Moms (and Dads) on a Mission–More from Niagara Falls, Canada

A few weeks ago, I wrote about Dale O’Dair, a dad from Niagara Falls who talked to the school about his first-grade daughter’s homework load (several hours a week). The very next day, the school wrote a note to all of the parents stating that homework booklets would be abolished.

We have now spoken with most of the parents in the class and there was a lot of fighting and crying as a result of the homework which we have ended.

The silent majority was real and are grateful that I made a stand for the families. Most were having enough trouble with the spelling test alone, five words a week, and we will see if that can be ended as well.

3 Comments on “Moms (and Dads) on a Mission–More from Niagara Falls, Canada”

  1. HomeworkBlues says:

    CONGRATULATIONS, Dale. Wish we could bottle some of Canada’s sanity and ship it south.

    December 10th, 2008 at 10:24 am
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  2. Angela Norton Tyler says:

    “The Silent Majority” is the perfect name for all of those parents that are frustrated, angry and concerned about homework, but won’t say anything. It is so crucial to take the plunge and be “The Brave Minority” parent who speaks up! Not only will you be helping your own family, you will be helping every family in the class. Great job!

    December 10th, 2008 at 2:34 pm
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  3. Torri Chappell says:

    Cheers Dale! Thank you for your VOICE. I have been a ‘voice’ for our silent majority here in Marin County, CA and have made some headway. Slowly encouraging more of the ‘suffering silent’ to find their voice and their values.
    Sending support and respect from California!

    December 11th, 2008 at 1:51 pm
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