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Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Poll: Adults scoff at homework complaints

What do parent surveys reveal about homework? Here is a short article on the subject.
A few points were:
• Less educated parents spend more time helping kids with take-home assignments.
• The most affluent parents spend the least time helping their kids with homework.
• Women spend an average 46 minutes a day helping with homework. Men spend 35 minutes.
• Black parents spend more time than Hispanics or whites on homework help.
• Public school students spend less time on homework than kids in other schools

Across the nation, a majority of parents feel the amount of homework is about right.

My personal observations of my own children's homework patterns show that they mostly are finishing up math problems and the miscellaneous extra assignment. However, I have relatives in other states who live in large suburbs of major cities who report tremendous amounts of nightly homework on a regular basis even in their elementary schools. They thought it was too much but they went to a PTO meeting and the parents were arguing for MORE homework. Hmmmm.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wawasee middle school grade levels are amazingly different when it comes to homework. Sixth graders can expect 2 hours of homework per night while 7th and 8th graders seem to only have their AR books and a few math problems.
When the kids are in 6th grade don't expect any sort of social life during the week!!!

Anonymous said...

My son is a 6th grader at WMS and he seldom has too much homework except for leftover Math work he didn't finish. He does some of it on the bus because he HATES missing computer game time to work on it at home. I expect he works like mad at school just so he doesn't bring it home.

Anonymous said...

Yes, 6th grade has an incredible amount of homework! Hopefully, this means there's more teaching going on in the classroom. However, I don't think my child should come home with more than an hours worth of homework each night. That isn't the case. WMS needs to rethink the homework and think of other ways to be sure our children are understanding and mastering content.

Anonymous said...

The students are given a large amount of in-class time to address homework. If they use the time when it is given, and concentrate on getting homework done instead of social time, they really shouldn't be bringing home very much work.

Anonymous said...

"The students are given a large amount of in-class time to address homework. If they use the time when it is given, and concentrate on getting homework done instead of social time, they really shouldn't be bringing home very much work."

I think it depends on the teachers each child has at the time and how well the child comprehends the lesson. How are teachers actually teaching anything if a "large amount" of time is for homework? If social time is a problem in a classroom then it sounds like the teacher no longer has control of their class.

Tony Cassel, Principal Wawasee Middle School said...

I would encourage parents with concerns regarding homework to contact me. I would enjoy talking with you. Homework is such a difficult subject to tackle. While some students feel the load is okay, others may deem it excessive. I would welcome your input regarding the subject.