“I Have Banned My Child from Doing Homework,” says English Mum

Rosie Scribble, a freelance writer in the U.K. who specializes in mental health issues and blogs about life with her 6 year old, wrote a wonderful piece about why she doesn’t make her daughter do homework. Many of the commenters also wrote that they didn’t make their children do homework, either. Now, if they could all inspire their friends and their friends’ friends, etc., homework for young children would no longer exist (after all, most elementary school children require some kind of parental involvement to get their homework done).

I Have Banned My Child from Doing Homework
by Rosie Scribble

Sometimes I get a bit hot under the collar, stamp my foot and decide that whatever I have been told to do – I’m not doing it.

Then I wonder why my six-year-old daughter does the same.

However today, once again, I have decided there are a few things that our little family will not be doing, for one day at least.

Here’s the list:

    I.J. [my daughter] will not be doing any homework
    I.J. will not be watching Newsround
    I.J. will not be looking at her school reading book
    I will not be discussing keywords and spellings with I.J.
    I will not be testing her on her addition and multiplication
    I will not be helping her to practise her alphabet
    We will not be doing anything related in any way to education
    We shall only be doing fun things
    Why?

Because a mother knows when her child is under stress, when she has had enough and is over-tired and over-sensitive, when being asked to watch the news will only add to her current anxieties, when number work at school is getting her down to the point where she can’t sleep at night, when the pressure to practise her reading every night is getting her down, when it is all becoming too much.

A mother knows when her child needs a night off, a break from it all, and when a dose of fun takes priority over homework.

So here’s what we will do instead:

    We’ll close the curtains, turn off the lights and turn the front room into a cinema
    We’ll watch a brand new DVD, possibly Cloudy with a chance of Meatballs as recommended by A Modern Mother
    We’ll eat party food followed by chocolate cake
    We’ll cuddle up on the sofa
    We’ll shut out the rest of the world
    We’ll forget about school
    We’ll forget about everything else
    We’ll have some fun
    And I’ll hope for a calmer more relaxed child tomorrow.

(Read the post and the accompanying comments here.)

220 Comments on ““I Have Banned My Child from Doing Homework,” says English Mum”

  1. Rosie Scribble says:

    Many thanks for the mention, Sara. My post certainly got people thinking and it was interesting to hear their views. Many felt primary school children were getting far too much homework. They get tested over year in school aged 6 so that might be one reason why. I don’t think formal tests like that should exist but that’s a whole other debate!

    February 4th, 2010 at 8:06 am
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  2. Fred Baumgarten says:

    I really needed this — thank you! I am going to institute a day like that in our house!!

    February 4th, 2010 at 8:17 am
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  3. PsychMom says:

    Oh it’s nice to know there are some sane parents around. My child is 8 and I absolutely cringe when she says she’s got work to do at home….mostly I do it for her unless we can make some sort of game out of it that’s quick and done. It’s such an offence really. I object to the pressure placed on the kids at such a young age. She was so happy to report to me the other night that her “Unfinished Work” file was empty at school. Why should an 8 year old need to feel a burden that follows adults practically their whole working lives?

    February 4th, 2010 at 8:42 am
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  4. Crystal Jigsaw says:

    I fantastic idea. My daughter (10 yrs old) is autistic and doesn’t get homework because she can’t cope with it. She’s done enough work at school – home is for home life. This should be the case for all children until they need to start studying of course.

    Fabulous post from Rosie, as always.
    Crystal Jigsaw

    February 4th, 2010 at 4:07 pm
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  5. Anonymous says:

    that is a great idea the kids wil love it

    March 3rd, 2010 at 12:25 am
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  6. Anonymous says:

    I understand that homework is stressful, but that’s not really teaching responsibility is it? We all hate the homework but How is telling your kid its ok to NOT do what your teacher asked you to do, but instead eat cake and watch tv.?? Trust me, I have 2 kids so I know what you are talking about. But my oldest child now in the 5th grade comes home, and does her homework without asking. Its only going to get harder and you won’t be able to ban homework forever. You’re only hurting your child.

    April 23rd, 2010 at 4:30 pm
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  7. HomeworkBlues says:

    “How is telling your kid its ok to NOT do what your teacher asked you to do, but instead eat cake and watch tv.??”

    Oh, boy, you really don’t get it, do you? And you say you have two kids. Looks like you have a lot to learn yourself.

    My gosh, we don’t come on this blog to complain, tell our kids not to listen to the teacher, eat cake and watch tv. My family doesn’t even own a tv! Do you truly believe you are completely incapable of teaching your children any responsibility? Is the state raising your child or are you?

    And homework overload isn’t about teaching responsibility. The home has become the dumping ground for all that wasn’t covered during the school day, under the guise of “rigor” and “responsibility.”

    It’s not about defiance. Who are we defying? We are not little subjects, we are intelligent mothers and fathers here. We are adults in charge of our home life. It’s about our children having time to sink their souls into classic literature all afternoon, it’s about taking them to a museum, a nature center, having political discussions at the dinner table that go on for hours, it’s about raising and growing ethical intellectual happy children.

    Those are my motives, my raison d’être. That’s why I came on board. It’s watching hyper-achieving teens lose their love of learning, grovel for grades and treat high school like a giant hoop to jump through.

    It’s about finally saying The emperor has no clothes. It’s about decrying that we are using a factory model of education that calls to mind schools of the 1950’s. It’s not about being insolent and defying the teacher but working together (or die trying) to create new schools that work for today and tomorrow, not yesterday.

    It’s doing something new, something that hasn’t really been done before. It’s involving the parents instead of ordering them around. It’s about respecting families instead of belittling parents, particularly mothers. It’s about rooting out a desiccated curriculum, designed not to inspire and ignite a passion for learning, but to raise test scores. It’s about teachers today who seem to care more about saving their hide than educating.

    April 23rd, 2010 at 5:56 pm
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  8. Anonymous says:

    And home­work over­load isn’t about teach­ing respon­si­bil­ity. The home has become the dump­ing ground for all that wasn’t cov­ered dur­ing the school day, under the guise of “rigor” and “responsibility.”

    NO it hasn’t. Its called a review of what they were taught that day or week. Preparing for tests so they get good grades. Yes, I have 2 kids and I do Get It! I didn’t post that I couldn’t teach my kids responsibility. I posted that defying a teachers assignment IS not being responsible.
    We all have a right to our opinion… sorry that what I posted isn’t that same as yours. You should know that not everyone that would happen to find this sight wouldn’t agree. And No, I’m not a teacher.

    We’ll close the cur­tains, turn off the lights and turn the front room into a cin­ema
    We’ll watch a brand new DVD, pos­si­bly Cloudy with a chance of Meat­balls as rec­om­mended by A Mod­ern Mother
    We’ll eat party food fol­lowed by choco­late cake
    We’ll cud­dle up on the sofa
    We’ll shut out the rest of the world
    We’ll for­get about school
    We’ll for­get about every­thing else
    We’ll have some fun
    And I’ll hope for a calmer more relaxed child tomorrow.

    And I do all those things after homework is done

    April 24th, 2010 at 1:27 pm
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  9. HomeworkBlues says:

    Lovely evening you describe there. Shouldn’t be a problem after six hours of homework.

    April 24th, 2010 at 10:21 pm
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  10. FedUpMom says:

    Anonymous says:

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    But my old­est child now in the 5th grade comes home, and does her home­work with­out ask­ing.
    ***

    Anonymous, my question for you is, is there any situation that would cause you to say “enough already!”? For instance, what if your child became deeply depressed, had out-of-control crying jags, and started saying that she hates school? How about if the homework took up 4 hours a night, no matter how diligently your child worked at it? Would you still make her do all the work?

    April 25th, 2010 at 9:01 am
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  11. HomeworkBlues says:

    Exactly, Fed Up. Because we have been there. And there comes a point at which you say, enough is enough. And if a teacher demands that level of compliance, at all costs, takes no prisoners, there comes a point where you take over, you call the shots, because it’s your home, your rules.

    April 25th, 2010 at 4:06 pm
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  12. HomeworkBlues says:

    “I posted that defying a teachers assignment IS not being responsible”

    Please let’s not look at this as defiance and insubordination. Doing so has a distinct air of control, power and disdain. It’s disrespectful to parents and treats them like underlings. This is not the way you should perceive your role as parent.

    Schools like to call education a partnership. A partnership implies cooperation, dialogue, respect. Name calling has no place in this conversation.

    April 25th, 2010 at 6:56 pm
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  13. Matthew says:

    A lightbulb went off in my head this weekend.

    Last week my middle school son had a standardized test one day, and he had no homework the night before. They never have homework the night before standardized tests. I recall a few notes sent home in the past about “we want your kids to be well-rested before the test tomorrow…”

    It finally dawned on me: the schools *know* that homework is disruptive and that it leaves kids ill-prepared for the next day because they never get a chance to recharge. But they don’t care except when it affects them.

    April 26th, 2010 at 6:37 am
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  14. PsychMom says:

    Yes, on days when there is something important going on in the evenings that involves the children and their attendence at some school function, we parents get the message that we MUST pick up our children early, so they can eat supper and have a rest before they come back. But again, there’s the implication that the teachers have to tell us parents that their students, (our children) need rest, or else we dim parents might not know this.

    It is interesting.

    April 26th, 2010 at 7:26 am
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  15. FedUpMom says:

    Matthew, our public schools do the exact same thing — no homework the week(s) of the tests, and that’s 2 to 3 weeks most years.

    Absolutely right, when they actually care about the students’ performance, they ensure the kids get sleep by banning homework.

    One of my daughter’s friends, who attends the middle school my daughter would have attended if we hadn’t run screaming from the public schools, says she likes the standardized tests for just that reason. They’re a break from the usual school routine, and there’s no homework!

    April 26th, 2010 at 8:14 am
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  16. HomeworkHater says:

    My child was so depressed about her homework, the thing is i dont have the time to help her when she gets stuch and she has moody fits and crys her eyes out. her teacher had a go at her because she hadnt done homework that she hadnt been told about…she was very upset about this because she was ill that week and she had her back tooth pulled out, her teacher has NO sympathy.
    Can we ban this stressful thing called homework???

    May 5th, 2010 at 3:28 pm
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  17. Anonymous says:

    I think its great that this mom has given her kid a break but homework is still very important and kids should be developing good homework habits from a young age. I’m 16 myself and I wish I had been prepared for the huge projects and homework assignments that I have to deal with now. Sure you want your kids to have fun while they can but planning homework out and teaching them to time manage now is a very important skill that they will need for the future. For instance I was never really given homework at my old schools, and never really had any tests etc., but now that I look back i wish i had because now in college they have overloaded us and I am not really prepared. So in a way those little tests and homework tasks teachers are giving your kids in primary school are not such a bad thing, because your kids will learn to time manage and when they get to college like me they will be prepared. Hope this helped.

    June 5th, 2010 at 1:01 am
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  18. Anonymous says:

    And I can see its been tough with your kids becoming stressed and the teachers having a go at them because they haven’t done their homework, but this is the world we live in. Filled with stress, grades and money. Its all money, money, money. Because I mean this is what its all about in the first place isn’t it. Ideally we all want well payed jobs so we can live in this crazy world, where everything is getting so expensive. And at the basis of it all is education, who does their homework , who gets the degree. So really we all wish, well i wish, that homework wasn’t a necessity and that kids learnt because what they were learning was beautiful, what they are learning is compelling but it is not this way and in the words of homework blues: teens lose their love of learn­ing, grovel for grades and treat high school like a giant hoop to jump through. Everything is just messed up and our kids are at the center of it. They are growing into a world filled with a horrible media that sends across messages to the public that have no meaning. Buy this, buy that. Or the stressful lives adults have at work and then school with the build up of homework. So really this mom Rosie is right by giving her kid a break from the nonsensical world of stress and “you have to do your homework!”. Because there are more important things in life than homework and what society is doing to our kids is just wrong. They are making them grow up into paranoid adults that only see the material things in life, money, degrees etc. And thats not what life should be about. No we should be telling our kids that life is about being with family and having fun, making memories for yourself.

    June 5th, 2010 at 1:22 am
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  19. Anonymous says:

    And I should know because I’m a kid, growing up in a society overcrowded with these things. It just makes me wish that our world had not escalated to this, what we call “progress”. With all this new technology, everybody needs the latest apple whatever. And it all branches to what we are teaching our kids our next generation. So don’t stress your kids out with homework, give them a break once in a while. Sure you need to teach them time management and responsibility but don’t let these schools overload them. Don’t let them get to a point where they are so stressed they can’t sleep, because they have not done some stupid assignment. But what do i know right I’m just a kid. I cannot even begin to fathom what is happening here with this homework “situation”. But I do know one thing, that going through these years of pointless exams and homework assignments has taught me, that there is more to life than grades. And that the stress homework creates is just one little pebble in the riverbed that we call “modern society”.

    June 5th, 2010 at 1:42 am
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  20. Crystal says:

    Honestly, I dont think this is such a great idea. I have an eighth grader who is taking 3 high school credit classes. She comes home with about 3 hours of homework a night. If she doesnt get it done her entire gpa is lowered and she wont pass the class. If I didnt make her do her homework when she was little, she would still think it was ok to just not do any homework, which it’s not. She is very stressed out alot and I agree it’s alot to handle, but on Fridays she gets all of her homework done that night, and yes she also has homework on weekends, then we have a relaxing weekend and we all (me, my daughter, my 3rd grade son, and my husband) reward ourselves for working hard this week. We order out for pizza, rent a movie, pop some popcorn, and just relax. Or sometimes we’ll all go out for a fun day, rollerskating and bowling, or movies and park. But anyways, there are ways to relieve stress without teaching your child it’s ok to take shortcuts and skip homework. Trust me those habits will continue and then, when it really matters, it will be much harder work, and alot more of it, and your child will think it’s ok to skip out on it. You should probably try to find other ways to help your daughter relieve her stress.

