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I’ve been thinking more about Homework and why I hate it so much. Then, I began to look at it from different standpoints: teacher, student, parent.
Why Teachers Hate Homework
No, I do NOT speak for all teachers. In fact, I know several teachers who advocate homework. This is a collection of reasons I have heard several teachers make:
- The parents end up doing it for the kids.
- We have to take time out of our learning day to correct it.
- The same kids consistently DON’T complete the homework. It becomes a (losing) battle.
- If we don’t correct it together, I have to take time out to do this menial task.
- [at middle school] One kid does the homework and their friends copy it before school starts.
- [at middle school] The kids stopped hiding the fact that they copy it.
- The kids who need the practice either don’t do it or do it wrong.
- The kids who don’t need the practice do it – what a waste of time for them.
Why Students Hate Homework
Yes, there are some students who like homework.
- It’s boring
- Who wants to do a worksheet?
- It’s too hard and there is no one at home to help them.
- They are in charge of younger siblings.
- They may have several responsibilities to do once they get home.
- They’d rather be playing (wouldn’t we all?)
- It’s not meaningful.
Some other points I thought of:
- Not all students have a home to complete their work.
- Not all homes have a quiet space to complete work.
- This is an intrusion on family time. As a teacher, I get upset when a parent tries to intrude in my area (classroom).
- If I were to work all day, like the students do, and then were asked to go home and do more work on my time, I’d be a bit put-out.
Why Parents Hate Homework
Yes, there are some parents who request more (and I have my own thoughts on that).
- It becomes a nightly battle.
- There is yelling, screaming, and crying. Who wants that in their home?
- It can take ‘forever’
- Everyone is tired when they get home.
- You have to find the ‘right’ time to do homework.
- There is always something to do – ballet, baseball, etc.
- It’s frustrating
- The higher kids get more homework
Thank you to Amy (Jenkins) Shwartzhoff for her insight from the parent perspective.
The homework conversation continues! I think we are making headway in the awareness of the need for something different. I try to have the conversation anytime I can. The number of people willing to take on change in this area in our district is growing. I’m hopeful we can blaze a better trail.
I agree, there are many in the district that share a different mindset regarding homework. I find it refreshing and positive. It makes me hopeful that change will occur in this area.