In The Case Against Homework, and every month in the first year of this blog, I suggested that parents send a note on the first Monday of every month to either a teacher or school administrator and express their frustrations. If parents took this simple action, the homework problem would become too big to ignore and we’d stop hearing that homework is a problem that affects only a few vocal families.
I have decided to revive that suggestion again this year.
This Monday, October 6, is the first Monday of the month. I hope you’ll send a note to your children’s teachers or, perhaps, to a school administrator or School Board member. Even better, join with a few friends and send a collective note. Ask for a public discussion of the problem. Ask the school to be responsive. If you need help in formulating a note, look in The Case Against Homework for some examples, or see the kinds of notes parents have been writing by browsing Moms (and Dads) on a Mission on this blog. If you do send a note, please post a comment and send me a copy of your letter. And if you get a response from the teacher or school, please let us know that as well.
If the increased traffic to this website and volume of email I receive is any indication, we are about to reach a tipping point.