I’m sure that the second-grade teacher who wrote “Why I stopped assigning homework” [Opinion, Aug. 31] is quite devoted to her students. However, as I read it, I wondered how many second-grade students “put in a 10-hour day, getting on a school bus as early as 6 a.m. and getting off at 5 p.m.”
What the teacher fails to realize is that homework need not be excessive. The purpose of homework is to reinforce what is taught in class during or to prepare students for work taught the next day.
When a teacher writes to the parent, “Homework will only consist of work that your student did not finish during the school day,” she is actually punishing students who work slowly but methodically. This rewards those who zip through the work.
Howard Chustek, Fresh Meadows
Editor’s note: The writer is a retired social studies teacher.