Daughter L had a few books to read and a major essay (i.e. over 7 pages to write) that were assigned over the summer and due before her first class starts today at 7 AM. It is madness that we burn our kids out before they even start the school year. Was she assigned the paper over a month ago? Yes. But we were traveling (she traveled for 3 weeks with our family, plus 3 weeks with a school service trip) plus after taking an AP course last summer and having major assignments due over Winter and Spring breaks last year, she needed a break. Plus, most human beings — especially teens — will procrastinate.
I keep waiting for this age of homework — which is now over 20 years long – to end. We have been reading for years now about how the kids have too much homework, and how that much homework does not increase learning and hampers quality of life. But if anything it gets worse. And this weekend it burned my daughter out before she even starts her first day of school. It is madness.