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Homework vs. family time

Original post made on Mar 12, 2008

Some parents in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District have been instrumental in the formation of a Homework Task Force. The group includes parents, teachers and staff, and it is charged with reevaluating the district's homework policy.

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Posted by Scott McMurry
a resident of Charlotte Wood Middle School
on Mar 12, 2008 at 10:35 am

Help. Give me back my family. All 4 of our kids have been overwhelmed with too much homework from the SRVUSD district in junior high and high school. God forbid we should try to have a family meal, mid week church, or heavens, do an outside sporting,scouting, or charity activity.

My brother is a principal in Wisconsin and their school day is about 50 minutes longer during which kids get more homework done in school be it study hall, labs or class.

Sometimes the homework sparks a question or discussion about war, or politics, or science or history, and my answer is, "we don't have time for meaningful conversation, just get the assignment done".

We set the timer during dinner and tell them, okay. 20 min on dinner is enough, back to your homework the kitchen is now closed. Oh and breakfast-what's faster, oatmeal or an egg- my kids can eat both in one minute flat. Sorry if there is food on my kids homework; they do homework while they eat.

My kids have to do homework as we drive back and forth in the car from school to activites. I say, don't tell me how your day was just get your homework done. I am tired of being the homework czar. They go to bed at 1030p most nights. I find those teachers without kids are the least sensitive to overwhelming us with homework.

Am I smarter than a 5th grader? I don't know; we're too busy with homework to find out....

Scott McMurry

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Posted by Oxymo Ron
a resident of another community
on Mar 12, 2008 at 4:29 pm

An ultimate oxymoron has been created!

Dear neighbors,

A judge has declared that home schooling is illegal unless the teacher is certified by the State. Then I read a reference from SRVUSD teachers' prep manuals that homework should be no greater than 1.5 times the classroom time. Thus, home schooling is mandated by the schools and their teachers with the parents being responsible for 150% more of the educational activities of their students.

Now remind me once again, "Why do we have schools if the majority of education is to happen at home?"

Next thing we know, the parents will be required to join the teachers' union. As if we haven't paid enough dues!

OX, and I am smiling!

One HAL of a Pal

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