I have a complaint about 6th grade. Where is it in the teacher's manual that says that homework assignments should take between 2 and 3 hours to complete each night?
Tonight's homework assignment was the following:
1. Review this week's 20 new spelling words. Look up the definition of each word and write it down.
2. Read pages 79-92 in the Literature Book and write a paragraph about storyline. Be sure to include the names and description of the three main characters.
3. Complete problems 12-32 of the Math Workbook.
4. Draw a picture of a flower and label all of the parts, including petals, stamen, pistol, stem.
5. Read about a current event in the newspaper or on-line. Make a copy of the story and bring it to class for discussion.
Now take a look a typical evening schedule in my life:
1. I leave my office between 5:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
2. Drive 20 minutes to Clovis to pick-up Kenny at his great-grandmother's home. Arrive between 5:20 p.m. and 5:40 p.m. Chat with Meme (Kenny's great grandmother) for ten minutes.
3. Drive home. Arrive between 6:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
4. Start dinner while Kenny starts his home work.
5. Eat dinner at 7:00 p.m. usually ending about 30 minutes later. Clear and wash dishes while Kenny starts his home work again.
6. If all goes well, we finish the last assignment between 9:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Kenny helps feed the dogs, takes a shower and gets ready for bed.
7. I now have about 30 minutes free time to try to blog, knit, or read before I take a quick shower and head to bed myself.
I don't remember spending all my evening hours as a 6th grader doing homework. I distinctly remember having time during the evening hours to be with my family --- to have "fun time" with my Mom, Dad, brother and sisters. I know that school work and learning is important but Kenny has already spent the entire day at school (he gets out at 4:00 p.m. because he is in drama) and now spends his entire evening doing homework. It is no wonder kids are sick of school by the time they reach high school!