Brilliant or Insane – Mark Barnes

I have never been so tired of traditional homework. The worst kind is the piles of homework my kids bring home that I have to help them with do that is beyond maddening.

One day it was perimeter in math, which I haven’t done in about 38 years. Then, it was ancient civilizations. “Where is King Tut buried?” Seriously? While this rote memory stuff might be useful in a game of Trivia Crack, I’m not sure it’s something my child should spend 30 minutes working on at home.

I read a pro homework article recently suggesting that parents doing homework with children is a good bonding activity. We have many wonderful bonding activities at my house: Discussions about books, family dinners, board games, playing with the dog, among others. We might even discuss ancient civilizations, but when we do, it’s on our terms, and it’s stimulating conversation–not fill-in-the-blank worksheets.

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