My daughter got an assignment today that was billed as a ‘family project.’ It involves making a miniature adobe shelter. The instructions given make it clear that the parents are expected to do most of it, including going out and buying a certain kind of clay.
This just seems rather inappropriate to me. As far as I’m concerned, the teacher can give homework to her students, but not to their parents. Requiring the purchase of special materials makes it even more expensive and time consuming. I don’t mind helping my daughter out on a project, as long as it’s clear it is HER project, and I’m just assisting as necessary.
But to think up a project that requires the parents to do the majority of the work seems rather… presumptuous.
What do you think?