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Hey, Mom and Dad. How Much Homework is Too Much?

Parents, Patch wants to hear from you on the questions that get families talking. This week we're wondering: When is enough enough when it comes to grade-school homework?

Welcome to "Hey, Mom and Dad"—a weekly feature in which we ask our Facebook fans to share their views on parenting. We're starting off with a question we posed last week on the Patch Facebook pages:

Class is well under way for students all over the area. What once seemed like a few minutes of simple spelling and math has turned into a couple of hours of complex equations and formulas. So, we want to know:

How much homework is too much for a grade-schooler?

Take a look at what people had to say and join the conversation in the Comments section.

Rachel A. Children need time to be children, do be social, to have fun. They will be working the rest of their lives. If homework is meaningful, then I am all about it within reason, but work sheets and rote memorization of facts is not going to get them anywhere, but wasting their time with busy work. We need our children to have a love of learning. We do not need them to destest learning because they think education and learning is equatable to boring busy work. — via Oswego Patch Facebook

Gloria E. Seems that my 1st and 2nd graders bring more homework than my middle schooler....and PLEASE spare me from the "parent-student" homework projects! I have enough homework thank-you! via Plainfield Patch Facebook

Robyn D. I draw the line at two hours. Last year, my fifth grader was doing homework from 4:30-8:30 when I made her stop to shower and get to bed. Once I talked to her teacher, she agreed that anything over two hours is too much, and that she should stop. via Joliet Patch Facebook

Janet C. Today time with parents is such a commodity... Not all parents are x-teachers or remember all the math facts etc... Once parents return home from work and fix a home cooked meal and clean up the mess homework is there and everyone is tired... It can become a source of anxiety - school work should be done at school, time at home should be spent as family...... via Yorkville Patch Facebook

So what's your take? Are kids getting too little or too much homework these days? Tell us in the comments. 

Earnan Drummann October 02, 2012 at 01:23 AM
As usual, I agree with you Christine.
Earnan Drummann October 02, 2012 at 01:53 AM
Parents, raise your hand if you want to have a 25 year-old child still living at home, having friends stay the night every weekend, all of them stacking dirty dishes in the sink and blowing-smoke up-your-ass when you complain about them sleeping until afternoon. Raise your hand if it's okay he or she brings their boyfriend / girlfriend over for the weekend as if your home is some Motel 6. Raise your hand if you don't mind giving them $500 for car repairs when they don't have the gumption to get a job at a gas station. Raise your hand if you will let them live in your house as long as they want, obligation-free. That is EXACTLY what will happen if you let it. And as you get older, you might get a little ticked about it. Schools and parents need to partner or else you might regret your retirement plans. It's hard to retire when you have a gaggle of slackers in your basement. Make them do their homework now.
Mickey October 03, 2012 at 07:02 PM
I do not appreciate teachers assigning on holiday breaks. They are called breaks for a reason. There should be a balance. Too much of one thing can cause burn out. I'm thankful that I have a job that gives vacation time & does not expect me to work on my vacation. It's funny how it is said that school is preparing for the real world. Who would want a career doing homework on vacation/holiday?
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