Print article. But what if you happen to side with your kids about the pointlessness of their assignments? GreatSchools talked to the lawyer turned reformer about preposterous projects and how children can learn to think for themselves. Sara Bennett: It started when my son brought homework home in the first grade. His first assignment was a reading log. At the first parent-teacher conference, the teacher said our son had to do the homework.
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Day Homework – Teaching With Mrs. Clark
As a high school history teacher for nearly 35 years, I know that hard work, discipline and practice are keys to high achievement, whether in the arts, athletics or academics. A reasonable amount of summer homework keeps the mind sharp. There's a reason children are told that "practice makes perfect": a daily regimen of practice lays the foundation for a bravura performance, regardless of discipline. Writers write every day, and musicians practice every day. Michael Jordan was the first to arrive for basketball practice and the last to leave the gym. He didn't take the summer off. Marvin Pollock.
Day 22: Homework
But the real thing quickly disappointed us both. I found pulling her away from pretend games for something that left her in tears excruciating, both undermining and cruel. But nothing happened.
Whether kids go to public, private, or religious schools and no matter what grade they're in, everyone has the same frustrations: How much homework are our children doing? Are they spending much too much time on projects that seem pointless and unrelated to the subject? Do parents drop their own evening activities to supervise and monitor homework? Do kids need a tutor, or even medication to help them deal with it?