    August 26th, 2010 at 6:56 pm
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  21. PsychMom says:

    Crystal:

    Would you take a job where, at the interview, they told you that you have to work on work related tasks every night at home..for free? Would you take a job where they told you to forgo all family time for sake of the “Company”?

    Yes, corporate executives take jobs like that. But they get paid handsomely to do it. Children get nothing. They have no choice or control and the content of what they are made to do is usually dull.

    This mindset that suffering first leads to greater riches is really bizarre….How about living a balanced happy life? Maybe that really leads to more of the same.

    August 27th, 2010 at 7:10 am
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  22. Crystal says:

    But if you still take the job, weather or not they pay you for doing that overtime at home, you do it. because that’s your job. a kids job is to go to school, work hard, and make a future for themselves. I’m not saying kid’s homework isn’t fun, because i agree, it’s dull and my kids hate it. but there are certain things i hate about my job. that doesnt mean I’m not going to do them. Living a happy balanced life is possible without skipping out on necessary work. It may not seem fair, but some things just arent. What all of you are doing isn’t going to prepare your kids at all. One day your kids arent going to be kids and they won’t be in school anymore, it’s just going to be the real world. And their job might require a little extra effort. maybe some days they have to take a little work home with them, my job requires it, and I don’t get payed for it. When it’s your kids they’ll think it’s ok to skip out on that work when it’s too stressful for them. But that will not put them in a good place with their boss. Things aren’t always fun, but you just have to suck it up, get it done, and then you feel so much better having your work done with.

    August 27th, 2010 at 5:43 pm
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  23. FedUpMom says:

    Crystal, I really don’t agree. Life contains plenty of unpleasant chores already — why should we go out of our way to invent more?

    If homework doesn’t help our kids learn, and I mean learn actual subjects like math or history, not fake subjects like “study habits”, there is just no point. I don’t want to spend a big chunk of my kids’ childhood forcing them to do tasks that have no purpose besides demonstrating compliance.

    Childhood is short. Why should our kids spend their childhood stressed out and anxious over useless homework?

    August 27th, 2010 at 6:01 pm
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  24. Thebe says:

    I have literally changed my work schedule to get home an hour earlier because of my son’s homework. He’s in 1st grade, and he has 30 minutes or more of homework every night, and he’s not daydreaming here. They give us a big packet of work every Monday (sometimes Tuesday) and it has to be turned in Friday.

    So I try to pick him up a little early so he can have a little snack and work on his packet, and then we can relax before dinner. Without that extra hour, I have to oversee the homework while I make dinner, which is stressful.

    It’s tough for working parents; we’re tired too and don’t want to spend our time with our kids fighting about homework. So we as a family literally lose $100 a week so we can be relaxed in the evenings. If it wasn’t for homework, I could leave an hour later and still chat with my son while making dinner.

    That’s reality and it’s part of being a parent, but I don’t know if schools truly realize the impact homework has on family life.

    November 8th, 2010 at 4:59 pm
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  25. Anonymous says:

    My daughter is home again! from school, I belive this is is because she is exausted. PC is age 7 and has what I think is far to much homework, they are in school all day and then when they get home most of her time is taken with homework. I dont think they shouldnt have any, but shouldnt we remember they are young children and have there adult life to work work work! Yes i think they need to learn that work has to be done, but please, someone give them a break. they need some free time. No doubt ill have a letter telling me she has a poor attendance next.

    Hard working, buisness running, mum (Bristol)

    December 3rd, 2010 at 7:29 am
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  26. Anonymous says:

    All I have to say if that my daughter’s homeowork takes her from 3:30 to around 11:00

    February 16th, 2011 at 3:37 pm
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  27. jamesbeybladefan says:

    Actually…..I’m a 11 year old boy..hehe..and I can’t believe that I still said “boo”to the mother even though I hate homework and schools……

    March 19th, 2011 at 12:50 am
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  28. jamesbeybladefan says:

    Usually…I do homework in my school bus,I have friends to do with and I don’t really like to do it in bus because I’m morning session and always get tired…So,I decided to do it in bus when it’s nessasarily!

    March 19th, 2011 at 12:55 am
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  29. Burnt says:

    I applaud this in some ways- I guess it just seems silly to me to have to ban homework once a week for a six year old. But perhaps that is the problem! Six year olds have too much homework, so that only shows how crazy it gets with age.

    At a college age, I’m finding myself burnt out and tired from being in high school. With my college being set up in the same manner (stupid, eh?), I’, sick of it and ready to cry myself to sleep every night. Is this really what it takes to be a respective, well rounded citizen?

    I just want to do something with my hands and prove that I am capable of actually producing SOMETHING. I don’t care if it’s making a puddle- I just want to do it and be good at it, rather than learning things that have little relevancy past the class I am taking in regard to the subject.

    Why can’t that be the way? Instead of homework, which supposedly only reinforces the ideas that make us good people (when really it just makes us angry, crazy and depressed).

    October 25th, 2011 at 11:37 pm
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  30. Anahid Jamgossian says:

    I wish I could do the same… ban my son from doing his homework. My son, who attends a french school, and has to write in french cursive is under a lot of stress, and overwhelmed by daily homework copying texts, preparing dictation math, etc he simply refuses to do his homework, argues, protests, threatens for hours… as long as I don’t mention homework he is happy as soon As I say come one let’s do the homework , our home becomes a battle ground. he doesn’t understand why he has to do it, since he just came home from school having written those same words or solved those same math problems in the classroom-copy-book… at the beginning I was not pressuring him then i was summoned to a meeting with the teacher and coordinator… I was warned that if I don’t make my son do his homework he will go on to have very bad handwriting throughout his life. I told them but he is just in grade one… encourage him, motivate him be patient…they wouldn’t have any of it… they said this is the French methode… I envy you. Good luck. I will follow your posts.. and get inspired. Thank you.

    December 21st, 2011 at 4:56 pm
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  31. Marie says:

    This is absolute music to my ears!! I have been finding homework a constant form of stress. Stress that I impose on my 6 year old. Mainly due to the expectations I have of him. I think that because I understand, then he should. Of course I have this all wrong and really this stress is probably making it all the harder for him to understand what he needs to learn. We have homework 4 nights a week. It’s supposed to be fun, but what it all boils down to is, well, it’s HOMEWORK. So, I’m taking the day off. Blow it, he’s 6!!! and if I’m less stressed, guaranteed we’ll probably get more done in the 3 days of homework that we will be doing. Hurray, somehow I’m feeling alot less stressed now and since I broke the ‘homework free night’ to him, he’s smiling alot too.

    thank you thank you thank you…..

    March 8th, 2012 at 4:44 am
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  32. Anonymous says:

    This is the stupidest argument I have ever seen. I am one in three children, all of which now attend grammar schools; I can honestly say that if my parents hadn’t pushed me to do my homework I wouldn’t have achieved nearly as much as I have today. By teaching your child that it is ok not to do homework, she will suffer greatly in the future. You’re only ruining her future.

    March 8th, 2012 at 1:09 pm
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  33. I love homework says:

    I like homework but hate it at the same time but i want a good job when i am older so i will do plus i don’t like being told off

    March 14th, 2012 at 12:59 pm
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  34. workisfuck says:

    i hate it hate it hate it

    March 14th, 2012 at 1:00 pm
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  35. luci says:

    my child does not get homework at her infant school she is 7

    March 14th, 2012 at 1:02 pm
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  36. emma says:

    my 8year old kid comes home with homewok i dom’t like it

    March 14th, 2012 at 3:17 pm
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  37. Anonymous says:

    I’m a child of four and I’m getting tired of my life.
    I do study lots and want a a good job in the future, but my mother has banned me from the internet, my video games and is threatening that she will ban TV.
    I am only aloud on these at weekends and holidays such as today, Bank Holiday Monday. I was fine with it at the start. I had plenty of books to read and I tried to earn money to buy video games at possible times. After a while, though, I finished my books and learned that there was no point to earn money for something I am only allowed to enjoy, limited. I soon was bored and weekdays seemed to drag on and weekends go by too quick. Nothing was fun. I have resorted to making a plan for my weekends. Now, when I’m playing my video games and having fun, the unsettling thought of going back to the boring weekday routine rested in my head. My mother’s goal was to make me a better person, but right now, she has just made me await everything in life and basically ruin all my fun. I say to this mother, being too kind is too far. I would be a perfectly happy child, with a bit of freedom, but some boundaries too. But know, my life is hollow.

    March 19th, 2012 at 11:12 am
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  38. Not important says:

    As adults we work an eight hour day, and come home to take care of our families. It is very rare that I ever have to bring my work home. Why do we expect our children to go to school for 8 hours, then sit at the table doing work for several more? It disrupts the whole household, especially now that they have changed the way they teach so I can’t even help my child! She asks for help, and I do my best, but she ends up in trouble the next day because she didn’t do the math problems correctly. She gets the correct answer, it’s just not the way THAT teacher wants the work done. I feel helpless, she feels helpless, and the teacher thinks I’m ignorant. I’m at my wittsend!!!

    March 20th, 2012 at 1:36 pm
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  39. HomeworkBlues says:

    You feel ignorant but it’s not your job to teach the lesson. That was the teacher’s job.

    There are those here who assume that if we don’t like homework at the kitchen table that eats up our afternoons, weekends and holidays, that we are not serious about learning. My job is to encourage, promote a love of learning, create and academically and creatively enriching household. NOT to be an involuntary unpaid teacher’s aide.

    Not important, you ARE important. There is so much you can be teaching your child when you have her. But you can’t do your job because you’re too busy doing the school’s.

    Let the teacher teach this child math. You can ask daughter what she learned in math today, you can ask her about her math problems, you can do fun math games with her, whatever you choose. That’s what home life is supposed to be. But sending home material your daughter does not understand and expect you to teach, correct and demand school compliance is not in your job description. It’s in the school’s.

    March 20th, 2012 at 4:06 pm
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  40. HomeworkBlues says:

    ** create AN academically… Not AND.

    March 20th, 2012 at 4:07 pm
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  41. Fiona says:

    I haven’t banned homework for just a night, i’ve thrown my sons homework books away, and my god it feels soooooooooooo good!!!

    March 26th, 2012 at 4:45 pm
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  42. Student says:

    Exactly. We have a school life, that’s fine, but when school starts to take away my social life, and my friends and my family I get mad. It’s messed up, I want to stop but that would be more stressful, teachers will yell parents will get called. I want to scream and cry. I’m not kidding I’m crying and not just from stress but lack of sleep, and I feel so confined. My conversation with my friends is always the same:

    Friend: hey
    Me: hi
    Friend: Do you wanna hang out tomorow?
    Me: no, we have school.
    Friend: I mean after school.
    Me: after school we have after school A.K.A homework.
    Friend: what about this weekend?
    Me: yeah right, the teachers giving us a break…
    Friend: it’s almost summer break, how ’bout then?
    Me: that’s my only time with family, I’m going on vacation.

    My point is we have no life. I’m an A student and I NEED to do something rebeious about this messed up thing called homework.

    April 24th, 2012 at 11:12 pm
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  43. Anonymous says:

    “This is the stupidest argument I have ever seen… I can honestly say that if my parents hadn’t pushed me to do my homework I wouldn’t have achieved nearly as much as I have today.”

    This is so true. Coming from a 10th grader with 7 to 12 hours of homework each night, I can say that I needed to be pushed when younger. Some point in middle school, I finally became organized, wanted to make good grades. Despite all our complaints, I think if I really tried, I could probably get even more homework done at school. I just prefer to take the time to socialize and end up paying for it at a later time, usually with less time to sleep.

    I know it sounds rough, and it is some days, but life isn’t fair. To me, those of you who forbid your children (or even don’t encourage them! What child would take it upon themselves to do homework at such a young age?) not to do homework sound like you’re saying ‘Life is unfair, so let’s let ourselves be killed.’ That might be overly harsh, but in the society we have, if you want to do anything of true importance, about 80% of it requires college, or at minimun, high grades, hard classes, extracriculars, or *at least* require effort in high school. It shapes the rest of our lives, no matter how much we like or dislike the system. However, deny the child the chance to get in the habit of ‘just doing it,’ they are started down a path that does not care about education. Wrong or not, we have put everyone in the hands of the education system, and we need to enforce respect for it at a young age. There is always a transition from compliance because someone with authority said so to doing it yourself because you know the importance. During this time, if a kid doesn’t have that habit, guess who will be getting the C and which people will be getting an A? It’s a joke how C’s are called average. It’s shameful to have low B at our school, and the majority of people that call themselves smart will consistsntly have middle or high A’s.

    That’s all the time I have to try to convince you lot. You know why? Because I’m going to get up and study for my AP World History quiz.

    I know I may sound bitter or annoyed at some points during this, but please do take my words into consideration. Don’t hurt your child’s future- help them keep more job options open than manual labor and monotonous jobs that can be replaced by robots by 2025.

    September 27th, 2012 at 5:28 am
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  44. lilyodel says:

    Banning you child from homework is not going to help. You say your kid has to do 5 hours a day homework? Then all the other kids in the same classroom have the same homework as her but they finish it and don’t complain. If your child is exausted from the homework you can enroll your kid in Enhanced School Profile (ESP). Lots of schools have it, or move her to a special school where she will be helped and she will recieve lots of attention. She will do better in school then. After my homework is finished, I usually go to the park, read, watch a movie, call someone or go outside. You have no feeling of acomplishment after, if you don’t finish your homework. And trust me; the feeling of acomplishment is AMAZING. All I say: IF YOU WANT YOUR CHILD TO BE SUCCESFUL IN LIFE LATER ON, MAKE HER DO HER HOMEWORK AND MAKE HER STDY HARD. YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT. EVEN IF SHE COMPLAINS, YOU LOVE HER SO MAKE HER HAVE A GOOD LIFE. DON’T BACK OFF ON YOUR RESPONSIBILITES!!!!!

