The trouble with homework

Yesterday when I picked up my toddler from daycare, there was a note in his cubicle.

The note said:

Please practice these words with your child for the Christmas play.

The words are from Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer.

Is this homework?
Is this homework for him? For me?
Is this a sign of things to come?

There was an article in a newspaper I read recently that did an analysis of parents who bitch about their kids’ homework. It seems a great source of stress for many. It didn’t specify what age group, but having read about this in various forms of print a lot, I’m going to assume that it refers to mostly the elementary grades. Besides, how many parents really can, or want to for that matter, help their highschool kid with calculus homework? Or French grammar? I certainly don’t remember much about those subjects.


One thought on “The trouble with homework

  1. In general I say: homework is a way of the “administration” to lengthen the scholastic arm. You are doing the work the school should have done while your child was in their care. (But since your son only goes a few days a week and then only half days, I can understand a 2 1/2 year old would need help with learning a script for a play outside of school hours…)

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