Ok, not sure if you can class this as a rant, but I personally don't think it is, so I'm posting this in the normal section.
So my son is 6 years old and into his 2nd year of education, they call it year 2, but I call it infant school, and it's a state school also, if that make any difference?
Anyways, I appreciate the need for education, and a good early start can only lead to a bright future for our next generations... but the amount of homework he gets is bordering on the ridiculous! But I don't remember getting any homework at all when I was his age?! And ok, I'm not exactly a banker/lawyer neither, but homework started in secondary school for me, is this the sign of the times? Do your 6-8 year olds get a whole load of homework in this day an age?
I'm not moaning of course, but I see my little one being stressed doing his homework at home after school, and I'm worried about him, but at the same time, I don't want him to turn out to be a bum or chav!
Just to top it off, the school he goes to has a ridiculous policy where you are not allowed to use the tail of a 'g'(as in the letter 'g') to join up with the next letter, e.g. when writing the word 'tough', he can join the fort four letters upto 'g', but where the 'g' hooks at the bottom, he has to stop, lift his pen/pencil, then write the 'h' separately! Now it just so happens his teacher is head of his school year, and that she made a point to my wife about this, and as a result, my little one got additional writing homework to correct the way he uses the tail of the 'g' to join upto the next letter as a normal person would!
So my missus asked if he would be marked down for this, the answer she got was, 'not really, but the 'other' teachers wouldn't be happy marking his work', this was followed up with 'but when he goes into year 5(3 years away), he can choose how he writes his text, in joined up or separate letters if he so wishes'
Which kinds of defeats the point if changing the way he is writing it now in the first place!
This isn't just my son involved in this, there's another girl in his class with the same issue, and she has had additional homework for the same reason.
I've told my missus to speak to another teacher in the school for a second opinion, or even arrange to speak to the headmaster directly, as I feel it's a stupid practice.... and unless my son will get marked down for writing it, in my opinion, the write way, then I'm not going to bother to ask him to change the way he writes!
Thoughts on this anyone?