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  45. Struggling in Tx says:

    Okay, I need a vent and I can’t vent to my mom because my harpy aunts are over there right now. I have an 11 year old son about to be 12, and he just entered middle school (6th grade USA) this year. Of course, I think my husband and I both were prepared for the workload to get tougher on him, but so far what I have seen since the beginning of September has been ridiculous. My son is expected to do for homework things that have not even been reviewed in class, and dare I say, none of the assignments given for homework (from his history teacher in particular) seem grade nor age appropriate. Tonight, I had to help him with, no scratch that, DO, his work on the “Political, social, and economic benefits of the EU and significant issues and problems found in this model.” These are high brow topics and how can a kid this age even have an appropriate understanding of such political issues? Of course, this hasn’t been covered in class and I don’t have a degree in history or education for that matter…so off my son and I went for two hours in the magical land of Wikipedia…

    Here, in our case is the issue of these old and tenured teachers who aren’t going to give two craps if you say the work is too hard for this level. They want to shine hard before they go home. I joke when my son brings homework from this history teacher, and say, “Oh, got some more mommy work, huh?” because that is exactly what it is. How does it go from age appropriate worksheets during class, to high school senior level shit to do at home with mom and dad? You can bet I’m pissed.

    October 27th, 2012 at 5:59 pm
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  46. Anonymous says:

    mah mom

    November 29th, 2012 at 12:11 pm
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  47. Laura says:

    Well, I know little children can get tired when they have to much homework, I mean, there’s not to overwork. But YOU ARE WRONG.

    It’s homework and has to be done, I’m not saying kids should be killing their neurons on a essay, but they should do a little of the homework, then rest and work a little more. That way, they get a homework done and don’t stress.

    What you are saying to her is: “Homework is not important, let’s play. Nothing matters except fun and eating cake”. You should hep her on the homework and then do the things you use to do with her. I would love to see your child in a couple years, being fired from every job she gets, because she prefers watching TV and get the job papers done. Hmmm…

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  48. HomeworkBlues says:

    Evidently homework didn’t help you much, now did it? Not much critical thinking in your comment. Parents who are passionate about learning and discovery, who care deeply about their home life, who want to raise resilient, happy, well adjusted children, who don’t want to tussle with homework all evening because there are books to be read and walks to take and conversations to be had and daydreaming to indulge and novels to compose and pianos to tinker with and leggos to build and butterflies to study and baking to learn measurements and plays to attend and star gazing to plan will inevitably produce loser offspring who will predictably get fired from every job because they prefer watching television. Seriously?

    December 16th, 2012 at 10:44 pm
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  49. Anonymous says:

    IDK Im alittle of both break from homework sounds good until friday and its incomplete the kids self esteem goes down why cause mom said no to homework now the teacher is not happy kid is not happy grades go down we are not happy so no matter done now or later it should be done by friday so a feeling of accomplishment at the end of the week and my kids teacher have them work toward some kind of reward from all to some to none and whos fault will it be parents encourage them remind them maybe not all of it at once part of it 2 hrs after school and the rest after dinner try different things christmas break right now but my first grade has reading log 4 nights aweek and once on the weekend talked to teacher 3 times a week it usually rhymes so sing it do sounds in loud and soft voices homework should be more on reminding the child what they learnt that day relax after school review before getting ready for bed like I said before idk the right answer sorry kids I love my kids more then my own life they know that I know for sure butttt on the real you hurt my children I will crush you like a bug and call the cops for them! dont fuck with mama BEAR thats all I got to say peace

    December 23rd, 2012 at 2:41 am
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  50. michelle says:

    Im a mother of three, and nobody is saying to teach your children to be lazy or not listen to the teacher. I have two children both now in there twentys and one who is five, i do not agree with homework nor did i enforce it to my two elder ones. Both my eldest children have university degrees both of which were not made to do homework. Six hours a day is long enough at school and plenty of time for children to knuckle down and learn. Home is family time and a place to rest and recharge your batteries ready for the next day ahead. If a child is tired they wont concentrate and learning then quickly becomes stressful instead of fun. There is absolutley no proof that homework makes a child more brainy than the next or academicly more able. Schools are very quick to tell you not to take family holidays in there time but yet push there work they havent had time to do in class in ours. Children have to have time to play and be simply children, there is plenty of time when they get to high school to study and worry about what there going to do with there future. My eldest have done very well and i shall bring my youngest daughter up the same way.

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  51. School kid says:

    I’m in grade 11 and i believe that homework is really important for getting good grades and succeeding. Who cares if it takes you all night to finish, that’s life get over it. Plus even if you stop homework in your house your child will still get introuble and possibly get a detention for your actions. :/

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  52. Anonymous says:

    I’m a 6th grader and I’ll admit that homework is a problem that no kid likes, but must deal with it to get the concept or study. You can’t run into the fantasy world like its a marathon. Sorry.

    March 17th, 2013 at 11:02 pm
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  53. Anonymous says:

    Children almost work on homework and school as much as an adult does, in fact, 30 or so minutes more usually. Why aren’t they paid if they go through so much in one day???? I know why, but I’m just saying.

    March 17th, 2013 at 11:15 pm
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  54. Anonymous says:

    how bout yall shut up and do your homework! its not that hard wha wha have some responsibility! ooh chocolate cake! am all fat watching tv! jeez guys come on!! you can do homework if ya set ur mind to it

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  55. mary says:

    my 8 year old was kept in through play with two of her classmates and made to sit in silence outside the head teachers office for twenty minutes for not completing her homework. I am an ADD parent and struggle to stay at most routine tasks. this includes my daughter’s homework, if i can find her bag and homework sheets. some may say she should take responsibility for this herself but when you live with a parent like me it’s easier said than done and she is still a young child. she’ll have a lifetime of responsibility to look forward to. before homework was being set my daughter would come home from school and play schools and the work she covered was amazing. now she is demotivated and disinterested alongside learning that non-compliance is punishable. homework is not a legal requirement. my daughter does not need to do homework to establish a good work ethic. i can support her through her life experiences to do that. my relationship with my daughter is too precious to become a battlefield over homework. i stand my ground on discipline for the things that are far more important in life .

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  56. Johnathan says:

    This is a good point yet your listing everything a child needs without care. A child needs to know and practice her multiplication yet only when under extreme stress she should not do it. Your just saying that you want your daughter to fail in school and her GSCE’s children must work hard and so should you to get her more keen on doing homework. Its just not right that shes not learning and she may want to learn some stuff.

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  57. HomeworkBlues says:

    Johnathan, you make a great case for homework. Never mind that I didn’t understand most of what you’re trying to convey. Perhaps you could use a little homework? Or maybe not. The proof is in the pudding.

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  58. Allen says:

    Hi, i know how homework is helping for growth of brain and its ability . But getting paid for each homework is at the same time more handy and people usually have this .

    June 7th, 2013 at 4:45 am
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  59. Anonymous says:

    Homework is a Fucking Piece of Shit

    September 4th, 2013 at 5:21 pm
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  60. Anonymous says:

    Homework destroys people’s life’s

    September 4th, 2013 at 5:22 pm
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  61. Anonymous says:

    I have so much homework by the time I finish it all I have to eat dinner take a shower and go to bed. Homework is the worst part of school and I can’t stand it, sometimes I think not to do it, but of course homework effects your grade in such a way you have to do it or fail the class.

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  62. Anonymous says:

    From age seven to ten I received what I was told should take me half an hour to forty minutes a night. It always took at least an hour and a half. It made me cry. It made me hate homework. It made me hate school. Did I learn from it? No. Does it help me now? No. Is my time management better because of it? No. When I finally moved schools in year six, they gave us between 30 minutes and an hour of homework each night. The girls told me that the year before they had received about two hours a week. It was an adjustment for them, but it wasn’t too much and we all managed just fine.
    I turn fifteen tomorrow and have started my 10 GCSE subjects. I receive about an hour to an hour and a half of each subject a week. It’s a lot, (personally, I think it’s too much and there should be more time for independent thinking and learning, but I suppose the curriculum/no curriculum argument is a matter for a different time) but we are all old enough to cope, and to understand why we must do it. I spend Friday nights and all of Saturday or Sunday doing homework when I have essays to write. Sometimes it takes me only half a day. I get straight As. But so do people who received 15 minutes of homework a night aged eight.
    Too much homework when you’re young is completely ridiculous. Children should be able to enjoy themselves and learn for the sake of learning: because it’s fun and interesting, not because they have to.

    October 13th, 2013 at 2:54 pm
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  63. Anonymous says:

    Also, I’d like to add to my message above that I think we can all agree that Finland has one of the best education systems in the world. It’s state run and no one has homework. So to all those that say homework is necessary, I say this: HOMEWORK IS ONLY NECESSARY BECAUSE OUR SOCIETY HAS MADE IT SO.
    It doesn’t have to exist. It is not the be all and end all of learning.
    Just a thought.

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  64. mary says:

    my 8 year old was kept in through play with two of her classmates and made to sit in silence outside the head teachers office for twenty minutes for not completing her homework. I am an ADD parent and struggle to stay at most routine tasks. this includes my daughter’s homework, if i can find her bag and homework sheets. some may say she should take responsibility for this herself but when you live with a parent like me it’s easier said than done and she is still a young child. she’ll have a lifetime of responsibility to look forward to. before homework was being set my daughter would come home from school and play schools and the work she covered was amazing. now she is demotivated and disinterested alongside learning that non-compliance is punishable. homework is not a legal requirement. my daughter does not need to do homework to establish a good work ethic. i can support her through her life experiences to do that. my relationship with my daughter is too precious to become a battlefield over homework. i stand my ground on discipline for the things that are far more important in life .

    March 10th, 2014 at 5:16 pm
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  65. Winter Evergreen says:

    I am 11 years old and nearly every night I stay up to at least 11 pm doing homework because I find the teachers scary if you don’t do homework. I do kumon and I find having to put the time is putting me under pressure because of doing English and maths. A lot of kids have and are doing kumon but I struggle to get homework done. Fore and example doing a 2 minute speech that had to be complete in 1 day took me more then 4 hours( I don”t know if i am dumb but I always try my best)

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  66. Jayjay says:

    I’ve got a daughter and the thing is that she always wants to do homework. Whenever we watch a family movie, her face always shows a little unease and anxiety, because homework’s on her mind. I yell at her and say no you have to watch, or the other option is going to sleep-and it was 3pm in the afternoon. I felt stupid saying that. And i know she has a massive test coming up but i just want her to relax. She also blames me when she doesn’t get good results at school because she tries so hard but her efforts are ruined by my yellings. Its reasonable that she needs to do her homework, shes 16. But sometimes I feel she may blow off her head when we get 5 mins into the movie…

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  67. Gabby says:

    I understand you don’t want your kid to be stressed. But really? Some homework is important for your child to understand the topic and be able to do it. Don’t you want your kid to know how to read? Add? Subtract? I understand some homework can be excessive. But you need to prepare her. Teach her how to get home, finish her homework and then be able to do anything she wants. You’ll need to prepare her for middle school, because homework is very important. Teachers aren’t gonna let you just “Not do your homework” because you’re stressed. Been there, done that. Oh and this is coming from a 12 year old, I don’t like homework, but it helps me understand the lesson and have practice. Thanks bye

    August 6th, 2014 at 8:21 pm
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  68. Anonymous says:

    I am a child and I think that is a very good idea love Youtube Sarah

    August 13th, 2014 at 11:52 am
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  69. Brendan says:

    I am 16 years old and if I were to be banned from doing homework by my parents I would be failing school completely. I can understand that homework was completely useless in primary school, but in high school it is a whole new thing. You fall behind if you don’t do homework. You cannot go through highschool without working at home to get ahead in your subjects especially math B (2nd hardest math). I hope you guys will not be banning your kids from homework in highschool, because your a terrible useless parent if you do and you should take all blame for them failing at school. Even though my dad doesn’t force me to do it I know I have to do my homework and he always makes sure he reminds me the importance of it, but anyways if you are going to ban your kids from highschool homework just think back and remember how much of an appauling, useless, ignorant parent you are and actually try give your kids a better future.

    August 22nd, 2014 at 7:26 pm
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  70. Elzar says:

    I do not believe that a parents should have the ability to profess what a child’s interests are. If your daughter/son enjoys schooling, and aspires to be a brighter, more intelligent human being, let them. Do not chain their ankles and tell them that it is out of the norm. Same can be said for the latter.

    September 7th, 2014 at 7:01 pm
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  71. Melster68 says:

    I really don’t know what all the fuss is about! My 7 and 5 year old don’t get homework but I have started doing 15 mins each with them after school (snack first) using the KS1 and KS2 booklets you get from WH Smith – they love it! They love learning and they love the exercises – they are simply a reiteration of what they are doing in class so in a way they are showing me what they are actually doing at school. It helps me to see where their strengths and weaknesses lie and I think as a parent that can only be a good thing. How else can you help them out? Teachers can only do so much. For me it is a lovely 15 mins of bonding with my child then we have time to play, hang out, watch telly – whatever they want to do before supper. I feel that 15 mins a day is a small price to pay for helping develop their discipline – how else will they be able to apply themselves when they come to high school homework if they have never seen any before? I grew up with parents that didn’t give a damn what I did and it was a painful lesson for me to work out how the world ticks. I put myself through university and spent 2 years failing every subjuect until the penny dropped – quite simply – NO PAIN, NO GAIN. Education got me out of a council estate so there is no way I am going to let me children suffer through that on their own. Once more I say – 15 mins per day is a small price to pay.

