Friday, November 26, 2010
My cousin in NJ has an 8 year old who does really well in school. He gets pulled out class for *challenge math*, *challenge reading*, and one other subject - which is all well and good.
I looked over his math and was pretty impressed at the difficulty level - a lot of word/thinking problems and whatnot.
Of course almost all youngsters, no matter how advanced, will struggle with word problems involving *new* material.
So my cousin has to sit down, every night, and do her son's homework with him.
Again, the questions weren't easy by any stretch.
CaptiousNut - What....do you spend an hour or so with him on his homework each night?
Cousin - AT LEAST!
CaptiousNut - Well, you're doing exactly what I'm doing then....I spend about an hour a day grinding through math with him. You may as well become a homeschooler!
The only difference, of course, is that she has a teacher choose the worksheets whereas I do it independently.
This is total bull$hit, by the way. Parents send their kids to school for 6 hours TO LEARN; and teachers send them home tired, ignorant, and with an assignment for Mom and Dad! Homework is nothing less than an admission of school system failure.
And I do feel for those parents who work all day long only to come home and have to spend their quality time with their kids doing torturous *homework*.