Sometimes I think it's fun to find out what your average everyday parent thinks about school, education and homework. I came across an article by Karen Cruickshanks written for the Sydney Morning Herald (in Australia). She seems to oppose excessive homework (and who doesn't?). But she goes on to describe how her son responds to HER involvement in HIS homework…and how his after-school time is intruded upon. She says: "At the end of a six-hour day they send home a tired and cantankerous eight-year-old and expect me to make him complete another hour of school work."
In addition she poses that "there is overwhelming evidence to suggest that homework is at best wasted time and at worst harmful to self-esteem and damaging to family relationships "
I find myself ambivalent about some of the assumptions she makes in her article. On one hand I'm elated that she's courageous enough to get out there and state what she thinks…and I agree with much of what she says. On the other hand, I'm afraid that if homework were eradicated, many parents would miss out on 1) an important opportunity to relate with their children on an important issue (education, learning and attitudes about 'em) AND 2) responding to an "externally imposed" behavioral objective that parents can use to teach personal responsibility and personal satisfaction.
You're invited to read the Entire Article –it is insightful and I'm certain you can relate. Who wouldn't rather be out flying a kite or playing at the park than pressing your kid to do homework? Me, too!
Have you got something to say about this? Please leave me a comment. I'd really appreciate your opinion.