Do today's students have too much homework?

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bob (not verified)

i dont like home work it

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i dont like home work it takes up time!!!!!
Carol Valentino-Barry (not verified)

What can we do about "too

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What can we do about "too much homework?" Children need time to play. Did Homeschooling gain popularity with the increase in homework in schools? If we want creative citizens for the future, our children need down time - w/o homework, computers, gameboys, ipods or tv.
Ashton (not verified)

There is to much homework

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There is to much homework its true and many of my comrades say it too.THERE IS JUST TO MUCH HOMEWORK!!
Teresa (not verified)

I am a graduate student in a

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I am a graduate student in a counseling program, and I can assure you, there is a lot of tough classes and assignments to be done! However, it is to be expected that graduate work is more challenging and difficult, it is a field (counseling, that is) that literally puts one person's life in that hands of a professional other. However, that amount of extra work can sometimes be outrageous. Some papers have to be up to 30 pages in length, which end up being more about fulfilling a requirement that learning something meaningful. I literally devote an entire Friday, Saturday, and Sunday every weekend, all weekend, just to doing my homework, so I can be at my full time job to gain the counseling experience also required by the Master's program. It is understandable that a Master's program needs to be very focused, but with that much work and so little time, the homework ends up being more about required quantity that quality. Where is the learning enrichment in that?
Amanda (not verified)

I see students often

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I see students often struggling with homework when it appears to be busywork and more for 'entertainment' of the teacher. When the students see the value in doing the homework and have support with projects, there is a very different perception. Part of the difficulty with homework is that it has become greatly project-based for some. Making projects smaller, setting expectations for due dates, and taking into consideration the other aspects of students' worlds makes a difference. It is difficult to find value in something that is one more item to complete in their student planner when it's already full.
Issac (not verified)

There is TOO much homework!

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There is TOO much homework! My child once stayed awake until 4 A.m. doing homework! IT NEEDS TO STOP!!! THE MADNESS WILL NEVER END!!!!!!!!!
Eileen de Zayas (not verified)

I have been very concerned

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I have been very concerned about the excessive amount of homework assigned to elementary and 6th grade students at my school. The principal advised me that the amount of homework is decided upon by the schoolboard. I wish the parents would organize and lobby school board members to remove the burden from primary students and pre-K students (Can you believe it?). I have attempted to speak with my colleagues about some sort of hw schedule, but everyone feels that their subject is too important not to have daily or every other day. If I had a self contained classroom, I would have control of the amount of homework assigned, no matter what the schoolboard mandated! However, that is not my situation. Hmmm, perhaps I should change from 6th grade to 2nd grade and help 25 youngsters for the few years I will remain in the classroom. WHY DO THE POWERS NOT LISTEN TO THE TEACHERS?
Denise Walsh (not verified)

Speaking as an elementary

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Speaking as an elementary teacher, most districts allocate the appropriate amount of time each student should spend nightly on homework. The guideline for my school district (northern california/Bay Area) is 10 minutes per night beginning with Kindergarten; so my fourth graders should have a total of 50 minutes of homework per night. My concern is that homework in the lower grades should serve the purpose of establishing responsibility, not learning concepts to meet the many standards that are established in CA. There are so many standards that teachers are responsible for teaching students that THE ONLY WAY that they can meet the expectations is to use homework as an "overflow".
John Kain (not verified)

Every student is unique, but

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Every student is unique, but I think in general homework helps students learn how to do homework, rather than master content. That's not necessarily a bad thing; learning how to prioritize, organize, and time-manage are skills students will need in the real world.
Dr. Terence Doran (not verified)

Homework is, in my opinion,

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Homework is, in my opinion, worthwhile if it provides an opportunity to develop a skill or extend one's learning beyond the classroom as in project based opportunities. Too often, homework is used as a major factor in a student's grade and, often, the completion of the homework does not indicate proficiency or a student's ability to extend his/her knowledge. My research conducted during my dissertation indicated that in the three high achieving high schools there was a de-emphasis on employing homework as a grade determinant. Homework in these schools was targeted and based upon specific student needs without the onus of the grade. TD
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