This week, I heard from the California mother of a fourth grader whose daughter just received a science project where most of the work would have to be done over the Thanksgiving break. The project requires the students to collect rocks, write about them, and do a display presentation.
Because the mother considered the display presentation portion to be parent work and of no educational value, she wrote to the teacher and told her that her daughter would not do the art part of the project and she also asked how the students’ work could be separated from the parent “help” in grading the project. The mother also explained that she thought the timing of the project violated the district homework policy: “Long-term assignments shall be given with a timeline that does not require a student to do all or most of the assignment during a school vacation period or holiday.”
If, like this California mother, you don’t want your child doing homework over the vacation, now is the time to let the teacher know that. If you need a suggestion of what to write in a letter or email, or say in a telephone conversation or person-to-person chat, you can find plenty of ideas in The Case Against Homework.