A teacher in a K-12 school in Wisconsin, who thinks homework cuts too much into her family time, asked me how to approach her son’s teachers, who are also her colleagues. I gave her a few ideas and this is what she wrote me back:
I just wanted to let you know I made it through conferences just fine. I hate to sound like a spoiled brat, but I did get ‘my way’. I simply told the teacher(s) that homework wasn’t going to interfere with our family time so when I deemed it appropriate, I would tell [my son] to close up his books and I would sign off on the remainder of the homework. A couple of teachers took issue, but I held firm. I did have to tell one teacher that her subject wasn’t the end all of the world and that she should consider teaching children and not her subject area. That was a bit ugly for a moment, but we got through it.