I like the teacher who gives you something to take home and think about besides homework.-Lily Tomlin
Labor Day is over, so just about anyone going back to school is now there. And where there is school, there is usually homework. Although research is not clear on the benefits of homework, about 70% of teachers assign homework. So it’s probably coming your child’s way. I, for one, do believe in the value of some homework, even if simply to introduce the idea that some things done in the classroom might have value outside of the classroom. Let’s face it; it’s useful to know how to work with fractions in daily living, not to mention basic reading and writing. Kids might as well be helped to learn to use those skills outside of the supervised classroom. Plus, why are we teaching civics, history, social studies and literature if we do not care whether kids learn to be thinking members of society. And finally, there will be homework in college, so if you are planning on your kids going to college (and graduating), they should be able to handle some homework.