Are you helping your child with his homework too much or too little?

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  • Nuschler121 Villa Rica, GA
    March 18, 2018 7:50 a.m.

    Firstly to geekusprimus:
    Richard Nixon was NEVER impeached which IS important!
    Secondly why do ppl still comment after saying “I didn’t read the article but...”

    As a family practice doc for 45 years and attending yearly pediatric seminars THE most important thing parents can do for a child’s education is to be a role model and READ!
    Turn off the TV and put down your cell phone or iPad.

    Reading is free. The best students in my practice go to the library WITH parents and take out 3-4 books at a time. Take the video games away!

    Pediatricians say one hour TOPS on any computer screen per day. That includes the parents!

    While using a computer the parents MUST be able to see the screen! Your children are not mature enough to understand how “sexting”—sending naked pix of themselves can ruin them for life. NOTHING is ever deleted.

    Your child may be chatting with a “cute guy or gal” that is actually a 35 y/o convicted pedophile...agreeing to meet up at the mall.

    Set aside a quiet place for studying or reading. One hour of quiet time equals 6 hours in front of any “screen” TV, cell phone or tablet.

    Your child MUST have 9-10hrs sleep every night! Bedroom NO TV, games no phone!

  • geekusprimus Little Elm, TX
    March 16, 2018 7:36 a.m.

    I'm going to go ahead and post the unpopular opinion here:

    Homework, done correctly, is important. There is absolutely no way to learn the material without practicing it. That being said, life needs to be taken into account. If a child has seven or eight classes and each class demands an hour of homework a night, they have no life. However, there is no way to learn how to do math without practicing math. There is no way to learn how to learn how to read without reading. Most importantly, there is no way to learn how to think critically without doing hard problems that require more thought than simple regurgitation. Even just a few years out of school, you probably won't remember the date when Richard Nixon was impeached or the exact details of a research project on trees you did in 8th grade. However, you will be valued for your ability to think about a problem and explore a possible solution.

  • Fullypresent Salt Lake City, UT
    March 15, 2018 10:39 p.m.

    Kids shouldn't have homework. They should work hard all day at school and then be done so they can do other activities, work jobs if they are older, and have some down time.

  • Spalding55 Placentia, CA
    March 15, 2018 4:44 p.m.

    A good study would be the correlation of the amount of time students spend on homework and the performance of students on standardized tests. Earlier studies show the correlation isn’t really positive. Often homework is busywork that isn’t relevant to any rigorous curriculum. I’ve seen lots of assignments such as copying and coloring in a map or chart. The education community has spent the last 15 year trying to get rid of the crayola curriculum. I hope they have finally succeeded.

    Usually the parents who show their children how to answer a question or problem rather than just the answer are usually more successful in helping their children become successful academically.

  • NeifyT Salt Lake City, UT
    March 15, 2018 12:11 p.m.

    Didn't read the full article; but I have seen that homework does cause way too much stress. By the time I hit middle school the homework load was 1 hour per class or 7 hours per night. So students go to a full time job of school in the day; to come home to another full time job of homework (needless to say I rarely finished my homework--it was just way too much). And, with parents helping that means parents with only one child spend the day at a full time job and come home to another full time job of helping with homework. If parents have several children; that is like having several full time jobs.

    There's just not enough time in the day for parents to help children when teachers presume that students should be using as much time at home as they are at school on learning activities.

    Homework should be kept to a minimum (none for MOST classes); a few minutes of reading each night for reading; and then only the occasional assignment that needs additional non-class time such as science projects or research papers. End all other homework (busywork) that is inefficient use of time.

    Even when parents help; if parents aren't trained; their help is ineffective and inefficient.

  • birder Salt Lake City, UT
    March 15, 2018 11:04 a.m.

    Parents of young kids should listen to them read and watch the book. It’s amazing how creative some kids can be when pretending to read. Other than that, parents should let the kids do 99.9% of the work. I have students who beg to do their work at home because they know their parents will do most of it.

    If a child appears to have “learned helplessness,” the child should be encouraged to get help and listen at school. Some of my students who struggle a lot in math zone out during the lessons and don’t work the practice problems. Then they are lost on their homework.

    That being said teachers should assign reasonable amounts of work only, preferably just review of what the kids have learned in class.

  • CMO Beaver Beaver, UT
    March 15, 2018 10:41 a.m.

    Not anymore it’s way too hard for me

  • shamrock Salt Lake City, UT
    March 15, 2018 9:59 a.m.

    It's fine for parents to encourage their children but parents who are overly involved in their kids' homework can subtly convey the message that the kids can't succeed on their own, that they're bound to fail without their parents' assistance. Ironically, this sort of helicopter parenting almost guarantees that the kids will face problems down the road.