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Really Dumb Homework

Really Dumb Homework
Here’s an algebra assignment for a twelve-year-old. Go online to find a car to buy. Explain why you selected this car. Now research insurance for the car. Get several quotes for a student driver, including one with no accidents, one with a traffic ticket, and one who had an accident. Now, figure out what your... Read more »

Back to School: Why a Seven-Year-Old Boy is Sad to Return

This is a journey into the mind of my seven-year-old grandson who is interested in many things. Just not what he’s learning in school. In fact, when I asked him if he was looking forward to starting second grade next week, his response was a resounding NO. School is so boring, he claims. My husband... Read more »

Why Parents Need a New Kind of Kindergarten Tea

I have given many talks to parents of children about to enter kindergarten, but the one I am giving on Wednesday, April 22 at 7:30 p.m. at Creative Coworking, 922 Davis in Evanston will definitely be different. I have promised to talk about Everything You Wanted to Know About Kindergarten (but were afraid to ask). Part... Read more »

What Schools Could Learn about the Importance of Recess from a Third Grade Science Fair Project

On Tuesdays, I watch my third grade granddaughter after school. My assignment, should I choose to accept it, is to ensure that she does her homework. To any of you who caught my reference to Mission Impossible, even though I accept the assignment, sometimes the mission is next to impossible. I started to look for... Read more »

More Absurd Kindergarten Homework

If you thought it was crazy to expect a 5-year-old who can’t read yet to do “reading comprehension” homework in kindergarten, check out the rest of my grandson’s homework packet. The part that killed me was the requirement to “write neatly in pencil” over and over. That’s asking a lot from a little guy whose... Read more »

Kindergarten Homework is Absurd

My grandson has kindergarten homework.  Starting in January, he receives a weekly homework packet that is due every Monday. I guess that’s a good due day because, like 64% of mothers with young kids, my daughter works.  At least she has the weekend to force him to complete it. Because my grandson can’t do this... Read more »

A Third Grader’s 10 Ideas for School Improvement

Remember the old Dr. Seuss book If I Ran the Zoo? In it, young Gerald McGrew fantasized about what he would change to make the zoo more interesting. Well, I wondered what a child would change about her public school if she could. So I asked my 8-year-old granddaughter if she would like to be... Read more »

Homework for Winter Vacation

“Welcome back from Winter Vacation (two days late in our area due to sub-zero weather), second graders! Please put your homework on my desk.” I have never liked homework assignments given over school vacations. I remember so vividly the awful Thanksgiving vacation 33 years ago when my daughter, who was only 7, had such a... Read more »

Too Much Homework Too Soon

She’s only six – just starting first grade in a beautiful new, award-winning (translation: high test scores) school in suburban Indiana.  Her parents both work long hours and she has younger siblings ages one and four.  And every Monday, a weekly homework packet, due back on Friday, arrives in her backpack. In today’s economy, family... Read more »