School has been in session for exactly 8 days. Three glorious days were homework free. Five if you count the weekend. Then last Monday, homework began. I hated homework when I was in school, and I can honestly say I hate it even more now. The battles, the tears, the sweat, the lack of remembering. And that is just me!
The rule of thumb is supposed to be: ten minutes of homework for each grade level. 1st grade students should have ten minutes of homework while the 8th grade student should have 80 minutes. Well sometimes, one assignment can take the better portion of that time, and you are left with little or no "time" for the remainder of the homework.
Another problem I have had is: "That's not how (teacher's name) tells us to do it? Seriously? Does it really matter how the problem is solved if the outcome is the same? And additionally, I am lost with most of the math once you start going beyond the basics. An essay and research I can do. Math...well...I think they need tutors.
It just seems that there is more and more homework. That they are being force fed a tremendous amount of information and then in 7 months are required to regurgitate it through state testing. But I am not getting into that(at this time) I will save it for later. No, I am talking about homework, projects, reports and the like. How much is too much? Especially if you have more than one in school. I have three officially in school. How do you handle it? Should it be down-sized? If so, by how much? What is a reasonable amount of homework?