They have both recovered from the “math allergies” that they developed in public school. A statement form the teachers that children are not ready to perform in school so young. They said studies show homework isn’t all it’s cracked up to be so they don’t assign it very much. This is why I chose an online charter school for my children. Only 20 students “max” per class vs.

Looking into new methods of learning can really free up lesson time and make it easier for all involved, you just have to think long term. I am shocked how little time children now spend outside. Back in the s, my grandparents never had homework, not even in high school. Elementary school kids deserve a ban on homework. But, surprise, the opposite is more likely to be true. I started reading everything I could get my hands on about homework and realized that as a practice, it’s not evidence based and has no intrinsic value, especially in elementary school. If you want to boost academic learning, memory, focus and behavior in the classroom, give children extra long sleep.

Clash of Authorities: Discovering a Sane Path Out of Homework

As a retired teacher and parent to 3 beautiful daughters, I must disagree. Their school work takes roughly 4 hours, leaving a wonderfully large chunk of time for play, exploration, and field trips! It should be documented on the school website either in the student handbook or the code of conduct. Well, shumamer we proud? Lessons in the fine arts, religion, sports are not provided to any great extent by schools.


Homework Letter Update – Heather Shumaker

Want four more years of this? I don’t know about you, but I had homework when I was in elementary school and I know my parents did not complain about the homework being sent home.

Please consider it, and give it a try. I think this isn’t about “standing up to your teachers” it’s about voting for the right legislatures and state superintendent of education. Children need to know that homework is a part of school. Love this letter, Heather! Teachers don’t have the freedom and flexibility that they used to.

Let’s make a campaign together! Homework for a 7 year old is preposterous. That is not what education is about.

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But it’s not viewed as “Homework. Children will grow up, “with age comes wisdom”, so let them learn more when they have such wisdom and play during the only time they will ever get to.

She’s in school for over 6 hours a day and on top of that she’s supposed to do work at home. It can be scary to question school routines. Quite a bit as she is supposed to keep up with kids who have already been able to read before even starting pre-school. So far the letter was received worse than I expected. If you read to your kids, have them read to you, involve them in family life like cooking, reading and measuring from recipes, shopping, and etc they will be learning maths, science, reading.

It takes courage to buck the system, but childhood is worth it. shumaier


I now have two masters degrees now, and am working on a PhD. I have a great job and understanding administrators.

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Heather, I agree completely with what you say in your article. It doesn’t benefit her. You are in the minority, and quite privileged, to have this option available to you. I am really losing confidence in the public school system, what with overcrowded classrooms, Common Core, and homework policies that are not supported by evidence.

This is exactly what I tell my students’ parents.

Homework is wrecking our kids: The research is clear, let’s ban elementary homework

We were heading into a true clash of education cultures. A statement form the teachers that children are not ready to perform in school so young. How about changing your outlook from “We have to do shumakrr. After all, Germany gave us the original idea for kindergarten, a place where children should NOT “read, write or cipher.

Homework is wrecking our kids: The research is clear, let’s ban elementary homework |

Just stopped, changed their lives and realized they homeworkk have been happier cutting hair, or teaching English overseas, or yes, being a conductor of a train.

Regardless of their age! My son a 9th grader has wanted to only learn it in the classroom.