He can’t complete it right away. After sitting at school for six hours, the last thing he wants to do is open that folder and write his numbers, practice his ending consonant sounds or work on his sight words.
So we don’t.
An hour of tv later, and I’m trying to coax him to the dining room table so we can knock out 20 or 30 minutes of homework before dinner and shower time, and that’s on the nights we don’t have any activities or sports. On those nights, we have to go faster, and sometimes, he does his homework in the car before soccer practice.
He’s in first grade. And it’s the second week of school, and we already have at least 20-30 minutes a night.
There’s a slow growing trend that some schools are proudly announcing in the last couple of years; no homework in the elementary grades. The argument is that homework doesn’t really help reinforce ideas (reading at home not withstanding,) and that time could be better used playing, eating dinner with family, going to bed early, or spending time in an extracurricular activity.
According to the Miami Herald, “The first thing to know is that homework for elementary school kids does not improve academic skills,” said Dr. Jeffrey Brosco, a professor of clinical pediatrics at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. “If you look at kids who get homework and kids who don’t get homework and how they do in reading, writing and math, there’s really no difference.”
So if there’s no great difference, what’s the point? Our kids are already sitting all day in school, at an age where they really should be more active. And instead of encouraging free play after school, they’re sent home with more worksheets and drill activities to memorize facts and words.
Some argue that it’s building responsibility. Teaching organization. The kids need a worksheet or two to bring back and forth from school in order for them to become more responsible.
Or maybe they just need time to be kids. We’re already starting them with such intense school so fast and the curriculum is flying by them at warp speed. Shouldn’t they have time to play outside when they come home?
Some schools think so. And it’s starting a movement. Schools in San Diego, San Francisco, Miami, elementary schools are doing away with homework. They’ll learn study skills and habits later, but they’ve only got a few years to be children, so these schools are prioritizing that over pushing more academics.
What do you think? Is this growing trend the right one?
Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/education/article102201747.html#storylink=cpy