For parents and children who dislike the impact of homework on their family time. Here is a template of a letter to send to school before the first parent-teacher interviews. It’s meant as a starting place for discussion of homework and schoolwork boundaries.
Thank you for teaching our child this year. We as a family strive to live a balanced life that includes a variety of activities. Those activities include volunteering in the community, family social time, rituals and celebrations, part-time jobs, music and art lessons, sports, fellowship clubs, church and much-needed downtime. We value those activities as much as learning academic subjects in school.
In order to make time for these activities; we need to establish boundaries that provide a fair division between school instructional time and homework that encroaches upon outside-school time. Therefore, our family homework policy is as follows:
_________(Your Family Name Here) Family Homework Policy:
The school assignments that are not given adequate instructional class time to complete in school hours, will not be completed at home.
We expect our children to give their best effort and concentration in the ___ hours of instructional class time that the government legislates and the school provides in order for our children to complete the required credits and marks. They can also use any school spares they have to complete school work between the hours of 9:00am and 3:30pm. I expect the school to provide adequate time and instruction in class for the student to complete the government requirements of the entire course.
We expect that our children will not be socially penalized within the classroom for our implementation of the Family Homework Policy, and will not be academically penalized in terms of marks for work that can’t be completed within the allotted school time. The current available research supports our belief that supplemental homework is not required for adequate mastery of the subject matter. We appreciate that you respect our decision on how to spend our time at home as much as we respect your decisions regarding your time/curriculum management at school.
Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.
I was an aid for a teacher that had a students whose parents sent in one of these letters. That child was constantly behind in class and by the end if first grade, was one of the few children who could barely write her name by the end if the year.
wow, sounds like the child had a learning disability or someone wasn’t doing their job at school. My child was like that even with homework. I was always told I wasn’t doing enough at home or she was just being lazy. Turns out, she is dyslexic and the bones in her hands are older than her chronological age. We are still trying to get a final diagnosis on her hands.
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It’s a joy to find soomene who can think like that