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Hey Mom, done your homework yet?

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A high school English teacher in New Jersey is making waves for requiring parents to read the same assignments as their kids and comment about them on his blog. The teacher explained to The New York Times that because parent involvement in education tends to wane as kids become teenagers, he decided to make it part of the class. Parents complain about never getting to see their kids work, he said. Now they have to.

The article has stirred up debate about just how much schools should expect from parents. (Blogger Uncertain Principles makes a good case for parent homework, while LT Strickland argues that this approach is unrealistic for many families.) What do you think? Is it unfair to ask parents to ponder Kafka after a long day at work, or is it just part of the job of being a parent?


#1 Angela Norton Tyler 2008-09-15 19:37
I have already attended school. I do not have to go back and receive more assignments just because some teacher wants to be clever.

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Do you allow your children to watch TV or play on the computer before doing their homework?