How much homework does your child have?
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|Fri, 07-27-2012 - 11:20am|
For the most part, I've been pretty happy about the homework levels my kids have had in elementary school. Sean will is going into third, in second grade he only had worksheets about 3 nights a week. Most were just one page, although she would send home extra math for him (and that was only after discussing it with me first). I agree with these findings that too much homework at the younger ages is a bad idea:
Kids who do more homework actually perform worse on standardized tests, according to research by Sydney University educational psychologist Richard Walker, author of the forthcoming book, Reforming Homework: Practices, Learning and Policies.
Homework only boosts student scores in the final three years of high school, says Walker, and only these older high school students should be doing a couple of hours of homework a night. Younger students only benefit from small assignments, if they’re getting help at home.
My twins are going into middle school, and I know from experience that they shouldn't be getting too much. My oldest son usually had as homework what he couldn't get done in class. Occasionally they would have a bigger project to work on for some classes, but usually had plenty of notice to get it done.
Do you think your child has had too much homework in school? If so, is there anything we can do as parents to get the school administrators to cut back on the amount?