My son, now in 6th grade, has had homework since Kindergarten. That’s right, nearly every day for more than six years he’s come home with assignments. They started out pretty simple, coloring a picture, or writing a caption for a drawing – not so bad, except when your kid really wants to be playing outdoors after school and not sitting inside doing more schoolwork.
These days, homework comes with higher stakes – each work sheet, essay, or list of vocabulary word definitions is graded and becomes part of his final grade. Sometimes he has homework in three or four subjects every night and it may take up to two hours to complete. This is in addition to a long school day. By the time he finishes his homework, it’s already dark outside- not exactly time to play outdoors. And we wonder why there’s an obesity problem in our nation.