How much homework does your child have?

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Registered: 03-22-2007
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.

http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/48343652/ns/today-back_to_school/t/homework-overload-gets-f-experts/#.UBKnMWFfEb4

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?

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Registered: 02-16-2012
Fri, 08-17-2012 - 10:06am

Wow, that's really a really interesting finding that kids who do more homework actually perform worse on standardized tests. Maybe that will finally get the schools' attention since they seem to place so much emphasis on those tests!

School started last week and so far so good here. My DD has only had 1-2 worksheets per night (and sometimes not every night). Last year we had to do a lot of "putting spelling words in alphabetical order" which was a huge time suck. 

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Registered: 03-22-2007
Mon, 08-20-2012 - 1:17pm
I was curious how much time it takes to complete the worksheets? It doesn't sound like a lot, but you never can tell with what they have on them :smileywink:

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