I teach 150 6th Graders in my 6th Grade Computer & Technology Semester long class. We are in a mid to lower economic area so I cannot assume that all of my kids have computers and/or working Internet. I have designed my class to be a Project Based class and every student has ample time to finish all of our projects in class. My students know that if they do not complete a project in class, then it is on them to finish it at home. So I do not assign work to complete at home, but if they don't finish it in class, then the responsibilty of completing it is solely on them.
If they don't have a computer, they must go to the public library, a neighbor's house, family member's etc. That is my philosophy on homework. My students have enough homework from the 4 core classes so I would rather them focus on those classes at home since those are the classes that have the High Stakes Statewide Tests.
Constant homework nearly ruined our family. Fortunately we are hard headed and don't give up easily.
We managed to stay together and the kids came out okay in the end, but few talk about the pressures at home from constant constant homework.
From KINDERGARTEN through high school. That's 12 years for one child, form after form after form to fill out. Form is the other word for worksheet. Have 2 and you're in for more constant constant homework.
- No family dinners that last more than 10 minutes as: homework
- Crying jags and upsets almost nightly.
- Drudgery and boredom from the type of homework it is
- constant constant standardized testing testing testing.
Your kid would need to be the kind who enjoys sitting down to to tax forms all day at school and then come home to do more tax forms at night for fun! Not many kids are like that.
If you don't like the repetitive words in this post, then you also would not like the repetitive homework. Over and over and over and over for well more than a decade of your lfe. For the kids, it's their entire life as they know it.
Summers too! Bonus!
On average, as pointed out by homework helpers, girls seem to do well with this. On average boys are not doing well. They are less and less likely to go to college, more and more likely to drop out of high school and life. Currently about 60% of college kids are girls across socioeconomic brackets, 40% boys.
We need to do better.
Each student at least one time complained about a huge amount of homework given. And you know, this is the question of two sides. From the one hand, they should practice to gain more experience and to prove their skills. A homework is a way to deepen the understanding of the program and to gain more practical abilities. After doing homework they can solve everything faster. But on the other hand, they have to go to school or a university, work there on classes. After that, they go home and they have their free time. And they still have to work. So, I vote for a few homework tasks.