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momma0204 1
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Gigix4 2
Dr Aborto 1
TinktheSprite 2
Its Mygirl01 1
sheddy 3
OhBrother 2
Speeddymon 8
Markster 1
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Speeddymon --- 3 years ago -

I was talking to a parent of a child in another school district recently, and found out that their district ended homework a few years ago.

I know not everyone agrees with me, so I am curious what other parents in the district think.

I've always been a staunch opponent to homework, as I have felt it provided no actual value to myself as a child, and currently don't see the value to my own kids.

I have always felt that with the long work hours parents often times have, the little time that parents get with their kids should be spent doing things that enrich their childhood; things like swimming, gymnastics, ballet, martial arts, etc.

For that matter, you hear companies talk about having a good work/life balance. Why should we not also offer that to our kids?

So with that being said, I wanted to gather the opinions of other parents on here and see if maybe it's feasible to get some sort of local movement going to end homework in the district, or at the very least find out if I'm one of the oddball parents who disagrees with the consensus. 

OhBrother --- 3 years ago -

My friends and I were just talking about this. Several of them have kids in high school in Kingwood. Two have freshmen who are good kids, good students, but are finding the transition from middle school to high school difficult. Apparently not all of the middle schools in Kingwood issue textbooks to students and not all give homework. They all said high school was a difficult change because their kids had not developed any good time management skills or study skills and had no idea how to read a textbook for knowledge. I'm not a proponent for busy work homework, but I do expect my kids to know how to study effectively by high school to make good grades in all their classes. 

FANCY PANTS --- 3 years ago -

Sorry but homework is necessary. If kids do not learn how to study early on and have the help/encouragement of their parents, school will be difficult for them. When they get to college do they not have homework? My full time college kids spend hours a day studying and doing projects outside of the classroom. If they had not learned to study and do homework when they were young I do not think they would be able to maintain a high GPA.

You as a parent should take interest in what your child is learning and make sure they know you think it is important. Your attitude about homework is very important in their success. You should set aside time each day for them to get that work done. Sit with them so you will know what they are doing and help them when they need it.

Don't let your kid know how much you dislike helping them. 

Speeddymon --- 3 years ago -

I appreciate the input.

I find it interesting, and a bit concerning, that not all of the middle schools issue textbooks. How do the students learn without the books?

Come to think of it, I haven't seen a single textbook for any of my kids in Elementary school. My oldest is in 3rd grade, and thinking back, I can remember bringing 2-3 books home 3-4 nights a week when I was in 3rd grade. I'm going to ask his teacher during the upcoming parent/teacher conferences to show me his textbooks.

My three are headed for Creekwood in a few years, so I am curious what Creekwood does too. 

Gigix4 --- 3 years ago -

I find it interesting, and a bit concerning, that not all of the middle schools issue textbooks. How do the students learn without the books?

Interesting point ... the schools expect kids to have access to the internet for books-online? What if you have 2,3,4 kids all needing access to the internet and only 1 computer in the home. I find this concerning. 

sheddy --- 3 years ago -

I feel like homework is important, not only for the students, but for the parents as well. It is a good way to see if you child is struggling with a subject and a way for you to see what is being taught. I know that once my oldest started UT, she realized she didn't know the right way to study. It was so much harder and so much more was expected. Her first couple of semesters were a real learning experience. 

Speeddymon --- 3 years ago -

Sorry but homework is necessary. If kids do not learn how to study early on and have the help/encouragement of their parents, school will be difficult for them. When they get to college do they not have homework? My full time college kids spend hours a day studying and doing projects outside of the classroom. If they had not learned to study and do homework when they were young I do not think they would be able to maintain a high GPA.

To be honest, I never did my homework in junior high and high school (projects and long term assignments, were the only exception), yet I got 100's on tests. Admittedly, my overall grades suffered as a result. I'm one of the few who "got it" (the subject material) quickly, and I will be the first to admit that I know most kids don't. I will also add that I did do my homework in college, but I must counter your statement below that the point of homework should not be intended to be "learning to do homework" -- it should be "reinforcing the lessons taught at school." Unfortunately, homework has, in my humble opinion, always been more of the former and less of the latter.

