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I Agree: Ditch that Homework

I have been on both ends of the homework equation, teacher and parent. As a teacher, I have assigned it countless times, but it never felt right. Most of the time I felt guilty for assigning it but felt I had to.  I mean, kids spend six hours a day in school. Shouldn't we be able to get our job done in that amount of time?  Shouldn't kids get to go home and spend time with their families, play sports, go to youth group,  play outside, surf, and relax? As a teacher, I've been irritated and frustrated when students did not complete it. I've heard some of the following:


I lost itI was sick last nightI fell asleepI forgot how to do itI had soccer practice until 9My grandma is in the hospitalI had too much math homeworkMy maid threw it awayI forgot itOur internet was downMy dog ate it (the student handed me paper with tooth marks)Unfortunately, sometimes my lesson for that day was dependent on students completing their homework. If they didn't have it, they couldn't …