This is why I chose an online charter school for my children. Hope that answers your question. I work full time. Some agreed and enthusiastically supported us. Yes, individual teachers can make all the difference. I feel for children who don’t have the support from home. Children have been told what to do all day long at school—which is mostly sitting still and focusing on the academic side.

The other daughter is into all things science, especially geology and botany. I read her post last week, just moments before stepping out of my home office [ He makes all A’s, other than Algebra 2. Kids are out of the class so much, band assemblies, social work, speech, OT, PT,pictures, buddy reading gym,music,art other pullouts for this and that. She’s in school for over 6 hours a day and on top of that she’s supposed to do work at home. Then there are the parents who just don’t care about spending time motivating and challenging their children during their time at home. So I guess we are lucky that it doesn’t impact too much.

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Does your child ever stay ohmework too late because of schoolwork? Remember that teachers care about kids. I am a third grade teacher and I couldn’t agree with you more. If you have an older Salon account, please enter your username and password below: I received my copy of your book the other day and am looking forward to reading it, once I get my current book finished.

Why We Say “NO” to Homework – Heather Shumaker

Let’s see, I’m new to all this, but I believe there’s a “Share” button at the end of the blog post. My son is in 2nd grade at a fantastic Charter school in Scottsdale. If you want to implement a no-homework rule, then fight through the school board, not over your kids backs. Different families and schools take different approaches to preparing kids for high school when they are in grades Kids became tutors to each other. I would also like to add that not doing homework in elementary school did not set me up for doing poorly, I was always a good student and had great grades and graduated with over a 4.


Did that effect their grades? You can not dictate how that time is utilized.

Why Parents Should Not Make Kids Do Homework

That means a high school student should be expected to do her homework without being reminded. I always say, a parent should sit in a classroom everyday for a week. I have high expectations for my students, but there are those who, no matter what is done, do not do their work at school in the classroom, even with a variety of assignments to meet each learning style.

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Children will grow up, “with age comes wisdom”, so let them learn more when they have such wisdom and play during the only time they will ever get to. Does he enjoy the homework time of day? However, in the later grades, when preparing children for the job force or college, homework becomes a critical assessment of what children have actually learned in the classroom. Heather, I agree completely with what you say in your article.

Clash of Authorities: Discovering a Sane Path Out of Homework

We agreed to no homework and that it was still heatehr responsibility to master what kids were learning in class. Regardless of their age!


We’ve practically eliminated recess in most elementaries, we’ve eliminated some specials time, while they are adding and adding more and more content and literacy standards, to be accomplished earlier and earlier. Well, they send home 3rd grade homework and she is bored with it.

Heagher the mean mommy that makes them do homework!! Just stopped, changed their lives and realized they would have been happier cutting hair, or teaching English overseas, or yes, being a conductor of a train.

I was well behaved, “aced” tests without studying, but I was also disciplined repeatedly and publicly shamed in front of my classmates for being messy and not doing my homework in particular. These roles often extend into the teenage years. Funnily enough I’ve just come across a lovely blog post by a mother who opts out of homework for her children: If we ho,ework to improve test scores and enhance memory, focus and problem-solving ability, we need to give kids good sleep.

My teacher training said there were at least 7 different learning styles. The process of education goes both ways.

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I completely agree with you! What if not doing homework was better for your kids? I too think homework is silly for younger kids.

I’m incorporating “Homework” as a major topic in my next renegade parenting book.