My kids come home with a lot of homework each night. Mainly the 10th grader (who is in all Honors classes). It seems that some teachers intentionally use homework as a tool to
supplement for what was supposed to be learned as a collective class in school as a result of poor utilization of class time.
I am not responsible for those teachers who cannot organize themselves and delegate their time effectively enough so that the bulk of the work is done in the classroom.
I do not enjoy coming home from a long day at the office and have to listen to my 10th grader gripe about all the work he has. Often he has several hours of homework. To help him I have to review the entire assignement because I can’t remember the Chemical Table or the Periodical Table, etc… I can not help him in his AP Honors Math…I’m lucky I can add and subtract!
With all this work, when does that leave him free time to socialize and unwind? He arrives home at 4-4:30, has a snack, does house chores and then settles down to do homework. Before you know it dinner time is here, back to homework and it is now 8 or 9:00. He already spent 8 hours in school.
Homework should be reduced to a 1 hour limit or abolished.
When I talk to the teachers about this they say it is “expected” that Honor students work harder then those in “general” classes.
The potential negative effects of homework as I see it are:
satiation – requiring kids to devote too much time to a subject–
which may cause them to lose interest in academic material
increased emotional fatigue
denial of access to leisure time
I am not a teacher. I do not have the ability to teach my son in a
format which he is accustomed to which means he may be receiving instruction with confusing technique.
I am sick of it!!!