My Daughter's Homework Is Killing Me

Karl Taro Greenfeld was concerned about the amount of homework his eighth-grade daughter was doing -several hours every night. She wasn't getting enough sleep. Was the homework that hard? So he decided to find out in the most personal way possible: he would do the same homework every night for a week. It was an eye-opening experience, as homework was different when he was a student.

In Southern California in the late ’70s, it was totally plausible that an eighth grader would have no homework at all.

If my daughter came home and said she had no homework, I would know she was lying. It is inconceivable that her teachers wouldn’t assign any.

What has changed? It seems that while there has been widespread panic about American students’ falling behind their peers in Singapore, Shanghai, Helsinki, and everywhere else in science and mathematics, the length of the school day is about the same. The school year hasn’t been extended. Student-teacher ratios don’t seem to have changed much. No, our children are going to catch up with those East Asian kids on their own damn time.

Other parents were concerned about homework, too, but when Greenfeld discussed it with them, he was admonished by the vice-principal. Check out his week of homework assignments and see if you could keep up. How much homework does your child do each night? Link -via Digg

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