Most Waldorf Schools do not ask their students to do any homework at all in Kindergarten and the early Grades. When my children come home from school they can play outside, climb a tree, read a book. My heart breaks when I see the crazy amounts of homework my friends children (who are in our local public school) have to complete every night. It has, quite literally, damaged their week-day family time. I am so thankful that our family does not have these same struggles but I am also a little angry (yes, I know… ‘angry’ is a strong word) that my friend’s family does. Especially in light of this excellent article from the New York Times by PEGGY ORENSTEIN that suggests that homework is a total wast of time.
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Blessings and magic,