My oldest started 3rd grade this year and she has between an hour and 90 minutes of homework a night. It’s too much in my opinion. I’ve been told it just gets worse, and according to Roma Lopez, a Montclair mom, it does. Lopez started an online petition titled, Stop the Homework Overload, stating:
Montclair public schools do an excellent job of preparing students for college and we’re proud of our students’ accomplishments. But for many, success comes at a steep price, particularly at the more advanced levels of study. The amount of homework being assigned in each of the higher level classes is excessive when combined each day. Students taking multiple AP courses are doing upwards of two hours per class and its led to late nights, diminished sleep and multitudes of stress.
The petition goes on to quote the ill effects that too much work has on students, such as, “an increased risk of physical and mental health issues, like sleep deprivation, ulcers and headaches.” Our kids are stressed out.
I agree, but I don’t believe all the blame should be placed on the teachers, however. I believe it’s a vicious cycle of anxious, competitive parents, government mandated testing, and schools and teachers who feel the need to keep up. When parents are signing up their preschoolers at tutoring/enrichment centers because they aren’t reading at four and preschools boast that they use kindergarten curriculum in Pre-K and assign pages of homework, despite it all being developmentally inappropriate, it’s no wonder how bad it gets by the time these kids are in high school.
I believe that education is important. I believe that homework with value is wonderful and important to reinforce lessons taught, But throwing busy work at kids only kills the love of learning. There is no good that can come when there is no time to just “be a kid.”
What are your thoughts on homework and the amount our children are getting?