I’ll make it easy for you, NO it’s not. You don’t have to read the entire post now 🙂
Unless you want to know why I think this? OK then I’ll tell you…
On a school day we all get up at 645am. We’re up getting ready for school, then travelling to school at 8am and finally arriving at 815am. The girls then spend the next 7 hours confined to the school parameter. I then collect them at 315pm arriving home about 330pm and that’s that. Oh no it isn’t! Most days they then have to spend a minimum of an hour doing some form of homework extending their school/working day to approx 10 hours. That’s an average day, sometimes it’s longer.
If you then factor in eating their tea, call that 30 mins, then say bedtime is 8pm and lights off for 930pm where is the time for them to be kids and do something they decide they want to do? 5pm-8pm ish, this time of year it’s pitch black outside so that again impacts on what they can do with their 3 hours a day!
I would go as far to say that a shorter school day would be beneficial all round, but for now I think something that could be put into action much quicker would be doing away with homework.
Are there any facts and figures to suggest homework is beneficial? Before writing a blog on something like this I generally Google stuff and have a gander at some facts and figures etc. However in regards homework I don’t need to do that to justify my opinion, I have 2 daughters that are in High School/Secondary school and I witness first hand whether homework is beneficial or not and it’s not! On this occasion just being a parent qualifies me to make such judgements.
I imagine there will be some grade driven parents and/or teachers reading this that completely disagree. I know why you disagree, it’s because you feel homework is of a benefit. To the school it is! However the school and how many children get A’s doesn’t matter to me. My children’s precious, limited, no stress youth is however of maximum importance to me.
Don’t get me wrong, the girls are in the education system now so sure I’d like them to do as well as they can, but not at all costs. What they don’t soak up during the 7 hours they’re at school can wait for another day.
What is it teachers always say ‘Stop doing that in my time! Do it in your own time’, well if they had some of their own time they might!!!
What do you think? Let me know in the comments, see you online @dadvworld