I’m always stuck doing my kids’ homework, writes Karol Markowicz in the New York Post.
For her daughter’s “100th day of school project,” she cut out 100 pictures of American Girls from the catalog, so her daughter could glue them on a board.
“I have a smart, independent, motivated daughter, but it would take her three days to cut out 100 pictures of something for her project,” she writes. Her daughter is in kindergarten. Cutting is hard work.
Even for Mom, it took over an hour and her child spent another hour glueing them on. (Doesn’t this sound like a way to make kids — and moms — hate the number 100?)
Homework should be tailored for the child’s abilities, not the mother’s, Markowicz believes.
As kids get older, their parents face ever more complex science fair projects, writes Hana Schank in The Atlantic.
Last year my son, who was in third grade at the time, came home with a sheet of paper from his school that listed three categories for appropriate projects: developing a hypothesis and conducting an experiment to test that theory, inventing something new, or researching “something specific.” The guidelines listed “whales” as an example of something specific.
Given that my son was 8 years old, the idea that he could, on his own, do any single one of these things seemed ludicrous.
It’s not fair to kids who don’t have a parent who can help and it’s not very educational for those who do.