“I Hate Homework,” says Jeff Opdyke of the Wall Street Journal

So many readers have pointed me to an article in the Wall Street Journal How Homework Is Hurting Our Family by Jeff Opdyke that I’m posting it here. He begins:

I hate school!

Yes, I know that’s a bit immature for someone 41 years old. But it’s true. I hate school — so much so that my wife, Amy, and I have hired a college student to help our fifth-grade son manage his schoolwork a few times a week.

It’s not that we can’t do the work with him, or that we don’t want to. Just this evening we helped him study for a reading test, and over the weekend I was quizzing him on customary and metric units of measurement one day and biological definitions the next.

No, it’s that the volume of homework and tests that fill his docket is, in a word, ridiculous.

I’m not sure when it happened, but at some point U.S. schools decided that if you can’t teach ’em, test ’em…or pile on more homework.

The result is that my son’s life — and by extension our family life — is a constant, stress-laden stream of homework and tests and projects. It overshadows everything we do, always hanging over our head. It affects our weekends, our meals, our vacations, our work time, our playtime, our pocketbooks.

And to what end? Maybe I’m missing something, but when did schools determine that the best place for kids to learn math, science and English is at their own kitchen table?

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Obviously, learning is what school is about. I have nothing against homework or school projects or a certain level of anxiety about it all. How a student deals with those demands and that anxiety is great preparation for later life.

But the level of homework and anxiety my son deals with on a daily basis is well beyond anything healthy. And from talking to other parents, this problem is hardly unique to our family.

Amy and I knew there was a problem several weeks ago when our son brought home a D and a C. This was the first time that he earned anything less than a B. And then, a week later, another D.

At first we were mad. He’s just not paying attention to the questions; he’s rushing through the tests; he’s being careless. We quizzed him before the test and again afterward. How is it that he can know the information before and after, yet not during?

It turns out he’s stressed out. He told Amy that he wishes he could do better. But he already wakes up on school days between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m., panicked that he doesn’t know the material he has already studied. He wakes up Amy to help him go over his notes one more time. He studies in the car on the way to school. Some nights he’s up past 10 p.m., writing, reading or memorizing. He spends parts of many weekends reading and doing projects.

Then he sees the Ds and Cs and gets dejected, wondering how he could possibly study any harder or any longer.

The truth is, he can’t. His childhood is already all but consumed by textbooks, notebooks and flashcards.

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Compounding the problem, as Amy says, is that this barrage of schoolwork “is killing our family.” Amy says it makes her “feel like the worst mom in the world.” Here’s why: Many times our efforts to help our son lead to short tempers and blown fuses because at some point he simply has had enough of all this studying. He just wants to be outside on a Saturday, but he’s stuck inside on a project, or reciting the synonyms and antonyms to justify, villain and abandon.

One of Amy’s colleagues calls it the Bermuda Triangle, because first the child gets mad, then the parent helping gets mad, and then the parent listening to the meltdown gets mad.

Our four-year-old daughter gets caught up in this Bermuda Triangle as well, of course. Besides getting less focused attention from Mom and Dad, she picks up on all the angst. After a recent homework meltdown, she went up to her brother and said, “All you have to do is do your homework, and Mommy won’t be mad.”

Then there’s the effect on our jobs. I’m not saying work takes precedence over our son’s education. But let’s be realistic: At some point, the ability of Mom and Dad to keep the family clothed, sheltered and fed is relatively high on the Things To Do Today list. When I’m cutting interviews short to make a practice quiz, or Amy’s going to work late — or rising at 4 a.m. — to help him prepare for a test, something’s rotten with the system.

Perhaps the worst part is that many parents we’ve talked to are angry because they face the same issue. Some have felt compelled to put their elementary-age kids on medication for anxiety to cope with the stress of so much schoolwork. How insane that because of an overabundance of studying, prescribed as a way to prepare students for standardized tests that theoretically prove the schools are doing their jobs, kids are popping pills to keep jangled nerves in check.

Amy and I continue to help our fifth-grader nightly. He knows the material, but he continues to awaken early, worried about doing poorly. He continues to get burned out by the volume of homework he’s responsible for, and the family continues to creak under the weight of all the stress.

Beyond hiring someone to help our son — and, in effect, us — Amy is meeting with our son’s teachers to determine if there’s anything else we can do to help him manage his load. Something, we hope, has to work.

99 Comments on ““I Hate Homework,” says Jeff Opdyke of the Wall Street Journal”

  1. Mary Andersen says:

    What a great article! It is reassuring to know that parents everywhere are feeling the strains of homework. I admire Mr. Opdyke for having the guts to expose his family’s frustrations to so many readers!

    November 13th, 2007 at 3:37 pm
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  2. JP says:

    No matter what the stats show, it is this kind of stuff that proves that homework is simply too much.

    November 21st, 2007 at 8:59 am
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  3. Julie Papa says:

    Oh my God!! You just described our family’s life, down to the younger sibling whose not getting her deserved time with Mom and Dad! Thank you for further validating the issue in my brain!

    November 23rd, 2007 at 12:45 am
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  4. ddavis says:

    I am doing a presentataion on “Why Kids hate soing homework?”. I am in college and this is a class project. I also need pamplets. I don’t know where to go for those. I also need books. I will check the library for books. I did not know that kids really hate doing homework. If you can give share some more of infromation I would like to read it. Thanks for letting us share our comments.

    November 23rd, 2007 at 1:47 pm
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  5. Anonymous says:

    I can not believe I have a son the same age – and he spends his afternoons playing. Often outside, but always running, jumping…being wild. A normal healthy 5th grader. And he brings home perfect grades, we hardly check his homework (he mostly does it in school). One idea that comes to my mind: he is not allowed to go on the computer or watch TV on weekdays. Might that help anyone?!

    November 25th, 2007 at 11:27 pm
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  6. J. says:

    Anonymous writes:

    One idea that comes to my mind: he is not allowed to go on the computer or watch TV on weekdays. Might that help anyone?!

    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    With all due respect, I think most of us have figured that out already. Our family currently doesn’t even own a tv! We did when my daughter was in 5th grade, but yes, she was not allowed to watch on school nights either. And her computer time was quite limited too.

    Your advice is sound. But it implicitly suggests that children whine about too much homework because they fritter away the afternoon on nonsense pursuits, and get started at nine o’clock. I too know of such kids. That is not how we run our household. And it doesn’t sound as if Jeff Opdyke does as well.

