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Anyone else angered by the amount of homework our kids are coming home with, especially in high school? My son, a sophomore who we have never had to push in school since he is self-driven, is up to midnight again working on homework and projects. He spends 6.5hours in school and puts in at least 4 hours, if not 6 some nights, on home work a night to maintain his good grades. I find this unacceptable since he is now putting in 10-12hrs+ per day everyday on his schooling. This doesn't count his involvement in sports, chores at home, and church activities. I have already spoken to his guidance counselor and it was recommended that I take it up with his teachers directly. My wife and I are both college graduates and don't remember having such a heavy work load. We bit our tongues last year but don't find it being any better this year. Am I the only one seeing it this way? I understand that we are only a few weeks into the school year but am already frustrated seeing my stressed child. He will be up again in a little over 5 hours to do it again tomorrow.

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Old 09-08-2015, 10:17 PM
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I'm a sophomore in highschool too, and I can say at being one of the "best" rated high schools in the country (Terra Enviornmental research) that it is the same here. The teachers a lot of the time are there just to hand out work and sleep the rest of the class, I've had only a few teachers themselves actually explain the lessons to our classes and give reasonable amounts of homework. I'm not saying homework is bad but getting 130 questions of algebra 2 homework on a lesson that was half-ass explained to us isn't reasonable at all.
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I'm a sophomore in highschool too, and I can say at being one of the "best" rated high schools in the country (Terra Enviornmental research) that it is the same here. The teachers a lot of the time are there just to hand out work and sleep the rest of the class, I've had only a few teachers themselves actually explain the lessons to our classes and give reasonable amounts of homework. I'm not saying homework is bad but getting 130 questions of algebra 2 homework on a lesson that was half-ass explained to us isn't reasonable at all.
I don't mean this in a sarcastic way, but if the teachers at your "TOP RATED" school are such slackers how do you and all your classmates excel. Are you all geniuses?
My son is a senior this year and has very seldom brought homework home. He says he uses his spare time at school to get it done. Papers and projects are a different story. My son is 3rd in his class and fighting to move up to val. or sal. by graduation. I tell him every chance I get that college will be different and he will have to study more. I never studied in H.S. and was in all the accelerated classes and graduated with honors. My first year in college "1.8 GPA" . My parents stroked. My daughter is a H.S. freshmen with the highest average in her class coming into this year. She has always had to do homework at night. It really pisses her off that my son never studies.
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I went to a decent high school. It was a well regarded public school that drew kids from all over the city but also had a good percentage of "disadvantaged" students.

I rarely had homework. I either did the work in class or just didn't do it at all and still graduated with honors and extra college credits. Some teachers were great in being involved and explaining things. Others doled out homework but the majority of the grades at the school were on tests so I just picked what was a priority and skipped the rest in order to maintain a good grade and not have to do the BS. Kind of like real life. You can't do everything something is gonna give at some point.

Best teachers I had let us choose to participate or not. Spent the day instructing, didn't grade on anything they did during the day or send us with homework. Only graded on the test results and were available all the time even outside of class for help if necessary.
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I have 3 kids, one in middle school and 2 in high school. Homework is every night, some times only an hour sometimes 3 hours or more. All 3 kids are in advanced classes, one kid does the work in the car ride, while watching TV, etc.. and rarely needs help, another kid needs help just about every day and takes the longest to get it done and starts right when they get home, the other kid needs help on occasion but is very particular about the work being neat and right.
They defiantly have a lot homework but the time involved varies by each kids ability to comprehend and multitask.
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I was running a business in High School. Had no time for homework so I paid someone to do it for me. Just another employee...............
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I always said I had too much HW...
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I was in HS 30+ yrs ago. Maybe it's changed but I didn't do any homework at home. I paid attention in class and never had to study. I did homework in the next class I went to, lunch, or study hall.

I just recalled: I did have to study at home for one class, geometry, to memorize those stupid theorems. I probably did a small amount of homework for chemistry, physics, and trig (never took calc in HS) but it couldn't have been much or a burden or I would remember it.

I got all A's and B's, if I brought home a C I was grounded for 9 weeks til the next report card came out.

I didn't have time for homework. I worked after school til 6pm and on Saturdays. Free time at home was messing with my car or hanging out with friends.


My kids went to school much more recently. My son is like me, he didn't have to study much and I don't recall seeing him do much homework or needing any help. My daughter is smart but had to study to get the same grades as her brother who breezed thru. I did have to help her with several courses over the yrs.
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My philosophy is D- is passing..I was waaayyyy into the females and weed to do homework..
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funny this comes up, yesterday my 10 year old say her teacher told the class, that she is going to start giving homework for the weekend so as to keep the kids busy. Uh we are busy with other things, if it is normal homework that is required then ok. But to give homework just to be giving, I don't think so.
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I went to a top boarding school for high school. All of our teachers, for the most part, lived on campus. They had office hours, emails, and home phones that we could use to reach them. We were required to play a sport every trimester, had a short school day on Saturday, and two hours of study hall Sunday though Thursday nights. For the most part, we didn't have 6 hours of homework a night. Most of the time it could be done in study hall but we also had college like schedules where we didn't meet every day.

