“Sign here!” “Initial here!” “Read and sign below!”
It’s elementary school! Not an application for a mortgage! In fact, I signed less papers when I agreed to enter into marriage.
Even worse is being told by my spiffy 8-year-old daughter that I have to “check her power packet.”
Why, why in God’s name do I have to do that if her father just helped her with the entire homework assignment?
Oh, and to make matters worse, I have twins. That means, I get to deal with this nightly agenda TWICE.
Her womb-counterpart nailed it tonight:
“I was just in school all day. I am not doing homework from now until I go to bed. I am going outside to play!”
And I didn’t stop him. I called him in when dinner was ready.
This is what our society has come down to folks.
The constant push to BE THE BEST. TO PASS A TEST. TO EXCEL.
Their brains never ever stop working.
They never ever have any downtime at the age of 8. And that is complete bullshit. Reading power packets – read a short story, highlight the answers and then write the answers (if this sounds redundant, it’s because it is). This is given on a Monday and due on Friday.
Nightly math homework – comes in the form of either sheets, online, papers or flash cards. Must be done nightly.
Accelerated Reading (AR) – children must read “X” amount of books per month and each book has a point value. In September, the twins had to read 7 points worth of books. Now, they have to “up” their point-value. It took 14 books to make 7 points.
Now, put that all together.
Add in 6.5 hours of school.
It’s far too much for 8 year olds.
Times are changing – that I understand. But at what cost?