Welcome to "Hey, Mom and Dad"—a weekly feature in which we ask our Facebook fans to share their views on parenting. We're starting off with a question we posed last week on the Patch Facebook pages:
Class is well under way for students all over the area. What once seemed like a few minutes of simple spelling and math has turned into a couple of hours of complex equations and formulas. So, we want to know:
How much homework is too much for a grade-schooler?
Take a look at what people had to say and join the conversation in the Comments section.
Rachel A. Children need time to be children, do be social, to have fun. They will be working the rest of their lives. If homework is meaningful, then I am all about it within reason, but work sheets and rote memorization of facts is not going to get them anywhere, but wasting their time with busy work. We need our children to have a love of learning. We do not need them to destest learning because they think education and learning is equatable to boring busy work. — via Oswego Patch Facebook
Gloria E. Seems that my 1st and 2nd graders bring more homework than my middle schooler....and PLEASE spare me from the "parent-student" homework projects! I have enough homework thank-you! via Plainfield Patch Facebook
Robyn D. I draw the line at two hours. Last year, my fifth grader was doing homework from 4:30-8:30 when I made her stop to shower and get to bed. Once I talked to her teacher, she agreed that anything over two hours is too much, and that she should stop. via Joliet Patch Facebook
Janet C. Today time with parents is such a commodity... Not all parents are x-teachers or remember all the math facts etc... Once parents return home from work and fix a home cooked meal and clean up the mess homework is there and everyone is tired... It can become a source of anxiety - school work should be done at school, time at home should be spent as family...... via Yorkville Patch Facebook