    I’ve had teachers make this assumption too and it undermines a very real problem. It shifts the blame onto the parents and children. Many of us have been forced to be our children’s homework coaches and it’s insulting to suggest it’s somehow our fault. Look, my daughter scored a 150 with multiple ceilings on her WISC IV when she was eight. The homework for her often was not too hard, it was simply too much. This in a gifted talented center. In fact, the reverse is true. Slogging through assignments in which the child learns nothing new but is forced to do anyway is unnecessary at best, torture at worst. For child and parent alike.

    It simply could be that you live in a district and/or area of the country where less homework is assigned. Jeff Opdyke of the Wall Street Journal is in New York, I am guessing. Or Washington, DC. I live in the DC area. I can attest that in the “high achieving” schools, it’s not tv or computer time that is the culprit, it is merely too much homework. Worse yet, the wrong kind of homework. I’m alarmed at the inordinate amount of time my daughter spends on it and more than sad over how much of her childhood was lost. And for what?

    I’m glad to hear your son plays all afternoon and manages to get most of his homework done at school. That’s how it should be! That demonstrates evidence of a sensible school, a sensible administrator. Sadly, all too many of us who tune into this blog are not so fortunate.

    J.

    November 26th, 2007 at 7:32 am
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  7. Sara Bennett says:

    Anonymous: Where do you live and what kind of school does your son go to? What kind of homework policy is there at your son’s school? I hardly hear from anyone in a situation like yours–where the homework is done in school and the child has plenty of time to run around and “be wild.”

    November 26th, 2007 at 11:31 am
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  8. Anonymous says:

    It’s me again, the one with the “no-homework-kid”.
    I did not know that our area seems to be an exception (Charlottesville, Virginia).
    But there is still one part I do not understand:
    why WE? why do parents get involved to that point that it has in impact on family life?!
    I definitely would get frustrated with the kind of homework the other parent described, “Slogging through assignments in which the child learns nothing new but is forced to do anyway is unnecessary at best, torture at worst. For child and parent alike”,
    That might be THE real problem and I wonder how you can fight that…PTA?
    Bottom line: when my child, that young, suffers to that point, something is wrong and I can not believe that all parents can do is helping with (wrong) homework.
    I am not from the US, so tell me if I have not yet completely understood the american (school) system.

    November 27th, 2007 at 6:41 pm
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  9. Anonymous says:

    10pm wow thats late and i do not want to know waht its like in colage. that means he only gets 7houers of sellp what is wrong with thes pepols heads (and by that i mean the schol systom)

    November 28th, 2007 at 10:38 pm
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  10. Christian says:

    I HATE SCHOOL!!!!!!!!!! ITS EVIL!!!!!

    December 10th, 2007 at 10:54 pm
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  11. Christian says:

    PS.I am 10 years old and I am in the 5th grade, And maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan!!!!!! do I hate school!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 10th, 2007 at 10:57 pm
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  12. Jamie says:

    Christian is a cute name,I like like him.

    December 10th, 2007 at 11:02 pm
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  13. Jamie says:

    Thanks Jamie!

    December 10th, 2007 at 11:04 pm
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  14. Christian says:

    Why did you say that?

    December 10th, 2007 at 11:06 pm
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  15. Jamie says:

    Say what?

    December 10th, 2007 at 11:06 pm
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  16. Christian says:

    thanks jamie.

    December 10th, 2007 at 11:08 pm
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  17. Christian says:

    OH I don’t know,your still cute.

    December 10th, 2007 at 11:09 pm
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  18. Jamie says:

    Thanks you too,YOU ARE CUTE .

    December 10th, 2007 at 11:11 pm
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  19. christian says:

    Okay lets stop talking.

    December 10th, 2007 at 11:12 pm
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  20. Jamie says:

    Okay,BY

    December 10th, 2007 at 11:13 pm
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  21. Christian says:

    BY!

    December 10th, 2007 at 11:13 pm
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  22. rachel says:

    I agree. I do not like school. I did not read the full story, but from the few paragraphs, I hate school, and homework. I have some to do right now. BORING!

    March 4th, 2008 at 6:31 pm
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  23. Roger says:

    I love school, I dont know what you guys are talking about.

    March 4th, 2008 at 6:35 pm
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  24. rachel says:

    wow! you have serious issues! Are you like a goody goody.

    March 4th, 2008 at 6:36 pm
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  25. Victoria says:

    Man homework is a pain it kinda makes my test scores lower and i really dont understand why but my grades start dropping when they start givin homework everyday i cant take it fuck skool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 13th, 2008 at 9:18 am
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  26. Stacey Clemens says:

    Okay to the parent who posted this…..I am with you one hundred percent!!! Man your family life is mine all over! My son struggles so hard in school. He has been in school 3 years now. I am so with you about school work at home. That is why teachers get a paycheck is to teach our kids. My son’s kindergarden teacher had been teaching for 35 years and I never knew my son was behind his grade level when he went to the first grade. They put him in a Reading Recovery program with a special reading teacher for about 2 months. WoW!!! He was 1 out of 5 students in the entire school to get one on one help. You would not believe it…he was reading in a week. I then emailed his kindergarden teacher when I found out he was behind. I aked her if she thought he was behind when she passed him on to the first grade and what her oppinion was on why. Guess what her response was???? “Yes he is behind and below grade level because he did Read enough at home” You have to be kidding me!! I was so fired up! I said I have a day job and that is what she gets paid for is to teach our children the basics to move on in school. I think after 35 years, she is burned out on teaching. Retire Mrs. Black please! He struggled for a while in 1st grade but then at the end of the year I was very pleased with how the 1st grade (different ISD) had worked with him to get him to the current level. He got an award for the most improved. Now he is back in the same school district and is failing in reading again. He is a math and spelling wiz…no problems in those studies….just reading. He also is rushing through his work to get it over with. I get so frustrated with him just guessing at his work to get it over with. I will erase it and make him do it all over. I was up till 10:00pm with him last night. My husband and I just do not know what to do help him. The schools should notice that he needs help with this by now. A counceler or someone call meet with him to correct this problem. I have to bring it to the teacher’s attention and tell her we have to do something to help him. My husband and I have 5 kids and we both hold down full time jobs. It is very hard for us to spend so much time on homework. We feel as if we never can get ahead with our at home life. Here is the thing…..I make my son read every night (even though he is only required to read 2 times a week) his current story for the week and sometimes I read it to him. I want to do what I can to help him get his grade up. It just seems to keep dropping. I also have him take a spelling test every night and the words he gets wrong..her writes 3 times. Man I will tell you that the few minutes we spend giving a spelling test every night has really paid off for his spelling grade. It is his reading grade that I am about to lose my mind over! Can you tell me what might help his reading grade and what I can do to get him to take time with his school work and apply himself? Thank you for writing this article. I do not feel alone anymore. I will send a prayer for patience for you now everynight when I am spending time with homework with my son!

