Purpose of Homework

We just celebrated the end of the 1st quarter of school. By now, many of you have met with your child’s teacher, shared your goals and dreams for the year and invited the teacher to become an ally that supports your efforts in teaching your children about independence, responsibility, self discipline and more.

You have also had ample time to get a feel for how “homework” is playing out in your child’s life.

Here is what one young, spunky and totally committed teacher had to say,

“It isn’t as important that teachers and parents agree completely on the ‘purpose’ of homework. That will continue to be a dialogue between each parent, each teacher and each policy maker for years to come.

What is important is that parents and teachers agree to find what I call a “center point”. It can take some work, several conversations and some compromise on everyone’s part, but in the end this alliance benefits the child/student.

I am thrilled when I find parents who are committed to finding this “center point” and will work tirelessly to co-create it with them.”

So before you wait any longer, make an appointment and become allies with your child’s teacher.

2 thoughts on “Purpose of Homework

  1. There doesn’t seem to be any consequences when my child doesn’t do her homework. She’s smart. She can get away with not doing it and be fine. But either the homework is important enough for there to be consequences at school or it isn’t important. I feel like her teacher is sending the message that homework isn’t important. Do I bring this up with the teacher or wait for her to make it an issue?

    I’m not going to nag my child to do her homework. When I have asked her if she is supposed to do her homework or if it is optional, she says she’s supposed to do it but if she doesn’t the teacher doesn’t say or do anything. So s. has just shrugged the homework off and something she doesn’t really have to do. If the teacher doesn’t make a priority why should I? But then I goes back to my other feelings of being afraid she will not get into good study habits,etc. Yes, my activating event. I know. My problem not hers. So what do I do?

  2. Hi,

    Go talk to the teacher. Get really clear. Understand that it is your issue, but you need some real clarity around it so you can be consistent. You can still decide to support the homework at home, even if the teacher doesn’t do anything.

    I guess, that is really my concern for kids today. So many mixed messages and truthfully, every teacher I talk to says homework is only for those kids who are really struggling to understand concepts and who need repetition in order to remember. If your daughter doesn’t need that, then the system isn’t really going to work for her.

    Be creative, don’t just be annoyed. Find ways to draw on your daughters strengths while she is young. It will pay off dividends for years to come.


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