This really is a terrible subject to talk about but let’s do it anyways.
The topic of senior year was what we were talking and reading about recently and the goods and bars of making it optional or getting rid of it. I think this would not only be interesting to try but to se what happens and if it is worth it or not. I think people, especially teachers and administrations, should rethink giving kids homework, especially before high school. For so long it had just been the social norm and acceptable for kids to have several hours of homework a night, even kindergarteners. I don’t want to nit pick on times because that isn’t the main problem. I understand that the point of homework for teachers is to help kids further understand and learn. However if children are trying to get homework merely so that it is done and out of the way then why aren’t teachers realizing that this isn’t a “normal” kid problem and they are just overreacting. To stop and think, “Hey, there might be a logical reason that these two things may have a connection to each other; homework isn’t helping them and they hate it.” Even if the child is not crying over homework or drowning in misery, they still do not like it but it has always been viewed as the teacher’s job to give homework and collect it and grade it.
I think this social norm should be changed or at least experienced because there isn’t one study proving that homework gives any of the benefits it claims to for kids below high school.
If you want to hear more about this and laugh a little too, then go look at some of these videos or just search for “Alfie Kohn” on Youtube. Links:
– Gold Glitter Pumps