    March 13th, 2008 at 12:17 pm
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  27. Joe says:

    I`m 14 and I like school but the homework kills me.
    It really sucks, the teachers pile on homework like the are the only class giving homework and then you get home and it takes forever. I wish teachers knew this. For those of you with kids that have tons of homework tell them to ask the teacher for help after school, thats what I do sometimes and it helps a lot.

    March 20th, 2008 at 5:33 pm
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  28. Joe says:

    To Stacy Clemens,
    Don`t make your kid take a test every night, that is torture that no kid likes. Twice a week is ok and it should help. For his reading grade, have him write down his homework every day if he doesnt already and have small study sessions on the weekends or when he has very little homework. If that doesnt help try to get an older kid(in the neighborhoodor a older sibling) give him help.

    March 20th, 2008 at 5:39 pm
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  29. sarah says:

    these teachers should understand that we have a LIFE. And after school we cant just come home and spend the OTHER half of our day doing even more work. cuz i mean im fine with going to school but the homework just ruins it all. no wonder kids say they hate school. i know id love it, if there was no homework. im in 8th grade and i will admit, that i dont get TOO much homework, but seeing all these other people that have so much to do, it just makes me think this.

    April 6th, 2008 at 12:23 pm
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  30. zach says:

    Hi, I am a sophmore in highschool. I am not a nerd but i get pretty good grades without a lot of time. I used to have bad stress issues back in grade school. I would get so upset that i would have stomach aches very often. Once i got to high school, i started to unwind. I learned that if i forgot some homework thing it was not the end of the world. I think that the previous comments have been pretty dead on in saying that kids that do bad don’t do homework and the people that do don’t need it.

    My best suggestion is to help this unwind. I was never really given many rules to follow on bed, tv, or computer. I learned from my mistakes that way and have learned to balance things I like to do.

    April 23rd, 2008 at 8:04 pm
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  31. Anonymous says:

    wow I hate homework too

    May 6th, 2008 at 3:50 pm
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  32. Anonymous says:

    i like pie

    May 6th, 2008 at 3:50 pm
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  33. ammy says:

    i hate homework it is just a waste of time

    May 25th, 2008 at 7:00 pm
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  34. Anonymous says:

    I am in high school and have a GPA of 4.214.

    The price I pay is far to high. It sucks the life out of me and my teachers do not care. (I swear that they torture me on purpose.) I end up spending my Saturdays dreading having to do my projects on Sunday. The state just keep passing laws that continue to raise the bar, but don’t help students learn. What frusturates me the most is that all the work is done for nothing. I end up learning so little after working so hard. I can’t even explore interesting topics, I have to work specifically on one thing. My teacher finished her curiculum early and decided to create a massive project that was due two weeks later.(Which just happened to be the day my 20 minute english presentation was due, on an African poet!)

    This is rediculous!

    May 26th, 2008 at 10:30 pm
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  35. Savannah Wildde says:

    That is really good information on why we should ban homework. I have been working on an assignment on banning homework and put a couple of your quotes in. My teacher totally disagreed with me at first but after she heard your story she is totally on my side now.

    Thanks

    June 10th, 2008 at 12:47 am
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  36. Sara Bennett says:

    Savannah–You must be very persuasive. Will you send me what you wrote? As you can see if you read my blog, I like to post students’ work. By the way, what grade are you in?

    June 10th, 2008 at 12:22 pm
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  37. myself says:

    I strongly agree with the author of this article. I believe that the main issue that many teachers fail to see is that the main reason for school is to prepare us for adulthood. Then they got carried away with procedures, and such, and it becomes a place where many kids won’t want to go to. I’m already planning for my future life, and lots of the things taught at school aren’t going to help me in the long run. Also, summer homework: is there really a reason for carrying over school into your personal life? I don’t like how when I want to go out with my friends, I can’t because I have to do my homework. On vacation. It’s not right.

    August 24th, 2008 at 9:27 pm
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  38. myself says:

    P.S. My summer homework is: Read 2 books, and do graphic organizers about them. Find 6 articles on a current world issue, and write a page about each. Then, read a passage and write another one page essay on something we learned. The “reward”? more homework and essays on the first day of school. Too bad I don’t see any learning value in this homework.

    August 24th, 2008 at 9:32 pm
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  39. myself says:

    P.P.S. sorry, I’m ranting again…

    August 24th, 2008 at 9:35 pm
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  40. mark says:

    ya to much homework i never get to skateboard because of homework!

    August 29th, 2008 at 10:26 am
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  41. Anonymous says:

    Wow do I agree with with Mr.Opdyke sure I do! i have three kids of which one is dyslexic.i have a large home library which is more than enough with modern illustrated books,but my children hate books!The problem is i loved books so much and as a mother now my stomach turns upside down when i hear the word books… My opinion is school ended up with so many heart feelings,sensitive feelings,my daughter hates to go to a children’s party just because they ended up with a conversation about their exam grades…..where is the the time of simple life can we call this freedom or an experimental life? will they experiment a pill of turning short people tall,maybe a pill for ugly to become pretty or old to become young.Family time is stolen and i have all the support and help my husband can bring.School days make me exhausted and a real nightmare..for all my family…

    Malta

    September 8th, 2008 at 6:19 am
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  42. Anonymous says:

    suggestion maybe remedial teacher should help with homework and fun reading should be left for family fun time.new school curriculum changed alot -ok but most parents are not that updated that’s why it is frustrating to find time for private lessons and paying plenty of money sometimes wasting most of family communicating time running here and there…back home tired and eating seperatley or all in a hurry.where is the time for long late family walk or riding the bike for fun when we even have to hurry in the bath!

    malta

    September 9th, 2008 at 3:18 am
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  43. Anonymous says:

    yes anxiety pills i hear so much about them everywhere i go -am i updated that 2009 is the pill year revolution…malta

