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How much time does your child spend on homework?

Michelle Katz, a learning coach with Grasp Learning, helps students with homework during a session of the program at the Dave and Mary Alper JCC in Kendall.
Michelle Katz, a learning coach with Grasp Learning, helps students with homework during a session of the program at the Dave and Mary Alper JCC in Kendall. FOR THE MIAMI HERALD

We recently asked the following question to readers on social media and the Public Insight Network: Do you think your child receives too much, too little or just the right amount of homework? Thanks for all of your responses. Below is a sampling of your comments, some of which were edited for length and clarity. Learn more about the Public Insight Network and comment on previous discussions at MiamiHerald.com/community and select Community Conversations. Click here if you’d like to log the time your child spends on homework to help the Miami Herald with an upcoming story.

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Definitely too much. When you factor in extracurricular activities, these kids do not have any time to themselves during the week, and more and more this is true on the weekends, too.

Flor Santiesteban, Miami

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Too much homework, and a lot of times she doesn’t know how to do it. Homework is suppose to be a reenforcement of stuff you learn in school. This is not always the case. I am an older parent and I really need an answer key or examples of how to do it to be able to help my kid. And I have a college degree.

Adrienne Lamb, Miami

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Too much, and it’s repetitive and not age appropriate. We enjoy very much “project homework.” Kids get immersed in a subject for a quality and fun learning experience.

Kristen Guess, Key Biscayne

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Way too much. I firmly believe it is partly due to extremely high class size. For example, my son has 35 kids in his language class and just one teacher without any help. The school assigns kids to teachers who are never in the classroom to get away with it.

Jeannette Vidal, South Miami

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Well, sometimes I think they receive too much (especially when they have to do big projects, because the parents are the real authors of those projects), but usually they received the right amount.

Adriana Forero, Miami

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A little bit too much, especially because he does sports every weekday afternoon. He plays competitive soccer and tennis. When he has French, math and reading on a normal basis it’s OK, but if he has one more homework or test to prepare for that’s too much (1.5 hours easily).

Camila Alvarodiaz, Coconut Grove

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In my opinion it’s just the right amount, but it all depends on the teacher. If they give more then what they need to give just to keep the kids busy or if they give homework to actually help the child understand what is being covered in class. Sometimes it’s really hard with all this common core stress that at the end it’s just adding more stress than the actual homework.

Lesly Torres, Miami

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Far too much homework. We actually spent last week documenting the amount of time spent on homework every day with a timer. We videotaped most of it.

Scherazade King, Miami

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It is the right amount! I do agree that the kids need recess.

Catalina Ochoa, Miami Beach

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