I have watched some of the public schools here send home a ton more work that my school ever thought about. I don't know the answer, but it seems to me that the more time the teachers spend in the classroom, the less homework. This is based on limited experience obviously since I only had to do high school once
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Originally Posted by Reefdonkey98 View Post
I'm a sophomore in highschool too, and I can say at being one of the "best" rated high schools in the country (Terra Enviornmental research) that it is the same here. The teachers a lot of the time are there just to hand out work and sleep the rest of the class, I've had only a few teachers themselves actually explain the lessons to our classes and give reasonable amounts of homework. I'm not saying homework is bad but getting 130 questions of algebra 2 homework on a lesson that was half-ass explained to us isn't reasonable at all.
That is too much homework. You need to talk to the parents, your guidance or social people at the school and they (your parents) to the school officials.

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I don't mean this in a sarcastic way, but if the teachers at your "TOP RATED" school are such slackers how do you and all your classmates excel. Are you all geniuses?
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It is the kids and parents that make the schools top rated. The so called zip code factor. I have subbed all over our county and really believe this. Schools and teachers do indeed help especially with the lower performers. Mostly they are facilitators.

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funny this comes up, yesterday my 10 year old say her teacher told the class, that she is going to start giving homework for the weekend so as to keep the kids busy. Uh we are busy with other things, if it is normal homework that is required then ok. But to give homework just to be giving, I don't think so.
Hopefully teacher was kidding or maybe the kid misunderstood, but YIKES this is sad. Our school almost never gives weekend homework except for long term projects.

Again It is the kids and parents that make the schools top rated. The kids excel because of you.


To all: Teachers cannot possibly correct the volume of stuff you are all suggesting. If they are doing these practices I would talk to the administrators.
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Homework has always struck me as an idiotic concept. I would do my homework in the next class. The way I saw it 20 years ago when I was in high school was that school time was something I had no control over as I was legally mandated to be there but home time was MY time and the school had no rights to MY time.
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My daughter is in middle school and she had two online assignments a week all summer on top of the book and three essays. It sucked. yesterday was her first day of school and she sat at her desk from 4pm to 10:30 with a break for dinner. She got up extra early to finish this morning. Way too much!

For the record, She also gets homework for every school vacation and every weekend.
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Anyone else angered by the amount of homework our kids are coming home with, especially in high school? My son, a sophomore who we have never had to push in school since he is self-driven, is up to midnight again working on homework and projects. He spends 6.5hours in school and puts in at least 4 hours, if not 6 some nights, on home work a night to maintain his good grades. I find this unacceptable since he is now putting in 10-12hrs+ per day everyday on his schooling. This doesn't count his involvement in sports, chores at home, and church activities. I have already spoken to his guidance counselor and it was recommended that I take it up with his teachers directly. My wife and I are both college graduates and don't remember having such a heavy work load. We bit our tongues last year but don't find it being any better this year. Am I the only one seeing it this way? I understand that we are only a few weeks into the school year but am already frustrated seeing my stressed child. He will be up again in a little over 5 hours to do it again tomorrow.
Tell him to man up. My son is now is college junior, he also had 3-4 hours a night homework as a sophomore and junior is HS. Part of that is due to the AP classes he had. He also had a weekend job and played water polo. Thats the way it is, it will get much better when he is a senior.

I've never heard the Asian kids bitching about the amount of work they have, and most of them are kicking the ass of their American counterparts
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I've never heard the Asian kids bitching about the amount of work they have, and most of them are kicking the ass of their American counterparts
This is exactly correct.

Who are we competing with and where are we ranked?

We know the answer and we are falling behind.
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When I realized things had changed was when my next door neighbor kids who were in grammar school got summer reading assignments that needed to be completed with reports on the reading prior to the start of the next year. That is way over the top IMO.
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My son is taking 2 AP classes, in calculus, etc. as a sophomore. I believe the school pushes them in that direction for their own gain and statistical standings. Though my son has always gotten excellent grades, we will be recommending he take lower level classes in the future. Unfortunately from our discussion with other families, the work loads are excessive in non AP classes as well. (My sons greatest work load thus far has been from his non-AP courses). I want my son to experience life outside the classroom and books. To me there are equal lessons to be learned.
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We are not falling behind because our kids need to do 20 hours of schooling, we are falling behind because schools need to pass every kid so they don't lose their funding. I have seen it first hand with a relative of mine, his senior year he missed most of the year in trouble, at the end they had him do a couple of weeks of makeup work and passed him, no way he should have been passed. But there was no way they were going to fail him.

Most of the homework I see with my kids is busy work, not stuff where they are really learning other then math.
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Originally Posted by iFishMD View Post
Anyone else angered by the amount of homework our kids are coming home with, especially in high school? My son, a sophomore who we have never had to push in school since he is self-driven, is up to midnight again working on homework and projects. He spends 6.5hours in school and puts in at least 4 hours, if not 6 some nights, on home work a night to maintain his good grades. I find this unacceptable since he is now putting in 10-12hrs+ per day everyday on his schooling. .
Welcome to education in America for the 21st Century.
Our kids HS experience is somewhat similar - if you are in the AP & honors program it is expected there will be 25-30 hours of homework per week (usually 3.5-4.5 hours Mon - Thu + 10-12 hours for Fri - Sun). In addition they spend seven (7) 46 minute periods in class or lab and do afterschool activities from 3-5:30 pm - which gives them 50 minutes for lunch and 50 minutes after classes end to do some of their homework. A typical school day starts at 7:30 am and ends around 9:30 pm + another almost full day between Saturday and Sunday.
It is a full time job+.
Do you think kids in the inner cities do the same?
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