    September 9th, 2008 at 5:20 am
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  44. Anonymous says:

    if we don’t have homework most say that’s crazy because children will not learn the school work by heart…but their is something wrong with this method of homework because those parents with more than one kid and even a dyslexic child in between.How will we have time for a real relaxation with our husband! or we got used to relax alone an hour before school time ends? did we got used to grumble i’m tired? is a relaxation pill the answer or we really do miss that candle romantic dinner….even a nice round family table all discussing our day do we have time to hear each other and share ideas except about history,religion.maths, and we have also to study ourselves all teaching methods have changed and it’s all insane who is the proper person to explain because mostly woman are embarrassed to show their real opinion for many facts and i don’t blame anyone…
    It’s like when you are on duty how many of the staff members are willing to report a problem to the boss without being afraid they get fired…..believe me this is not a psychologist problem relaxing alone is not reuniting families nor a day at the spa or message therapy will solve once a marriage is damaged will that A levels bring it back? hahaa by myself i feel that i’m the only one looking at homework as a problem am i??????????
    Malta

    September 11th, 2008 at 5:51 am
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  45. Anonymous says:

    YES I HAVE A SUGGESTION -WHY DON’T ALL CHILDREN BOOKS COME WITH A CASSETTE SO WHEN THEY ARE TIRED TO READ OR DYSLEXIC OR MOTHER DON’T HAVE TIME TO STUDY HISTORY IT IS SO BORING!!!!!! WE CAN HEAR THE LESSON ON CASSETTES?GUESS THAT’S A PRETTY GOOD HELP…EVEN MATHS SHOULD BE EXPLAINED ON CASSETTES OR CD WITH ORIGINAL CASSETTES OR CD THOSE SIMPLE ABACUS METHODS AS A MOTHER I STUDY THEM LEARN THEM THE NEXT THREE DAYS I HAVE TO GO BACK TO LEARN THE METHOD AGAIN IT’S SO FRUSTRATING…..I GUESS ALL THE BOOKS SHOULD COME ON CASSETTES ….FOR MANY DIFFERENT REOSONS I PREFARE TO CROSS THE ISLAND BY WALK THAN STUDY SOME HISTORY…
    MALTA

    September 11th, 2008 at 7:02 am
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  46. Anonymous says:

    a single child could be a different story and when both parents are very intellectual it’s not about genetics but i have to study history because i don’t have a photographic memory for names and dates as a 40 yr old mother…that’s not pleasant for the child…many have skills to teach their children and others beside time don’t have the patience because they simply hate school like many hate sports it’s not a question of too much tv or computer otherwise all kids would be a genius because all mothers want that their child shines in everything…..who is good at ballet only or dancing only and who can do it all good luck to them but wasting time on pc or tv is just a smart excuse for low grades i even tried 2 months no tv and pc and psp or ps2 but their dislikes for homework grew more!!!!
    malta

    September 11th, 2008 at 7:57 am
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  47. Anonymous says:

    FREEDOM TO HUMAN in my opinion many so called intellectuals say tv and and show models and soap operas give so much bad impression on us and children…well i believe soap operas are copied from real life which we all have the right to know whats going on out there…what a person admire as an idol is in the blood different in each of us…as one have music in him other have religion in him,one have football in his blood and other have art and paint like some have technology and others have cooking in their blood….even a priest and a teacher can become a childs idol if she plays the right role to him and even a priest and a nun can become an idol of anyone… but nowadays school are giving us the impression that intellectual high school grades makes the perfect man or woman…nudity to most catholics is
    a shame full thing when is it that nudity is a whore thing and dressing yourself as a priest makes us holy…don’t our children learnt that the wise fox can sometimes disguise himself like a lamb……where is that woman with that highly intellectual husband who gives her all the scores and needs but keeps visiting the ugliest whore in town…..sorry for the expression but these i’ve seen with my own eyes….some time ago about the age of my eldest son i was pregnant with and at work this guy student worker came up to me several time a day i don’t even know his name because from all the staff seems like i was the only one to answer him back he was very intellectual choosing between a doctor or a priest i just couldn’t reckon why he grumbled to me everyday My mum wants me to be a doctor and i want to be a priest please do you have an opinion of what shall i do?i just say you must have it in you your answer is in you not your mum..i always share my truth opinion if you don’t like it choose the other way up to you i don’t decide for anyone like most intellectuals do anyway not to go long some weeks later a good friend told me GOODMORNING I HAVE SOMETHING TO TELL YOU BECAUSE IT’S NOT GOOD TO HEAR SUCH NEWS FROM STRANGERS WHILE YOU ARE PREGNANT….HE FELL FROM A HIGH BUILDING IN MALTA…….i never wanted to read the news paper about him and hearing people talking about him got me frustrated how can parents put so much pressure on their children……Why is this much pressure with school ..why the avarage is not enough if a child wants to keep going for high grades should be in his blood no hell will change that…….schools and skills should be introduced more in primary schools like many different …..my older son doesn’t like sports like me but he loves swimming and bikes… hope this can help someone ideas…seems like dyslexics are the only persons in prison second to research…when is it someone went to prison for writing the wrong prescription medicine….oh that’s not impulsive that’s a mistake to experiment with human beings!

    September 12th, 2008 at 4:16 am
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  48. CRC89 says:

    I’m a second year college student and I agree with a huge majority of what’s been posted here. When I was in high school I drove my teachers CRAZY because I refused to do the homework but still got “A”s and “B”s on a huge majority of exams (not saying that I never had anything below that!). I graduated high school with a 2.89 GPA because I only turned in about two dozen assignments in four years. Theoretically speaking, with that track record, my GPA should have been around a 0.50 (or a similarly horrible number). What does that tell you about the “need” for homework in order to pass exams? Graduating with almost a 3.0 after only turning in a couple dozen assignments isn’t a fluke. I knew the material as well as, if not better than, students that studied for hours and hours. I took notes in class, read the assignments and participated in class discussions. On top of that, I was finishing in the top percent tiles in all of my state “assessment” exams.

    Is homework necessary to learn the material? No.

    Is more homework necessary to drive the material home? HELL no.

    Is homework a good, OPTIONAL, tool to HELP learn material? Sure, the right kind of homework is very helpful, especially as an ADDITION to good notes and good LESSON PLANS.

    September 22nd, 2008 at 10:13 pm
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  49. Mackenzie says:

    I totally agree! There is way too much homework being given out. My sister daughter had a test the day after school started! These school boards have really got to get their act together! Kids are going to hate homework even more now then ever!

