When my son started Kindergarten this year, I remember everyone warning me, “Just wait until you see how much homework he’ll have to do!” “In Kindergarten?” I thought. “But how can that be?” Of course, I’m already knee-deep in the hoopla and it’s only been a month and a half.
It seems that I can’t go a day without hearing a parent complain about their child’s homework load, or seeing a comment on Facebook. Of course, whether we should do this or not, so many of us help our children with homework – hence the complaints. Plus, The View’s Jenny McCarthy brought up on today’s show (yes, I watch The View – don’t judge), kids derive value from extracurriculars but it seems that they don’t have time to do much else outside of schoolwork these days.
According to a video on TODAY, author and father Karl Taro Greenfeld was so shocked by the amount of homework he saw his 14-year-old daughter, Esmee, do each night, he decided to try it alongside her for a week in a segment he called “My Daughter’s Homework Is Killing Me!”
Greenfeld was shocked by the sheer volume of homework there was, including the reading and math homework that was often added to the study time needed for test-taking. It took him three hours to complete each night!
“I didn’t have time for anything else,” Esmee said of her homework load.
Esmee was excited for her dad’s undertaking, saying, “Yes! The world can finally know!”
But now that Greenfeld knows, what can be done? The question still remains.
The TODAY anchors asked English teacher Cher Treacy for her input, and she defended the schools, saying she doesn’t think too much homework is assigned. Her theory? The kids are doing so many after-school activities that their brains are fried by the time they get home. Thus, they take longer to do the homework. Treacy said she only gives her students about 20-30 minutes of homework each night.
What do you think – are kids these days getting too much homework? Sound off below!