CNN.com - Poll: Too much homework? - Feb 8, 2006
Don't get me started, again, on education. In my opinion, children do not have more homework than I did, parents do not seem to be interested in their children's work, and the schools do not have teachers that assign work in a "mindful" way.
There are good points in the article. One teacher mentions that his kids do not have access to the internet from home so he makes time for research at school. Also, the kids concentrate better at school than at home. I know for some, I was one of them, I could not concentrate while others were around, I preferred a quite area without distractions. Teachers need to be aware of how a child responds to the environment. Parents need to learn that too.
Assigning homework is important. Being mindful of what to assign and home much makes a big difference. Some of the homework is practice. Math is that way. Much of the homework as the child grows up is a combination of the practice and research. The research and learning how to find information is very important.
I liked that survey result about affluent parents not spending time with their children on homework. I figure this is because they always had things done for them, so why should they help with their children. I can only think of Columbine when I read that. There was very little parent interaction in that child's home and looked how that turned out.
Homework is good for children. They need to have homework. The balance must be right, though. I child needs to be a child and have time for play. This does not mean sitting in front of a television set or a computer, either. We are talking interaction with friends and family.