    September 23rd, 2008 at 4:37 pm
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  50. Liam says:

    Man I know how you feel. I am in High School and I like school, but I HATE homework! I can get a max of 15 pieces of homework a week, and whenever I slog through another pile of pointless turd, sorry, homework, I get more next lesson! It never gets any easier. I get into arguments with my mum and dad about doing homework. I get stressed. My parents get stressed. I would rather plunge my hands into a steaming pile of camel turd, seriously. I get through six hours of school, picking up homework on the way like leeches in a lake, then I spend like another couple hours doing the same stuff I did in school.
    The thing is, I’m only in Year 8.

    Plz help me. 🙁

    October 1st, 2008 at 3:18 pm
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  51. Anonymous says:

    The culprit in all of this? Standardized testing, and students not caring about the testing.

    Last year, our high school’s goal on the testing was an 82 (not percentage, I’m not sure how they grade it). We in the advanced and AP classes scored a 115 overall; the standard classes mustered a 63. The students in those classes have no incentive to do well, and the questions aren’t hard either. For example: A shirt that costs $20 is now on sale for 25% off. How much does it cost now?

    And since we didn’t reach our goals, more homework and practice OERs should solve the problem, right?

    October 5th, 2008 at 11:09 pm
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  52. Anonymous says:

    No not RIGHT…..iT’S as IF A PERSON under trained physically
    is asked to get overexposed with training physically promising in result that this will change the person into a ballet dancer..it won’t happen will it?

    October 7th, 2008 at 3:59 am
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  53. Anonymous says:

    emotionally frustrated kids and parents about homework is as harmful as doing anything else over doing it,like over eating,over exercising,over working anything that makes us over doing gives the result of injury physically or emotionally …what works for most persons won’t work with the same result for many others and the result is a total disaster.Maybe it’s better to be sure the student understood the working of the sum clearly could be parents misguided the working also in a different method and so on..should we parents go to school again cause even teachers has to refresh the curriculum each year!!!!

    October 7th, 2008 at 4:17 am
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  54. Anonymous says:

    if we bake a cake every day we will get perfectionists in a short while and maybe we can make a good business out of our talent but for many others could work the opposite and make them so sick of cakes that they will close their eyes even when they see one..true or false life works this way?who dies with thirst and who dies with over drinking! is school any different from any other work or is the world suffering with people of different class,racism,fashioners,culture,grades,equal rights, are we put on a balance of life? yes we will never stop because life never works by the book..books should give ideas for example a book about pregnancy can guide us through our pregnancy but the book will not enter in each different emotions at different stages of our life’s. different in each one of us in all ages ..anyone can cheat his feelings to others and than we start to loose faith and we are in a simple war during this short beautiful life,gaining hate and more stress and headaches and even more cancer .we are silly because we choose to be perfectionists and we want everyone around us so..and who is perfect that is only in his thinking because for my opinion such human does not exist.

    October 7th, 2008 at 6:49 am
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  55. Anonymous says:

    what is perfection? perfection is to save the day without making others day a disaster.
    when we do what we struggled to be perfect in and aimed that profession let’s do it with emotion that is enthusiasm….
    the smile that we carry shouldn’t be sarcastic and if we had a bad day let’s try to make it better not worse…..
    enthusiasm should not be achieved for the pay check only but always.
    In a difficult time we should seek true friends if they turn to you that’s a good sign….if we are smiling we should addict it to the ones around us and not keep it to ourselves should cost nothing..if you have enthusiasm at your work many others will copy and you are naturally helping to create a better perfect world and as we can’t wear a bracelet with one chain missing please try not to break the chain of life!!!

    October 19th, 2008 at 12:07 pm
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  56. donella says:

    they should stop giveing homework becuz they are killing trees

    October 21st, 2008 at 9:50 pm
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  57. dallas( girl) says:

    yo it’s just home work!!! just chill seriously breath!!!! let him decide wht he wants to do and if he scroos up it will be his fault!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 3rd, 2008 at 8:25 pm
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  58. dynasty says:

    many people try to make a better way of living for the sake of our future! others just watch others go down the drain and enjoy….it’s not a matter of relaxing..eating,smoking,chatting are common relaxing moments in 2008.it’s a matter of concern about others not only ourselves….chew while you can and help while you can…it’s never too late but seems like the people who should take passes….parole si fatti no….

    November 4th, 2008 at 8:39 am
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  59. Anna says:

    i have so much homework every single night that i’m always in a bad mood, and i hardly ever see my friends and family.
    I HATE IT!!!!!!!!!!!
    i enjoy school
    and i enjoy learning
    but so much homework makes me want to drop out!!!!!!
    it should be a law to not assign more than 6 hours of homework
    it’s TOTALLLL bullshiiiiit!

    January 15th, 2009 at 8:18 pm
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  60. FUCK HOMEWORK says:

    I HATE HOMEWORK SO MUCH BUT I LIKE GOING TO SCHOOL BUT HATE HOMEWORK

    January 15th, 2009 at 9:30 pm
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  61. Tommy says:

    I go to bed every night at midnight or 1 am. i then wake up at 6 am. This is because I have so much homework to do. I am 13 years old and it isn’t right. I have basketball which makes it literally impossible to do anything. Homework is fine. But too much homework isn’t. I have at least 3-4 hours a night on top of basketball, and it is impossible for me to balance that time. But I do have straight as.

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  62. Glen says:

    I hate homework. it takes over your life. We go to school to learn so why is it that when we get home we have to do it some more. Im 14 and i truly believe that i learn a lot more in lessons than i would of from doing all of my homework. I try my best at EVERY subject and im polite to all teachers. I admit, i dont get along with some teachers because…Well, some teachers are complete idiots. I have never done any homework in my entire life and yet i am in top sets for all the subjects i want to do for my GCSE’s. My motto is that you will never beat them, if you never try. So far this has convinced my maths teacher who said he was with me the whole way.

    January 27th, 2009 at 6:31 pm
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  63. Nina says:

    Man am I glad I don’t have it this bad. I’m in 7th grade (12 yrs old) and I rarely have more than 1 1/2 or 2 hours of homework a night. But I have to say, many teachers just assign homework because they think they have to live up to that first-day-of-school promise that “there WILL be homework every night!” And we have wayy too many artistic assignments that teach you nothing about what you’re learning, they teach you how to color and draw. It’s pathetic. I think that when teachers prepare lessons and homework assignments, they should constantly be questioning themselves: will this teach the students anything? What will they get out of this?

