Homework is not child abuse

Americans these days are zealots when it comes to coddling our kids.

Everybody gets a trophy when they play sports and nobody keeps score because parents want to protect their kids from having poison percolate in the labyrinthine layers of their psyches.

In California they even banned rain so that kids wouldn’t get wet.

Now a study published today in The American Journal of Family Therapy found students in the early elementary school years are getting significantly more homework than is recommended by education leaders … in some cases nearly three times as much.

But a little perspective is in order.

Even if kids today are getting more homework than the guidelines endorsed by the National Education Association and the National Parent-Teacher Association, they still have plenty of time to soak up supersized drinks while they sit transfixed by video games.

Because the endorsed standards are laughable. They are based on the 10-minute rule — 10 minutes per grade level per night. That translates into a mere 10 minutes of homework in the first grade, 20 minutes in the second grade, all the way up to 120 minutes for senior year of high school.

Little wonder why America generally ranks only in the mid-teens among countries in most global educational rankings.

If we let North Korea kick our ass, we all are dumb losers.

I know times change but my old man strapped me instead of coddled me, they kept score at my Little League games where winners got trophies and losers were sent to bed because they were losers, and teachers piled on homework like Donald Trump piles on insults.

It’s time we stopped pampering our little princes and princesses and infused them with a hardscrabble work ethic.

When those kids become adults, they’ll thank us. And be smart enough to be able to take care of us in our dotage.


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