Posted by Scott McMurry, a member of the Charlotte Wood Middle School community, on Mar 12, 2008 at 10:35 am
Help. Give me back my family. All 4 of our kids have been overwhelmed with too much homework from the SRVUSD district in junior high and high school. God forbid we should try to have a family meal, mid week church, or heavens, do an outside sporting,scouting, or charity activity.
My brother is a principal in Wisconsin and their school day is about 50 minutes longer during which kids get more homework done in school be it study hall, labs or class.
Sometimes the homework sparks a question or discussion about war, or politics, or science or history, and my answer is, "we don't have time for meaningful conversation, just get the assignment done".
We set the timer during dinner and tell them, okay. 20 min on dinner is enough, back to your homework the kitchen is now closed. Oh and breakfast-what's faster, oatmeal or an egg- my kids can eat both in one minute flat. Sorry if there is food on my kids homework; they do homework while they eat.
My kids have to do homework as we drive back and forth in the car from school to activites. I say, don't tell me how your day was just get your homework done. I am tired of being the homework czar. They go to bed at 1030p most nights. I find those teachers without kids are the least sensitive to overwhelming us with homework.
Am I smarter than a 5th grader? I don't know; we're too busy with homework to find out....