    February 23rd, 2009 at 11:18 pm
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  64. Carolyn says:

    Nina, I agree with you, I wish more teachers would really think about how it will teach the students. You are very lucky though that you don’t have nearly as much homework as my 13 yr old daughter. She has hours of it and it’s ridiculous. She’s totally sleep-deprived and it’s just terrible. I hope you remain as lucky as you currently are!

    February 24th, 2009 at 4:44 am
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  65. Prerona says:

    Well,I didn’t really hate homework but loads and loads of homework which are too hard to do shouldn”t be given by teachers.And moreover it wastes my time for studies.Freaking homeworks……..

    March 1st, 2009 at 6:07 am
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  66. Anonymous says:

    Nina, I’m in 6th grade and i recieve almost twice as much homework as you do :(.
    Most of the homework i recieve is pretty much useless (in my opinion). Once in a while, I might get some fun project that I can enjoy. I don’t mind reviewing simple things like math formulas, simple problems, parts of speech (English) or grouping ideas, but what annoys me is that I’m always doing asignments that don’t benefit me at all. It’s all information that I already know. I really find essays/reports/reviews and other long writing pieces tedious. The only things they improve (barely) are my hand writing, spelling, or reviewing skills. Like many people have said before me, I like school. I just hate homework.

    March 2nd, 2009 at 8:37 pm
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  67. Anonymous says:

    Homework totally sucks away all my free time. Time i could be outside playing sports, hanging out with my friends or just relaxing. Time i could be reading or spending time with my family.

    March 2nd, 2009 at 8:39 pm
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  68. Samantha says:

    I don’t HATE school I HATE THE HOMEWORK ^.^ I hope this has gotten better for your family but i just spent the entire day working on a project myself!

    March 15th, 2009 at 12:30 am
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  69. HomeworkBlues says:

    So many kids say this, that they love school but hate homework. This is a key concept and adults should be listening.

    March 15th, 2009 at 8:40 am
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  70. Teacher says:

    Any one got a degree out there? Did you do homework to get it? Did Edison do his homework?
    Did Jeff write this article at work or at home?
    Ever see an article entitled “Study Shows High School Soccer Practice to Long?” I thought not.
    Please disregard the opinions of anyone under 25. Their view may change when their brain is fully developed.
    With all due respect, Jeff, perhaps your son has symptoms of a larger problem if homework is stressing him out that much at his age.
    Can’t take the homework load, don’t do it. We always need janitors, but make sure someone helps you read the lables so you don’t kill yourself.

    March 22nd, 2009 at 4:58 pm
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  71. HomeworkBlues says:

    Any one got a degree out there?

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    Yup. Graduate ones in our family too.

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    Did you do homework to get it?

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    I didn’t do all my homework.Some days I didn’t even come close, but shhh, don’t tell my daughter!

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    Did Edison do his homework?

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    Not so much. He preferred to tinker, create and imagine. Teachers told his mother little Thomas’ brain was addled and she pulled him out to homeschool. You should have known that, dear teacher. He and Albert Einstein are poster children for ADHD, brilliant, creative, and very right brained.

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    Did Jeff write this article at work or at home?

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    Besides the point. I fear you actually missed the whole point! Take me, for example. Take my first and early career. I was a whiz at what I did in I was a workaholic, I didn’t so much take work home as stay late in the office/studio. I was deeply committed and excited about my work, I ate, slept and drank it. I’m on to other things now but I still recall fondly those early years of my career.

    I can tell you I wouldn’t have come out of school that hungry, that eager, that wide eyed if I’d had the homework load my daughter does. I wasn’t burned out. I come from a large family and we all played. A lot. It stoked my imagination and creativity. Play is not frivolous. As Maria Montessori said, “play is a child’s work.” It’s simple. Too much homework equals too little play. And our children are suffering the consequences today. Do read Richard Louv’s book, “Last Child in the Woods.”

    I had much less homework during my schooled years. For one reason or another, I didn’t do all of it. Didn’t stop me from doing beautifully in that profession, won awards, made a name for myself.

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    Ever see an article entitled “Study Shows High School Soccer Practice to Long?” I thought not.

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    Go write one. But do know that in this instance you meant “too,” not “to.” I’ll agree with you. My friend actually is coming out with a book on the destructive side of youth sports. But the coaches who push the kids hard, want the kids to be on top of their game 24/7 are the same ilk that would support YOU! It’s all part of the same zeitgeist.

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    Please disregard the opinions of anyone under 25.

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    Yes and no. I’ll agree with you but only to a point. We grownups have the experience and wisdom, they have the freshness and idealism of youth. Or did. Before you and others like you drummed it out of them. Together we could make a formidable team if schools weren’t so hell bent on ruining childhood in the name of adult preparation. We as adults make the decisions but we make a huge mistake when we do not tune into our children. Be still and listen sometimes. You’d be amazed at what you hear.

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    Their view may change when their brain is fully developed.
    With all due respect, Jeff, perhaps your son has symptoms of a larger problem if homework is stressing him out that much at his age.

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    I guess all our kids have symptoms of a larger problem if they can’t do their homework without pain. Legions of them, dear teacher, are that stressed out. You don’t know that?

    Way to go, teacher. Shift the blame onto the kid and his beleaguered parents and duck for cover.

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    Can’t take the homework load, don’t do it.

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    That’s what we’re attempting to do here. Sara always advises parents to be gracious and respectful. You might learn from her, teacher, and treat your parents much as you yourself wish to be regarded.

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    We always need janitors, but make sure someone helps you read the lables

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    Of course, dear teacher. If the students don’t do their homework, they’ll wind up as illiterate janitors. Reminds of a line from that Pink Floyd tune, “you won’t get any pudding!” I hope there aren’t any janitors on this blog whom you’ve all just insulted.

    Never mind that I keep writing here that all my daughter wanted to do when she came home from school was read read read and work on her novel. You still think lack of boring busy work will keep her from reading….labels! Only if “label” is misspelled “lable” as you just did.

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    so you don’t kill yourself.parents.

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    You actually think we don’ t like homework because we don’t want to be involved in our children’s education, we don’t want to “kill ourselves?” Dear teacher, you need to do YOUR homework and read some of our posts. I’ve said numerous times that I didn’t like homework in elementary (still don’t) because it deprived our family of all that after- school education we were so qualified to give her.

