posted on Mar, 29 2012 @ 10:50 AM
My son (second grade) gets homework every night: math, reading, and spelling. It has helped him immensely and I enjoy working with him to give him
that extra help he may not receive in class.
Homework has also always helped me personally. It's nice being able to have practice for whatever we learned that day and to be able to apply it.
Then for test days, I feel like I have had so much practice that I can answer the problems almost by rote memory.
There does come a limit, though. For instance, I just got off spring break and came back more exhausted than refreshed due to the insane amount of
work we were assigned. I had to complete two midterm study guides for the midterms we had after the break, complete a lab project, two lab
assignments, and a mini research paper.
That was way too damn much. I still don't feel mentally recovered from that. I'm even supposed to be studying for a test I have tonight but I'm
fried from all the homework. I'm now also sitting on another lab we were assigned and four worksheets we were given all at once, and need to put a
study guide together for micro. Kind of procrastinating until the weekend because that is A LOT.
That's college, though, I guess. I'm the type who actually loves homework and enjoys doing it but DAY-UM already. lol I need this semester to be
So homework is useful and can offer much needed practice but there is a point of diminishing returns.
I remember one year in private school we were continually being assigned approximately 5 hours of homework a night. Then on school holidays or teacher
work days, we were assigned a full schedule of work to do at home. It was so bad my mother actually wrote a letter to the principle that it was too