In Illinois, teachers are trying to get parents to stop doing their kids’ homework. But some assignments seem designed for adults. From the Chicago Tribune:
Vernon Hills parent Barb Rosenstock admitted that she once helped her son build a project for a school assignment. In her defense, she said, it was on magnetic electricity.
“It had to light up and be magnetic,” Rosenstock said. “Come on. They’re in 2nd grade.”
Her son wanted to build a hockey game, so Rosenstock helped him affix magnets to the bottoms of figurines and rig a light that illuminated when the puck hit the goal.
They proudly took it to school only to find an even more impressive “parent project” displayed alongside theirs.
“They literally had a walking, talking teddy bear. They had made a circuit chip. A circuit chip! You’re talking about 2nd graders,” Rosenstock recalled with a laugh.
The simple way to get kids to do their own work is to give them assignments that don’t require adult skills.