    We wanted you to do school and we wanted to supplement and enrich at home. No, not more work, not worksheets, not more classes, not more sweating at a desk when she just did that all day in your classroom. You do your job, we’ll do ours. I’m talking museums, literature, current events and history discussions, nature centers, hikes, outdoor classical concerts, lectures at the library. And time for art, music and play.

    Now go do your own homework, dear teacher. Read some of my posts, read FedUpMom and others, read Sara’s book, read Alfie Kohn, read Susan Ohanian, read Harris Cooper’s research, check out the Alliance for Childhood and then we can talk. I promise you, no tests, no reading logs. I’ll take your word for it. Until you open your mouth. And then we’ll see.

    Okay, parents, we all need a break. Let’s take a time out from homework battles, meltdowns, procrastination, tears, tantrums, slamming doors, parental stress, sleep deprivation and stomach aches for a little fun. Here is Pink Floyd’s “Another brick in the wall.”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_bvT-DGcWw

    March 22nd, 2009 at 6:29 pm
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  72. Maryann Cook says:

    I am a business student in Utah and I HATE THE HOMEWORK!!! My query is this, just how much homework does one need to actually complete in order to graduate? Are all of the 50 states as homework crazy as is Utah? Where do I sign to get the homework load reduced to an acceptable and agreeable level? We here in Utah have no time for a life!

    March 23rd, 2009 at 12:55 am
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  73. someone says:

    home work is not tha bad

    April 6th, 2009 at 10:57 am
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  74. Cyrstal says:

    I hate homework too.Everyday (i have 6 children) my children come home and me and my husband spend 3 hours on my kids homework!!!!!!!!!! Homework is really and truely STUPID!!!!!!!!

    April 7th, 2009 at 7:43 pm
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  75. mykenzie says:

    im 25 and have a 9 year old boy and he is always doing homework some times i just want to say go out and play chris!!!!!!! I HATE HOMEWORK and i dont even have 2 do it!!!!!!

    April 7th, 2009 at 7:48 pm
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  76. homework is stupid says:

    I HATE HOMEWORK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    April 7th, 2009 at 7:55 pm
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  77. sugaddady says:

    i hate homework because It IT Is So stodpid KLFDL… AND I NEVER DO IT ANY WAY………..!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!AHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!tttt!ttt!!!!t@@@@@@@@@@$$$$$$$$$$^^^^^^^

    April 21st, 2009 at 2:43 pm
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  78. JDL says:

    Oh, how I hate homework, too. My two kids–one in HS, one in MS–are still up at 11:50 doing homework. Granted, there’s been some wasted time, not just tonight but over the last several weeks, but on top of 6.75 hours in school, plus commuting time, I don’t see how even 2 hours of homework at any grade (assuming that’s how long it actually takes for most kids) is healthy. And 4, 5 + hours even once is just plain wrong. MS child will get about 6 hours of sleep tonight. MS’ers need 9-10 hours. How attentive and productive will this one be at school tomorrow? On the bright side, this one actually enjoyed tonight’s work, which is a good thing since M has been at it for the better part of the last 9 hours. (That’s 9 hours SINCE arriving home.) HS child is another story and doesn’t know how to reverse the current trend. H will get about 5 hours of sleep tonight (assuming sleep comes easily) which means zoning in school tomorrow and difficulty focusing tomorrow night which means poor homework output which means more time to finish which adds up to more frustration and less sleep….And there’s no let up until standardized testing next month. Tonight H yelled at me, cursed life, slammed doors, went AWOL in the cold night for about 30 minutes (thank god for cell phones and texting), and wondered if ending it all would be better. [Please know we’re taking this seriously, although H assures us later that all the kids say stuff like this. Small comfort.]

    Honestly, do most adults (or at least the adults who give homework and set policy) have jobs that ordeal is preparation for? Most nights are no where near this, but the stress has become a constant in our lives. It’s never really TGIF for the typical high-schooler, because TGIF only leads to HCIS (Holy Crap It’s Sunday). Do adults experience job stress anything near the level of stress we’ve all come to accept as an inherent part of our children’s education? The only job-related situations that I’m aware of that induce similar levels of fairly constant stress are sexual harassment, fear of losing one’s job and having an abusive boss. The resulting feelings of anxiety, lack of competence, hopelessness, and powerlessness are understandably overwhelming.

    Schools and PTAs have come to accept high, even overwhelming levels of stress as facts of school life. They offer staff in-services, parent seminars, and other resources to help us all “deal” with it. If a similar percentage of adults were experiencing this level of stress on the job we’d be working to find ways to address the root causes. When adults have compulsory overtime, unfair though it might be, at least they are compensated. Isn’t overtime considered anything beyond 40 hours?

    6 hours in classes plus 2 hours homework times 5 days equals 40 hours. Those are adult work hours. PE and art class count as students cannot opt out or go part-time.

    MS and HS are now in bed, which is where I need to be so I can function effectively tomorrow. I have always been such a proponent of public education, and I can’t believe that I now find myself fantasizing about home-schooling, or finding and somehow affording a private school with an holistic philosophy. If only I didn’t have to work or could work from home. By the way, it’s Wednesday night, hump night! I hope tomorrow is a slow day. TGIF is just around the corner. And my boss doesn’t give weekend homework. Not ever.

    April 23rd, 2009 at 1:48 am
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  79. Anonymous says:

    I couldn’t have said it better!! I too have one child in HS and the other in MS, it’s now almost midnight, and both are still up doing HW!! It’s ridiculous, and instead of inspiring creativity, it’s burning them out and making them hate work, long before they’re a part of the work force… They are SO tired, which as you noted, makes it difficult to absorb new material in school, and so the vicious cycle continues! Stop the world– I want to get off!!!

    April 23rd, 2009 at 11:50 pm
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  80. Jake says:

    It seems to me the cleverer kids that go to better schools get punished with more work. Sometimes it makes me so depressed, I come home on a Friday and plan all my homework. I remember when I was back at my old school and I had time to play about with my friends, surely a childhood is for having fun!

    Nice to know that this boy’s parents are on side. I think you should be writing notes to school, simply saying how homework is ruining his social and family life. Make sure you don’t push him too much, that’s the worst thing you can do.

