Parent Whining About Homework … Get Over It

Dear Editor,
It seems that people are never happy with what comes from our
school systems. They complain that teachers aren’t doing enough to
educate our kids. Now they complain about too much homework.
Dear Editor,

It seems that people are never happy with what comes from our school systems. They complain that teachers aren’t doing enough to educate our kids. Now they complain about too much homework.

Imagine the nerve of teachers trying to get kids to educate themselves or have their parents help teach them at home. Our jobs as parents don’t stop once we have the kids potty trained and off to school. We should always be willing to help educate our kids at home in the evening. It’s called quality time. It’s great to be able to interact on a fun level, but we must also be teachers.

Teachers have little enough time in the day trying to work at a level that satisfies the needs of those who catch on to a subject quickly and those who need more time. There are many countries in the world where kids go to school 10 hours a day. Some go six days a week. If parents insist that children not attend school for that much time, then they have to take up the slack.

How many parents let their kids watch one of 200 available TV stations, play video games for hours, or talk on computers or phones for hours thus wasting time that they could be doing homework. I grew up on a farm, and before I could sit down at the television, I participated in sports, did farm chores and completed homework.

Yes, the kids now have more homework, but they live in a faster-paced world. If we don’t set the priorities, starting with homework, the world will pass them by. Teachers can only be expected to do so much. After that the kids must learn to educate themselves, with a little help from mom and dad. It’s too bad if homework interferes with other things you want to do, but nobody said being a parent was going to be easy.

Mike McCarthy, Gilroy

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