    September 8th, 2014 at 3:55 pm
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  72. Anonomous says:

    Okay, my 13 year old loved this, and begged me to do this for her,but I refused. As much as I dislike homework, this isn’t gonna help. Plus is your daughter 6???? She doesn’t have to worry about anything!

    September 13th, 2014 at 9:26 pm
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  73. Anonymous says:

    I’m 15, and to be really honest, I actually like doing homework. I used to do all my work while watching TV when I was 10, but it’s less stressful then.

    September 14th, 2014 at 9:40 am
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  74. LetMeBeFree says:

    I am a 16 year old 10th grade student, and school has actually become a problem in all aspects of my life, private or social. Halfway through semester 1 in year 10 a social event (that I would rather not say of what it is) caused me to fall into depression. It wasn’t until the second 2 week long set of holidays came that something in my head just snapped and I was completely past it, it was a very, very long 2 and a half months of my life. It felt fantastic to have finally crawled out of the whole I was in, however, almost immediately after the 3rd semester started it started to come back, not the memories and feelings of the event stated before, but the general feelings of being depressed. I have little to some annoyance about the fact of having to go to school, but it is usually fine when I know what I’m doing in class. The main source of the problem is out if school work ie. assignments/homework, and being the start of the final school week, I began to feel happy again, knowing that I could finally switch off and do my thing for 2 weeks, but on Tuesday, 6 days after submitting a geography assignment, the class receives another assignment, due on the Friday of the 2nd week of the 4th semester and I am struggling to maintain focus on this task. School has actually become a source of depression for me, and my unpopular opinion (which I myself have’nt found a way to explain) about the current education system doesn’t help, and it hurts to know that I would be so much happier and stress free without major tasks being stacked upon me, but knowing that I can’t change this and knowing that it won’t be changed hurts even more. With school being such a problem triggering depression I don’t know how much longer I will be able to go on for, also knowing that it’s only going to get even more difficult in years 11 and 12. I can’t speak to either parents about this any more because of my futile attempts to explain myself and blatant rejection of my opinion and way of thinking. All I want is to be happy and free with what I am doing, but with our modern society that is no longer possible in my position.

    Another opinion of mine is that different children have different ways of learning and can handle different amounts of work, most people arguing either for and against the statement have forgotten this. If your child isn’t doing well in school or is struggling to get work done, don’t just repeatedly tell them that they aren’t doing good enough and that every other student receives the same amount of work, ask them to try and tell you what they are feeling and why they are struggling and try to understand what they are saying instead of dismissing it.

    And seriously, don’t try to bend my words to attempt to form an argument against what I have just spoken about (in both paragraphs), it is simply my view and explanation of my opinion, there is no need to be condescending towards someone’s opinion and/or experiences.

    September 17th, 2014 at 2:20 am
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  75. Sara Bennett says:

    Dear LetMeBeFree,
    I hope you can find someone to talk to about how you are feeling. I know you said you can’t talk to your parents, but maybe another adult–a favorite teacher, a counselor, someone who helped you through your bout of depression, a hotline? You are not alone in your feelings and you should not have to try to handle them alone, either. If you are having trouble finding resources or help, please email me and I will see whether I can help you find someone in your area you can talk with. I can be reached at

    September 17th, 2014 at 7:54 am
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  76. Sara Bennett says:

    sara@stophomework.com

    September 17th, 2014 at 7:55 am
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  77. LetMeBeFree says:

    >Sara Bennett
    I cannot seem to reach any other words than thank you for everything you have just said, means surprisingly more than you would think to receive words of such a nature.
    So I simply say, thank you.

    September 18th, 2014 at 3:03 am
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  78. Sara Bennett says:

    LetMeBeFree,
    Just remember that there are always people around who are willing to help. You just have to keep on reaching out until you find them. Take good care!

    September 18th, 2014 at 8:57 am
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  79. Doesn't Matter says:

    So this post right here teaches us all how to make our kids iresponsible. When your kids will get to highschool and say “Ma’, I failed that test because I didn’t learn, it was my day of relaxation”, or
    “Hey dad, I got an F on the last test because it was my relaxation day”.
    In my opinion, whoever thinks this is good for their children should not have children.

    October 22nd, 2014 at 1:00 pm
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  80. Doesn't Matter says:

    Also, learning the alphabet, reading and math should be done in a fun way, so that the kid relaxes while he does his homework, not make him think that homework is his job, he has time to do his job later in life, not in preschool.

    October 22nd, 2014 at 1:01 pm
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  81. Anon says:

    One thing: Time management. Learn it and you won’t feel a need to complain about homework. It’s NOT that hard and in many cases, is absolutely necessary to reinforce a skill or concept. I’m surprised so many parents are acting so immature. Most of you describe quite minimal homework assigned to your children…

    I’m actually surprised you’re so involved in your child’s school life. My parents were pretty hands off, but I’ve always gained straight A’s since first grade.

    I’m a high school student by the way. There are flaws in the system, but your notion is ridiculous.

    As a child, I would have a meltdown if my mom told me I wasn’t allowed to do my homework. Grades are and were important to me, not in an unhealthy way but in the way in which I actually care about my future.

    October 24th, 2014 at 9:06 pm
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  82. chrissie says:

    I hate homework myself I`m a kid in secondary school my mum and I argue because I don`t want to do my home work i want to be a kid and have fun!

    October 29th, 2014 at 1:50 pm
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  83. Anonymous says:

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/education/schools/is-it-time-we-banished-homework-8586836.html

    look at the website it shows investigation over 75 years on homework.
    and did you know we do more homework than the japanese infact england and america are top of world for amount of homework yet not top of the world for education so i dont really think homework does help with education. and there have been more than 60 investigations done into homewrok and most come out with a weak link between homework and an increas in grades

    October 31st, 2014 at 4:01 pm
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  84. Anonymous says:

    what about when your child is older and has a job. All you’re teaching them is that they don’t have to do their extra work at home. well they’ll then get used to it. do you think their boss WONT fire them! seriously do you expect them to pay them for doing NOTHING!

    November 5th, 2014 at 3:10 pm
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  85. jamie says:

    I seriously do NOT know what you are trying to persuade us parents to do…oh wait i do and i say ITS WRONG!

    November 5th, 2014 at 3:12 pm
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  86. Anonymous says:

    Are you stupid? No homework allowed, really? How is your kid going to survive middle school, high school, and college? Oh no, it’s okay to just do whatever you want “because it’s stressful.” Life is stressful that doesn’t mean you just go off and sit around watching TV and shirk any stressful responsibility. It sounds like maybe she has too much homework, but your solution is just another problem.

    November 7th, 2014 at 2:01 am
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  87. KittenCrusader says:

    I agree honesty, and I am a child myself, so I intend to stop homework entirely. So join me and say NO HOMEWORK!!!!!!

    November 11th, 2014 at 12:45 pm
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  88. Anonymous says:

    I agree entirely with KittenCrusader, so let’s band up and complain to teachers everywhere!!!!

    November 11th, 2014 at 12:50 pm
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  89. KittenCrusader says:

    I hate homework because I don’t like do it. It is stupid and no one likes doing it. JOIN me and say NO HOMEWORK!!!!

    November 13th, 2014 at 11:04 am
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  90. Anonymous says:

    Maybe if we just reduced himework time instead of get rid of it entirely? Maybe about 5-10 minutes a class? That way you will have an easily balanced schedule. You can relax and have fun, but you also do some work… I’m also going to say that if you read the post it says “for one day at least” not all the time!

    November 21st, 2014 at 10:26 am
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  91. Anonymous says:

    I agree with that Anonymus. 5-10 minutes of work is pretty good. I would also like to say homework teaches kids time management and that homework isn’t all that bad. It’s only really bad when a teacher grades it or when it takes more than 2 1/2 hours. Just putting that out there

    November 21st, 2014 at 10:29 am
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  92. Anonymous says:

    Also, just because you don’t want to do homework isn’t a good reason. You’d be an awful lawyer. You do a lot of things you don’t like to do in life. I had to put my dog to sleep because she had rocky mountain fever because of a stupid tick, and you think HOMEWORK is a big deal? You think I wanted to see my dog die in my arms? Idiots

    November 21st, 2014 at 10:31 am
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  93. Anonymous says:

    So you’re saying you don’t mind if you’re child’s grades come back in Fs? Or that they won’t be able to get a job because their bosses don’t pay them to sit at home doing nothing? Homework isn’t bad, just take it one peice at a time, because I do homework and I watch news, and I’m under no stres whatsoever.

    November 26th, 2014 at 11:42 am
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  94. Anonymous says:

    I say that this homework thing should just go away. When I do homework, im so bored and never get it done until hours after. I asked my teachers why do we have homework. They say Because you need to remember it. So you think we’re dumb, teachers? You think we can’t remember something you piledrive into our brains for the boring 6 hours we’re in school? Please, give me a break. If I remember the subject fine, I shouldn’t have homework. We should ban this wretched thing. This is not living, Its surviing. Eat, sleep, do homework. The same thing! We need some fun. Homework is not good. Just no. I can’t say it enough. Just stop.

    November 27th, 2014 at 7:01 pm
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  95. Kamran says:

    To add on to my message above, I forgot what place, but they get paid over 500 dollars for doing homework. Ima search up that place. If this homework doesn’t get banned, im gonna move there and get paid for doing that horrible Shit.

    November 27th, 2014 at 7:15 pm
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  96. Victoria Johnston says:

    You spelled the word practice wrong on both occasions that you used it. Hah. That is probably the most retarded thing I have ever heard xD not making your kid do homework. I’m almost 16 and I wish I had someone to make me do my homework since I have 5 F’s because of it. I love learning but have a terrible work ethic because nobody made me do anything. Ever. I am failing yet I excel in each subject and test in the top 10% of the school. I’m probably going to be living in a shack the rest of my life because I’d rather stare at a wall than do anything at all. I wish someone made me do my homework. Terrible mother you are xD

    December 5th, 2014 at 7:33 pm
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  97. Anonymous says:

    I wish my mum would do this… I can’t sleep at night because of homework and it doesn’t help that the teachers don’t tell us what we can do to achieve higher. Or just anything at all about our homework. we just have to do it. and i’m just so stressed… The links our teachers say to look at are useless, or have something relevant, but unhelpful. I HATE MY HOMEWORK AND IT IS JUST IMPOSSIBLE TO DO!!!!!

    December 10th, 2014 at 3:48 pm
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  98. Anonymous says:

    Sounds great but not realistic. Of course, homework is sometimes too much and not necessary. And children deserve a happy childhood undoubtedly. But doing homework is a process to let people know how to cope with problems, to carry their own responsibility! If you dont insist that HW should be finished, your kid may become not respnsible and may therefore think that not doing HW is not a big deal and this will result in bad grades and bad grades may mean bad future. You may be the person that spoil your children’s future!

    December 12th, 2014 at 9:40 pm
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  99. Student says:

    I am a student in 7th grade in middle school & in an advanced course which means I have loads of homework. Also, I’m a dancer and dance an average of 2-4 hours a day, which sometimes goes very late leaving not much time for me to do my homework. Yes, I dislike homework but if I didn’t do it my grades would drop. I think you should have your child do their homework because once they get into middle/high school it will be even harder for them to deal with homework. I do get under a lot of stress from my homework, especially on weekends or holiday breaks because I have so much and want to have fun. I don’t have time to go to the mall or hang out with my family/friends but this doesn’t mean I should stop doing my homework which will lead to be doing bad on test, and my grades will slowly drop which could lead to me getting kicked out of the program I am in.

    December 14th, 2014 at 1:03 pm
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  100. KittenCrusader says:

    Doing homework is like frigging annoying, and nobody likes it unless your played.:-)

    December 15th, 2014 at 1:11 pm
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  101. death says:

    I disagree on children should stop doing homework because I have an 13 year old and she loves doing homework that she has no friends she says that she enjoys homework then having friends. Also I all ways loved homework when I was little as well so I still like my work because then I still get to learn things that I have not learned when I was little. Also she is learning new things that i have not learned yet while i was in school. I all ways got straight As in school and even in college. Even though it is a little tuff but no that tough. Learning is great you can learn as much as you want in life so why should our children stop learning if we stopped learning because we are not successful in life. There is no reason not to. besides we don’t want our children end up like us in the past or the future, am I not right? We want our children to have the greatest future as well as there children does as well.

    December 18th, 2014 at 12:48 am
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  102. liza says:

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    December 22nd, 2014 at 6:48 am
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  103. liza says:

    Students today are leading busy lives. The new generation is one of achievers with their hands full. They have to excel in academics, sports, dramatics and what so ever they are good at. Venturing out again for private tuitions puts them in a time crunch.

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    December 22nd, 2014 at 6:49 am
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  104. death says:

    i think it is best if children went to school then they can have friends, boyfriends or girlfriends. they can also have find how to play with others and how speak with them or learn about their feelings that they may or may not have. they need real life experience for talking to others and learning things that are new to them in the world. they can also learn by homework as well but people need to go to school so they can expand their not-ledge so they can be smart and still learn farther then anyone else. and then they can change the world to make some changes so nothing goes bad to the environment or how to stop polluting air.

