Welcome to "Hey, Mom and Dad"—a weekly feature in which we ask our Facebook fans to share their views on parenting. We're starting off with a question we posed last week on the Patch Facebook pages:
Class is well under way for students all over the area. What once seemed like a few minutes of simple spelling and math has turned into a couple of hours of complex equations and formulas. So, we want to know:
How much homework is too much for a grade-schooler?
Take a look at what people had to say and join the conversation in the Comments section.
Tracy Weems-Lavizzo: Anything over 2 hourrs worth. My daughter is in sixth grade and she goes to Extra Innings and they do not spend much time on homework. When I pick her up at 6 pm, we are usually working on homework until 8 or 9pm. That's with a break for dinner! —on Homewood-Flossmoor Patch Facebook
Laurie Schneider: I don't mind the weeknight homework but don't like when there is a lot of weekend work and/or projects. I feel the weekend is family time. —on Homewood-Flossmoor Patch Facebook
Gretchen Miller Sutherland: 10 minutes per grade is a good general guideline. Homework should reinforce what was taught at school and not be too difficult for a child to complete with minimal assistance. Studying is also a very important homework skill that kids need to develop from an early age. —on Chicago Heights Patch Facebook
Sharon Duncan-Cook: no more than 1 hr homwork...30 mins reading...but unfortuntly parents like to blame teachers not realizing that in the society we live in nowadays...if they dont keep teaching back to back for our kids...they will fail...everyday is somthing new....im old school...NO HOMEWRK ON WEEKENDS...thats the time to sleep in....play...read...you can never read to much...church..and family time :) —on Chicago Heights Patch Facebook
Tim Moore: That's a great question. My wife and I were sorta shocked when our oldest was in grade school and started bringing home much more homework than we ever remembered having in school. Of course, the world is a different place now than it was 35 and 40 years ago. I have no problem with an average of 30-60 minutes per night. If it is regularly more than that, it becomes difficult to juggle other commitments and kids have a hard time being kids. School is important, but so is the learning that comes from doing kid stuff. —on Palos Patch Facebook
Inga Balzaras-Rzeszutko: Not enough! And whatever "homework" he does, does not need to be handed in! It is done at home and stays at home- ridiculous!!! And our school doesn't seem to give spelling tests anymore. I'm just scratching my head wondering what exactly they are actively doing in terms of teaching my child. —on Palos Patch Facebook
Mary O'Leary: None would be best. I understand working on occasional projects, but so much of the homework I see is simply busy work. So many hours of school, followed by hours of homework... it's just too much. On behalf of kids and homework-exhausted parents everywhere, please stop already. I like you teachers, but what is the real value in it? —on Beverly-Mt. Greenwood Patch Facebook
Anne Moran Lewis: My kids attend a Montessori school...they receive one weekly homework project and one monthly homework project. This idea that kids should have 15-20 minutes of homework per subject is crazy. My older kids routinely had 2-3 hours of homework per night. After a full school day, it was too much. —on Beverly-Mt. Greenwood Patch Facebook