Designing, cutting and gluing: didn’t you have enough?
Major school projects can easily drive parents crazy. Although parents are only supposed to help their kids with them, in fact 95 percent (or even more) of the actual work is usually done by unfortunate moms (or annoyed dads).
Typically, children lose interest in working on the projects just after they realize the sheer scale of the task. When there is only one day left to complete the project, the cavalry arrives in the shape of parents.
The idea behind the projects is to teach children how to craft, design and do research. It could actually work if the kids were not who they are: first and second graders with no experience in data analysis.
Some of the kids can barely use scissors: no wonder they feel intimidated by the task they are expected to do.
So, what we really teach our children is good old hypocrisy (they pretend that they can do something they really can’t) and plagiarism (children claim that they did something what in fact was done by their parents or elder siblings).
Peer pressure makes them afraid to tell the truth, so everybody lies and everybody is happy.
It is always easy to criticize: let me come up with an idea. School projects are basically good; it is their huge scale that makes them arduous and useless.
Let’s get rid of oversized projects and only concentrate on smaller-scale ones that only take an evening or two to complete. And if teachers insist on behemoth projects, why don’t they involve the whole class in doing them while at school?
That being said I have to admit that I will likely continue to work on my kids’ projects. In the first place, I really have no choice. Then again, I like to glue…