That was a a really interesting article! I was surprised that the kids were so honest! I agree with everything that was written - some homework- the right type and the right amount IS helpful. But the "busy work" type of stuff that sucks up the precious few afternoon daylight hours that are left when they get home from school. Alphabetizing spelling lists come to mind. :smileyindifferent:
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She questioned it so much that she asked her students if they felt it was beneficial. It really suprised me that they all said yes!
But I think the key is that not ALL homework was good. I don't mind some homework, but much of what my sons get is busy work. I think it's especially hard for bright students - my ds9 takes 6th grade math (with the 5th grade accelerated students) and most days, the assignments are still pretty boring, repetitive takes on things he already knows. Spelling words? Way too easy. OTOH, there are lots of things out there he doesn't know, and I don't necessarily want him doing nothing, but I wish they could differentiate the homework more so he's actually learning something (or reinforcing something he doesn't know well).
For my ds11, the work is a lot harder (at MS, all his core classes are gifted) but they occasionally get ridiculously hard assignments that they barely discuss in class. Last night he was comparing Hammurabi's Code with the Roman Twelve Tables with modern day law. Yep, because my 11 year old knows so much about modern law?!? Oh, and I'm guessing he'll hand it in to his SS teacher and never hear another word.
Good homework, yes. Busywork, or work unrelated to the curriculum - NO!