    January 2nd, 2015 at 3:40 am
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  105. Hw should not be life says:

    All I will say is this: I am in 9th grade now and have not had more than 1 freind at any given time in the last 3 years because of the amount of hw i am assigned. I stay up until 2am every night and skip dinner most nights because of it. I have become so skinny im disgusting and look like death. I wish I could regain my weight but I can’t. I’m 14 5 foot 6 inches and weigh around 93 pounds. I’m afraid I will die because sometimes I get super dizzy and my vision goes black but I’m still consious and I break out into a freezing cold sweat. I think the stress and my lack of weight is giving me heart problems. Also sometimes when my hw is really bad I get migraines and throw up. Hw is causing me to physically depreciate, i get a packet of 100 math word problems every night and it is graded on correctness. And that’s just in math.I just can’t wait until it’s all over and I have a job and can be healthy again. Oh yeah did I mention what I want to be when I grow up? An artist. I did not know I had to go through this to accomplish my dream.

    January 3rd, 2015 at 5:48 pm
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  106. kid says:

    I think homework is wrong. I get like six hours of homework a night and i’m in seventh grade. I start right when I get home 2:45 and end up skipping dinner and going to sleep at nine. My mom always yells at me for trying to do anything other than homework. She also yells at me for no reason and we always get into arguments about homework. I generally stay up in bed till 10 trying to look at instagram and clash of clans and just have fun. Also my english teacher gave me a project over winter break. Its extremely big and me and the people in my class have no instructions or anything else to do because she just gives us a crappy paper. It says make a presentation on the book you just read (Al Capone does my Shirts) also we have to make a website power point etc. I have had multiple friends call me and ask about the project. also I have been working about 1 hour each day of winter break. If we could stop homework I would definitely be on the stop it side.

    January 4th, 2015 at 5:48 pm
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  107. Anonymous says:

    I’m in school and sometimes having no home work is great because some teachers will tell you complete this 10 page packet tonight and turn in tomorrow me being in school still can feel the impact I understand the importance of doing the homework if the teacher tells you. Your showing your respect and responsibility but homework is stress full and can cause deep depression I have seen my friends so upset because they couldn’t finish their homework last night I’m a cheerleader and sometimes I don’t have time to do homework that to much I get home at 6:30 then eat and then do 7 packets of home work and im up till 12 am or midnight

    January 5th, 2015 at 4:55 am
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  108. I think you missed something... says:

    All of you blame the schools and the teachers, but they also have no say in the matter. The the families listen to the teachers, the teachers listen to the money, the money comes from the school, the school is funded by the state, and the state is owned by the government. If you want to yell at someone, take it straight to the feds.

    January 5th, 2015 at 4:13 pm
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  109. Anonymous says:

    homework sucks

    January 6th, 2015 at 11:04 am
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  110. Ty says:

    I’m sorry, but I’m not sure if this is a serious post or not. I understand that homework is rather stressful, and the amount of work put on a child is only going to get more. However, I believe there are a number of reasons for that, but that’s not the point.

    The point is that refusing to do something this rudimental to the learning process is the equivalent to burying your head in the sand. Homework will never go away. There are plenty of people in the world willing to do the work to try to get ahead, as showcased in the comments section, and those two refuse to do it will only fall further behind. I can’t fathom how a parent isn’t able to see this.

    Now, I can understand lessening the work load a bit, or even working with you child so it’s not so stressful to them. But stress or no stress, homework is part of the growing process, and to take that away from your child is to cripple them mentally.

    January 6th, 2015 at 1:51 pm
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  111. Some13yearoldkid says:

    Homework is too hard and school is too much for me and 7th grade is very hard with homework I saw math score said 0 on the average (for next report card) and my scores went down and the math 0 I thought I think it might be a joke but if it’s real than what happend what got me from 55 to 0? And it looks like that all the grades of all classes lowered a bit I’m good in school but homework is so hard 🙁 I with there was no such thing as homework if that was true than I would have 100 or 98 on science and 95 on math and so on but homework is so hard that I hate it so much it lowers my grade so much if math would be 95 with out homework than 95 without homework 0 with homework I really hate homework

    January 7th, 2015 at 5:31 pm
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  112. Anonymous says:

    The fuck is this? Homework for each grade. and kids have to go through so called “Schools”! More like Indoctrination camps!! They want your child to be a so called “Drone” in the Work system. Once they are out. Work begins And Taxpaying begins too! The Government uses them for money. And make them so fucking rich! The dollar is about to collapse and lets see the fucking shits of America fall. The PetroDollar will fail Because of the Expanding Oil Company’s. Like Exxon And (Forgot the name maybe) Shell? Which fuel and give the Economy money!! Which fuel their Cars to go to Work. Like what i said on sentence 3 (Work begins And Taxpaying Begins as well) You Wouldn’t see cars on the road and the Dollar would Collapse And the Global Oil Companys and Industries Would fail. And World War 3 Will start because of it! Russia and Syria along with other Oil-Producing Countries would fall to their fucking knee’s because of the Oil industries failing And the Economy of the World would be gone and dead! It will all go down Specially Observed and Monitored. They turned school’s into basically PRISONS’S PEACE!

    January 7th, 2015 at 6:57 pm
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  113. Kid in 7th grade says:

    Im a kid in 7th grade middle school so please dont hate. But im just saying that this will NEVER teach us any responibility. As much as I LOVE this idea it would probably be a crash and burn. And concidering that my homework is about 70% of my grade, I would NEVER get into any college. Trust me, Im sitting here still doing my homework after hours, but the sense of pride I get when I know that I worked hard on something and have it turned in is worth it.

    January 13th, 2015 at 8:18 pm
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  114. Lol says:

    I love how all the kids are saying that this is a bad idea and all the parents are saying its a great idea! (Anybody even think for a second how your kid is going to get into college? The homework just gets worse and worse, better to handle it now than later)

    January 13th, 2015 at 9:50 pm
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    January 22nd, 2015 at 5:53 am
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  116. Eme says:

    I am a child that goes to school and today I spent all day doing homework and I got no time at all to do anything else.

    January 22nd, 2015 at 8:10 pm
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  117. Mary says:

    Oh, I wish I had done this with my daughter. Instead I had always pushed her to do her homework and pushed and pushed. Now she is 13, anxious, depressed, cuts herself and hates me.

    January 24th, 2015 at 7:14 pm
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  118. Darcy says:

    Speaking as a 16 year old who hated homework and still hates it, I will admit there is value to elementary school homework. My elementary school had strict homework rules, with none on the weekends until sixth grade. As much as it sucked and I hated my parents for sitting down with me and finishing my spelling with me, homework at such a young age has given me a pretty good work ethic that by high school, becomes habitual.

    It’s interesting to see my own peers who have never done homework before struggle with what I would consider a small amount of homework. Homework has taught me responsibility, such as how to meet deadlines set by people other than my parents and has improved my focus so can set goals and physically reach them.

    I think why I never became depressed or had anxiety about homework was the simple fact that my parents helped me plan my time – so now is homework time, now is eating time, now is TV time, now is reading time. I read and watched basically whatever I wanted. So although I would spend most of my childhood entertainment watching Spongebob or Disney, or playing pretend with my mom, I was never really “shut out” from the world. My parents made sure I knew about the world, that I knew about poverty, tragedy, world disasters. On trips my parents would make my brother and I meet the locals and participate in charities, teaching us from a young age how to be grateful for what we have. (I’m pretty sure I knew the basics about 9/11 at age 6 . . . that might be too early though)

    Kids can’t live in a magical world and then be hit with reality when they meet their friends in middle school and have conversations with them about topics that are new to them. Parents should be the first to teach their kids about responsibility, tragedy, and have those important conversations, no matter how early in life it is.

    January 26th, 2015 at 12:03 pm
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  119. Rosalinda says:

    Hunh. I’ve read quite a few comments…HOW does a child in single digits or even middle school age have 4-5-6 + hours of homework every single day??? Are they all in advanced/gifted courses? Specialized highly advanced schools? But even still, that’s insane beyond belief to me. How can an elementary school kid even comprehend hours and hours of homework assignments every day?

    For children that young, I really think they’re all being pushed by their parents, so thank God the English woman in this post has some common sense. Still…even once they get older, why take homework so seriously?!

    After reading this site on and off for a long time now, I’m starting to understand that many families take homework/school extremely seriously…It might be obvious to everyone else, but I honestly had no idea. I’m in my last year of highschool, and I don’t think my mother and father even have any idea of this kind of dead seriousness that so many parents seem to take for granted about school and homework…We always assumed that I’d go to a state college, so college prep was never an issue.

    After reading about how so many kids are suffering, I feel so blessed that wasn’t me!!! I actually used to think my parents were lazy, and THANK GOD they were!!!

    All of this, and down the road I’ll bet these kids and their families will have thousands of $s of student loan debt when they finally graduate….And thousands and thousands of college grads can’t find jobs so…THESE POOR KIDS!!!

    If and when I have my own children, I’ll tell them they can just go to a regular PS, take the easiest classes, spend their time doing what they actually ENJOY, and not worry about homework/gifted programs/special schools/ and then go on to state college like how I will/did…If they ARE gifted, then instead of opting out of HW, I’ll just opt out of the gifted programs!!!! Or, I’ll tell them to just flat out LIE: They can be as average as possible in school, and we can explore all of their gifted talents when they get home!

    January 30th, 2015 at 5:20 pm
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  120. witek says:

    I think it is great idea but It hasnt made sense because yet I havent heard one website may change rules. (of course I havent yet learnt much about it but I am sure In the y country so in Poland It has never been posible.

    February 1st, 2015 at 5:49 am
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    February 4th, 2015 at 3:26 pm
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  122. Anonymous says:

    You really helped me a lot

    February 5th, 2015 at 2:50 am
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  123. Abiti-Age10 says:

    Ok so before I begin I am going to say I actually went through a difficult period of my life where homework was confusing, some homework I was awesome with and breezed through others I broke down crying at 11:59 PM about… Anyway since I know I probably don’t know the hell you guys are describing I’m going to provide a different view.. OUTER FAMILY, seriously though for a few years of my life I lived with 3 of my cousins and their mom, around the time my family moved the youngest entered middle school… coming to visit was traumatizing to me he gained a huge hatred for me and everyone else around him he shut himself out from the world. I was very confused and sad where had the fun Mario playing joke cracking Sasa I knew gone? So one day I hid out in his bedroom right before he was planning to have another one of his episodes.. and what did I find in one of his drawers? A 50 page letter obviously written a little bit each day to himself about how homework was destroying his life how he was so stressed and angry and couldn’t help taking it out on others and locking everyone out so he could do it.. he described how it felt the school making it seem like the only thing in childhood that matters is 1.school 2.homework. Family time? Screw that. Learning about nature and enjoying yourself? that’s for hobos! WTF society shame on you!
    I know it damages the students in horrible ways and it even branches out to those who care about them… So schools I truly believe that the problem is many things including homework. First… well the amount of homework given to kids I mean think about it.. THIS IS MORE THAN ADULTS DO on a regular basis… Second teaching children there is only one way to be successful in life.. Go to 6-8 hours of school 5 days a week followed by 6-8 hours of homework for 5-7 days a week.. go to college get a masters (which apparently we are being taught means you are guaranteed to get a job 😐 wow) get a steady job working for the government and die… that’s apparently what life is in this society.. I could go on and on about education the amount of time spent on this and not this blah blah but you get my point.. What happened to the times our parents are telling us about? Times when childhood was fun where you enjoyed life and were given a chance to unwind before whats known has adulthood.. NOT ANYMORE I GUESS! Anyway I currently have a Huge science project to do that is actually meant for 8 Graders to do.. so Ta Ta for now…

    Sincerely, The voice of my family A.K.A Abiti

    February 8th, 2015 at 7:15 pm
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  124. Anonymous says:

    you should do your hw

    February 8th, 2015 at 11:02 pm
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  125. Elle says:

    My son is homeschooled and we start school @ 6am and we try to end by 3pm and then his day is free. We do not have homework or discuss school after 3 pm. He has 9 classes and events-They want to teach our children time management but it seems that they become teachers to get rid of the time management gene. Parents are far too often called upon to finish teaching curriculum that they have no idea of how to dispense. Parents are not glorified wardens and we certainly do not get paid to teach. Homework is just as hard on parents especially parents who have jobs (1 or more). Parents have the social and civil responsibilities-Teachers have the educational responsibilities-however the roles have been switched-now teachers deal with the social ills of our society and parents have to teach until their children catch on so i chose to do both i was doing both anyway. If you don’t like the way the school is handling things remove your child from that environment or shop around for the environment that suits you, your child, and your family.
    The lady who taught her children responsibility by implementing a routine that works has never dealt with ADHD, ADD,OD, or any other alphabet soup that most other parents have to deal with and she has found the environment that fits her family. Everyone else is welcome to find what fits theirs. But do not belittle peoples parenting skillls or the choices that people make for their families it is simply a matter of knowing your child-(that’s what teachers do)-they assume because it fits the masses it must work for all. Great job getting your kid a break. Lady-Don’t judge.

    February 10th, 2015 at 1:47 am
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  126. Elle says:

    Rosalinda you are wise beyond your years-and if you work and pay for school as you go guess what you will do better because you will pay yourself and you will finish because it is your idea not someone elses. you are smart. Beyond your years-Amen

    February 10th, 2015 at 1:54 am
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  127. Elle says:

    Ty she didn’t ever say she took homework away completely she took homework away for the day and she will monitor HER child because she knows How much HER child can tolerate-HER child – now what you do with YOUR child is not for her to judge. But you people really missed the point thats why children suffer from depression, kill themselves over grades, and even cut themselves-Nobody ever took the time to identify that on that day THEIR child needed a break and all they can say as the lid on the coffin shuts or the weed is fired up i just didn’t know-Well you can’t fault her for knowing What is best for HER child not every body elses. She and HER child took a break she didn’t invite the neighbor kids over for a drink. She did not commit a crime. THEY simply took a bit of time off-When ever you take a personal day from work because you have had enough who do you consult-That’s why jobs have personal days and why children have parents.

