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« Reply #15 on: March 16, 2010, 05:35:33 PM »

     Well, it´s a great discussion, and my daughter 3y old girl has just started the school this year specifically in February, and her routine is homework from Monday to Thursday; on Friday She brings a book to read. The school instructs that if she doesn´t want to do it´s not necessary to do, we just need to write a message telling the school, so that, they can understand what is happening. I think that in according to Doman, they must learn by playing and if not, it won´t be ok as we wish.
   Another point I´d like to write here is that: There are schools which are asked to give a lot of homework by mothers in the meetings, some mothers think that a school to be good, must have a hard teaching, and they forget, children are children not adults, they don´t have the maturity to see things with the parents´eyes.
   Finally, I´d like to congratulate you for being worried with your son, his feeling, etc.
   
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« Reply #16 on: March 18, 2010, 04:05:02 AM »

Anneka7187 - Your son must be doing well.  If the regular classroom doesn't work out would he be eligible to go back to the specialized classroom.  I would be nervous too.  Will he get additional support in the regular classroom to make sure he adjusts well?  My son is in a regular classroom for the later half of the day; but he does all of his math and reading in a small specialized classroom in the morning.

MariMari - Wow.  What kind of homework?  It's good that it is optional.  I just can't imagine a 3 yr old doing homework.  Is she learning to read at school or are you suppose to read the book to her?  Are you in the USA?  Is it a private school?  I've been very interested in homework practices lately so I like more info.  I'm worried that we are raising a bunch of burned out over stressed kids that are just trained to take tests.  I worry that the current educational practices might teach children to hate the learning process.  I'm glad that my younger daughter is learning to read with me before kindergarten so that school can't ruin it for her.  So far, my son still likes to learn but I get worried that he is being pushed too much.  At least I do see a big difference since we've stopped doing alot of the homework.  It seems like the current trend is to just give homework for homework's sake because kids get it regardless of their proficiency.  Some kids don't need the practice and others are too lost to benefit from it.  Then at each grade you just get more.  By high school, the load becomes so overwhelming that kids must drop extracurricular activities and lose sleep over it.  Then there is the crazy practice of giving honor/AP students the most homework.  Like do they really need more practice than other kids?  Do they really need to do more work than a college student to prepare them for college?  I have a brilliant honors student niece who has never heard of Transylvania or Bram Stoker.  Why would she?  She never has any free time to explore her world outside of the narrow high school curriculum.  It's so sad because I'm sure she would have a rich intellectual life if she had any free time.  This is not a good way to raise free thinkers, innovators, intellectuals, etc.  It is a great way to raise an unbalanced corporate workaholic on the fast track for a mid-life heart attack.  I hope we can protect our kids from this craziness. 

Sorry for my rant, Lori


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« Reply #17 on: March 18, 2010, 04:39:08 AM »

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/npZ4dkt4e4U&rel=1" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/v/npZ4dkt4e4U&rel=1</a>

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« Reply #18 on: March 18, 2010, 04:48:21 AM »

http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=1985450n

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« Reply #19 on: March 18, 2010, 12:22:37 PM »

Thanks Twinergy! 

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