While I agree philosophically with Lucie O’Sullivan’s Aug. 18 Other Views column, Homework: No parent left behind — and I do understand it was written to be humorous — Danish students go to school from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., with a 30-minute break, for 200 days a year. Japanese students start at 7:45 a.m. and can end as late as 5 p.m. for fourth-graders, and they go 240 days a year.
That compares with Broward County students who go to school 180 days a year, generally from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. I invite anyone to visit a school, sign up to volunteer and spend some time getting the story from the inside. Then, you will understand the reason for homework.
Support your school system and your teachers with your time and money, or quit complaining.
Patricia Lallande, Fort Lauderdale