    February 10th, 2015 at 2:08 am
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  128. Elle says:

    #43
    i hope you are lying-
    you go to school 7-8hrs including transit now its 3p-so you work nonstop until 2am that’s excessive and homework is no indicator of achievement- it just sounds like your teachers have transferred their responsibilities on to you that ‘s why we are the one of the richest countries in the world with a population of children who cannot compete with the rest of the world-our children are teaching themselves

    February 10th, 2015 at 2:53 am
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  129. Elle says:

    Crystal #23
    Teachers do not have time to complete the learning model at least not in the US. Teach-Teach-teach/support-support-independance-knowledge-teach-When the child is able to explain it in his own words using terms that he or she is familiar with then the child has learned it. Too many schools stop at teach #2 and turn over the rest to unqualified parents in the form of homework.

    When the reality is Doctors have nurses and Lawyers have paralegals. What- in most if not all of the high paying professions the grunt workers are the ones who supply the facts-Even the President has a group of advisers read the volumes of briefs and then they submit their opinions on the matter.

    February 10th, 2015 at 3:32 am
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  130. Charbel says:

    if you don’t do your homework the next day you gonna have troubles keeping up with the pack…..no good Garades……….no work……..no money……..no life

    February 10th, 2015 at 11:20 am
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  131. Matt says:

    She’s a fucking 6 year old. You want stress from school? Wait until she’s a junior in fucking high school. Not a 6 year old practicing spelling anymore. Wait until she asks you for help on fucking calculus

    February 10th, 2015 at 6:29 pm
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  132. Anonymous says:

    And this is where it begins. Parents teach their kids that its ok not to do their school duties, and then by the time they reach high school they have the same mindset. So when they get a job (if they’re lucky since they won’t be going to college if they keep this up), what, can they just tell their boss that they don’t feel like working on assignments because “they are under too much stress”? This is not how the real world works. Children need to be taught from a young age that some things aren’t necessarily fun in life, but need to be done. This is why this world is full of lazy and stupid people.

    February 15th, 2015 at 10:18 pm
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  133. Anonymous says:

    I agree with you. We also engage in fun activities.
    Fun for my kids fortunately does involve homework. We gather together in our living or family room kids pull out their reading books or worksheets, I do my reading and we all have fun.
    ‘Homework’ is only work if kids are told it is work. Otherwise, creative writing and reading (which constitutes most of their homework anyway) is much more fun than watching TV and shutting out the outside world.

    February 17th, 2015 at 1:49 am
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  134. Anonymous says:

    I don’t like the idea of homework at all. Although, it may help us, that isn’t how I think of it. In my opinion, homework is like a party of stress. I have a B in math and the homework is SO HARD. (I am a 7th grader learning ALGEBRA!! >:( ) I wish there was something where you could do school at home on a computer or TV, but teachers/educators just don’t approve.

    February 18th, 2015 at 7:49 pm
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  135. What the actual fuck says:

    I find it actually hard to believe that SIX year olds get 30 mins.- 1 hour of homework EVERY day… I call bs and/or just pure fucking procrastination. WAKE UP PEOPLE! The world is not full of candy and goddamn butterflies! If you have to do it, then so be it. Get over it. And also, if the school is so hard, then how do you expect to learn? By shutting the outside world and watching movies? Hell no. If you have 5-7 hours of homework every night, LEARN HOW TO MANAGE YOUR TIME WISELY! Also, it might help to teach your child how to deal with stress. If getting homework done and having a day off gets the job done, THEN DO IT! The world is becoming a more demanding place, so learn how to cope with it, and at the same time, be successful!

    February 18th, 2015 at 9:36 pm
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  136. Anonymous says:

    me too even I have banned my child fro doing home work.

    February 24th, 2015 at 1:28 pm
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  137. Anonymous says:

    Being a 13 year old in 7th grade I wish we could just stop all this work all together, I mean seriously I am spending like 2 hours a day trying to find the value of X. I just think all kids need a break

    March 1st, 2015 at 2:19 pm
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  138. Melissa says:

    I am at school and in year 9. So many times I feel so overwhelmed by all the homework and if I don’t do I might get a detention and there is so much pressure its really not fun. Other nights its fine I just get it done but other nights I am so overwhelmed and just breakdown but have to it anyway. Something I find funny is that I have the most fantastic maths teacher and she makes maths really fun and interesting. She gives 10 minutes homework and she say’s there is no pressure to get it done by next lesson get it done when you can. But I feel like this makes children more comfortable to do their homework since there isn’t as much pressure and it isn’t made into such a big deal, its made fun!

    March 2nd, 2015 at 4:22 am
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  139. Lena says:

    I applaud the article, and wish I could do the same with our 4th grader. What we have done so far is ban homework during summer and Christmas holidays. I haven’t read through all the comments except the first, and I applaud the answer expressing the need to assert ourselves as parents as the ones in charge and responsible for our children, and the need to improve our schools and make them come “alive”, and leave time for home to be “home”, for rest and play, refreshment and creativity. We can still teach respect and obedience to our teachers, while at the same time protecting and tending to their needs first of all. Our children are way too stressed, and they ARE losing their love and hunger for learning.

    March 2nd, 2015 at 12:33 pm
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  140. Lena says:

    oops, meant I only read up until Num. 6 and loved the respoonse to that.

    March 2nd, 2015 at 12:38 pm
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  141. Tom says:

    I’m actually only 11 years old and i agree obviously, cause homework is stressful, and is boring, and to be honest i never remember the things i learn when doing big essays and projects the same for the rest of my classmates, so technically homework is useless. I think its only given out because the teachers enjoy it, but think, we all have better things to do than homework, if you could choose between having fun and playing or watching a film (ect.) or doing homework, its going to be the first choice of having fun. In fact, the only reason us kids do homework is because if we don’t do it, it stresses us out and puts pressure on us for not doing it because we know we’ll get yelled at by the teacher, and if your in high school, like me, you’d probably get a detention too, and yet still they’d still say to hand in the homework! Not only this, like you said, Rosie, it puts pressure on the adult because they have other things they need to do than helping out on homework, and when us kids are older all of that stress and pressure (which shortens you life, thats what my dad said anyway) will go o nothing, homework isn’t going to change the adult we’re going to grow up to be, I know education is so that us kids will grow up and have good marks on our GCSE’s but homework won’t exactly change those scores, normal education in school will, we need that definitely, but not homework, and in a way, teachers would,t exactly like it either because once all of the assignments have been handed in, they’ll have a whole lot of marking to do which will be boring for them. That leaves me to say, what is the point of homework? Us kids don’t like it, we get stressed out, the parents and other adults helping the student do the homework don’t like it, it stresses them out too, even the people who set the homework, the teachers don’t like it, they have to mark it all, that is bound to stress them out, so there is no point in homework, we don’t need to actually do it, we need to be educated but not like this, because hardly any of us kids actually like school, we all know we have to go but once its over for the weekend or just sheerly the end of the day, we don’t want to (metaphorically) bring the school home with us, by bringing homework home, but for some reason, we have to.

    March 7th, 2015 at 6:13 am
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  142. Tom says:

    hawses fonder burring two crews jumper frontage blasted (auto correct challenge)

    March 7th, 2015 at 6:22 am
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  143. Tom says:

    Sorry my comment was so long btw i got annoyed because i have a homework essay right now

    March 7th, 2015 at 6:23 am
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  144. amelia says:

    I’m a 14yr old from Yorkshire and our school literally stacks homework on you and hardly marks any of it to pass it back to you.
    I believe homework is incredibly stupid and you shouldn’t get loads of it until you take your gcses ? For goodness sake they have started giving homework in Physical Education!!
    What I find hilarious is they also expect homework to be in within days whilst they tell you to ‘take part in after school activities’ and ‘spend time with your family’. I salute parents who agree that homework is too much unlike many parents who tell you to just get on with it because they believe society is right and they can’t do anything to change how it is.

    March 15th, 2015 at 11:49 am
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  145. J J says:

    I love this

    March 17th, 2015 at 1:45 pm
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  146. David cameron says:

    Homework and school should be band completely . Gcse don’t teach you anything they are pointless and wreck kids brains because their teachers stress them out with the constant moaning -gcses affect kids mental health and make them ill- they should be band completey to save kids and so they dont commit suicide.

    Homework adds extra stress and causes kids to panick and stress out about what there teachers will say about there homework. This is uncalled for and is pathetic.
    When kids are at home that’s there time not teachers work to be done time. Kids need to relax and have fun not feeling threatened by there teachers about pathetic pieces of homework.
    Kids need to relax and have fun in order to be healthy humans of the world. No kids should have to put up with school or homework ever again!

    Homework and school is banned now !

    March 17th, 2015 at 7:54 pm
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  147. David cameron says:

    Put a ban to school and homework !
    Save the future by not forcing kids to go school and complete homework!!!!

    March 17th, 2015 at 7:58 pm
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  148. Anonymous says:

    People are commenting saying that her kids wont be prepared for real life, I disagree. Even when you are older and have responsibilities you need to set aside time just to relax, or else we would all go insane. Homework does nothing but give me anxiety and gets in the way of the activities I would rather be doing that will help me in life; Examples including rehearsahl at my local theater and voice lessons. I want to pursue a life in music and that fact that math homework dosen’t allow me to prepare myself for that isin’t right. Besides if your going to have a office job working behind a desk your whole life then why would you need to deal with that kind of stress at 8. Just wait till you get there.

    March 18th, 2015 at 12:56 pm
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  149. joooblooo says:

    I tell all my kids… Grades don’t matter! Only be sure to do all your homework. If you go to college and you have good study habits, you will have no problem in college… If you moderately breeze through school without doing homework, you will fail in college. It’s not about being intelligent, it’s about being able to prioritize when it comes to college.
    All 4 of my kids have made straight A’s their entire educations with a B’s here and there. My oldest is Pre Med at OU and has a 4.0. She says taking notes and knocking out her homework is the key to her success….
    Taking time for yourself is a GOOD thing… Denying the importance of Homework is not.

    March 21st, 2015 at 9:11 pm
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  150. Tom says:

    yes but not everyone is as clever as ur kids joooblooo and even doing homework won’t improve our marks much, especially if we just do that work in school

    March 22nd, 2015 at 5:29 am
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  151. Tom says:

    oh by the way, anonymous person who commented the 148th post, i totally agree with you, 8 year olds DONT want to have stress and anxiety put on them, they’re NOT office workers and if they DO grow up to work in an office, lets say, they got the job at age 23, but they’d been doing that sort of work since age 7, they may think they’d never properly done this job before, but in a way, they would have been doing it for about 16 years!

    March 22nd, 2015 at 5:36 am
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  152. loulou says:

    I think all pedants should have this attitude

    March 25th, 2015 at 2:11 pm
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  153. Anonymous says:

    How many mums make a lollipop?

    March 27th, 2015 at 9:38 am
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  154. * says:

    Kids have jobs (school, sports, chores etc.) and if they cant rely on their intelligence every time they get in a bind, they are going to fall back on hard work while pushing themselves to try harder, it’s also a lot of self discipline and quite the learning process. That means practicing studying for tests, doing homework until you get it done before you even sleep, or running the field one more time because you should take pride in what you do and not quit. Some kids struggle more than others. Some have to work harder. That’s not the teachers fault. That’s life. Your child’s teacher might not even know your kid has a hissy fit due to homework since they don’t understand or didn’t ask questions.. Instead of telling your kids to forget it, why not work with the teacher to see if they tutor? I’d respect your kids teacher. They are trying to better your child, and they take work home with them to continue to better your child. They love your child and probably wouldn’t be there if they didn’t.

    Or instead of banning your kid to do homework,
    why not try letting your kid decide whether or not to do the homework instead of you. Don’t be negative about having to do work to your kid, instead give them a choice. When they get to school they will have rewards or consequences then.

    If you want to rebel, go be an educator yourself and change things, or do homeschooling.

    March 29th, 2015 at 2:21 am
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  155. Kaitlin says:

    I’m 14 and I have no experience with parenting but all I have to say is…..I blame obesity, poor health (mental and physical), poor relationships with family, friends, second half, God, etc., etc on all this stress, such as homework, that society has brought to us…

    April 5th, 2015 at 8:56 pm
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  156. Fed Up says:

    I am only 11 in the 6th grade, and no matter how diligently I work, I always end up with about 4 hours of homework a day. Including weekends, which is ridiculous because my teachers have been saying to the parents that the 6th grade team gives about an hour of homework a day, but I have begun to wonder if they are talking an hour per class… anyways, homework is very stressful for kids, and the way I see it, is that less and less people are making it into colleges because of the primary schools’ homework amount. I hate to blame it on the teachers, but who else gives the homework? It seems to me like the teachers punish you for something that was THEIR fault. I actually have been yelled at for having a late assignment due to a religious holiday, when my mother had e-mailed the teacher specifically stating the reason I was unable to complete the assignment. So I have just decided to show my mother this article right now. Ta-ta!
    Sincerely,
    Fed Up

    April 6th, 2015 at 8:19 pm
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  157. Anonymous says:

    I am a second year college student.

    I really believe that you are doing a disservice to your child by telling them that they should not do ANY homework outside of school.

    Just wait until they get to college. What a rude awakening that will be!

    Most colleges do have a policy about homework and grades. For example, at my university, a 3 credit class meant having about 3 hours per week outside of class. The average full time student takes about 15 credits a semester, which equates to 45 hours a week spent outside of class.

