Homework: Is it for all Children?

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Recently, the Center for Public Education published a report on children and homework. Like prior reports, the study showed there’s still much debate about the benefits of homework.

The report described two primary myths about homework. One is the belief that homework increases academic achievement, and the other is that test scores will continue to lag without it. The report found older students benefit more from homework than younger students; kids from low income households may not benefit from homework as much as those from more affluent ones; it found a link between homework and learning for students with learning disabilities; but, homework that prepares students for future lessons may be the most beneficial.

According to the report homework isn’t for all children. However, since there’re many contradictory reports the true value of homework might never be known. Still, you can help your child benefit from most kinds of homework. Here are a few tips:

  • Ask teachers for vocabulary words and other information the weekend before it’s presented;
  • Help your child study for a test by reviewing information on a regular basis, not just the day before the test;
  • Make sure the teacher knows if there’s a problem with your child’s ability to complete or understand the homework; and,
  • Establish a reading time when your child doesn’t have homework, and set up a time when the entire family reads.

Since homework’s going to be around for a while, help your child make the best of it.

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