She said the national recommendations for homework is 10 minutes per hour per grade. Kids in the second through fifth grades spend three hours on homework each night. "That takes the joy out of learning."
Coffey said some teachers also lack the enthusiasm and enjoyment they had in the classroom. "We feel that has been stripped away from us for fear of doing more harm than good in the long run."
KERA not implemented correctly
She thinks framers of KERA were brilliant, but said the program was not implemented correctly in Kentucky. "Funding has not been keeping up with education," she said.
She also is not in favor of the way testing is being administrated in the schools. She thinks there are more authentic ways of testing than is used. She said students should be continuously assessed rather than just in some classes.