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Tuesday, 16 Iyyar, 5779
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    Time to Put Limits on Homework

    Op-Ed By Rabbi Yaakov Bender: What justifies the hours upon hours of agony that our children and parents go through every school night? Full Story

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    Agreed
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    Agreed

    Thanks for sharing this important message col

    Amen!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Guest
    Amen!!!!!!!!!!!!
    So true and well written!
    Guest
    So true and well written!

    Thank you. This should be mandatory reading for all teachers and principals!

    Don't think it's relevant to us
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    Don't think it's relevant to us

    I have kids in local moisdois. The boy’s homework is always brief. The girls have a bit more but only when they’re old enough to do it themselves. The more studious girls spend more time on it, the less studios spend less time on it (we have both in the house B”H) and that’s okay. To be fair, though, I’m only now about to see if high school is any different. The author comes out of the litvishe world though, where the expensive schools have secular departments only a couple of notches down from non-jewish preparatory schools, so I can… Read more »

    WELL SAID.
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    WELL SAID.

    When growing up in europe, we had half day school and homework worth probably 2 hours worth.
    We were told then that in tge USA they came up with a great idea to keep kids in school longer and do homework typr stuff then. And when they get home they are DONE and can relax. I think some overzealous mechanchim lost the point in all of this.

    PLEASE PLEASE make HW less and more like a pleasre thing

    TO HOMEWORK OR NOT
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    TO HOMEWORK OR NOT

    I grew up in South Africa in the 60’s & 70’s. School started at 8:15am & finished at 2:15pm. We had gym, art, music & library as part of our weekly curriculum. After school it was compulsory to play tennis, soccer or swimming in the summer terms; & netball or hockey or rugby in the winter months. We came home around 5:00pm, had a break, had dinner, & then did homework EVERY NIGHT M-TH, & SUNDAYS. No one was allowed to complain. I’ve been an educator for 24years. The School days are far too long in the USA. Not enough… Read more »

    Compromise that's the answer
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    Compromise that's the answer

    As Yidden we have had to have m’sirus nefesh constantly to be able to learn. For the first time in thousands of years we have the freedom to sit and learn in public and when we want. So what is our approach it is one of m’siras nefesh like our forefathers or is the lesson to our children times are different, if its hard or it makes you unhappy, you don’t need to do it. Oh wait let’s take out the Jewish element and ask whether this is a general lesson that we want to teach our children.

    Monsey
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    Monsey

    Wow this is right on, hope my kids teachers read it

    we gave up long ago
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    we gave up long ago

    we gave up on home work long ago .. as soon as it turns stressful .. as soon as it turns into an unhappy experience we put it aside … guess what .. our kids are much happier and much less anxious .. they not missing anything at school … happy kids and less stress really helps our household function much better .. better for everyone. sorry school

    FACT most of the time
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    FACT most of the time

    Good teachers teach the children in classroom
    Incompetent teachers can’t teach in the classroom so they send home all the work to do at home.

    Too much stress
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    Too much stress

    I was a serious student. But Rabbi Bender is right. There is simply no justification for the hours of hw after a full day. None! Other h.s. students were “smarter” than I: they simply didn’t do a lot of it, thereby preserving their mental health and getting married earlier and in a happy frame of mind.

    something i saw
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    something i saw

    i was reading a handbook for a school which said that in 10th and 11th grade, an hour per subject, which means if every teacher gives homework, that’s a minimum of 7 hours, plus getting 8-9 hours of sleep and 8 hours of school, plus getting to and from school… also if teachers give longer than that…

    Big OY!
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    Big OY!

    One big issue is tatty going to shul and shiur dumping all on mommy. NOTHING justifies that! Not maariv nor the shiur, maariv can be done at the wall and the shiur on shabbos if need be. Sholom Bayis comes first. That said, the author is right on target, and is a real mentsch – those that know the Far Rockaway/Lawrence area will know what I mean. While is not a chassid per se, he is highly respected in the very large orthodox world and can stand his own. Its about time we ALL look deep into this charade, as… Read more »

    What BPL Librarians Thought
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    What BPL Librarians Thought

    When I worked at Brooklyn Public Library we had inservice training. Someone commented on the long list of books and homework the religious girls received. The head librarian answered that she thought it was so that students would stay out of trouble.
    I dont think this was the reason for all the hw, but it certainly seems to have caused negative results. I completely agree with Rabbi Bender.

