Welcome to "Hey, Mom and Dad"—a weekly feature in which we ask our Facebook fans to share their views on parenting. We're starting off with a question we posed last week on the Patch Facebook pages:
Class is well under way for students all over the area. What once seemed like a few minutes of simple spelling and math has turned into a couple of hours of complex equations and formulas. So, we want to know:
How much homework is too much for a grade-schooler?
Take a look at what people had to say and join the conversation in the Comments section.
April N. I think 10 mins per grade level is acceptable. For a 2nd grader, I would expect 20 mins to be appropriate, 5th grade 50 mins etc... Sometimes it is going to be more, sometimes it is less, but that is a good ballpark, IMO. If there is WAY MORE on a regular basis, I think that would warrant a convo w/ the teacher. — via Downers Grove Patch Facebook
Kelly H. I like April's guidelines. And while I don't like the way Greg said it, I agree with part of his response; a teacher can't really say "this will take 20 minutes for all students." What an "average" student can complete in 20 minutes might take some students much longer. — via Downers Grove Patch Facebook
Olivia P. I used to babysit a girl in Oak Park and we would be up all night most nights doing homework! Give the kids a break! They are in school all day long doing work...I think 2 hours of homework is enough. Anymore than that is too much. — via Oak Park Patch Facebook
Melissa C. School comes first, before sports, but more than an hour at that age is too much. — via Naperville Patch Facebook