My daughter is in the fourth grade. She brings home homework that requires me to sit down with her for two hours, either to help her understand it, or to motivate her to do it. Many nights she's up until 10 p.m. doing homework, when her bedtime is 8:30. I'm wondering: is she getting too much homework?
I try to discuss this topic with my teacher friends, and I start out with this: if I'm going to be spending two hours a day helping my child with homework, I might as well home school her.
On every occasion I get the e-e-e-e-e-evil stare!!!! Then my wife says, "she's a teacher, you better not go there.
Well I want to go there with someone. The teacher of my student won't go there either. She is relentless, and so too was the fourth grade teacher of my older son. It's like discussing "homework" is not allowed; that if they mention the words "reducing homework" Zeus will strike down upon them with a bolt of lightning.
It's really not that big of a deal. I just want to have a friendly discussion as to why I think fourth graders get so much homework. I believe it's because NoChildLeftBehind Act requires a test in the fourth grade, and the results of that test determine the schools rating, and how much money they will get. So, they punish fourth graders with too much homework.
Well, there really not just punishing the kids, but the parents too. My kids are lucky they have a loving, caring and patient mother
Note: I do believe responsible parents will spend time helping their kids with homework, and that doing so when the child is younger will result in good study habits later in life. However, how much homework is too much? Thoughts?