I am frustrated with the educational system these days. It just seems to be getting worse. I used to think(before my kids were in school) that I would have NO problem helping my kids with homework when the time came. After all, I was a smarty pants in school and so it should be a breeze, right? Wrong. Oh, how quickly we forget! First of all, forget square roots and dangling participles in grade 10, I can hardly help my girls in grades 5 and 7 with simple math!! If only these teachers could see it from our perspective as mothers. In the “olden” days, we brought our textbooks home when we had homework. Yes, I know, textbooks are outdated and cumbersome. But hey, what a concept~ they EXPLAINED things!! Ya, I’m so over these darn worksheets!! For one thing, I have no idea what the entire unit is. And far be it for my kids to have a clue either! I don’t know what the teacher’s goal is with this assignment or what the author of the particular worksheet had in mind! In a text book you can see the progression of questions, examples AND explanations!! On a worksheet there is little more than a one line instruction which is like no instruction at all. Right now, Emily is working on percentages. Easy!! Well, no, not for her. First of all, she had a sub the day this assignment was handed out. The sub failed to explain the worksheet(because she probably doesn’t know) and therefore the kids are left on their own to discover the answers by what method I have no idea. I tried to help but this one little phrase has us all confused. They are converting fractions to percentages….but the worksheet says “to the nearest hundredth of a percent”. Hmmmm. So, if it’s 80% does she write down 100? If it’s 67% does she write down 100? Well, we don’t know because there’s no explanation. And then, they corrected this assignment Friday and most of the class got most of the answers wrong. So, they have to correct and return for Monday. And where was the help from the teacher to steer them in the right direction? Well, there wasn’t any, because they had the same sub. And I’m annoyed. Homework sucks.