    May 10th, 2009 at 4:49 pm
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  81. bell says:

    geez…i was doing my homework…and then i got real pissed…so i read this…and i totally agree with u guys…we’ve got a life, peoples! just wrecks your family life…my mum gets all stressed outabout my sister’s work…and then there’s the mountain that i have…this homework thing just cuts short your life by twenty years due to anxiety according to me!!!

    May 12th, 2009 at 7:36 am
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  82. bell says:

    your chldhood goes d
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    p n the drain. and the amount of homework goes u

    May 12th, 2009 at 7:39 am
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  83. bell says:

    oooppsss…

    May 12th, 2009 at 7:40 am
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  84. someone says:

    oh my gosh how could you say that??? homework is so fun…you just gotta get over yourself…its for your own good so you can have a good education, a good life and a good job!

    THAT IS THE TOTAL OPPOSITE OF THE TRUTH!!!

    the truth

    teachers dont get that homework is NOT good for you. what you learn through homework is how to rip it up…tear it apart…swear at it…and hate it!!! and you dont have time to prepare for your exams. AND THE BLAME GOES TO HOMEWORK!!!!

    May 12th, 2009 at 7:50 am
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  85. someone says:

    and the assignments never ever stop putting off the weight in your head…no good for the parents either!

    May 12th, 2009 at 7:52 am
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  86. shadow says:

    Homework is pointless I mean like why not do it at 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    May 27th, 2009 at 10:58 am
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  87. dont says:

    i hate homework so much

    August 21st, 2009 at 12:46 am
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  88. Anonymous says:

    fuck homework fuck school and most of all fuck teachers

    September 1st, 2009 at 11:04 pm
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  89. mary says:

    oh my gosh. i am in seventh grade and i get so much homework!!! we have tests way to much, have pop quizzes, and get about two hours of homework each night.. and it is only the third week of school! what is this? we have also already had two projects we had to do. i have had NO free time, and i have spent almost all my time studying and doing work. i had to turn down an invite to the movies on a saturday night, and i couldn’t help with a birthday party (and i would have been paid!)

    homework sucks.

    September 14th, 2009 at 7:33 pm
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  90. Anonymous says:

    i think schools homework turns kids into total douch bags

    September 28th, 2009 at 6:45 pm
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  91. Mariah says:

    Whoever wrote this I’m so with you actually I was in the middle of studying for a big english test and all my homework is piled up next to me. Homework has taken over my life and I’m in 6th grade!! You know how when you get home you have a little worksheet to do Not me I have at least 3 subjects to do at home.You know when you get home from a 7 hr. school day and you want to relax? Well not me It’s just like school at home you never get a break from it.!!! I hate school just as much as you do!!!!!! U r lucky u r out of school I have alot more years ahead of me.

    October 8th, 2009 at 8:16 pm
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  92. RJ says:

    I am very glad that I am not unique in this situation as well. I am a single parent and my daughter is in a private school in Fourth grade. The same private school my mother and myself went to. I do not recall my parents having to be by my side from the time homework starts to the time homework finishes. I am so frustrated every evening. Now I am looking at every web site possible, to figure out if there is something wrong with me. I feel like the worse parent in the world because I get so frustrated and I am not sure how the teacher explains it, then I have to turn around and try not confuse my daughter any further. Fourth grade homework has been a nightmare to say the least and it’s only been 2 months. Homework has made me feel like both my daughter and I are incompetent. I am searching Sylvan and Kumon websites trying to figure out which would be best for my daughter daily. Adding yet, another daunting task to her homework duties, just to make sure she can keep up. I hate homework and what it is doing to my family and especially me. I am so grateful I found this blog site. I needed somewhere to vent…Thank you…

    October 13th, 2009 at 7:27 pm
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  93. Anonymous says:

    This is a easy one

    Just don’t do it!!!!!!!!

    Who cares about grades! You can have straight A’s and still not get into a top University. Homeschool students have no grades and more and more of them are being admitted to top Universities everyday.

    Read the books you want. Study thing that interest you and work on a project of your own choosing. Have fun too!

    October 13th, 2009 at 9:36 pm
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  94. Anonymous says:

    I hate homework when you have another school you have to go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ( It sometimes ruins my weekend )

    October 2nd, 2010 at 6:51 pm
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  95. NeoRetro10K says:

    Yeah, decided to search for things like this… I have to do homework right now, in fact. This is the first break I’ve had all night, though. I wonder if that says something… Plus, my mom JUST came in my room, and asked what I was doing, and I told her, and she said that she doesn’t think I have too much homework. Then explain how this is the first break I’m taking at NINE-O’-FRICKING-CLOCK AT NIGHT!? My mother is blind to how much stress I’m under right now. I have two projects in History, two in English, and another in Psychology, all at once, not to mention that I just did some work for all of it and finished my math homework. My parents don’t get that I’m under a lot of stress! I have heard of parents who went to school boards and got things cleared up, but oh, no! Not my parents!

    October 21st, 2010 at 9:13 pm
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  96. Anonymous says:

    I have at least 6 hours of homework a night…it ridiculous!!!

    December 22nd, 2010 at 11:33 pm
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  97. poptarts says:

    I agree with that homework is sometimes overwhelming and exahusting to do.However, being a student myself it has taught me some valuable skills in life, like never leaving anything for the last minute if you have time right now. If I was a teacher I would assign students homework ONLY from Mon – Thurs and not during the weekend, which is supposed to be relaxation and family bonding
    I know in college you get fewer homework and more tests, which some teachers try to prepare you for by giving you a ton of homework. On the other hand, me being in high school many teachers are giving us this homework, which dosen’t allow us to study for Ap tests or the SAT, which will determine the college we go to. This is ridiculous, since the teachers are trying to prepare us for college, with the risk of us going to a crappy(excuse my language) college.

    March 6th, 2011 at 9:09 pm
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  98. S,teacher says:

    Do the parents that hate homework and question their children’s teachers so readily challenge all professionals in their lives this way? Do you challenge doctors on what the diagnosis is because you used WebMD? Do you insist on antibiotics when the doctor says its a virus, because you know your child and he/she is in pain? Do you question the attorney who prepared your estate documents about their recommendations? Do you tell the dentist to pull the other tooth? Do you tell the engineer how to build the bridge you drive across on your commute because you watched a Discovery Channel show? I am just curious if this phenomenon is reserved for teachers. If so, why? Please enlighten me.

    March 7th, 2011 at 8:43 pm
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  99. Anonymous says:

    how can you possibly like schol? it is the borringest palce on earth

    March 23rd, 2011 at 1:06 pm
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