You as a parent should take interest in what your child is learning and make sure they know you think it is important. Your attitude about homework is very important in their success. You should set aside time each day for them to get that work done. Sit with them so you will know what they are doing and help them when they need it.

Don't let your kid know how much you dislike helping them.


I agree that parents should take an interest in what they are learning, and I do take an interest. I help with their homework, when I am off work on a school day. The big difference, I think* is that while I see homework as, to borrow from the first commenter, busywork, you see it as a staple to learning and development.

I must ask, do you, or does your spouse, bring work home? Not in the metaphorical sense of having it on your or their mind, and talking about it, but in the literal sense. If not, why? Would it help you or them to perform better at your or their job? If you or your spouse does bring work home, does the family suffer as a result? Or do you find it brings you closer together? You work through problems together?

* I realize my words could be taken out of context here. Please understand I am not trying to antagonize. I am simply trying to understand your side of the conversation better. 

Speeddymon --- 3 years ago -

It is a good way to see if you child is struggling with a subject and a way for you to see what is being taught.

Isn't that (struggling) what report cards and parent teacher conferences are for?

Regarding what is being taught, you have a point I had not considered. I will agree with you on that point. I appreciate your insight! 

sheddy --- 3 years ago -

If your child has been struggling in math for nine weeks, by the time you get his report card, he may be feeling pretty overwhelmed. So many subjects build on what you've learned, so things keep getting harder and if you don't grasp the basics you are lost. My kids always did sports, so homework was done before practice at the kitchen table. One teacher told me that I shouldn't do that since they had been at school all day and needed a break. It was easier to get it out of the way. They would have never finished if we had waited. 

FANCY PANTS --- 3 years ago -

I've always been a staunch opponent to homework, as I have felt it provided no actual value to myself as a child, and currently don't see the value to my own kids.

If this is how you feel and you transfer your feelings to your kids, then that will be their feelings.

Homework can be a very special time if the parent encourages their kids and does not yell and scream. It should not take more than an hour or so of your time and you could encourage them to get it done while you are cooking dinner.

* I realize my words could be taken out of context here. Please understand I am not trying to antagonize. I am simply trying to understand your side of the conversation better.?

It seems to me that you resent having to make your kid do homework because it takes time away from what you want to do. This time of them needing anything from you will pass very quickly. If all they need is help making sure they get homework done, be glad. 

Speeddymon --- 3 years ago -

If your child has been struggling in math for nine weeks, by the time you get his report card, he may be feeling pretty overwhelmed. So many subjects build on what you've learned, so things keep getting harder and if you don't grasp the basics you are lost.

Excellent point, and one I hadn't thought of. Thank you! 

mutton --- 3 years ago -

Homework is also a tool for teaching much more than just the subject at hand. 

Speeddymon --- 3 years ago -

Homework is also a tool for teaching much more than just the subject at hand.?

Would you mind providing an example please? 

mutton --- 3 years ago -

How to organize your time, set and then meet expectations, research your needs if required, find your weaknesses and strengths...just a few real life occurances in the work place you will be at some point.

One of the most important lessons...discipline. 

whatchamacallit --- 3 years ago -

A little homework is good for reinforcing what was learned during the day, too much and it becomes a stumbling ground for kids that are already overwhelmed, especially if they are already having trouble at school.

I know some older elementary children that have more than 1, maybe 2 hours of homework a night. That is too much!

An hour or less should get it done.

I think that teachers have to spend so much time with disciplinary problems that it takes away from the time they get to spend actually teaching, so the children have more and more homework.

You couldn't pay me enough to try to teach in a public school now, when they have no real control or authority in their classrooms. 

momma0204 --- 3 years ago -

My three are headed for Creekwood in a few years, so I am curious what Creekwood does too.

My kids go to Creekwood. For some classes they bring home textbooks and some of their textbooks are available online.

They definitely have homework but not what I consider to be excessive amounts (even with all PreAP classes). 

TinktheSprite --- 3 years ago -

I always felt homework was to help reinforce what the student learned that day. Then Day, 2, that homework corrected/collected and reviewed so any questions are answered.

These days, homework is used to self-teach. The next day is used to answer questions. Teachers have almost stopped teaching but rather correcting. The trouble with self-teach is of course the obvious. The student can get behind really fast if their understanding of the concept is not learned before moving on.

Homework is needed as a reinforcement but not as a self-teaching tool. 