    And replace with?
    Guest
    And replace with?

    Ipods
    Ipads
    I Chat
    I Whatsapp
    I Twitter
    I Google
    I Watch
    etc.

    Let’s just relax.

    yes, yes and yes!
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    yes, yes and yes!

    Finally. The homework is maddening, especially with a large yideshe family, kein yirbu.

    Chinuch
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    Chinuch

    My children’s homework has never been long. It’s seems like an American thing to complain about education.

    Refusnik
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    Refusnik

    Don’t do the homework. So what – your kid will
    get a 74 instead of a 92 as a grade. Makes no difference to the majority of kids, nor to their success in life.

    basics
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    basics

    If you care that your child grows up knowing how to learn and you don’t want to rely on good luck, you need to chazer with him everyday.

    To #4
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    To #4

    This is TOTALLY relevant to us!! Lucky u and ur kids who apparently never got any teachers who took total advantage of hw. There r specific teachers in our schools who r known for their absolutely ridiculous hw loads demanded night after night!! Saying no more than x amount of time to work on hw doesn’t help cause they want to finish it anyways saying they will not b properly prepared for class. Hw makes school a dreaded experience. W/o hw school would b a much more positive experience. PLEASE PLEASE all teachers take this to heart and ease up… Read more »

    Large families take a toll!
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    Large families take a toll!

    Our kids are competing with kids with one or two siblings at home – maybe younger families or those choosing to have less which is becoming common. It’s not fair to the kids from larger families. Our kids won’t get the focused help from parents as the ones with small families do. Teachers say “it’s only 10 minutes per child” well multiply that by ka”h and add in babies screaming and demanding attention, siblings arguing, etc. It’s not doable. It’s a huge stress on the mothers.

    To number fours comment
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    To number fours comment

    This does pertain to us! Maybe you got lucky with the teacers your girls have. I have had second graders who needed to sit through an hour of hmwk each night, and yes in second grade she still needed my help. This is unacceptable for students snd parents. The school principales should make a very strong rule of hmwk assignments not taking more then 10 to 15 minutes.

    Justs dont do it
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    Justs dont do it

    You as a father are in charge of your kids educarion. If you think they have too much home work, then kindly exspress that to the teacher and have your kid do as much as you think they should.

    Homework incompotent educational practice
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    Homework incompotent educational practice

    Homework implies that the teacher and school administration failed to plan their curriculum according to the time allotted to them and had to send some of the work home. A good teacher supervises all steps of the learnig process and doesn’t rely on the home. In particular, review has to be taught by a teacher in the classroom and not at home where it either doesn’t happen or gappens poorly. A parent pays tuition for the school to do the work and not pass on the buck to the parent. If a teacher wants to give homework, them at leadt… Read more »

    ALL WRONG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    ALL WRONG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    do you guys not understand what home work does for us
    do you guys not understand we need homework just becuase kids have bad attitude to every thing it does’nt mean that you should’nt halp aderaba you should help them and then they won’t need your help anymore and it only takes about 3-4 nights you would rather them sit on top of your head complaining to you no take advantage of home work your kids will be learning peacefully without them complaining or maybe whold you rather i pods i phones etc. etc. stop being ungreatfull

    To number 15
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    To number 15

    Replace with;- Baseball Bike riding Reading (Gasp horror!) but believe it or not, many of us do have kids who absolutely love reading Skipping/outdoor fun, for those of us with younger kids Indoor games, you’ll be amazed at how fast kids are willing to play games if a parent joins in the fun! It really does happen! so instead of the parent getting bogged down with hours of homework, they could spend that time, in quality, happy memory making time! And . . just chilling, sitting around, spending longer at the supper table . . And before I get bombarded… Read more »

    To number 25
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    To number 25

    That is not true especially in the older grades when there are mores teachers and subjects… none of them notice that the other teachers are giving a lot of homework as well and even if it is a little in the end of each teacher “just gives a little ” it ends up adding up to a ton of homework so it’s really not the student overreacting all they want after eight hours of school is to just chill for a few minutes but now they just continue doing what they were doing the entire day in school!

