Our modern education system is broken. We all can accept that fact. Our children are failing exams and our schools are over crowded. The wave of current educators are in race against educational Armageddon. As the school year winds down, we as parents should take a look at the year. What worked well? What didn’t work? What will you never do again? Those are the questions that we contemplate. Lately, for the sake of empowering our children, there is a push for less homework and more intensive classwork time.
The push for less homework has been fueled, at least partially, by documentaries such as “Race to Nowhere” and “Waiting for Superman.” The films address the issues of stressed students, teachers, and school systems with overloaded tasks and high achievement goals rarely attained.
Just recently, I was part of a professional training session in which the trainer said that he opposed lengthy homework assignments. I have to admit I looked at him strangely. I received an education from the Catholic school system. I learned a great deal during the day, and reinforced it at night. I found those assignments gave me a depth to the subject I could not explore during the day.
In New Jersey, school board members of the Galloway school district, which serves 3,500 kindergarten through eighth-grade students, will vote this summer on a proposal to limit weeknight homework to 10 minutes for each year of school – 20 minutes for second graders, and so forth – and ban assignments on weekends, holidays and school vacations.
What do you think? Should we do away with homework?