    And I really do work that much and so do my peers; however, I am not getting an average grade. My GPA is about a 3.9. I see college as a full-time job. I go in at 8:00 a.m. and out the door at 5:30 and do 10 hours of work on Sunday at home. (I am on lunch break). I was doing chemistry homework and it takes about five hours to complete a week. It also takes me about 5 to 10 hours to read a chapter for Anatomy and Physiology per week and to take notes on that chapter, so these estimates are very accurate in my case; I work more than recommended as see better grades. If I spent less time, I would get more average grades.

    And I know some students dropped out of college after the first year because they actually had to ask questions and get help from the professor or OH MY GOSH, do EXTRA homework that wasn’t even assigned to learn the material! Some students were really appalled that they had to take charge of their learning outside of school.

    Learning outside of class takes a lot of discipline. It is a different type of responsibility especially since you are not getting paid to work outside of class. Homework before college is to develop life long skills as a learner.

    It is wrong for an elementary school student to have homework 3 hours a night. Those expectations are too high for a child, but a 20 to 40 minute assignment is enough to facilitate development of study skills outside of school.

    Also, if your child had to spend 6 hours on three school projects in different classes, outside of class, but had two months to complete the projects, that is completely their fault. Often times parents don’t get the complete story or they learn that students had in class time to complete the project and could have completed a majority of the assignment at school!

    April 7th, 2015 at 11:24 am
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  158. Ariel says:

    That is a great idea to me of course because im a kid its hard without your teacher to help your parent don’t know all the answer just teach us at school not home!!!!!!

    April 8th, 2015 at 5:53 pm
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  159. Ariel says:

    not parent parents sorry for the mess-up

    April 8th, 2015 at 5:55 pm
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  160. Sean says:

    I think Ariel is right!

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  161. Louis says:

    Had so much homework today I forgot to eat

    April 13th, 2015 at 3:42 am
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  162. Anonymous says:

    This is a good idea

    April 13th, 2015 at 5:46 pm
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  163. reese givens says:

    Hi,

    I am a 8th student at a school in Kentucky.

    For all the people who are saying “Oh, homework isn’t that big of a responsibility!”

    I want to let you know that you are very wrong. I am not doing good in some of my classes because I have simply not completed all of my home work. I will do some of it. Then, I will have to go to soccer practice (every night). After that I must come home, eat dinner, take a shower, and go to bed. Do you know how long that lets me to do homework?

    1 1/2 hours.

    1 1/2 FREAKING HOURS.

    Do you know how long it takes to ACTUALLY do ALL of my homework?

    3-3 1/2 hours.

    You know, growing up, they tell us that school is about learning.

    NEWSFLASH: it’s not.

    School is about how well you can remember info. It’s about a grade. It’s about a number, because after they send you off into this screwed up world- all you are is number. All you are is you SAT scores, or how many tests you passed.

    It’s kinda horrifying, thinking this one grade will make or break me.

    And to be honest, I already feel broken.

    April 13th, 2015 at 9:19 pm
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  164. Alex says:

    Jesus people, I go to a tough High School and I usually have 6 hours of homework a night. Plus, I play sports. I do think this is a lot but I can handle it. 1 hour of homework would be great. And you can’t even spell practice right so you are pretty stupid.

    April 20th, 2015 at 5:04 pm
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  165. Studentlance says:

    This is the most ridiculous contention I have ever seen. I am one in three kids, all of which now go to sentence structure schools; I can genuinely say that if my guardians hadn’t pushed me to get my work done I wouldn’t have accomplished almost as much as I have today. By showing your kid that it is OK not to do homework, she will endure extraordinarily later on. You’re just destroying her future.

    April 22nd, 2015 at 7:29 am
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  166. Anonymous says:

    Wow… I love it! I wish my mom would do that.

    May 1st, 2015 at 3:32 pm
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  167. Anonymous says:

    `1234567890-=qwertyuiop[]asdfghjkl;’zxcvbnm,./~!@#$%^&*()_+QWERTYUIOP{}|ASDFGHJKL:”ZXCVBNM?
    HOMEWORK SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😀

    May 5th, 2015 at 12:53 pm
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  168. Pressured Middle School Student says:

    My mother will drive me to tears yelling at me for averge grades and missing assignments. She never askes why they’re missing. She just pressures me to do every little thing and with piling up homework that gets harderer to do and the pressure just feels like too much. She screams at me to stay after for extra help I don’t need and grounds me if I don’t.

    May 7th, 2015 at 2:49 pm
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  169. Anonymous says:

    This is really stupid. Yeah all kids get tried of having homework every night but what is going to happen when your child is in the third grade at the age of 11. Who ever takes this stupidness and uses it is very very retarded stupid dumb and what ever else. Your also a very bad parent or Guardian.

    May 13th, 2015 at 2:51 pm
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  170. kids have rights too says:

    While I like what u r doing I’m on the fence about this one. I’m in middle school and sometimes I want to throw my book bag out the window curl up and cry but I don’t think we should ban it entirely I think we should make them give us less.. like a lot less but we should still have at least a little homework. But hey its my opinion just wanted to put it out there.

    May 14th, 2015 at 7:12 pm
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  171. Anonymous says:

    Homework is for the children’s better education and also I am a 17 year old and I hate homework but I know how much or what ever we get is for the betterment of children’s education

    September 1st, 2015 at 4:53 am
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  172. Anonymous says:

    My daughter is in the 10th grade. 3+ hours of homework a night is hard. Especially when she’s on the golf team, in an international choir, and does some much more during the week. So, every once in a while, I give her a day off. I let her stay home from school, I let her sleep in, I let her just veg out for the day. We did this just last week. She was worn out, exhausted. And I recognized it. And as her parent, I am responsible for not just her, but for her health. And I know that stress, and not enough sleep, and too much homework are getting to her. And so I let her stay home from school and do nothing.

    I love this idea and plan to institute it into our lives. I am guilty of overscheduling, but I want to back away from this. She needs to know that I am OK with her NOT getting straight A’s if it means that it will affect her negatively because she isn’t getting enough sleep, or because she is stressing out over a test. I’m totally OK with her NOT going to college or going later. Life does not end because you don’t have a college degree, or because you don’t start college right away. Take a year off and travel. I’m good with that.

    I love this!

    September 4th, 2015 at 4:29 pm
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  173. Anonymous says:

    I hate homeworck. I have 4 pages of math ugh!

    September 15th, 2015 at 6:30 pm
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    September 21st, 2015 at 3:31 pm
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  175. Anonymous says:

    Right now I’m in the grade 6 gifted program and everyone can tell me I don’t know shit because I’m young but i don’t care. Kids must do their homework.whether they procrastinate and learn from their mistakes or just do it it is important. It is not that teachers are not teaching us. They are simply teaching you to time manage and see how much you know and learned. Reading the rest of the comments i think we can agree that time management is definitely a skill you must have to be successful. And a message for the parents; the world is constantly changing and so is the education. Just because you didnt have that much homework doesn’t mean that its unfair. And additionally the students shouldn’t need help with the homework because everything you need was either already taught or is on the homework

    September 23rd, 2015 at 11:11 pm
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  176. Allen says:

    I am going to bed at 11pm every night. Feeding my children at 9pm.
    I dont understand some of their emotional development because we are consumed by homework.

    September 30th, 2015 at 9:18 pm
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  177. lori says:

    I have three kids with ADHD…needless to say I loathe homework time. Nothing gets our family yelling and screaming like homework time. Then I get irritated that the need for “homework” is the catalyst for such animosity in my home…its crap. They are in school 8 hours a day…homework is so unneccesary

    October 21st, 2015 at 8:09 pm
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  178. Anonymous says:

    your a fuckwitt homework it the reason smart children are smart. you need to get rid of the bullshit and deal with what has to be dealt with

    November 2nd, 2015 at 2:03 am
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  179. Anonymous says:

    Homework should be an optional way for children to further pursue things that interest them. Homework assignments should not tell a student to “be creative” and then tell the student how many pages, how many pictures, which words must be used, etc.
    I didn’t do homework at all until high school, and even then there was very little. I still went to an Ivy league college and on to medical school. I realize the world is more competitive and complex today, but isn’t that the point? Stop some of the momentum.
    I feel that if it can’t be taught during the school day, it can be taught the following day.
    Parents are afraid of the schools. Afraid to oppose the schools.
    My kids (5th, 7th grades) panic if they can’t finish homework because they’ll lose recess, or “flunk out”. Seriously, homework should not dictate whether a child flunks. It’s sickening.

    November 12th, 2015 at 11:54 am
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  180. Anonymous says:

    Heres an idea… lets ban EVERYTHING fun and make our children do stressful homework that last every night forcing them to stay up late and not get a full battery recharge that way they get stressed and probably try to commit suicide… I know schools agree with me and if they didn’t they would be too lazy to do anything about it….

    November 30th, 2015 at 6:36 pm
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  181. Kim says:

    Anonymous above me that is the best Idea im a teacher at Anna ISD trying to figure out ways to stress my children in the class room even more so im going to give them more homework… AND NOT GRADE IT!!!! Cause Im too lazy to grade but it will still count as a 0 if they dont do it, the work will last around 6 hours and guess what we did at Anna so they have to do homework at home? We took study hall and made it into another class period so they dont have time at school to do it. We are also going to make them wear uniforms soon and try to put an end to the STUPID students ideas like spelling wrecked as rekt and we need to make them stop saying these nuts or what are those!

    November 30th, 2015 at 6:41 pm
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  182. Anonymous says:

    After school time should be spent bonding with your family and creating memories. I feel that homework just ruins what the home symbolizes.

    Some might not agree with me and say that homework will “brighten kids future” but being stuck in the world of papers, pencils, pens, and grades just isn’t high on most kids priority list. Kids want to dream and “run wild” in the small bubble of friends and fun that they live in.

    If you don’t agree I would love to hear your points. Thank you 🙂

    December 1st, 2015 at 10:30 pm
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  183. A Person says:

    As a student (just a freshman in high school), I get at LEAST 4 hours of homework a night. Sometimes I hate it, but I’m taking college classes so that kinda explains it…however, whe I am up doing homework until I am supposed to be getting up to get ready for school…I agree with having a non-homework night, even if it means staying home to sleep and then doing the homework at a reasonable hour.

    December 10th, 2015 at 3:17 pm
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  184. Anonymous says:

    A think that homeowork can be good and educational, but must homework actually isn’t. Mostly it is just a waste of time.

    December 13th, 2015 at 12:45 pm
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  185. Olivia(14yo) says:

    Oh my god I wish all moms were like you.

    December 14th, 2015 at 11:02 pm
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  186. Anonymous says:

    my parents put me in my room until i have completed my online class … it hase been 8 hours in my room so far …

    December 30th, 2015 at 6:10 pm
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  187. HighSchoolStudent says:

    Homework has never been really stressful and too much until I entered high school. Because of it you miss so many special events in your own life such as spending time with family on a holiday or having a break on you birthday. You gain life experiences from homework but you also lose some. Day after day stuck indoors doing homework makes you question life but I suppose it’s the way the ball rolls. Gotta get used to the feeling to dying sometimes. Lol, but this all depends on how much you take on in your own career so the person I have to blame is myself for taking challenging courses.

    January 7th, 2016 at 9:24 pm
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  188. anonymous says:

    Really liked hearing perspectives of folks’ experiences, but I do cringe when I read posts like HomeworkBlues: “Oh, boy, you really don’t get it, do you? And you say you have two kids. Looks like you have a lot to learn yourself.” or “Evidently homework didn’t help you much, now did it?”
    Please respect others and allow for differing opinions. Please don’t be disrespectful or judgmental. We appreciate and learn from one another, but only when we have open minds and express ourselves without stepping on others can we have honest communication. Sarah has created a good spot for us to learn and explore – and yes, we vent sometimes…but when it is at the expense of others we are tearing down instead of building up – clearly Sara’s intentions can be better represented.

    January 14th, 2016 at 2:23 pm
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  189. Anonymous says:

    no home would be the best ever

    January 21st, 2016 at 3:48 pm
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  190. Marta says:

    This is SOO STUPID !!!!!!!!

    February 16th, 2016 at 7:57 pm
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  191. Conner Gill says:

    Personally I disagree with your claim. I am currently a senior in high school, and I see this comment as a parent being unrealistic, irresponsible and borderline abusive. I say this in hopes that kids do not go through what i am going through right now.

    My mother graduated from college top of her class and now own her own business in her dream field. My father has his GED and works alongside her. Both love me very much and support me very much. from a young age my father said that he wasn’t going to be able to help with my homework or studying because he did not do well in school. While my mother agreed to take on the ability to help me and my little brother (currently a sophomore) with our homework she often worked later than we all wanted. This led to our homework not being done on time. However back in the younger years (from briefly reading the comments im assuming all your kids are elementary to middle school) homework was assigned Monday and due Friday. This gives the kids 4 nights to work. seeing as how I was often home with my brother and dad we often just didn’t do it until Thursday night because we wanted to have fun. This led to an unhealthy study habit of procrastination. Now the homework in the younger years is easy for parents to understand. basic arithmetic can be worked through with your kids and you can teach your children easy and effective memorization tricks that will stay with them THEIR WHOLE LIVES. I wish every day that I was better with time management or that I could memorize words or phrases quicker and easier. These are important life skills that are taught while we are first learning about life. Every company would rather pick the confident worker who can make a presentation without looking at note cards or notes written on the palm of their hands.

    What I’m trying to say is that yes homework may be stressful for your kids and that it may be hard to watch your little angels struggle but you went through the same struggle and you came out just fine, right? some of you are down right successful. Now its your job to help your children by HELPING them do their work in a way that lets them do it by themselves and they are not given the answers and by rewarding them when they get a question right or do their assignments efficiently and before the deadline. not only will this boost their feeling of self worth it will give them the skills they need to be just as successful, or even more successful than you.

