Bad School Mom

When my oldest son, now 14, was in third grade, I discovered that I hated homework. I couldn't figure out the point. When he started fourth grade, I attended his back-to-school night and learned the reason for homework at this school. At this school, the point of homework was to learn how to do homework. Their reasoning was that if you start doing homework at a young age, with about 15 minutes assigned, that by the time you got to a grade that you actually needed to do homework, you would be an old hand at it. 

I thought this was ridiculous. I started reading books like The Homework Myth by Alfie Kohn. Then, at the end of fourth grade, we moved. Suddenly, I was put in a position where I needed to homeschool. So I did. 

Fast forward four years. My youngest son, now 8, has never gone to school. He decides he wants to try out school. I agree with him. It's always been his choice, after all. Oh my. I hate homework even more, now.

Last year, I watched the movie "Race to Nowhere." That's an eye opener if you haven't seen it. So, when Dominic started school, I was at a point in my life where I just didn't care about homework. Or grades. Or even school, really.

Don't get me wrong. I want the kid to do his best. I want him to strive, grow, and be a good little school robot. Oh wait. The first part of that sentence is correct. I even want him to learn that some things are not easy; we do some things because that's what the beaurocracy requires. It's a lesson that is part of life. It's a part of life I teach my children every day.

But, when it comes time to decide whether my child is going to play outside after a long day at school, or do his homework? I'm going to make him go outside and play. Did you get that? I'm going to make him go outside and play. Then, when it is 6, and he is exhausted because he hasn't been sleeping well? I'm going to send him to bed. He's not going to do his homework. It's nonsense, anyway. I know. I've looked at it. It's busy work. He knows the stuff contained in the homework, and I'm not going to make him do it just to build character. There are other ways to build his character, and I'm not messing with this one.

Just call me a bad school mom.

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