The Irish weather hasn’t improved since my time either.
Often, it’s not possible to go outside during break.
Some school districts, including one near Phoenix, have taken steps to shorten the summer break, out of concern that too much is forgotten over the summer.
But discussions on blogs like Great or Stop reveal a belief that the workload assigned to students may be too heavy. some nights desperately trying to finish three colossal essays.
“Rather, I ask that you spend your evenings doing things that are proven to correlate with student success.
Eat dinner as a family, read together, play outside, and get your child to bed early.”Other conversations about homework are humming in town halls and online.As a working parent, I find these arguments compelling. Once I’ve collected my kids, made dinner, helped to get the homework done and taken them to an after-school activity (if there is one that day), it is bedtime. Eric Nolan is the local area representative for the Labour Party in Cork East. He works as an aviation firefighter at Cork Airport.When you get home after school, how much homework will you do? This month, Brandy Young, a second-grade teacher in Godley, Tex., let parents know on “Meet the Teacher” night that she had no plans to load up her students’ backpacks.“There will be no formally assigned homework this year,” Ms.Canadian author and public policy contributor André Picard has also argued that homework is counterproductive. Let’s get rid of the homework and build in more family activity time.He says research shows clearly that children being active is more important than homework for improving learning and test scores and health. Instead of spending their early years teaching them to sit and do homework, we could be teaching them the joy of an active lifestyle. Just thinking back to the mountains of work gives me a feeling akin to hearing fingernails on a blackboard. In that light, I’m a little uncomfortable proposing what could be considered the most populist proposal ever. It’s a wish I’m sure we all heard throughout our school lives.Schools have come a long way in terms of healthy eating campaigns and there is an emphasis on physical activity but more is needed.The point of schooling is to learn and much of the time is inevitably spent sitting. That was my abrupt introduction to the debate over homework that is bubbling up as students across the United States head back to school. My daughter, Maya, who is entering second grade, was asked to complete homework six days a week during the summer. But one day she turned to me and said, “I hate reading.”I put the assignment aside.