Recently, KSP sent the following comment to StopHomework. With her permission, I'm reposting it here. I hope some of my regular readers will have some useful ideas. Please chime in!
Hi, it’s me again after a year of silence.
So I found a group of like-minded mothers this summer after negotiating to opt out for a year individually.
We went to meet with the principal before school, and our concerns around stress from homework were communicated to the teachers.
There seems to be less homework this year and the homework seems to be more meaningful.
On Back to School night, the teachers send messages like, “let’s not make homework stressful.” “let’s make it fun.”
But, here is what I am not happy about.
Today I received a new and updated school homework policy, which added kindergarten.
Please look at the time assigned for each grade:
K: 15-20 minutes.
1: 20-25 minutes
2: 25-30 minutes
3: 30-35 minutes
Reading is assigned in addition. It’s much more than the 10 min. per grade rule especially in the lower grade.
Also, in the policy, there is still a consequence to not doing homework.
I tried opting out last year and my son’s report card’s homework section was marked down. I thought the teacher and I had agreement it was more of my choice to opt out.
There are other parents who don’t come to meetings, but voiced that they will support us. There is a teacher or two and a board member who support us too. At the same time, there is the other end of extreme who wants more homework and more rigorous curriculum.
My group wants to make “opt-out without consequence” a formal policy. How realistic is that in this education climate of high pressure and top-down approach? How can we make this happen?
Please help me think this through.
@KSP, I wish you all the success in the world. "Opt out without consequence" is a great idea.
And it really gets my goat that homework in kindergarten is now considered normal. AARGH! I saw a comment on another blog where a mother described her child's school as child-friendly because "there's no homework before first grade." Sigh.