Homework can 'help children get through life'


To the editor:

I have been thinking and thinking on this homework issue, and kept reading about the story written on June 11, as a parent of three, an aunt and an older sister of students in this school district.

It comes to mind that we are too protective and "sensitive" to the children. Who is the adult and who is the child here?

We are letting the children run the system when they start complaining that they have too much homework. If your child goes to college and starts whining that the professors are giving three hours of homework a day. Are you going to run up and talk with the professor? NO!

People, wake up and realize that homework is what is going to help the children get through life. And, you have to realize that not all of the students in each of the elementary schools are going to learn at the same level. And that each teacher teaches different depending on where they went to college. If you are so concerned with how much homework your student has on a daily or weekly basis, talk with the teacher. Make time to open the door and the phone lines to converse with the teachers. Quit waiting until parent teacher conferences when the grades come out. It's called communication. Ask: is my child having a hard time because they don't understand it or are they bored in class, or are they the class clown? Turn off the TV, video games, computer, and close the fridge and turn on to your student.

Each year, I tell the teachers my door is open and so is my phone line. My children's education comes before all extracurricular activities. That includes their friends on the phone, RAD, sports, 4-H. I have told my kids your chores and homework come before after school activities. It is called discipline and priorities. Your professor and your boss are not going to care how many trophies you have won or how many scholarships from sports that you have. Life is about balancing. If you get all of your work done and then you can play. This brings me to Mr. Hafey's comment about being "sensitive" to the players on game night. Sorry, but education comes first and if they can't juggle studies and games than drop the fun. And if that is going to be the way it is for the sport kids, of having "guidelines," then don't forget the 4-H kids that have meetings during the week starting usually in February until June that make the county fair. And the rodeo kids that have the discipline to work with their horses and steers and livestock all year around. And those kids that get off the buses about 4 o'clock and have outside chores and inside chore along with homework. And the kids that have after school jobs. And don't forget the kids that help during lambing and calving season. So people need to figure out what is in the real world and not in the "fun world" of sports.

I have seen and heard from many college students from this county that they were not prepared for college. They didn't know how to study because they didn't have to take finals -- because they have good grades and they didn't miss that many days. I apologize to those that I may offend, but I congratulate those that feel the same as I do whether it, be a student or a parent. Please help the kids learn life discipline at an early age. And my kids have horses to tend to everyday and I was a parent that said they could use more schoolwork. And they are going into sixth grade and the third grade. The little one still has a few years.

S. Wiseman


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