Wednesday, October 15, 2008

To the teachers... Stop the Stupid Projects!

To all the educators who read this blog.

Stop the useless projects.  Seriously, please stop it.  

Stop wasting my kids time coloring stupid stuff that has nothing to do with the subject.  

You think you are being creative.  You think you are making things interesting.  What you don't see is the hours my kids spend at the table, stressing over whether their glue smeared or their lines are straight.  You don't see the $100's of dollars we spend every year on poster boards, crayons, printer ink, felt pens, etc... 

If you really think my kids have too much time on their hands at home, just have them copy sentences out of a textbook.  They would learn more... and I wouldn't be cleaning dryed up glue off of my kitchen table as a result of a Social Studies project.

Thank you.


Kevin Killion said...

Yea! Well said! It's time for parents to declare all-out war on dumb projects that dilute learning!

Here's my webpage on "Projects vs. Learning":

Questions for Schools said...

On another note,
It's about time we all challenge the notion of homework, its effectiveness and purpose. Meaningful homework has value.
Does the author of this blog see little benefit from the creative, artsy side of this said social studies project?

Anonymous said...

You have no idea about what you are saying.

Stranger said...

Cannot agree with you more. I have just written the comment on my website:
"Okay. Two days and two piles of craft supplies later, we finished the first middle school homework project. Now I know that Social Study is a craft class. Why read and write if you can print countless pictures and glue them to paper. I am sad about weekend time not spend learning mathematics, science or just good old reading. Or who am I kidding, there is more learning comes out from walking in the park. Very disappointing...."