Out In Left Field: Should kids have homework? Should parents help?

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.

via Out In Left Field: Should kids have homework? Should parents help?.

 

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