U.S. Department of Education
Office of Educational Research and Improvement
Homework is an opportunity for students to learn and for parents to be involved in their children's education. A parent's interest can spark enthusiasm in a child and help teach the most important lesson of all—that learning can be fun and is well worth the effort.
However, helping your child with homework isn't always easy. At PTA meetings and at parent-teacher conferences, mothers and fathers ask:
This document helps answer these questions—and many others—that parents and others who care for children in elementary and junior high school often ask about homework. Included are practical ideas for helping children complete homework assignments successfully. Some of the ideas in this document may also be helpful for high school students.
- How can I get Michael to do his homework? Every night it's a struggle to get him to turn off the television and do his homework.
- Why isn't Maria getting more homework? (Why is Jonathan getting so much homework?)
- When is Tanya supposed to do homework? She takes piano lessons, sings in her church choir, plays basketball, and helps with family chores. There's hardly any time left to study.
- How can I help Robert with his math homework when I don't understand it?
- Do homework assignments really help my child learn?
Table Of Contents
Homework: A Concern For The Whole Family
Show You Think Education and Homework Are Important
The National Education Goals
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