TLS, I am very well aware that this topic has been chewed over many times, however no improvements have been made, and I am therefore discussing it again. Very simply put, homework is being given in unreasonable amounts and is wreaking havoc on families’ evening routines. Yes, homework has a purpose, but my teenagers’ assignments are most often things that should be completed in school. New material which has not been taught thoroughly enough in school is being given to the girls to ‘learn’ at home- which leads to hours of frustration, and little results. Homework should be an enforcement of understood knowledge, so that the girls can get through their assignments at a reasonable pace and complete it ON THEIR OWN. There is no excuse as to why girls are stumped by their assignments and therefore trying to get answers from parents, older siblings, relatives and anyone else who might know. I will add that my daughters are B’H very bright and I am speaking for them and more so for those whose daughters struggle more academically- those mothers very often don’t want to speak up because they will hear the unpleasant analysis of their daughters’ working habits.
When I speak to teachers and principals, they nod their heads understandably, but nothing changes. I know the competition between schools is fierce- each school wants to have the highest level education- however households are paying the price. Mothers with large families have come to dread the evening time, and often really cannot sufficiently manage. And it is your dear students who come to school with their completed assignments and hand them in to you with bitter feelings, for it is these very assignments that took away their family time, their parents’ attention, and their own valued time. And then the problems begin….
An educated mother.