    From a teacher
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    From a teacher

    I agree with this article 100%. Well said.

    yup
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    yup

    100% agree with no.25

    Solve the issue
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    Solve the issue

    How do these comment or articles solve the issues.

    If there is a problem bring it up with the teachers, principals etc personally.

    This kind of talk only brings about a lack of respect in general.

    Give your children the best you can by being a true role model and dealing with issues in a respectful manner.

    It’s up to us to instill positive attitudes in our next generation.

    AGREE 100%
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    AGREE 100%

    THIS IS PERFECTLY WRITTEN.
    I hope the teachers and principals in Toronto read this

    Yesssssss
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    Yesssssss

    Finally!!!! I’ve been waiting for this! Please dear teachers, READ THIS!!!!

    I agree!!
    Guest
    I agree!!

    And while I’m preparing for this hurricane, guess what I am doing ??!! HOMEWORK!! Pretty pathetic! I just wish something would actually be done about this!!! Please, schools!!! Ty for this article!!!

    Student
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    Student

    i completely agree with this article and i think that homework should be mostly taken away (except for studying and some review) i am in school for 7 and 1/2 hours….and when i get home do i get to relax? no not at all. why? becuause its time to start my 5+ hours straight doing homework. and i don’t even get to have time to relax myself becuase whenever i sit down to have a break my mother needs help cooking/cleaning/watching the kids etc. homework is a huge stress to every child and its too much. i have not entered… Read more »

    To number 30
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    To number 30

    I can assure you it has been brought up before but does it look like it was taken care of?… not really

    The smartest girls...
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    The smartest girls...

    … didn’t do all the homework. They enjoyed their real lives and didn’t stress so much. As a super conscientious student, I couldn’t figure that out. Hardly slept, and bit off all my nails in the pursuit of good grades. This legacy of anxiety and perfectionism can only be stopped if parents encourage kids to prioritize. Reading well in Hebrew and English is of utmost importance. Shoroshim are worth memorizing, but not much else is, especially for kids who don’t memorize easily. Make time for enjoyable activities like walks outdoors, music lessons, art projects, puzzles, cooking and baking, and for… Read more »

    student
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    student

    as a student I 100% agree. we are already sitting in stuffy school for 9+ hours and then we have countless more hours of homework! its abuse! this is where stress begins stress = bad decision which will ruin your life. Homework = ruined life!

    bubby agrees
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    bubby agrees

    My grandchilddren hardly have time to breathe during th school year- the ones in High school and mesivta. is this really necesary? a simple review each night should be sufficient- give the kids some time to live, spend time with family, etc.

    i read a review in a magazine that teenagers need more sleep than anyone for their bodies to be rested..why can we give them this opportunity? theyll be out of the house very soon..let them learn in school and live at home stress free…

    student
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    student

    I 100% agree with this article. Is it normal that instead of spending time with family and friends when you get home after a full day of sitting by your desk, is it normal that I should go home to… sit by a desk??? Instead of dreading getting home because we have so much homework to do, shouldn’t we be excited to get home and relax? I think every teacher and principal should read this article and act on it! homework will do nothing for you. it will just make your life a lot harder and more stressful. nobody needs… Read more »

    proud student
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    proud student

    i totally disagree! i looooooove home work! im in school for 8 hours a day, i wake up at about 7am and i after i get home from school i do home work until about 5am!!! sounds fun huh?

    this is totally absurd! GET HOME WORK OUT OF THE SCHOOL SYSTEM! IT ONLY MAKES THINGS WORSE!

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