The Audacity of Homework

Shame on Oliver, a friend of my son, Marco.

He hasn’t been handing in part of his kindergarten homework, worksheets full of letters that require tracing over. However, he has handed in his book reading logs and book report.

He likes reading books that interest him, but he’s not keen on tracing letters.

So, his teacher told him he may not be able to have recess all next week.

He cried and cried. He doesn’t want to go to school tomorrow. What a baaaaaby!!!

On the other hand, his teacher is so audacious! She’s so noble! She’s ignored the vast mountains of research that show no academic benefit to homework, even for kids in later elementary school years. Good for her.

She’s managed to show Oliver in his first few weeks of kindergarten what the rest of his school career will be like: stressful and unhappy. Why “sugar-coat” kindergarten? Why leave him with any impression that he can control his own learning experience?

In addition, she’s fired a vital shot across the bow to Oliver’s parents. Now that he’s in school for part of each day, they’re not in total control of their family life anymore. No, they must serve her first. Their first duty when he gets home from school is to check his backpack and follow her instructions.

Yes, the party’s over. Oliver’s in kindergarten. How sad…

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