Our kids are getting drowned with homework what's happening

Parents problems with homework

After a long day at school and at work, we barely had enough time to eat dinner, and to get the kids ready for bed. Other parents, I had spoken to chimed in agreeing it was far too much homework.

A mother of a child that I had spoken too in school had told me that the amount of homework given every night was a shock to their system. I hear consistently that the amount of work and pressure being placed on students today is too much.

An interview with a mother of two

As a mother of two African American boys, with ages of 6 and 3, the achievement gap between white and black students weighs heavily on my mind. The stats for black males, in particular, are truly depressing.

For my boys, who live in the suburbs of New York City and by almost every measure have more advantages than most kids in this country, studies show that middle-class black students usually perform at lower levels than their average white middle-class peers.

Parents opinions with homework

That’s why I feel so conflicted. Our kids today seemingly appear to be very drowned in work. However, the statistics show they’re still not learning what they need to succeed in life.

With most of the conversation being about the achievement gap is focused on urban schools that have low-income students of color, the fact is neither end of the economic spectrum is truly having their children’s education needs me From the previous month, studies reported that in New York State’s Common Core exams for third through eighth graders will be shortened, after roughly about 31 percent of students passed the Common Core reading tests, and about 38 percent passed the math exams this past spring.


Only 20% of eligible New York students opted out of the standardized tests in the year 2015, and most of them were concentrated in the state’s upper-middle-class districts. This study tells us that the high-quality education affluent families think they are getting in their highly-ranked local schools may not be preparing their kids for the real world either.

For all of our kids black, white, rich, poor, urban and rural are being overworked and over-tested, but to what extent, the majority of the focus for our broken education system lands on teachers, which I think is very unfair. However, I do believe that teachers, school administrators and elected officials have a personal responsibility to make sure that each and every student has the skills and tools needed to meet the high standards that have been set for them; and on that note, they need the full support of parents to do so.

 We are currently failing at this. I believe that every parent I know wants their child to be challenged and pushed to higher levels of achievement whether in school or the real world. But I’m not too sure where we as parents always put the right amount of time and effort necessary to help our kids achieve to the best standards they could do. Neither am I convinced that educators put the effort in to make the kids succeed to their best potential.

However what I do know though is that this is not an issue that only impacts certain areas. It also extends to the suburbs and throughout the country and affects students of all income levels and ethnicity. We all need to hold ourselves responsible for solving these particular problems. It all affects our future, our children and the world they will live in today.