It would be very hard to argue with her, especially since the school employees are on her payroll. Then you can ask to have your child placed with the teacher that best fits your needs. If my daughter learns one thing in her life, I hope that it involves standing up for things she believes in. Academic learning is only one side of a child. We talked to the teachers and let them know our reasons and our learning philosophy. The 2nd grader certainly doesn’t have 20 minutes of homework. This is equally important to school work.
For those of you who have tried to buck the homework system, what was the result? Just wondering and exploring for my own children. If you read to your kids, have them read to you, involve them in family life like cooking, reading and measuring from recipes, shopping, and etc they will be learning maths, science, reading. One day in the middle of summer Whether you agree or not, it is what it is. If anything, you may want to do homework to make sure your child is actually learning something.
Just think about both sides before you judge and try to compromise and understand that not all families and children are not like yours. Can it be true that the hours of lost playtime, power struggles and tears are all for naught? We are blessed to go to a private school that has an understanding of learning styles: Not one study has shown that homework does any good in grade school and to the contrary has shown ill effects.
I didn’t always like it, but then, we have to learn to do things we don’t always like in life at all ages. More often than not, my children took on the bulk of the project themselves simply to ensure that it got done and done well.
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. I’d like to use it to send to my parents though.
I explained that even if I wanted to do homework with her I really don’t hfather the time. I find it interesting that in early education before formal 5 days a week schooling the emphasise is fully on homeworl child learning through play, however when they turn 5 and attend school, they all of a sudden are supposed to not learn that way.
Children need to keep busy and they need to create. The rest of the night they are outside playing. This is not so difficult as reading is readily done in our house, but add it to everything else, and it really is a lot!! If they are learning fractions, make cupcakes and have kids figure measurements based on certain change in the recipe Karen, great to hear from you! Without heatehr, the girls were free to LEARN at home they were not learning anything from the homework!
That is all great but reality is our national leaders believe our teachers are not doing a good job and so now our jobs–paychecks– are based on what your child does on the end of the year test. I saw the state of their lives.
Refreshing to hear – scary to heatheer
Homework Letter Update – Heather Shumaker
The school system held our hesther hostage. I think this isn’t about “standing up to your teachers” it’s about voting for the right legislatures and state superintendent of education.
Shuamker statement form the teachers that children are not ready to perform in school so young. If the parent does not want or believe in homework then the family should feel safe in sharing that with the teacher, and not live in fear of being judged by the teacher. However,what about the parents who don’t use this philosophy at home and do not do any kind of stimulating “natural learning?
Homework is wrecking our kids: The research is clear, let’s ban elementary homework
If one is adamantly against homework, I would suggest homeschooling, which would seem to fit better with your philosophy in general; or a school with a no-homework policy. Just wondering and exploring for my own children.
I just don’t believe you can have the kids in school pretty much all day AND give homework at the same time. The whole thinking surrounding homework needs to change, but I’m really not sure how that is going to happen.
Homework Letter Update
There are some bad teachers out there but please stop making this a war against all teachers that assign homework. You might start by asking your child this: I agree with this concept completely. That is where the crux of the backlash comes in – we all want that for our kids, and teachers are NEVER, EVER going to be able to do that for our children, even if they want to. We home school and are usually done with our assignments by soon after lunch.
Looking into new methods of learning can really free up lesson time and make it easier for all involved, you just have to think long term.
Please please do not assume it is the teachers fault. I am compelled to dish homeworo some constructive criticism, as I feel you are hindering your effort of making a solid argument for your beliefs to teachers and administrators.