In an opinion piece in this week’s NYTimes Sunday Review, writer Judith Newman is skeptical.
Newman opens with a story about her attempt to improve her 12-year-old son’s essay on To Kill a Mocking Bird. Even though she has “a master in literature from an Ivy League school” and “write[s] for all the major magazines,” the end result of her edits was a score of 73. As she puts it:
He got a 73.
I got a 73.
Generalizing from her experience, she cites research by two sociologists that supposedly shows (but see the critical reviews) that parental help with schoolwork is mostly ineffective, and often detrimental.