I decide to do my daughter’s homework for one typical week.
The following mornings are awful, my daughter teary-eyed and exhausted but still trudging to school.
I wonder: What is the exact nature of the work that is turning her into a sleep-deprived teen zombie so many mornings?
I have found, at both schools, that whenever I bring up the homework issue with teachers or administrators, their response is that they are required by the state to cover a certain amount of material.
There are standardized tests, and everyone—students, teachers, schools—is being evaluated on those tests.
I’m not interested in the debates over teaching to the test or No Child Left Behind.What I am interested in is what my daughter is doing during those nightly hours between 8 o’clock and midnight, when she finally gets to bed.