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March 21, 2014 at 12:49 PM

Your voices: An hour or less of homework? Yeah, right!

Illustration by Boo Davis / The Seattle Times

Illustration by Boo Davis / The Seattle Times

 

An hour or less. A new report from the Brown Center on Education Policy has concluded that’s the amount of time the typical student spends on homework each night.

Many local parents would beg to differ. When we asked them how much homework typically goes on in their household each night, most said the amount was far greater. Here are some excerpts:

My daughter is a junior in the IB program at Inglemoor High School. She has four hours each night of homework and typically spends at least 12 hours over a weekend on school.

My son is a seventh grader and has about one hour each night of math, plus about 30 minutes in his other classes.

—Kelly Richards, Bothell

My fifth grader typically has a half-hour to hour of homework each night. None for my third grader.

—Kimberly Headrick, Medical Lake

My child has 20 to 25 hours per week. I feel the amount is much too high.

—Dan Rose, Kenmore

My child typically has three hours of homework every weeknight, and five to six hours over the three days (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) of the weekend.

The amount would be appropriate if teachers could coordinate across the curriculum. Because success metrics drive schools, the impact of the amount of homework is missed by school administrators. Good teachers make the most of the school day, and good schools like my child’s make the most of their time before, during and after school with the students. But they still end up with homework whose sheer amounts across the curriculum defy attempts for the students to actually learn.

—Nicholas Matz, Bellevue

The feedback on Twitter and Facebook carried a similar sentiment:

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What do you think? How much homework is too much homework? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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