Some might argue that homework gives parents valuable insight into how well their child is coping with different areas of the curriculum.
Homework, however, is not the only means of keeping abreast of this.
They’re tired, I’m tired — it’s a daily battle and a near pointless one too I believe.
Several studies carried out in the US, Australia and the UK have suggested that homework is not only an unnecessary evil but may prove counter-productive and restrict academic progression as children become bored and unhappy.
Trying to convince a child, who has already spent several hours learning and seated at a desk, that they should continue their day in a similar fashion once they return home is difficult at the best of times, and near impossible at others.
Add a project into the homework equation and it’s enough to bring the most resilient of parents out in a cold sweat!I’ve seen beautiful creations wholly made by parents submitted as a child’s project — it makes you question the validity of the whole situation.Academic progression is undeniably important and understandably parents like to know how their children are managing at school.Homework just adds to their stress and frustrations after an already long day.Giving our children back their evenings gives them and us the valuable time to help them live and enjoy a more all-rounded childhood.Single parents are working two or three jobs to make ends meet.Two-parent homes have both parents working during school hours.If anything could make a student or parent cry, it's homework.Some school districts in Minnesota are taking a hard look at how much homework is too much and what homework is beneficial.Sending homework home takes time away from needed family time. Modern assignments might not match up with a parent’s knowledge.Curriculum has changed over the years and the way information is being taught may be a lot different than a way a parent learned that information decades ago.