the day and not give homework, that'd be great! Kinda like how it used to be done. Nowdays though, there is so much crap that they have to deal with - discipline problems, special rules for different kids, security things, state testing, etc. There just isn't enough time for them to teach and for the kids to practice a little. I do think that some level of homework / projects is good for kids. Just to teach them some self discipline and organizational skills. Also to let the parent see what the kids are doing. I'm hoping to be able to homeschool. I won't have "homework" but will expect DS to do some things on his own.
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• United States
31 Jan 07
I never wanted to home school. I think it is nice to have my kids with other kids. I do know people that do it. It works out great for them.
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• Italy
24 Jan 07
I wuold to answer to your question as well as I can. The homework is really a good think for build and grewn up a good mind. I think that your son must make homework, if his teacher doesn't get it you can make for her... Make some homework for you son... Open him book and choose some exsersice. You can look for it in internet. Thanks very much for your care and attention!
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• United States
25 Jan 07
we just moved to a new school. Now he is coming home with home work. Not to much but enough.
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@rachael5760 (2455)
• Israel
2 Feb 07
I feel that homework helps to focus and review the work done at school, and this should be done as soon as the child has come home, eaten a snack and then sits down to review the work done in school. If your children don't have homework persay, then maybe you should ask to go over their school work with them.
@mtdewgurl74 (18122)
• United States
1 Feb 07
Wow! my little sister is in kindergarten and she brings home alot of homework a night which she does as soon as she gets home I think homework is something that helps kids remember what they learned in school that day and helps the teacher to understand whos understanding what and whos having problems just at school being taught they aren't on a subject long enough to really learn it. So I think homework is really needed They have some workbooks in some stores my mom bought several for my little sister and it teaches everything that the school is teaching so if you want them to have homework there you go it will be your homework for them make them do a few pages a day.
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• United States
31 Jan 07
I think I would question that principle. I think kids need some homework. Kids need to learn to be independent and responsible. It also gives the parents an idea of how there children are doing. If the teacher is not picking up on a childs needs at least the parent can see where the child needs help. It's not the schools total responsibility to teach a child. It's a joint effort. Parents need to be active in their childs school career. I think homework is a must.
31 Jan 07
I don't think my daughter gets enough homework either so I do a lot of work with her at home myself. I work on reading with her (currently we are going through www.progressivephonics.com), and I also do maths sheets with her every week and we have science discussions etc. I think homework is very important as so much of the school day is taken up with assembly, break time, lunch break, getting the kids to sit still etc that there isn't much time for actual learning.
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• United States
13 Feb 07
you can create worksheets for them that they must complete to earn household privilages. they can be math drills, spelling words with a paragraph they must copy/write and sentances, read a book/book report. homework doesn't have to just come from school, it can come from you too.
• United States
13 Feb 07
you can buy the stuff online, print it out, or buy at student/teacher shops.
@nmw2005 (1198)
• United States
6 Feb 07
Wow, I have never heard of a school where they don't believe in homework. Around where I live they have parent/teacher stores. What about going into one of those and getting workbooks and other learn tools that your kids can do at home.
@uath13 (8227)
• United States
6 Feb 07
My god! Where is that, can I transfer my daughter? I can't tell you how many hours we spend on homework in one night. We both wind up frustrating each other so badly nothing is accomplished. She also has dance classes and girl scouts to go to so its a real rush to get it all done at times.
• United States
5 Feb 07
Homework is actually one of those hot-button education issues. Many top education researchers no longer believe in HW, as it is usually nothing more than busywork. You should check out "The Homework Myth" by Alfie Kohn. It is a fascinating read. If you want your child to have more HW, you can help them by giving them interesting activities to do at home. Make sure your child is reading something they enjoy daily. Reading is the BEST thing you can have your child do. Have your child work towards earning something they really want-saving money, budgeting, and learning the real value of a dollar. Have your child write and draw. Read and write with your child! Volunteer somewhere. Takee virtual field trips. Be grateful your child will have time to pursue academic subjects that interest them!!!!!