Just a question?.

Maria - posted on 09/22/2009 ( 16 moms have responded )

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How many of you mamas feel that our school are giving way to much homework to our 7-9 year olds. My daughter has to have 16-18 page complete by Friday. on top of practicing with her spelling words not including her reading. How many also feel they are harder in the academics..

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Sharon - posted on 09/22/2009

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Call the teachers and make sure this is assigned homework and not classwork she has blown off.



IF this is assigned homework, then its a bit much. But break it down its roughly 4 pages a day. My son generally has 2 - 3 pages a day plus reading he's 10.



Foreign schools give out SOOOO much more. My mother told me she went home with 2- 4 hours SOLID with homework. She's from Japan. She did homework every weekend and had summerwork that had to be completed before school restarted.



American schools suck. They are so far behind international standards.

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Jaclyn - posted on 03/13/2012

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They are definately giving way too much H.W to our children!! Don't get me wrong I do know that a child is like a sponge and can soak it in and education for their future is very important! But,when do they get to run and play..Be the 7-12yr.olds they are supposed to be?? They need a break just like adults need one. I agree with h.w. just not so much that they don't have a life outside of "school work"!!

Natasha - posted on 09/22/2009

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Quoting Sharon:

rediculas,

definately

all signs you should have had more homeowrk.



what is wrong with you? everytime i see you in a post you are always putting someone down for something. 



 



does your life suck so much that you have to come on here and make people feel like crap?



 if you dont have anything nice to say then ZIP IT!!



 



from what i've seen so far in the last couple of months is that you think your better than every other women on here.

Carolyn - posted on 09/22/2009

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My son was a substitute teacher for 6wks. While a teacher had taken sick leave of absence. He said, by the time you take roll, collect fund raiser money, lunch money and all while these kids are cutting up, cause if it's not their turn they get bored and cause disruption. So his only option was too give homework. He says by the time you start a subject you do not have the time to finish the lesson. He says out of the entire day he may have gotten a total of 2hrs of learning in the whole day. A lot of the time he spent just keeping them disciplined enough to get to the next subject. He said there is not much learning going on in the class room despite, what the officials are telling you.

Jennie - posted on 09/22/2009

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I do homework with 26 children at work everyday. They are all in different classes and grades, many in different schools. I have found that there is slightly more homework this year across the board. However, what bothers me is that children in the same class will now have more or less homework depending on their ability. When I was in school gifted children were in one class together. Now they are in regular classes with more work. It's not easy explaining to a 2nd grader why she has twice as much homework as her friend. That's just not fair to the children.

Lisa - posted on 09/22/2009

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I don't find those assignments unreasonable whatsoever, if your children are paying attention to the curriculum then they should be able to breeze through the assignments that they are given when they go home, no longer than 1 - 2 hours per night. Too many parents allow their children to come home from school and become couch potatoes and blow off their homework for extra curricular activities; extra curricular activities should only be allowed if your child has the capability of taking on extra activities after their academics are taken care of. My daughter takes care of her academics all within 1 hour and has plenty of fun doing it, because she practices so it becomes easy, then she has plenty of time to play or do whatever she wants.

Sharon - posted on 09/22/2009

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LOL Vera - my son pulled the same thing years ago - I was LIVID at the 5 hours of work he came home with and had NO CLUE of what he was doing. I spent hours on the computer researching algebra and participles. blah blah blah. OUCH - thank god I have teacher/professor friends - although my professor friend said I was no fun making her work on her off hours.



TURNS OUT my son was screwing off in school and counting on me to help him out at home. UGH. Little brat.

Vera - posted on 09/22/2009

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As a teacher, I would like to make just one comment. It isn't really the teachers fault. We have to follow State Standards or we lose our jobs. With the economy the way it is that isn't something most of us would like to face. But I did appreciate Sharon's comment about checking with the teacher before you get upset because it could be some assignments that aren't being completed in class. Give the teachers a chance to explain before coming down to hard on them.

Sharon - posted on 09/22/2009

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My kids schools seem to be the middle ground. Cursive is still being taught, but I"m not sure if I'd rather see them able to write in cursive or being able to type worth a crap.

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So far homework isnt too bad here, we have two 7 yr olds and a 6 yr old. one 7 yr old has regular homework but the other was moved into the grade 1-2 class and his homework is the exact same as our 6 yr olds (though he has issues so its probably best even though he cant do that work either!)





I think they are missing out on the real fundamentals, my kids dont even know how to "sign" their own names! I swear cursive writing has gone right out the window, my kids penmanship royally bites, if I had been like that (im only 27) i would have had to repeat the whole grade, just over my penmanship! I could literally see in the next 10 - 15 years all these kids signing stuff with an X instead of their names all over the fact that computers seem to be the "it" thing to learn!

Sharon - posted on 09/22/2009

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rediculas,



definately



all signs you should have had more homeowrk.

Jessica - posted on 09/22/2009

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I dont have a child that is of age to really recieve homework. But I dont think i would have a problem with it. It will all pay off in the future. We as parents tend to put barriers on our children's mind. they can learn as much as we teach them. I would encourage alot of homework.

Amber - posted on 09/22/2009

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i don't have any children in school yet but i do think that it is absolutely rediculas that teacher expect your children to basically do school work the whole time they are home instead of doing it in school where it belongs. because face it children deserve to be kids and don't need all that work to do when they get home. i can definately wait til my daughter starts school because i'm sorry but my child will be a child and not spending every waking moment doing school work at 6-7 years old. her teachers will love me!!! haha

Jennifer - posted on 09/22/2009

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Oh yes... I have a sophomore in high school and it was bad when she was that age. Next year I get to start all over with my youngest and I am not looking forward to it at all.

Shirley - posted on 09/22/2009

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I do feel as if they are alot harder academically. Maybe you can talk to your daughters teacher, it may be the case that she is not keeping up with her class and needs alittle extra help (which is ok).

This is my first post so I hope I didn't affend you in any way..

Gretchen - posted on 09/22/2009

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I was thinking the same thing last night. My first grader comes home with reading, writing assignments, practice with his spelling words, and math homework. It wouldn't be so bad if I spent more than 2 waking hours at home with my kids by the time I get off of work. It is almost impossible to get him into anything extracirricular there is not time with all of the homework.

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