    The trick is not to remove homework but making homework stress free by both encouraging, and helping your kid when they are struggling.

    for those of you that have read this entire thank you for sticking with it. I promise your children will thank you, Currently I’m taking multiple AP classes and unfortunately due to the lack of early preparation I still procrastinate by staying up all night ( not an exaggeration I spend multiple 24 hour periods without sleeping because i get behind in my work). This has caused my grades to fall. And unfortunately I will not be able to go to college this year and follow my dreams… I do not blame my parents they love me very much and I love them but if I could start over I would in a heart beat. Fun is fun but learning responsibility is equally important. the trick is finding that balance.

    April 3rd, 2016 at 8:15 pm
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  192. Anonymous says:

    Homework helps you practice what you’ve learnt at home! Maybe there can be too much, but a little a night is not going to harm anyone.

    April 19th, 2016 at 1:14 pm
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  193. Dysania says:

    I’ve read a couple comments on here, there is a mixture of ACTUAL students (dis)agreeing with this woman’s choice, then there’s parents/adults(not sure how old you all are.)Yes, I agree that guardians should ask if the child feels up to/comfortable(?) do the homework, but I don’t think calling this woman’s idea “retarded” especially from a (young) adult. Because it really feels like we know who’s really the uneducated person on here. Also, “we should worry about their future!” You shouldn’t worry how a guardian raises their child and if the child does (indication) have a terrible life, no job, or is homeless. The parents should worry, not you, you aren’t in charge. Worry more about your (future) children, if you have any of course. Also, how is it a bad to not do homework? If anything, it was once considered as a punishment for students in Italy. The creator of homework (Roberto Nevilis) actually used it as a punishment for his students in 1905.Also, if you are a “tiger mom”, back off, this really isn’t your environment because it seem you’d have no remorse if your child was stressed, felt tired mentally and physically all the time, started harming themselves because they cannot reach your expectations. I actually started getting gray (grey, whatever Brits…) hairs because of late homework, started ripped my hair because for not doing homework, scratching my scalp in anxiety, ripped my nails over missing assignments. I actually learned more about one of the founding fathers because a musical that lasts 2 hours, as a lesson lasts 3 weeks (I believe that is correct.). Alas, I admit it, I am only thirteen but I believe this is important to me, I just wanted to briefly present my opinion, like the rest of everyone else. Well, if anyone actually took the time to read a thirteen year old’s passage of neutrality/anger/frustration. Have a good day.

    April 27th, 2016 at 10:48 pm
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  194. Dysania says:

    I understand that there are many problems in my text, sorry.
    Sincerely, a thirteen year old

    April 27th, 2016 at 10:51 pm
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  195. Samantha says:

    I’m 14 and I’m killed by the homework. I stay up till 12oclock in the night and I don’t have a chance to socialize because of homework.

    May 2nd, 2016 at 6:04 pm
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  196. Samantha says:

    Reese givens, you’re soooooooo right

    May 2nd, 2016 at 6:06 pm
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  197. Ryan Lamoureux says:

    Dang, you guys have a lot of freedom. I’m 14 right now, and homework is about as difficult as telling you mentally ill friend her dead dog isn’t there. All America does is pound students with homework over and over again. Now, school is almost over for the year, but being with a parent who is willing to stand up to a school like that to keep stress and anxiety off of us, that’s powerful. Keep on going!

    -The one known as ‘Anxiety’

    May 19th, 2016 at 9:59 am
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  198. Amy says:

    omg totally showing this to my mother ASAP!!! homework sucks soooo bad

    May 24th, 2016 at 12:59 pm
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  199. Anonymous says:

    Ok, sorry, say what? This is one of the stupidest reasons just to ban fucking homework. Yh, I have the honor program and I get a truck load of homework; you think that is painful? It isn’t. Lazy kids that don’t do their homework are actually going to have less fun in the future. I know some of you like the banning homework thing is a good idea, but seriously, homework is not a piece of shit. It helps you get into jobs and pass tests, so this article to me is ?????????????? ?????

    May 31st, 2016 at 2:57 am
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  200. h says:

    home work should be banned because it kills family time

    June 2nd, 2016 at 12:43 pm
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  201. h says:

    home work makes kids fatter so homework is making them lazy and normally kids lose bairn cells by sitting

    June 2nd, 2016 at 12:44 pm
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  202. g says:

    Judging by your logic h, i think you did lots of homework ( ?° ?? ?°)

    June 3rd, 2016 at 5:56 am
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  203. Anonymous says:

    Nice spelling

    June 4th, 2016 at 5:04 pm
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  204. hi there mate says:

    my mum will drive me to tears and i just puts kids down and they feel scared and trapped comment “yes i agree” if you agree

    June 21st, 2016 at 2:39 am
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  205. i says:

    Your kids don’t know homework till they reach about 16

    July 31st, 2016 at 6:45 am
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  206. Matthew Doucette says:

    Impressive. I am researching on how to connect with the schools and be agreeable with the “no homework” rule. How do you do this?

    August 1st, 2016 at 10:36 am
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  207. Anonymous says:

    I hate homework so much I’d rather die

    August 11th, 2016 at 1:28 pm
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  208. Katarina says:

    I always fall asleep when doing homework and what’s the point of it when I’m just going to forget about it in the future. Can’t we just learn the essential stuff? Can’t we just study in class together instead of doing it at home and take a test? Doing it at home has too much distractions and unhealthy. My butt would hurt after 5 hours of sitting everyday. I already have back pain for a 14 year old. I have back pain almost everyday and there’s no stopping it… It really is stressful and I can’t take it anymore. I sometimes not do my homework on purpose just to relax myself. Then the next day in school I would just make an excuse. I honestly don’t even care for any of my grades anymore, I just care about my stress. Homework isn’t important to me anymore…

    September 7th, 2016 at 8:17 am
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  209. Danielle says:

    Homework makes kids fat? Then why are most Ph.D students thin?

    September 8th, 2016 at 12:17 pm
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  210. Karie says:

    If her mom believes school and homework is useless… I don’t think her kid will go far in life. Not doing these things will make you regret the future, and you will wonder why my life is going downhill. Even if you don’t like it, even if it doesn’t seem important, all throughout high school and college and finally your work place, it will matter what you do. Caring more about a child’s feelings and saying ” oh you got a D- on a test? As long as you’ve tried your best” , well that is a big mistake. It’s called discipline but so far it lacks in many people. Getting a habit of homework at a young age is great for their future.

    September 8th, 2016 at 10:40 pm
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  211. Dan Mac says:

    The true value of homework has been solidly proven, over and again, by broad thinking minds, yet is persistently misunderstood by the masses who generally think what they think they are told to think. The very first thing one must distinguish is this fact: there is a vast difference between compulsory homework assignments and voluntary homework. We’ve all heard of those wonderfully accomplished heroes who “really did their homework,” right? But what is rarely asked is “which kind of homework did specific individuals do?” Let us examine a couple of well known examples.

    Leading up to, and during WWII, in Germany there were several very different and important personality types. Albert Einstein was one of the best known. Here was an individual who became almost synonymous with the word, genius. Clearly, this person “did his homework.” But which type? It is well documented that throughout all his years, including college, Einstein rarely completed compulsory assignments. When he did complete them, it was with minimalist effort, just because he had to, to survive. (Later on he would describe how school in general, and compulsory homework assignments in particular, served only to get in the way of his education.) On the other hand, he spent vast time and energy on that which simply inspired him. It is true that the establishment punished him for his independence. He did not get good grades and had a hard time even getting a mediocre job. Later, the establishment was unwilling to consider his theories or recognize his work—until finally, they had no choice. His light was simply too brilliant to be kept in the dark. It was not easy to be an Albert Einstein in a society that was molded by the old Prussian Schooling System. He could have easily failed entirely. He could have remained unknown. He could have been imprisoned or executed. In fact, he was forced to leave the country.

    Meanwhile, average German citizens who simply did what they were told, followed all the rules, and completed all their compulsory homework assignments got better grades, better jobs, made more money, and got more respect and recognition. Of course they had no spare time to imagine or invent weird things like relativity. Nor the gumption to question authority. But how else could ordinary people get trained to accept as normalcy the ideas of global domination, mass murder and genocide?

    Now, this is just one extreme example, right? What of the dozens of studies that have been done showing the statistics on the value of compulsory homework? Do they show test scores going up? No. Does IQ go up? No; it goes down. The ability to think critically, to think creatively, to question, and to understand the deeper meanings of things beyond memorized answers—all have been shown to be diminished by compulsory homework. Education, across the spectrum, has been shown to be stifled by compulsory homework. It seems Einstein once again was correct. Surprise. Except for one thing: statistics show that compulsory homework improves one’s ability to follow instructions.

    But what of compulsory homework’s other effects? The side effects. How does it effect physical health? Mental health? Social awareness? Family life? Creative ability? Artistic ability? Spirituality? The ability to invent? To work with one’s body? Community involvement? Statistics are very clear on all of these questions; compulsory homework is extremely damaging. As a father, an educator, and a person who still remembers childhood, I can attest to this. Above all, compulsory homework is the destroyer of inspiration, the natural love of learning that lives inside every individual and should burn bright throughout one’s lifetime.

    The American public schooling system was modeled after the Prussian system—which was originally designed to train soldiers. After a Prussian army was defeated in battle, the leaders devised a training program, so individual soldiers would do exactly what they were told without hesitation or questioning. Greater military success thereafter was their evidence that this system works very efficiently. But that is for the training of soldiers, not for the education of children or anyone. Further, it should be considered, the believers in the Prussian System never made a comparison against free thinking soldiers who sensed to the depth of their beings that they were fighting for a just and moral cause, opposed to others who were simply programmed into believing differently.

    Yet those corporate heads who designed the American School system never desired an educated mass. They desired a workforce similar to Prussian soldiers. We have been trained to believe.

    From the ancient schools of Bardic wisdom there is a proverb; “The beginning of knowledge is doubt.” To be truly educated we can not believe in anything we am told. We must research. We must ponder. We must experiment. And we must sense.

    September 21st, 2016 at 10:33 am
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  212. jem says:

    you guys are all stupid! homework is really important in little kids, if you get a habit going of doing homework they will be more successful in middle and high school, I you just tell you don’t have to do HW they are just gonna get lazy and not do good in school. what is wrong with all you people who don’t make their kids do homework. when my girl was little I made her do so much homework and extra practice and she is going to Stanford college this year as a freshman.

    October 9th, 2016 at 1:44 pm
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  213. emma says:

    homework makes my sould die

    October 24th, 2016 at 7:11 pm
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  214. Anonymous says:

    ay lmao this suks

    November 5th, 2016 at 3:30 am
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  215. Anonymous says:

    cringe af

    November 5th, 2016 at 3:30 am
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  216. Mother of Awesome Dyslexic kid says:

    Peer-reviewed, scientifically based research shows that there is no (zero) benefit to the kind of homework currently given to children before high school. Period. There is actually evidence that it can actually weaken performance. There is, of course, great benefit to promoting critical thinking and discussion. Sadly, this is not what is being promoted through homework.

    December 11th, 2016 at 4:05 pm
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  217. Yary says:

    The way I look at it is it’s a teacher’s job to show your child how to do their homework I work cook clean I don’t have time to be doing homework so if my child does not know how to complete the homework I am not going to help i’m not a teacher 20 minutes is enough the rest stays in blank apparently the teachers not doing their job if your child is confused and does not know how to accomplish a homework

    January 13th, 2017 at 7:18 am
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  218. a 13 year old kid says:

    BOI. I AM a kid and i can tell you right now that im resisting punching the fricking screen. what are you doin not making your kid do homework. i hate homework. hell yeah id rather be playing video games but i need to get this practice in and understand these key concepts so i can get good grades and get a good job when i grow up. You think your fricking 6 year old is under stress!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    plz stfu

    April 2nd, 2017 at 9:52 pm
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  219. Just a student says:

    Although I agree the current system of education imposes too much homework on kids as young as students in elementary, banning homework would not be recommended.
    I am currently a college freshman, currently attending UCI, and I am confident to say that homework is one of the best tools to prepare you for academic life or even for a future career.
    Homework, while obviously good for practicing a concept or a lesson just taught recently, not only helps students academically. Homework helps students learn a sense of responsibility, that he or she has a responsibility to complete a homework assignment once assigned by a teacher or professor. Homework also helps students learn to manage their time at a young age, as they would have to commit their time to do a particular homework assignment if they were to spend some time relaxing or playing toys or video games after doing homework. All of this not only helps students in school, but in life.
    A sense of responsibility and good time management are soft skills that useful in the working environment, no matter what career field, and in daily life.

    In my opinion, kids today do seem to have an increasing load of homework each year, and I think something can be worked out to relieve this issue. However, I do not believe banning homework completely is the solution.

    Then again, everyone is different and is raised differently, so my opinion cannot apply to all masses.

    But yea, reducing homework load is a good idea, completely banning homework itself is not.

    April 17th, 2017 at 11:35 pm
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  220. Jane says:

    I have an 8 year old who has three times the amount of homework as my my16 year old had at his age. It is making my life a misery trying to get him to do it and my life is stressful enough with looking after a parent with dementia. Homework is ruining childhood and family life. When I had children I didn’t know that I needed a teaching degree to be a mother, something that wasn’t mentioned at antenatal classes. Stupidly I thought it was the schools job to educate my children and as I am not academically minded when I try to explain things to him I just end up confusing him. I always thought that children from any background were equal in the classroom but now that parents are expected to do a large part of the educating the gap between the privileged and underprivileged will only get larger.

    November 21st, 2017 at 1:19 pm
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