Zapper009 --- 2 years ago -

It may be shocking to the working "Helicopter Moms" - but college is often based on self-study and homework.

So, if they are going to have a career, other than fast food server, they should be able to handle it themselves, with some help from mom and dad... 

Speeddymon --- 2 years ago -

Homework is needed as a reinforcement but not as a self-teaching tool.?
This is exactly why I started this thread. I feel like the homework my kids are being given is for self teaching. "Read this book or that book, every night" I'm so sick of looking at these kids books. My 3rd grader is being told to read books that are well below his ability to read. What happened to The Boxcar kids, Harriet the Spy, Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, etc? Why aren't kids being asked to read books that are actually interesting anymore?

It may be shocking to the working "Helicopter Moms"
I resent your comment for a couple of reasons. Firstly, I'm dad. I work 40+ hours a week. My kids' mother isn't in the picture. I have a sitter and a grandmother who get them to and from school, but aside from them, I have no help. Which leads me to my second reason. I'm not a helicopter parent. I let them fall down and get hurt, I let the boys wrestle but I stop it before bones get broken.

That being said, college isn't "based on self-study." If I had not had help, I wouldn't have made it out of my freshman year. Perhaps you mean college is based on teachers teaching enough of the subject that the kids who get a grasp on the material faster can help the ones who don't? I'll agree with that, but that doesn't necessarily relate to homework. Tutors, and the quick learners, last I checked (it's been a while, admittedly), usually come up with ways to help make the material easier to understand, using the in-class work as an example. Show what the right answers are and explain why it's the right answer, etc. 

TinktheSprite --- 2 years ago -

I have a child, a Senior at U of H. She wouldn't have gone this far in higher education if she didn't have good professors and a wonderful mentor. Trust me when I say, what she knows, what she thus far, was NOT self-taught. However, the discipline she learned in Public School was part of the reason she got this far. We made sure to help answer her and her siblings with questions while doing homework so that she/they wouldn't get behind. We told her to write her questions down on a 3 x 5 card so that she would remember to write down the answer. We encouraged tutoring. We put her teachers to work. 

Its Mygirl01 --- 2 years ago -

My three are headed for Creekwood in a few years, so I am curious what Creekwood does too.

My kids go to Creekwood. For some classes they bring home textbooks and some of their textbooks are available online.

They definitely have homework but not what I consider to be excessive amounts (even with all PreAP classes).


I agree, our daughter is in 8th grade at CMS. She has links to her textbooks on her teachers websites, I'm happy she doesn't have to lug this heavy books back and forth!! 

Dr Aborto --- 2 years ago -

I thought my kid had a lot of homework during their 2nd and 3rd grade years. BUT, I saw it as a good thing. It not only reinforced what they learned at school and also taught them discipline and responsibility that will only help for when they enter Jr High, High School and College. 

sheddy --- 2 years ago -

If you feel like your child has too much homework, talk to the teacher. My youngest would come in and work for hours a couple of nights a week. Her teacher to me she handed out the assignments for the entire week on Monday and my child was trying to do it all in a couple of nights. 

Speeddymon --- 2 years ago -

That's an ambitious kid! :D 

Gigix4 --- 2 years ago -

She has links to her textbooks on her teachers websites

Just asking since this seems to occur a lot:

What do you (actually the child) do when all you have is internet access via Suddenlink and the service is "intermittent" at best and the child can't complete the homework due to that issue? 

CartmanUK34 --- 2 years ago -

I think if they expect to send kids home with homework they shouldn't have made massive unnecessary changes to the way things are taught, the common core crap my step-daughter brings home confuses EVERYONE who is meant to be there to help her, from me and my wife to her older brother and sister, it is just not intuitive or understandable and without us learning it in the classroom with them I don't see how we are meant to help with that.

And if we can't help then there would seem to be little point in giving the homework in the first place. 

Markster --- 2 years ago -

I've always been a staunch opponent to homework, as I have felt it provided no actual value to myself as a child, and currently don't see the value to my own kids.

I agree. We as adults are to leave work at work and home at home. This should be the standard with school and home. 

mutton --- 2 years ago -

Yes Gigix!!! 

OhBrother --- 2 years ago -

Cartman.......Texas doesn't use the Common Core curriculum. 

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