A lot of kids head off for school around 7 am. Then they get out around 3 pm, which means that they could be home by 4 pm, but then there are after-school activities. Those can extend the school day to 6 or 7 pm. Including preparation and travel time, that is nearly 12 hours devoted to school.
Even this isn’t enough schooling for our Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan who said, “In all seriousness, … schools should be open 12, 13, 14 hours a day, seven days a week, 11-12 months of the year.” So even if the school day ended when the bell rang, it would already be too much, but then schools have the audacity to assign homework!
Homework steals the last free hours students might have shared with their parents, siblings, grandparents, relatives, and more importantly – God. Schools are making it hard to be pro-family and pro-school because there simply isn’t enough time in the day!
Schools act like they are the only thing that should matter in children’s lives.
This isn’t always the teacher’s choice either; many teachers are required to assign a certain amount of homework every night! And it doesn’t matter if your kids are already acing the subject because homework is assigned indiscriminately, whether there is a need or not.
This creates all sorts of drama in homes as parents strictly enforce the unreasonable demands of their children’s schools. Parents may think it is their duty, but I think it is a parents’ duty to do what is best for their kids, even if that means telling schools NO!
Schools are overworking our kids, highjacking their childhoods, and as a result making kids hate “learning.” Schools have no right to demand such extreme devotion; they are overstepping their bounds.
There are better things our kids could do with their free-time after school.
As I said in Revealing School, “Parents shouldn’t allow children to do homework until the more important matters of life are taken care of. Instead of asking, “Have you done your homework?” start with: Have you read your Bible today? Have you loved someone today? Have you said your prayers? Have you called your Grandmother lately? Time is so short and children grow so fast. Do not allow them to waste their entire childhood in the vain pursuit of “good” grades!”
Do you have any limits on homework?