Good Read: The Homework Trap and What To Do About It

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Excellent strategies for parents about how to help kids negotiate homework time: Create a fixed time period, reduce penalties for being late or incomplete, respect teachers' authority.   "It is critical for teachers to understand that homework assignments are using borrowed ground. Homework requires the tacit permission of the parents to allow it in their homes. While most parents will support the school in what it asks, they also need the power to withdraw that permission, if needed, without consequence to their child’s education," the author writes.

There are many parents whose major concern is not public policy but what will happen at home tonight. They are not Tiger Moms, but ordinary parents who simply want the best for their children. These parents start out with the full intention of supporting the teachers and their children’s schools. Yet, something goes wrong along the way as they and their children fall into a homework trap.

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